Following are educational programs for professional ornamental horticulturists scheduled for this winter.
December 2 to 4: North Central Turfgrass Exposition (NCTE) at Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, IL. Sponsored by the Illinois Turfgrass Foundation (ITF), this 3-day event features a trade show and educational seminars and workshops for golf-course superintendents, landscape contractors, lawn-care companies, sports-turf managers, sod producers, turf technicians, and municipal and park-and-recreational field personal. For program and registration information, see the University of Illinois Turf Program Web site at http://www.turf.uiuc.edu and follow the link to the ITF Web site and then to the NCTE link. For additional information, telephone Jack Lagershausen at (847)706-6750.
January 6: Southern Illinois Bedding Plant School at Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, IL. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.; program, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For additional information, call (618)692 9434.
January 14 to 16: Mid Am Horticultural Trade Show, McCormick Place–Lakeside, Chicago, IL. For more information, visit www.midam.org.
January 16: Illinois Nurserymen’s Association (INA) Garden Center New Ideas Exchange, McCormick Place–Lakeside, Chicago, IL. For more information, contact the INA office at (888)525-3900.
February 2: Pro Hort Seminar, Peoria, IL. For more information, visit www.prohort.org.
February 3 and 4: Pro Hort Symposium, Peoria, IL. For more information, visit www.prohort.org.
February 24 and 25: Southern Illinois Grounds Maintenance School at Gateway Convention Center, Collinsville, IL. Sessions in Spanish, as well as in English. Preregistration, $55 with lunch; walk-in registration, $75 without lunch. For additional information, call (618)692-9434.
February 26: Spanish/English Grounds Maintenance and Nursery Seminar at the Stratford Banquet Hall, 21007 McGuire Rd., Harvard, IL. Registration starts at 7 a.m.; program, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Preregistration, $20; walk-in registration, $30. Other sessions on April 1 and August 12, with different topics each day. For more informaiton, contact Jim Schuster, (708)-352-0109.
March 9 and 10: Illinois Landscape Contractors Association Winter Seminar at Stonegate Conference Center, Hoffman Estates, IL. This 2-day program offers opportunities for personal and business growth with sessions on marketing, managing, investments, insurance, retirement plans, employee rewards, image, safety, CPR & AED, container gardening, plants, water gardens—plus safety and supervisory skills, both taught in Spanish. For more information, visit http://www.ilca.net/winter2002.html.
March 11: Illinois/Wisconsin Stateline Conference for Landscape Professionals. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rotary Gardens Parker Education Center, Janesville, WI. Course code: GI031104
From garden centers to nurseries, arborists to landscapers, staying updated on trends and practices is a must! Professionals and avid gardeners alike will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge base during this daylong lecture with specialists from University of Illinois Extension and University of Wisconsin Extension. Professional emphasis.
- Raymond Cloyd, U of I Extension entomology, “Pestgalore: How are you going to deal with insect pests in the future?”
- Sherry Combs, UW Extension soil science, “Nutrient requirements of landscape plants”
- Nancy Pataky, U of I Extension plant pathology, “Know your diseases: What’s new!”
- Chris Williamson, UW Extension entomology, “Pesticides: Modes of action”
Early-bird registration before February 15, 2004: $30. Registration after February 15: $40. No refunds for cancellations after March 9. Registration includes lunch, resource materials.
For more information, contact Mike Maddox, horticulture educator, Rock County UW Extension at Rotary Gardens, (608)752-3885x17.
April 1: Spanish/English Grounds Maintenance and Nursery Seminar in DuPage County, IL. Registration starts at 7 a.m.; program, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Preregistration, $20; walk-in registration, $30. Other sessions on February 26 and August 12, with different topics each day. For more information, contact Jim Schuster, (708)352-0109.
August 12: Spanish/English Grounds Maintenance and Nursery Seminar in Will County, IL. Registration starts at 7 a.m.; program, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Preregistration, $20; walk-in registration, $30. Other sessions on February 26 and April 1, with different topics each day. For more information, contact Jim Schuster, (708)352-0109.