Summer Field Day


The Premier Outdoor Event for Landscape Professionals – Summer Field Day 2017

When: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Time: 8:30am-3:00pm

Where: College of DuPage – 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

80 landscape supplier booths featuring nursery stock, equipment, materials, new products, and more! * Education sessions with CEs for LAs * Landscape equipment demonstrations * Free beer and ice cream (while supplies last) * BBQ lunch * NEW: Lemonade Stand * Gnome Hunt – win cash prizes * Return of the always popular Bean Bags Tournament


KB10AM – Designing with Colored Concrete – 1 CE for LAs
Keith Boudart, Butterfield Color, Inc., Aurora, IL
This presentation will describe the common methods of coloring new and existing concrete, which will allow a designer to select the correct system relative to aesthetics and function. The factors affecting color quality and proper installation techniques will also be discussed. Actual project photos will be utilized to illustrate concepts and practice. Upon completion of the program a landscape professional or designer will be able to convey to a client the basic design and material options available for decorative concrete applications. 

Andy11AM – Native Grasses in the Landscape – 1 CE for LAs
Andy Stahr, ecology+vision, Leland, IL
This interactive seminar will demonstrate how traditional landscapers can make the most of native grasses. Topics will include: the advantages of native grasses in landscapes, a great seed mix makes all the difference, expectations and timing for native grasses, importance of a plan and specification, how to install native grass seed for maximum effect, native grass plugs and sod options will also be covered. 

Melissa21PM – Landscape Contractors and the Future of Our Trees – 1 CE for LAs
Melissa Custic, Chicago Region Trees Initiative, Lisle, IL
The Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) is using massive amounts of data to help landscape professionals improve the health, diversity, and cover of trees in the Chicago Region. Come learn how CRTI can help support your business, educate your clients, and train your staff with resources developed by CRTI and partners, including canopy summaries for each municipality in the seven county region, an online nursery inventory guide that tells you which nurseries carry each of the 200+ trees that grow well in northern Illinois, a low-cost basic forestry skills training held twice annually, and a buckthorn replacement guide to share with customers.


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Summer Field Day 2017 Exhibitors as of 8/2/17:

A Block Marketing

Advanced Turf Solutions, Inc.

Agrecol Native Nursery and Envirolok

Al Warren Oil Company Inc.

Alexander Equipment Co., Inc.

Arlington Power Equipment

Arthur Clesen, Inc.

Atlas Bobcat

Bailey Nurseries

Bartlett Tree Experts

Better Bilt Products

Cardno Native Plant Nursery

Carlin Sales/Pro Green Plus

Casey Equipment Co., Inc.

Cassidy Tire & Service

Cedar Path Nurseries

Central Sod Farms, Inc.

Chambers Lawn & Power

Chicagoland Grows

College of DuPage Hort. Dept.

Colorblends Wholesale Flower Bulbs

Davey Tree/The Care of Trees

Dayton Bag & Burlap

DeVroomen Garden Products

Emergent Safety Supply

Fiore Nursery & Landscape Supply


GEDC/Echo Power Equipment

Goodmark Nurseries

Grasshopper Company

Gravely, an Ariens Company Brand

Green Glen Nursery

Harrell’s LLC

High PSI Ltd.

Hoffie Nursery

Home Nursery


Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, Inc.

Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

JKS Ventures, Inc.

John Deere

K O Supply Company Inc.

Kafka Granite

Kaknes Landscape Supply

Kankakee Nursery

Kishwaukee College

Kramer Tree Specialists

M & K Truck Centers

Mariani Plants

Martin Implement Sales, Inc.

McGinty Bros., Inc.

Midwest Arborist Supplies

Midwest Groundcovers/Midwest Trading

Midwest Stihl

Monroe Truck Equipment

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD)

National Seed

Northern Family Farms

NYP Corp

Ornamental Growers Association

Patten Cat

Pizzo Native Plant Nursery

Premium Travertine

Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements

RCOP, Inc.

Rental Max LLC

Rush Truck Centers of Illinois

Russo Power Equipment


Sound Living

The Tree Connection

Twixwood Nursery, LLC

United Label & SATO

Vermeer Midwest

Vulcan Construction Materials, Inc.

West Side Tractor Sales

Wilson Nursery & Landscape Supply

Xylem Ltd/Rocks Etc.

Online registration closed Monday, August 7th at NOON.  Please Note: Pre-registered attendees will pick up their badge by last name when they arrive at Summer Field Day. People who aren’t pre-registered may register at onsite registration.

On-site registration prices:

ILCA Member or Agency/Government: $20 or $35 with lunch

Non-member: $30 or $45 with lunch

Registrations are non-refundable!

Want to learn more?

Contact Terre Houte ( for further information about Summer Field Day.

Need a hotel room?

A room block has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Lisle. Click here to make your reservation.

Lunch Menu

Hot Dogs, Brats, Pulled Pork, Burgers, Black Beans, Cole Slaw, Macaroni Salad, Potato Salad, Cookies, Brownies, Canned soda, Water


Thanks to our Premier Sponsor!


Return of the Gnomes!

Find our hiding spots and collect your cash reward!

Return of the always popular Bean Bags Tournament!

About Our HostCOD

Since 1970, the Horticulture program at College of DuPage has been offering fundamental and advanced education and practice to prepare graduates for successful entry into the workforce. It has grown to be one of the largest two-year horticulture programs in Illinois and the United States. For more information, visit:

Summer Field Day 2016 Photos