2014 Summer Regional and Site Visit

PGMS will be spending a two full days this summer in the “City of Lakes” and we want you to join us! For the PGMS Summer Regional and Site Visit we are heading to Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 4-5! Attendees will be treated to an exclusive tour of Toro Headquarters, a PGMS Platinum Partner, Bailey Nurseries and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum!

Don’t miss this exciting event, register now!

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*Please click on an education program presenter below to view their bio.

Monday, Aug. 4

7 a.m. – Breakfast at hotel (included with room)Toroweb

7:30 a.m. – Transportation to Toro Headquarters (pictured right)

8 a.m. – “Coaching a Winning Team” – Steve Keating, Senior Manager, sales and leadership, Toro (HR – Div. I – 1 SGM credit)

9 a.m. – “Best Practices of Water Management for Multi-Acre Facilities” – Mike Baron, National Water Management, Toro
(Technical (non-hort) – Div IV – 1 SGM credit)

10 – 10:15 a.m. – Break

10:15 a.m. – “The Importance of Product Safety” – Carl Osterhaus CS, manager, Channel and Technical Product Support, Toro (Div IV – 1 SGM credit)

11:15 a.m. – “Developing the Leader in You” – Steve Keating, senior manager, Sales and Leadership, Toro (HR – Div I – 1 credit)

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch at Toro

1 p.m. – Initiate tours (1.5 SGM credits)

5 p.m. – Cocktail reception and meet with exhibitors at hotel


Tuesday, Aug. 5

6 a.m. – Breakfast at hotel (included with room)

7:15 a.m. – Load Bus

8 a.m. – Tour of Bailey Nurseries – Minnesota container and propagation farms (1.5 SGM credits)
We will begin by touring two Bailey Nurseries Minnesota container production facilities where they produce finished container products. The first farm will focus on larger products, including five gallonBaileyweb evergreens and deciduous shrubs. The second container farm focuses on smaller products, ranging from one, two and three gallon shrubs, roses, and perennials. Both locations also grow extensive inventory of their Endless Summer® Hydrangea Collection, First Editions® Plants and Easy Elegance® Rose lines, as well as many other products. Later in the morning we will travel to their nearby Nord Greenhouse range, where they propagate millions of woody trees, shrubs and roses via softwood cuttings in summer. This facility also produces a multitude of color products in spring. A walking tour of their trial garden to see live specimens of many of their products in the landscape should be a great way to complete the tour. Representatives of the company will be on hand to answer questions throughout the morning.

11:30 a.m. – Load Bus

Noon – Boxed Lunch at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum – Snyder Tea Room

1:30 p.m. – Minnesota Landscape Arboretum – Arboretum Group Tour (1.5 SGM credits)
We will visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, part of the University of ArboretumwebMinnesota. This 1,200 acre Arboretum offers display gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails. As a premier northern garden, the Arboretum was established in 1958 and is part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. After a box lunch we will tour three-mile drive with presentations from Jeffrey Johnson, arboretum horticulturalist; Sam Bauer, University of Minnesota extension educator (turf grass) and Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota department of horticultural science (ornamental grasses.) There will be time to walk the grounds on your own.

4:30 p.m. – Load Bus

5 p.m. – Arrive back at hotel, end of event



BEST WESTERN Plus Bloomington Hotel by Mall of America®
1901 Killebrew Drive
Bloomington, MN  55425

Room Rate is $99 (Inform the hotel that you are with PGMS)
Room rate ends July 2, 2014
Check In Time: 3 p.m.
Check Out Time: 11 a.m.

To book your room contact:
Kaylin Strohbehn
Sales Coordinator
Best Western Plus Bloomington Hotel by Mall of America
e-mail: kstrohbehn@bestwesternbloomington.com

Click here for the website.

Click here for instructions for the hotel’s Airport Shuttle Service.



PGMS Members
Before/On July 21 – $145
After July 21 – $170

Before/On July 21 – $175
After July 21 – $195

Before/On July 21 – $75
After July 21 – $80

Online registration is now closed but registration will be taken on site. Print the form below and bring it with you to sign up on site.

Click here to download the registration form.

Mail/fax to:
720 Light St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-752-8295 (fax)



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Visit www.minneapolis.org for lots of information on what to see and do in Minneapolis! Or click on a destination below to see more details.

Mall of America

Nickelodeon Universe

Minnesota Zoo

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Franconia Sculpture Park

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Target Field – Paul McCartney will be in concert on Saturday, Aug. 2, the Minnesota Twins will be the playing San Diego Padres on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 7:10 p.m.

Guthrie Theater