The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) will host the second of its 2010 Regional Grounds Management Seminar & Site Visitation events in Boston on July 22-23. Headlining the event will be a behind-the-scenes tour of best practices at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.
The schedule will include several site visits and seminars. In addition to the Fenway Park tour, other site visit destinations include Mount Auburn Cemetery and Arnold Arboretum. Sessions on crucial grounds management topics, such as invasive plants, hardscape options, green roof design and dealing with difficult people will provide attendees with valuable ideas for their grounds operations and useful information on managing a grounds crew. There will also be opportunities for grounds professionals to network with peers as well as representatives from green industry suppliers.
One of the best bargains in green industry education, the cost to attend the program is just $115 for PGMS members and $140 for other professionals. Schedule details, education program information and hotel details are already posted online. Visit http://www.pgms.org/2010RegionalBoston.htm for this information and more.
Launched in 2007, this series of seminars is designed to provide grounds managers with the hard-to-find opportunity to gain knowledge, ask questions, and network with others about challenges and issues specific to their profession.
Green Star Awards
PGMS is searching for the country's best maintained landscapes and is now accepting entries for its acclaimed Green Star Awards Program. The deadline for entries is August 6.
This program brings national recognition to grounds management programs that exhibit a high degree of excellence in certain areas, most importantly in sustainability practices and policies, but also in turf management, landscape design and more.
To enter, simply fill out the entry form (www.pgms.org/greenstars.htm) submit it along with the payment and the entry to PGMS headquarters at 720 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230. The cost is $150 for PGMS members and $225 for others. All entries must be submitted by CD. There will be 15 entry categories and three classes of awards: Grand Awards, Honor Awards and Merit Awards. Each winning entry will be recognized at the 2010 Awards Banquet in Louisville, Ky., as part of the annual School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO set to take place Oct. 27-30, 2010.