This year's event is offering fourteen education programs, a pre-conference field trip, live concerts, networking and much more!
PGMS will kick off this four day event on Wednesday, Oct. 19 with a pre-conference field trip to the site of the Kentucky Derby – Churchill Downs. The tour will be followed by a welcoming reception where professionals from all across the country meet, mingle and exchange ideas. Fourteen education programs will be offered during the School of Grounds Management Thursday and Friday at the Kentucky Exposition Center. PGMS courses will be focused on the latest techniques and practices with topics such as “Best practices for efficient irrigation,” “Controlling turf and landscape insect pests,” “Sustainable benefits of concrete hardscaping,” and “Managing campus trees using mapping software,” among others. Back by popular demand, PGMS will host a speaker breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 22. From 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Attendees will learn about “Landscapes of Mackinac Island,” from Jack Barnwell of Jack Barnwell Landscape and Garden, and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. Wayne Dubin from Bartlett Tree Experts will discuss the 9/11 Memorial and Bartlett’s role in creating “Trees in a sacred space.”
Grounds professionals interested in taking the first steps to earn a certificate in the School of Grounds Management (SGM) may earn Continuing Education units at the SGM. Strategically integrated into the schedule of events offered at the GIE+EXPO, the PGMS School focuses on four core competencies of grounds management. Those who complete the entire program (usually taking two to three years) are awarded an SGM certificate by PGMS. More information on the SGM program can be found here.
For those interested in learning more about the PGMS Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation (LMOA) program please visit http://pgms.org/accreditation/. Staff members will also be available on-site to provide detailed information.
Details, including the full schedule and registration information for the PGMS School of Grounds Management is available online here.
Helping PGMS develop its dynamic education program are its Elite Partners. These industry giants include: Platinum Partners Husqvarna, John Deere and Toro; Gold Partners Bartlett Tree Experts, Proven Winners, Hunter and Kawasaki Engines; Silver Partners Bailey Nurseries, Bayer, Wright, EarthPlanter, Ventrac; Bronze Partners Echo, Jacks Small Engines, Gempler’s, Davey, and Cutting Edge.