PGMS to feature pre-conference field trip

The School of Grounds Management attendees will go to Louisville Cemetery prior to GIE+EXPO.

August 22, 2014
Industry News

BALTIMORE, Md. – Kicking off the Professional Grounds Management Society’s (PGMS) School of Grounds Management, as part of the GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Ky., will be an exclusive field trip to a nationally recognized historic cemetery and Louisville’s only arboretum, Cave Hill, on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 12:30 p.m.

Attendees of the fieldtrip will experience up close and personal access to the cemetery grounds. The trip will start with a guided tour visiting some of the historical portions of the Cemetery, including some of their champion trees and horticultural practices that their gardeners are doing. There will also be time allotment for attendees to network and walk the grounds on their own to look at some of the sculptures, trees, gardens and some of the over 5,500 tombstones of soldiers from the Civil war and other wars.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, this garden cemetery became the repository of symbols of success in the form of true monumental art. The landscape gardeners embellished the natural setting with exotic trees and shrubs while the marble sculptures and granite fabricators erected elaborate memorials to individuals and families. Cave Hill has been blessed by a succession of competent and innovative landscape gardeners, and Louisville has been a regional center for monument makers. The result is a rural, garden-style cemetery which has always been considered a model to emulate.

As Louisville’s only arboretum, Cave Hill prides itself on outstanding maintenance and continues to follow the landscape theory of creating a controlled naturalistic environment where trees, shrubs, waterfowl and family memorials blend together to form the beautiful panorama of a traditional rural cemetery.

There were about 120,000 people interred by 2002, with space remaining for 22,000 more graves. More than 200 Confederate soldiers are buried in Section "O" of the cemetery, with 30-40 buried in a row in the National Cemetery. Included in the Section "O" burials is a Confederate Brigadier General, Alpheus Baker. There are two other Confederate generals buried in other locations in the cemetery. In the addition to Section "O" are a number of residents of the Kentucky Confederate Home, who died around the start of the 20th century.

Details and registration information for the PGMS School of Grounds Management is available online here.

Helping PGMS in bringing this dynamic event to grounds professionals are the PGMS Partners in Professionalism. These industry giants include: Platinum Partners Husqvarna, John Deere and Toro; Gold Partners Bartlett Tree Experts and Kawasaki Engines; Silver Partners Bailey Nurseries, Bayer, Cutting Edge, Davey, EarthPlanter, Hunter, Proven Winners, Stihl and Wright and; Bronze Partners Core Outdoor Power, Echo, Jacks Small Engines and Live Roof.