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ILCA-IPLCA-CBG Turf Education Day (TED) - Chicago Botanic Garden

The premier annual event for turf professionals.

Presentation materials from TED 2014 have now been posted. Please refer to the grid below to download the available presentations. These will be online for 30 days (until 10/12/14).

Presented by:

  • Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA)
  • Illinois Professional Lawn Care Association (IPLCA)
  • Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG)

The numbers don't lie:

  • 208 people attended in 2011. 230 people attended in 2012. 220 people attended in 2013.
  • 94% of the attendees surveyed at the 2013 Turf Education Day rated the event "Good" to "Excellent."
  • 100% said they would attend another Turf Education Day in 2014. 0% said they would not attend again.
  • 85% said the fee was a great value for the quality of the facility, food and educational programming.

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September 12, 2014
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
8:00am - 3:15pm

Premier Sponsor:

The ILCA, in conjunction with the Illinois Professional Lawn Care Association and Chicago Botanic Garden invite you to attend the 5th Annual Turf Education Day, September 12th 2014 at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. The three organizations have come together for an unprecendented 1-day overview of lawn and turf care. Attendees will have their choice of over 15 educational sessions.

Turf care is a big part of many of our businesses. Whether you choose to subcontract some of those services, or provide them in-house, it is critical to your businesses profitability and your customer’s satisfaction to stay informed about the latest turf care products, equipment, and practices. Here’s a quick look at some of the things you’ll learn.

6th Annual Turf Education Day Agenda:

Turf Education Day is for public and private lawn care professionals. Sessions with content that would be enjoyed by a government/municipal/park district audience are denoted with this symbol.
All sessions can be enjoyed by private sector lawn care professionals.

 

Agenda
8:00-8:15am
Registration
8:15am-8:30am

Welcome and Introductions

  • Kris Jarantoski, Executive Vice President and Director, Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Charlie Keppel, The Care of Trees and President, Illinois Landscape Contractors Association
  • Scott Grams – Executive Director, Illinois Landscape Contractors Association
  • Norm Kleber - EnCap Professional Products and IPLCA Past President
  • Mark Utendorf – Emerald Lawn Care and IPLCA President

 

8:30am -9:15am
Keynote #1: Alsdorf Room
Insects prevalent in 2014 Lawns
Phil Nixon - University of Illinois Entomologist [NO Presentation Available]
 
9:25-10:15am

Breakout Sessions - Round 1

Alsdorf Room
How to correctly us a "Ride-On Sprayer" with Calibration Part 1
Aaron Patton - Purdue University [Presentation]

Design Room
How to Save you H2O & Future Operational Expenses
Nathan Arendt - Rain Bird [Presentation]

Pullman Room
It's not all Crap!What's up with Organics:Why & how they work.
Kirk Carls - Nature Safe [Presentation]

Linneaus Room
Digging into Science Behind Bio Nutritional Turf & Plant Care
Steve Lange - Creator of Holganix [NO Presentation Available]


 
10:20-11:10am
Breakout Session - Round 2

 

Alsdorf Room
How to correctly use a "Ride-On Sprayer" with Calibration Part 2
Aaron Patton - Purdue University [Presentation]

Design Room
Go Green; Save Green: Propane Powered Mowers
Jim Rushing - Ferrellgas [Presentation]

Pullman Room
The Future of Pesticides, Formulation & Application Mishaps
Bret Rush, PBI Gordon [Presentation]

Linneaus Room
Reading a Seed Tag and Understanding What You Paid For
Mark Grundman - Jacklin Seed/Simplot [Presentation]

 

   
11:20am-12:10pm

Keynote #2: Alsdorf Room
Lawn and Land Care - An Industry Worth Saving
Jeff Fedorchak - TruGreen [Presentation]

These were some links mentioned during the presentation that are useful to lawn care professionals:

12:10pm-12:55pm
Lunch on the scenic McGinley Terrace
1:00pm-1:50pm
Breakout Session - Round 3

 

Alsdorf Room
Weed Control in Landscape Areas w/ Pre & Post Herbicides
Kerry Anderson - Nufarm [Presentation]

Design Room
Risk Management through Licensing & Permits
Warren Goetsch - Illinois Department of Agriculture [Presentation]

Pullman Room
How to get Top Results from Low Budget
Andy Yeaman - STMA 2013 Field of the Year Award [Presentation]

Linneaus Room
Fertilizer 101 for Dummies: What's Really in the Bag?
Joe Ernst - EC Grow [Presentation]

 

   
2:00-3:00
Keynote #3: Alsdorf Room
Guiding the Evolution of the Chicago Botanic Garden
Kris Jarantoski, Executive Vice President and Director of the Chicago Botanic Garden [Presentation]
3:00-3:15pm
Closing Remarks
   

Registration
Registration includes access to the Chicago Botanic Garden and free parking. Attendees are encouraged to arrive prior to the event or stay after to visit the CBG grounds.

  • ILCA, IPLCA, or Chicago Botanic Garden members = $90
  • Government, non-profit, municipal, park district, etc. rate = $100
  • Non-member fee (private companies) = $130.
  • Additional lunch tickets for unregistered guests = $25
Turf Education Day is for public and private lawn care professionals. Sessions with content that can be enjoyed by a government/municipal/park district audience are denoted with this symbol.
All sessions can be enjoyed by private sector lawn care professionals.

To Register

Register at IPLCA.org

Parking and Registration
When you arrive at the Botanic Garden, tell the parking attendant you are here for the Turf Education event at the Regenstein Center. That will get you past the gate for no charge. Park in any lot you wish. Proceed to the main building and follow the signage to the Regenstein Center. Registration will be at the Regenstein Center.

Registration opens at 7:30am and runs until 8:15am. There will be coffee service available during registration. If you require additional food or beverage at breakfast, the Chicago Botanic Garden has a snack bar on the grounds.

Chicago Botanic Garden Access
Registration includes access to the Chicago Botanic Garden and free parking. Attendees are encouraged to arrive prior to the event or stay after to visit the CBG grounds. Attendees may stay on the grounds as long as the Garden is open to the public.

Guests
Families/spouses can spend the day at the Garden at no cost as long as they arrive in the same car as the registrant. If they arrive in a different car, they will need to pay for parking. Admission to the Garden is free. All conference activities (including lunch) are only open to paid attendees.

Hotel Information for Guests and Families

Courtyard Chicago Highland Park/Northbrook
1505 Lake Cook Road. Highland Park, Illinois 60035
1-847-831-3338
$101 per night.
Must call and ask for the Chicago Botanic Garden rate.

Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel
$145/night for up to 4 people in the room
Includes free hot breakfast buffet for one guest.

The Hotel has a pool and a complimentary shuttle to anywhere within 4 miles of the hotel, including CBG...so at no extra charge the family could come and stay with someone, get up, have breakfast, go to the pool, and then hop on the shuttle to the Garden and spend the afternoon walking around...for free. CBG doesn’t charge admission and the shuttle means families avoid the $20 parking fee.

The room block is for the evening of September 14 is under “Turf Care Day Event" (Reference #M-1NK1RWM). http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/chinb-renaissance-chicago-north-shore-hotel/

Sponsorship
There are numerous sponsorship levels available. Turf Education Day provides both vendor-neutral and vendor-oriented sessions.

Sponsorship Form at IPLCA.org

Questions? 
Contact Julie Nicoll at 630.472.2851 or by email jnicoll@ilca.net.

 

 

 

 

     
 
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