What better way to explain why you should be a member of PGMS than to ask another member?

“What does PGMS mean to me? I would refer to a favorite quote I have framed in my office, author unknown, ‘The quality-of-life can be improved through a better understanding of the interdependence of plants, people and the environment. The garden provides sensory-rich environments to promote lifelong learning. Its mission – blending education, social responsibility, culture and environmental stewardship – helps people of all ages and backgrounds appreciate and benefit from the positive role that plants play in their lives.’ PGMS has brought all of this together for me in one place. Becoming a CGM has renewed my sense of responsibly to look at my duties and how I approach each situation in detail. Finally, the yearly convention is a great experience of detailed and diverse learning. The quality of extensive learning opportunities are unmatched in any other single site event I have attended throughout my career. The friendships and networking have created opportunities for life.
Roger Conner, CGM, Grounds Superintendent Sr, Duke University

“I have been in building and grounds for 43 years and during that time I have been to many schools and conferences from the state level to the national level. I can tell you that the PGMS organization is by far the best that I have ever been involved with.”
Ed Gooch, Retired Parks Supervisor, City of Ankeny, Iowa

“Being a member of PGMS offered me the opportunity to network with colleagues sharing information which has helped me improve our grounds management program. I’ve built long-lasting relationships and friendships and have been afforded tremendous opportunities to lead.”
Chris Fay, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Greensboro, NC

“From the opportunities given me to develop leadership skills, to the national and local networking I’ve enjoyed, PGMS membership has been a wonderful investment in my career. From the outstanding annual conference and Green Industry Expo to the professional certification program, it’s an investment that keeps paying super dividends.”
George Van Haasteren, CGM, Dwight Englewood School, Englewood, NJ

“I joined PGMS to better my knowledge of the Green Industry, to network with my peers, to find ways of working smarter not harder, to become a leader within my company and within my industry, to become more efficient at my job while making my employees more efficient at theirs and to increase my value in my career.”
Matthew Vehr, Moeller’s Nurseries, Cincinnati, Ohio