2018 School of Grounds Management Summer Conference

Attendees will be treated to exclusive tours, top-notch education sessions featuring industry leading professionals and networking opportunities with fellow grounds professionals.


Click here to download the Summer Conference Brochure.



Monday, August 6, 2018

7:00 a.m. Breakfast at Hotel (on your own)
7:30 a.m. Registration – Pick up your badge in the hotel lobby
8:00 a.m. Buses depart for Hope College
8:30 a.m. Tour of Hope College
9:45 a.m. Education Session 1:
Lee Mueller – “Top 11 Tree Problems and Their Solutions”
10:45 a.m. Session with Suppliers
 11:30 a.m. Education Session 2:
Dr. Robert Schutzki – “Sustainable Plant Selection and Landscape Design”
12:30 p.m. Session with Suppliers
1:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Buses departs for Kirk Park
2:30 p.m. Tour of Kirk Park
3:00 p.m. Buses depart from Kirk Park for Spring Meadow Nursery
3:30 p.m. Tour Spring Meadow Nursery – Presentation about Disaster Planning by Jane Beggs-Joles
4:30 p.m. Buses depart for Spring Meadow Trial Gardens
5:45 p.m. Dinner at Trial Gardens
7:00 p.m. Buses depart for hotel

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

7:00 a.m. Breakfast at hotel (on your own)
7:45 a.m. Depart on foot for Grand Valley State University Pew Campus
 8:00 a.m. Tour of GVSU Pew Campus
9:30 a.m. Education Session 3:
Mary Abbott, Ph.D. – “Winter Worker Injury Prevention”
 10:45 a.m. Education Session 4:
Paul Danielson, CSE – “Should Financing & Leasing Be A Part of Your Acquisition Strategy”
11:45 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Education Session 5:
Adam Lawver – “Michigan State University: Mobile Workforce”
1:45 p.m. Buses depart for Kawasaki Research and Development Facility
2:15 p.m. Tour Kawasaki R&D Facility
4:00 p.m. Conference Wrap-Up at the hotel

Hotel Information

Courtyard Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids
11 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Room Rate: $169 a night

Attendees may now begin to make their reservations, by calling central reservations at
877-901-6632. To receive the discounted rate, attendees must request the PGMS
Summer Conference room block at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids. Guests may
also reserve online clicking the “Book Your Room” button below. Space is limited so do not delay!

Please note – the last day to get a room in the PGMS Block was Thursday, July 12.

 Supplier Registration Information

Supplier Member Supplier Non-Member
On/Before July 6 $300 $450
After July 6 $325 $475

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