Chicago Botanic Garden to host another Turf Education Day

The 11th annual TED event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 29 and features two keynote speakers.


The Chicago Botanic Garden will host the 11th annual Turf Education Day on Aug. 29, which still features two keynote presentations and various breakout sessions despite ending earlier this year to beat traffic.

The event also features changes to the scheduling to allow attendees more time to network with sponsors in the morning. It runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School. Here are the event highlights:

Keynote presentations

  • Glyphosate: What are the Risks?, Jason Fausey, Ph.D., NuFarm
  • Biological Products and Their Impact on Turf & Soil Health, Dr. Roch Gaussoin, University of Nebraska

Breakout Sessions:

  • Legislative Issues Facing the Landscape Industry: What They Are, What to Know, What to Do, Bob Mann, National Association of Landscape Professionals 
  • Pesticide Toxicology: Pick Your Poison, Mike Reed, SynaTek
  • Herbicide Resistance, Dr. Aaron Patton, Purdue University
  • Identifying and Controlling Weedy Grasses in Lawns, Tom Voigt, University of Illinois
  • Soil Surfactants – Improving Water Management, Chip Houmes, Precision Labs
  • Growing Turf in Low Light, Shaded Environments, Dr. Aaron Patton, Purdue University
  • Understanding Your Soil and How it Can Impact Turf Quality, Dr. Ben Hamza, TruGreen
  • For Your Consideration: Reduced Risk and Low Impact Pesticides, Mike Reed, SynaTek 
  • Illinois Department of Agriculture – Regulatory Update and Issues, Doug Owens, Illinois Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Environmental Programs