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The Official Publication of the Indiana Nursery & Landscape Association

Indiana Nursery & Landscape News Volume 77 • Issue 4

July/August 2017

Cover: INLA Award of Excellence Winner for Hardscape Residential Design/Build over $50,000 — Franco Landscaping

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The Hardscape Issue

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Experience Inspires New Line of Home and Garden Shows The Reason Carpenters Are Losing Jobs to Hardscapers Annual Belgard Challenge at the Indiana Flower & Patio Show Follow us!

INEF Scholarship Winners 1o

IDNR Spotlight 14

New IAH Certified 24

Auction Awards Shooting

craft beer -and-



(not at the same time)

Unwind this summer in beautiful Seymour, Indiana for our best fundraising and networking event of the year.

Day 1 Thursday August


- AM Indiana Limestone Co. of Oolitic Quarry Tour - Lunch at Schneider Nursery - PM Schneider Nursery Tour - Dinner at Schneider Nursery featuring live music and drinks.

Quarry Tour

Day 2 Friday August


- AM Shooting For Scholarships Our annual sporting clay shoot educational scholarships. Bring customers, employees, and friends. Prizes available to the best individual or team. - Catered lunch - Live auction Email/call INLA for details: or 800-443-7336

live music

More info and registration

seymour, IN

Nursery Tour

Clay Shoot

See pages 8 - 9 inside this issue

Indiana Nursery & Landscape News Volume 77 • Issue 4 July/August 2017


The Hardscape Issue BUSINESS

16 The Survey Says ... Community

Indiana Nursery & Landscape News is the official publication of the Indiana Nursery & Landscape Association, Inc. (INLA) and is published bimonthly.

18 Experience Inspires New Line of Home and Garden Shows Member Highlight: Donell Heberer Walton

Indiana Nursery & Landscape Association 7915 S. Emerson Ave., Suite 247 Indianapolis, IN 46237 Phone: 317-889-2382 Toll Free: 800-443-7336


Publisher Rick Haggard, Executive Director, INLA 765-366-4994 •


Editor and Ad Sales Mary Breidenbach, Cumulus Design 317-757-8634 •

20 The Reason Carpenters Are Losing Jobs to Hardscapers 22 Annual Belgard Challenge at the Indiana Flower & Patio Show

Advertising Rates: Media Kit available online at

Copy Deadline: First of the month preceding the month of the issue. Reprint permission granted if source is indicated. Views expressed in articles or editorials do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the association or its directors, but are those of the writer. Trade names used in articles are for identification only. No discrimination is intended toward similar products and the INLA does not endorse the use of the products mentioned. Subscriptions: Included with membership to the INLA. Nonmembers: $36.00 per year (six issues per year).


Plus More! 2

President’s Message


Executive Director’s Message

6 Calendar 7 OISC Clean Sweep Dates Announced 8

INLA Summer Tour & Shoot Information & Registration

10 10

INLA News Winners of the 2017 INEF/INLA Scholarships Selected Indiana Legislative Update 2017

12 14

IDNR Spotlight: From the Inspector’s Garden Chamaecyparis obtusa


Certification & Education New Initial & Masters IAH Certification Calendar Registration: IAH Review & Test on July 19, 2017, at Designscape George Brenn’s IAH Study Guide IAH Quiz! Earn CEUs

For questions regarding subscriptions, please call INLA at 317-889-2382.

26 27 Cover Photo: Private residence, Columbus, Indiana. Photo courtesy Franco Landscaping.



Advertiser List Classifieds Toolbox Talks


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August 3 & 4, 2017 see pages 8–9

President’s Message

Brian Franco

My goal for this article was not to talk about the weather, but it seems like it’s always a topic of conversation. When you have 8+ inches of rain in the month of May alone it tends to catch everybody off-guard. On top of that, we start June off with temperatures in the 90s and of course the rain is stopped and drying everything out. But the truth of the matter is our businesses are so dependent on weather it has to be a topic of conversation. All we can do is change our daily schedules to accommodate and work with it. Our mowing crews may slow down with the dry weather but our hardscape crews can probably make progress to get some things done. The summer months are usually when the hardscape business flourishes because our weather cooperates for that division. That leads me into the next topic of conversation and that’s what this article theme is about … hardscaping. Hardscapes are a very large part of our business and are usually always designed in when creating an outdoor living space. In this issue, TechoBloc writes about the new wood grain stone products now availalbe and there is an article about the Belgard Challenge. Here’s a little-known fact: I am proud to say that my company participated in the very first Belgard Challenge in 2005 and was the inaugural winner! I will never forget the day Rob Johnstone (the Belgard rep at the time) approached me with this crazy idea to get into the Flower and Patio Show by doing a competition with their product. A lot of things have changed since then and I am very thankful for that first start to get things rolling. Many great companies have done the Challenge since and it’s awesome to see them grow in our profession. Special thanks for Belgard continuing the successful challenge and growing companies. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend our annual Summer Tour & Shoot being held in southern Indiana on August 3 –4. We start things off with a tour on Thursday followed by a nice evening dinner at Schneider Nursery, our gracious hosts. On Friday the annual Shooting for Scholarships sport clay shoot takes place. If you have never attended I highly suggest it as it is an event you’ll never forget. Please note: There’s no need to be an experienced sport clay shooter to participate as you will get detailed instructions before we start. Needless to say you don’t want to miss this great event and I hope to see you there. Everything happens for a reason, just make the best of it! Brian Franco, INLA President

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2017 INLA Officers Brian Franco President Franco Landscaping, Inc. PO Box 34156, Indianapolis, IN 46234 317-858-3858; Fax 317-858-8906 Dave LaFara, President-Elect Tiffany Lawn & Garden Supply 4931 Robison Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46268 317-228-4900; Fax 317-228-4910 Dean Ricci, Vice President Ricci’s Landscape Management, Inc. 502 Norbeh Drive, Hebron, IN 46341 219-996-2682; Fax 219-996-2680 Brian Julius, Past President Walnut Ridge Nursery & Garden Center 2108 Hamburg Pike Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812-288-6691; Fax 812-288-1580 Rick Haggard, Executive Director & Publisher 3596 Linkside Court, Carmel, IN 46032 Office: 800-443-7336 Cell: 765-366-4994; Fax: 317-889-3935 •

Board of Directors Jim Calvin (2018) Calvin Landscape • 317-247-6316 Kyle Daniel (2018) Purdue University, Nursery & Landscape Extension 765-494-7621 • Kim Glass (2017) M.J. Schuetz Agency • 317-639-5679 Gabriel Gluesenkamp (2019) Designscape Horticultural Services 812-988-8900 • Mark O’Brien (2017) Cardno • 574-586-2412 Bob Wasson (2018) Wasson Nursery and Garden Center 765-759-9000 • Shaun Yeary (2019) Greendell Landscape Solutions 317-996-2826

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Executive Director’s Message Welcome back to the latest installment of my Executive Director letter. As I write this edition and begin to look forward to our upcoming 2017 Summer Tour and INEF Shooting for Scholarships, I cannot begin to thank the INLA Officers and Board of Directors for entrusting me with this opportunity to serve as your executive director. Every person serving on the board or as an officer is very engaged with his or her respective committee responsibilities. If anyone reading this wants to become more involved, please contact either myself or one of the officers or board Rick Haggard members and let us know what committee you would like to be on to “get your feet wet” (perhaps a bad term considering the amount of rain we’ve endured this spring) and entertain the thought of becoming a board member.

2017 Summer Tour and Shooting for Scholarships Events I hope everyone will take the time to be a part of our 2017 Summer Tour and Shooting for Scholarships events being held August 3 – 4, 2017. Look for registration and tentative itinerary in this publication on pages 8 – 9. We will be revisiting southern Indiana and our hosts this year is Schneider Nursery, located in Seymour, Indiana. The tour on August 3 includes a tour of a limestone quarry and of Schneider Nursery. The INLA cannot express what it means to have such gracious hosts for this year’s events. Grant, Margie, and Jill have been in communications with our summer conference committee to be sure all Summer Meeting attendees will have an enjoyable day with food and entertainment, while networking with other attendees. Plus if you have never been to Schneider Nursery you are in for a real gem of a tour. You’ll be amazed at the product line they carry. We tour Schneider Nursery after lunch at their facility in Seymour.

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August 3 & 4, 2017 see pages 8–9


Schneider Nursery Location

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Here is a brief description of Schneider Nursery from their website (www.schneidernursery. com): “From childhood, George Schneider had one ambition--to grow trees to enhance the beauty of his surroundings. George began growing trees and shrubs on a small plot of ground that he borrowed from his parents’ chicken hatchery and produce farm. He purchased his original plant material from J.B. Bailey Company of St. Paul, Minnesota. After high school, George married Mae Ellen Snyder. He and his new wife purchased 24 acres from the family farm and established a retail nursery — Schneider Nursery. George attended several seminars presented by Henry Gilbert of Purdue University and adopted the naturalistic landscape style. George observed established Indiana Nurseries that produced a quality product while doing business in an ethical manner. Presently, the nursery is comprised of more than 500 acres of land. Schneider Nursery continues as a family business and serves both retail and wholesale customers.” The INEF Shooting for Scholarships will once again be held at Sugar Creek Hunting and Sport Clays in Mitchell, Indiana, on August 4th with a scheduled start time of 10:30 a.m. This place is a shooter’s dream, as Brian and Andrea Waldbieser cater to keep the guests entertained. This is a picturesque site offering extra shooting opportunities after the INEF event. See pages 8–9 for complete details and registration. INLA’s Awards of Excellence 2017 submission is not that far away and now is the perfect time to start collecting pictures of your projects that should be entered in this year’s submissions. Please contact me regarding the criteria or drop an email and I will get you the forms. Keep It Green, Rick Haggard, INLA Executive Director Email: • cell: 765-366-4994

Details, registration & sponsor information on pages 8 & 9!


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INLA Summer Tour & Shoot Seymour, IN and surrounding area • Join INLA for the best fundraising and networking event of the year! Activities include a tour of a limestone quarry and Schneider Nursery as well as auction and benefit sport clay shoot for INLA’s scholarship program. See pages 8–9 for more information or visit


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MRTF Annual Golf Day Fundraiser West Lafayette, IN • This year’s event will be held at the newly renovated Ackerman Allen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex on Purdue’s campus.


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OISC Clean Sweep Dates Announced What: An Indiana Pesticide Clean Sweep Project designed to collect and dispose of suspended, canceled, banned, unusable, opened, unopened or just unwanted pesticides (weed killers, insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, miticides, etc.) is being sponsored by the Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC). This disposal service is free of charge up to 250 pounds per participant. Over 250 pounds there will be a $2.00 per pound charge. This is a great opportunity for you to legally dispose of unwanted products at little or no cost.



Who: All public and private schools, golf courses, nurseries, farmers, ag dealers, cities, towns, municipalities, and county units of government or others receiving this notice are eligible to participate. When: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. local Where: August 15, 2017: LaPorte County Fairgrounds in LaPorte, IN August 16, 2017: Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds in Lafayette, IN August 17, 2017: Grant County Fairgrounds in Marion, IN August 22, 2017: Franklin County Fairgrounds in Brookville, IN August 23, 2017: Greene County Fairgrounds in Bloomfield, IN August 24, 2017: Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville, IN How: Complete the Pesticide Clean Sweep Planning Form available at www. html. Fax or email the completed form to Kevin Neal at 765-494-4331 (fax) or no later than Monday, July 31, 2017. Then bring your labeled, leak free, and safe to transport containers to the collection site. DO NOT mix materials. In case of an emergency, you should bring with you a list of products you are carrying and a contact phone number. NOTE: OISC reserves the right to cancel this Pesticide Clean Sweep Project if there is not adequate demand. Participants submitting the planning form by July 31, 2017, will be contacted immediately if cancellation is necessary. More information at

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Auction Awards Shooting

craft beer -and-



(not at the same time)

Unwind this summer in beautiful Seymour, Indiana for our best fundraising and networking event of the year.

Day 1 Thursday August


- AM Indiana Limestone Co. of Oolitic Quarry Tour - Lunch at Schneider Nursery - PM Schneider Nursery Tour - Dinner at Schneider Nursery featuring live music and drinks.

Quarry Tour

Day 2 Friday August


- AM Shooting For Scholarships Our annual sporting clay shoot educational scholarships. Bring customers, employees, and friends. Prizes available to the best individual or team. - Catered lunch - Live auction Email/call INLA for details: or 800-443-7336

live music

seymour, IN

Nursery Tour

Clay Shoot 8

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registration Deadline: July 26, 2017

INLA Summer Tour

REGISTRATION ANd SpONSORShIp FORM ThuRSDAy, AuguST 3, 2017 • Meet at 8:00am at Schneider Nursery • Depart for Indiana Limestone Co. of Oolitic quarry tour • Private lunch at Schneider Nursery • Nursery tour, followed by dinner & entertainment

FRIDAy, AuguST 4, 2017 • Breakfast and registration from 9:00–10:00 a.m. at Sugar Creek • Sporting clay shoot begins at 10:30 a.m. • Catered Lunch • Live Auction

Lodging: Fairfield Inn & Suites: 327 N. Sandy Creek Dr., Seymour, IN 47274 Tour Location: Schneider Nursery: 3066 US-50, Seymour, IN 47274 Shoot Location: Sugar Creek: 2191 Bono Road, Mitchell, IN 47446

Register rooms for you and your guests by calling 812-524-3800. There are rooms reserved under “INLA Summer Tour.” Room rate: $109 double / $119 King Must register for rooms by JULY 21ST!

Thursday, August 3rd: $85 per person for Thursday event, includes tour, lunch, dinner, & beer samples $30 per person for dinner only Friday, August 4th: $600 per team of 5 includes shoot, breakfast & lunch $125 per person includes shoot, breakfast & lunch

Shoot registration includes: targets, shells, shotguns (upon request), safety instructions, limited shooting instructions, refreshments, dinner, and prize eligibility.

REgISTRATION: Company: ____________________________________________ Name(s) of individuals or team of 5 attending: 1) ___________________________________________________

Return by: July 26, 2017 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Sponsors will be acknowledged verbally and on signage throughout the program, in addition to an upcoming issue of the INLA Newsletter. Sign up for sponsorships soon and realize the maximum benefit of pre-event publicity!

2) ___________________________________________________

Company: ________________________________________

3) ___________________________________________________

Contact: __________________________________________

4) ___________________________________________________

Cell: _____________________________________________

5) ___________________________________________________

Email: ____________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________

___ We will staff our station

City, St, Zip: __________________________________________ Phone:______________________ Cell:____________________ Fax: ________________________ Email: _______________________________________________ Select registration items:

_____ $250 Station Sponsors — your logo/name on individual station signage. PLEASE PROVIDE A LIVE AUCTION ITEM. (20 opportunities or 2 per station) _____ $250 Friday Breakfast at Sugar Creek (2 opportunities)

# of People

_____ Thursday Event @ $85/person .................................$ _________ _____ Thursday Dinner only @ $30/person .......................$ _________ _____ Shoot: Team of 5 @ $600/team................................$ _________ _____ Shoot: Individual @ $125/person .............................$ _________ _____ Friday Event Spectator Only $50/person ..................$ _________ _____ Sponsorship Contribution Total ...............................$ _________ _____ Additional Scholarship Contribution ........................$ _________ Total amount enclosed........................................... $ _________

_____ $500 Lunch at Schneider Nursery (2 opportunities) _____ $250 Tour Transportation Sponsors (4 needed) Includes signage and an opportunity to do a 5-minute talk about your company/product _____ $350 Dinner Beverage (2 opportunities, alcoholic beverages during dinner only and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day) _____ $700 Dinner Sponsor (2 opportunities)

PAYMENT: ___ Check enclosed made payable to INLA ___ Credit card (circle one): MasterCard

Visa Discover AMEX

Name on card: ________________________________________ Card number:_________________________________________ Expiration date:______/______

Sign me up for the following sponsorships (we have more than one sponsor per category):

security code: ________

Billing address if different from above: (address, city, state, zip) _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________

_____ $300 Prize (2 opportunities) will be awarded to first place individuals on each team ($50 Visa gift cards) _____ Door prize donations (please describe) ___________________________________________ (Suggestions are coolers, tools, bag chairs, electronic items, event tickets, gift cards, etc.) _____ Live auction donations (please describe) ____________________________________________ (Suggestions are gift cards, landscape material, products, electronics, equipment, etc.)

Please fax, email, or mail to the INLA Office by July 26, 2017 Fax: 317.889.3935 • Email: Questions: 800-443-7336 or 317-889-2382 • Mail: INLA 7915 S. Emerson Ave., Ste 247, Indianapolis, IN 46237

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Winners of the 2017 INEF/INLA Scholarships Selected Congratulations to Sarah Burger and Cody Cornell The 2017 Indiana Nursery Endowment Fund (INEF), aka Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association (INLA) Scholarships, has awarded two $4,000 scholarships for 2017. The following recipients excelled in their academics at their respective schools, and the INEF board felt each were more than deserving to receive these scholarships. Each recipient will receive $2,000 for their upcoming (20172018) freshman year, and as long as they retain a C or better GPA they will receive an additional $2,000 for their (2018-2019) sophomore year, upon submitting the appropriate documentation of their GPA and horticulture major. Both recipients are enrolled at Purdue University for the upcoming fall semester with each seeking a degree in the horticultural field. The first recipient is Sarah Burger from Indianapolis, Indiana. Sarah attended Central Nine Career Center and was enrolled the past two years in the Landscape Horticulture career path. Sarah was a participant during the Indiana Green Expo 2017 Landscape Challenge and was on the winning team consisting of four students, one mentor and one landscape supervisor. (Note: the Landscape Challenge is a fundraiser for the INLA/INEF Scholarship. The material donated by various vendors for use in the Landscape Challenge are later auctioned and proceeds go to the INEF.) Each

person on the winning team was awarded a ribbon, plaque, and $100.00 cash prize. All involved were aware of the importance of the scholarship, and the winners donated the monies won back to the scholarship fund. The second recipient is Cody Cornell from Lafayette, Indiana. Cody attended McCutcheon High School and was a student athlete who excelled in the sport of cross-country racing. He garnered awards for All Academic Conference, All Conference, and Student Athlete of the Week honors as well being captain of the cross-country team at McCutcheon. Cody has been a 10-year 4H member and an FFA chaplain. Cody wrote in his application the reason for choosing a Landscape Horticulture degree at Purdue was the visit he made to Purdue during a “Purdue for Me” event on campus. He particularly mentioned that both Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs, Marcos Fernandez, the advisors in the College of Agriculture, as well as Professor of Horticulture, Michael Dana as having an impact on his decision to choose Purdue and the Landscape Horticulture field as his choice for a career path. Both of these recipients are well deserving of the scholarships. Through donations of all involved, you are providing the opportunity for these students to become the future leaders in our industry.

The INEF/ INLA Scholarship currently holds two fundraising events during each calendar year. The first fundraiser is the auction held during the INLA annual business Sarah Burger and awards meeting at the Indiana Green Expo, which is the joint trade-show educational program each January at the Indianapolis Convention Center. This event is a concerted effort on behalf of the Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association and the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation (MRTF). The other fundraising event is the annual Shooting for Scholarships, which is a sporting clay shoot held as part of the INLA Summer Meeting in August each calendar year. Recently the INEF board changed the distribution of funds to allow up to 80% of funds raised to be distributed in scholarships. Through the generosity of many vendors, sponsors, in-kind donations, passing the hat, and the silent auction, over $11,000 were raised from these two events in 2016. The INEF/INLA has awarded almost $60,000 in scholarships since 2010.

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Indiana Legislative Update 2017 Jason Johnson, The Corydon Group and Rick Haggard, INLA Executive Director The following information concerns several overall issues regarding the 2017 legislative session, not just the issues that were germane to our industry, but still could have an impact on your company. The Indiana General Assembly met from January through April this year as they undertook writing a new state budget and a long-term roads and infrastructure plan, expanded Pre-K programming, and continued to battle the opiod epidemic that has plagued the state.

Budget The 2017 General Assembly fulfilled their constitutional duty this session with the passage of House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1001, the state’s $32.2 billion biennial budget bill, with the House voting 68-30 and the Senate voting 42-8 in support. Ultimately, HEA 1001 spends less than is projected to be


collected by the state over the next two years and will leave a surplus of $1.9 billion by the end of fiscal year 2019.

Roads For months leading up to the start of session, fiscal leaders in the legislature promised a long-term roads and infrastructure bill that would adequately fund the maintenance and build out of the state’s needed infrastructure. That promise was fulfilled with the passage of HEA 1002, containing many provisions that were suggested by the task force created by last year’s legislature and co-chaired by budget leaders in both chambers, Rep Tim Brown and Sen. Luke Kenley. Funding for the estimated $1.2 billion per year investment will come from a variety of sources, including a 10-cent increase in the gas tax, new vehicle registration fees at the BMV, and a shift in the gas tax that

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allocates all related revenue to road funding over the next eight years. HEA 1002 also included a study on highway tolling as well as language that would allow Governor Holcomb to toll new lanes unilaterally.

Education Education legislation continued to dominate much of this session with three key initiatives: Pre-K expansion, the elimination/ replacement of the ISTEP test, and the shift in making the Superintendent of Public Instruction an appointed position as opposed to an elected one. Indiana’s Pre-K pilot program won support for expansion and was given an additional $22 million in funds annually, more than doubling current funding levels. K-12 education received a $345 million increase, which amounts to a 3% jump from the last

biennium, and Higher Ed saw an increase in funding of 3.5% over current levels. Despite much debate and consternation this session, the legislature passed House Enrolled Act 1003 which will replace the ISTEP test program after June 30, 2018 with a new statewide assessment program to be known as Indiana’s Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network, or ILEARN. The new test will go into effect in 2019, meaning the ISTEP test will be given for one more year.

Opioid Progress House Enrolled Act 1438, authored by Representative Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove), allows counties or municipalities to approve the establishment of a syringe exchange program. It also requires the syringe exchange program to keep a sufficient amount of overdose intervention drugs available at program sites. SEA 226, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), will establish a 7-day prescribing limit for opioids for a first-time

patient. There are several exemptions, which seek to give providers some flexibility for individual patients. The Governor’s Drug Enforcement Treatment and Prevention task force received an appropriation of $10 million over the biennium. There were numerous pilot programs passed this session that focused on treatment, prevention and training. The task force will decide where to spend the money and which new pilot programs will receive the funding.

Heading to Next Year This summer there are a number of interim study committees being planned but none

are as anticipated as the joint task committee being assembled that will examine the state’s alcohol laws. Over nearly the last decade there have been intensive efforts to allow for Sunday retail sales of alcohol that have continually stalled out early in the legislative process. Advocates for amending the alcohol code to make the alcohol market more open and accessible to Hoosiers had a short lived victory last year with the Ricker’s convenience store chain being granted cold beer carry out abilities because of the restaurants they had built in two new locations. The General Assembly quickly acted at the end of session in a manner that essentially limits Ricker’s permits to only being available for the duration of the current permit cycle. Nevertheless, the perceived loophole used by Ricker’s to obtain their permits and the General Assembly’s actions to reverse course on those permits further exposed the inconsistencies throughout the alcohol code. There will be as much time, effort, and energy put into this issue on all sides as any other issue over the next year.


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IDNR Spotlight

From the Inspector’s Garden: Chamaecyparis obtusa Kenneth W. Cote, Indiana DNR, Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology experienced temperatures as high as 107°F and as low as -22°F. Not only are there large temperature extremes, there are rapid temperature changes. Moisture extremes also seem to be normal. Either we are flooded or dried to a crisp. Fall and winter is much drier compared to eastern Pennsylvania, while spring and summer arrive earlier in the year and are consistently wetter. This article discusses some of the experience I have had with C. obtusa as a gardener and a nursery inspector over the last 15 years.

Chamaecyparis obtusa, Hinoki False Cypress, is native to Japan and Taiwan. This plant has scale-like growth on most cultivars but some may have leaves that are more needle like or even thread like. Chamaecyapris obtusa can be easily distinguished from arborvitae by examining the undersides of leaves, which will reveal a white line of wax located at each growth segment. Seed is not often produced by this species, but you can often produce new varieties from successful seed propagation. Cultivars include a wide range of colors including yellow, green with white specs, blue tints, and different shades of green. The texture and size of each cultivar can also vary greatly. I have seen a C. obtusa ‘Fillicoides’ in Mystic, Connecticut that was approximately 40 feet, and C. obtusa ‘Crippsii’, a yellow form, was nearly 30 feet in the gardens I worked at in Washington, D.C. However, most cultivars in the industry are small at maturity and less than 20 feet tall. There are also miniature cultivars that grow to be less than 12 inches in height in a 10-year period. I have been living in the Midwest for about 15 years, and gardening here takes on a whole new set of challenges compared to my hometown in eastern Pennsylvania. Since I moved to Bloomington, I have

Pest Issues Chamaecyparis obtusa is relatively pest free but there are some problems that you need to be aware of when growing these plants. Spruce spider mite (Oligonychus unuguis) is a serious pest of this species and can often go unnoticed until it is too late to treat plants. Spruce spider mite is a coolseason mite than can infest plants beginning in late April or early May. Look for mites by beating branches over a white piece of paper. If you see fast-moving mites, they are predatory mites that feed on plant-feeding mites. However, if you see small, olive green mites that are super abundant, treatment may be necessary because they are probably spruce spider mites. Early damage from this

C. obtusa ‘Templhof ’

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pest produces white stippling and a faded color on the inner growth. Severe damage from this pest does not often appear until the weather gets warm and the damaged tissue desiccates. Desiccation of damaged leaves often occurs after adult mites have stopped feeding and populations are in diapause. At this point, the populations will consist mostly of eggs, and you are not likely to get new damage. Treatment with an ovicide may be necessary if you intend

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to suppress populations in order to prevent potential late season damage that can be associated with new adult feeding activity which can occur in cool, dry autumns. Certain cultivars tend to be more susceptible to spruce spider mite than others. Cultivar ‘Kosteri’ is often infested with spruce spider mite and miniature cultivars can receive irreversible damage quickly in spring. I often overhead water these plants to suppress mite populations build up when rains are not frequent. Once you make it through the spider mite gauntlet, your next pest to be wary of is bagworm. This pest hatches when Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa) and Japanese tree lilac (Syringa reticulata) begin to bloom in May to early June. They often blow into new locations during thunderstorms or other wind events. Look at the tops of your tallest plants first and those toward the edge of your property. Bagworm does not emerge all at one time. As an inspector, I have observed bagworm hatch as early as the month of May and as late as early August. In some cases, we seem to get a prolonged emergence period and multiple treatments may be necessary to control this pest. Minute Cypress Scale (Carulaspis minima) can infest Chamaecyparis; however, I have not encountered any infestations of this pest that would warrant a treatment. Look for small, white scales with a yellow dot located toward the base of growth. They are very small, but large populations can result in needle yellowing and plant damage. The crawler stage, the active stage of a scale that is susceptible to pesticides, emerges in late May or June depending on weather conditions.

Abiotic Issues Chamaecyparis obtusa prefers moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soils. There are not many soils like this in Indiana and certainly not in my back yard. I often plant smaller cultivars on mounds of top soil amended with pine fines to improve drainage and soil acidity. Mounded areas may require additional watering during dry periods, and I highly recommend fertilizing your plants with fertilizer designed for acid-loving plants. It is also a good idea to know what the pH of your water source is for production or irrigation in a landscape. The pH of the water out of my faucet in Bloomington is 8.6. The poorly drained soils and limestone located in my region often causes nutrient deficiencies and general chlorosis of green cultivars. This can be hard to turn around, especially during dry periods when I am watering with 8.6 pH water. Addition of sulfur, chelated iron, or liquid-based fertilizers can provide some relief from this, but it is a good idea to get a soil test to know what is happening in your soil before you start applying these products. Sun scald is especially a problem on miniature cultivars. These cultivars are slow growing and have very small root systems that require a bit of extra watering as well as afternoon shade during the hottest part of the day. A little bit of shade is also good for cultivars that have white or yellow variegation in their foliage, which can suffer from sun scald. In 2016, dwarf varieties on my property developed severe sun scale in late September because the White Spire Birch shading them dropped its foliage from leaf spot, but it was still nearly 90°F.

Winter injury can be a serious problem on certain cultivars. The hardiness varies somewhat between cultivars, and I have experienced total plant death during the severe winter of 2013-2014. Cultivar ‘Split Rock’ was one plant that did not survive that winter, while cultivar ‘Nana Gracilis’ was not affected by the severe cold. Protection from severe winter winds is important. My gardens are located in an exposed subdivision and frost pocket, thus miniature varieties often experience environmental injury. Reversion can be another issue associated with C. obtusa. Reversion is when new growth begins to develop characteristics of the plant species instead of the traits of the selected cultivar. This problem can also occur on Alberta spruce. Some cultivars are more prone to reversion than others. If you see this occurring on your plants, cut out the reverted growth as quickly as possible in order to prevent the loss of your desired cultivar growth patterns. Chamaecyparis obtusa can be a bit tricky to grow in Indiana, but its unique character and numerous available cultivars make it a valuable plant for the landscape. They make excellent specimen plants and are great for rock gardens or large containers. The only other plant that comes close in texture is C. lawsoniana. However, it is a bit too cold for many of the cultivars in this species. As with any plant, poor growing conditions and stress can reduce winter hardiness. However, I hope this will encourage you to try working with some of these plants if you have not in the past.

About the Author Kenneth W. Cote is a Nursery Inspector and Compliance Officer with the Indiana DNR, Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Bloomington Field Office. On his days off he enjoys spending time in his own garden with his family. Ken can be reached at: PO Box 29 Clear Creek, IN 47426 Phone: 812-322-7249 Email: Sun scald, C. obtusa nana

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July/August 2017

The Hardscape Issue The Survey Says...


16 The Survey Says...

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18 Experience Inspires New Line of Home and Garden Shows Member Highlight: Donell Heberer Walton


20 The Reason Carpenters Are Losing Jobs to Hardscapers Community

22 Annual Belgard Challenge at the Indiana Flower & Patio Show


Given our topic this issue on “hardscapes,” a recent outdoor living survey conducted by American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) caught my attention. It made me curious as to what other surveys might be out there regarding hardscapes and outdoor living projects and would they reflect INLA members’ expereinces? According to the 2017 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the ASLA in February 2017 — consumers prefer sustainable, tech-friendly, design elements for their outdoor living spaces. ASLA reported that it was the “first time wireless/internet connectivity entered the top ten project types” in the history of this survey. The ASLA survey, which asked landscape architects to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements in 2017, found that the top ten projects were: • Native/adapted drought-tolerant plants – 82.31% • Native plants – 81.60% • Low-maintenance landscapes – 79.25% • Food/vegetable gardens (including orchards, vineyards, etc.) – 76.52% • Permeable paving – 76.31% • Reduced lawn area – 72.66% • Fire pits/fireplaces – 71.51% • Drip/water-efficient irrigation – 71.05% • Wireless/internet connectivity – 70.77% • Rainwater/graywater harvesting – 70.32% But since we’re talking hardscapes in this issue, the top three most popular outdoor design elements include fire pits/fireplaces (71.51 percent), wireless/internet connectivity (70.77 percent), and lighting (67.83 percent). And pergolas (50.33 percent), decks (41.35 percent), fencing (39.82 percent), and arbors (38.74 percent) are expected to be the most popular outdoor structures. Another survey, the QR Outdoor Living Survey conducted in November 2016 by the Qualified Remodeler publication looked at regional preferences for homeowner motivation, project type and outdoor features. The survey found that the top five outdoor feature preferences in the North Central region were: Grill (1st), hardscape patio (2nd), fire pit (3rd), floodlight/security lighting (4th) and railings (5th). When people were asked to rank their interest in seven different types of outdoor living projects the survey found that no matter what region of the county, the spaces ranking higher tended to be spaces where people gather and linger. In this category the North Central region’s top three were expanded decks, porches, and outdoor dining areas. It also found that regarding the client’s motivation for requesting an outdoor living project that the most common response across all regaions was “to add more entertaining space.” And finally, regarding project budgets we pull from one more survey, the 2016 Houzz Landscaping and Garden Trends study. It reported that “nine in 10 homeowners spent or plan to spend less than $5,000 on minor projects (86 percent).” And for a complete overhaul, the study indicates “over two in five homeowners spent or plan to spend $20,000 or more.” Of course the most important stats are you own. So how do these findings compare to your experiences here in Indiana? Are you getting requests to integrate wireless/internet connectivity into your projects? What were the top five outdoor features requested this year?

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Member Profile

Experience Inspires New Line of Home and Garden Shows This member profile is a Q & A with long-time INLA member, Donell Heberer Walton. After years of producing consumer shows for other companies, she has started a new venture, Suburban Indy Shows, and is now producing a series of shows of her own.

Description of your business: Suburban Indy Shows is a series of four consumer events designed to connect business owners with would-be customers, focusing on the prominent north side suburbs of Indianapolis. The shows’ event dates are scheduled to fit into businesses marketing schedules at the most effective times of the year: Suburban Indy Home & Outdoor Living Fall Show.................September 21-24, 2017 Suburban Indy Holiday Show.................................................November 16-19, 2017 Suburban Indy Home & Outdoor Living Spring Show............February 8-11, 2018 Suburban Indy Women’s Show...............................................March 22-25, 2018

Principals: Currently, I am the sole full-time staff member … so as they say, the buck stops here! However, my advertising/marketing/promotions/public relations agency who were with me through my years at the Flower Show & Christmas Show are still on board, as well as my key contractors and suppliers! Many of my friends and family who helped in the show office during my former shows, taking tickets, handling the information booth, securing the building and manning doors are along for the ride as well! Company History: Although Suburban Indy Shows is a new launch for me, I’ve spent the past 17 years in the consumer show business and have produced more than 40 events in those years including the Flower Show, Christmas Show, and a Bridal Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, a Flower Show in New Jersey, and a Home & Garden Show in Dayton, Ohio. How did you get here? Honestly, on a wing and a prayer! When the Flower Show and Christmas Show were sold last September, I knew I had to find a way to stay in this business … when you love something as deeply and passionately as I loved these shows, you find a way to make your dream come true! Grand Park, in Westfield where my shows are taking place, was already on my radar, and I had taken a tour of the facility in July, contemplating going it on my own. That tour took place two days before I found out the shows were being sold … so contracts for my new shows were already in the “draft” stages! So I had already found my new home!! Obviously, there is so much more to this story, but space is limited … lol!!!


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Challenges? Although I had produced consumer shows for all those years, the first 4 years selling all the booth space for the shows and the last 13 running the business side and handling sponsorships, it was for someone else. So as it is for any new business owner … it is the fear of the unknown. I had many conversations with business owners, in the green industry, since these are “my people”… and I was met with nothing but support, encouragement, and many “you got this” exclamations! There is nothing quite like this industry … how everyone works together to ensure everyone else’s success! I cannot say enough about these relationships … relationships that I have acquired not only through the production of the shows but through organizations such as INLA! Green Industry support? I have been involved with the INLA, I imagine, since I started in the industry 17 years ago. I’ve helped “judge” INLA’s Award of Excellence submissions and have always had a presence at both the “Shooting for Scholarships” event and at the Indiana Green Industry, helping out however and wherever I can! I also support all the ILA events as well. THIS is one of the most important parts of my business … the networking that takes place, solidifying the relationships I’ve developed over the years!

More Information Exhibitors and visitors interested in a particular show can find details at: Location of Shows: Grand Park Event Center 19000 Grand Park Blvd. Westfield, IN Contact: Donell Heberer Walton Owner / Producer 317-908-3815

Interests in and out of work? Since launching in March, I haven’t had a lot of downtime, as one can imagine; however, in my past life, I enjoy gardening, reading, music, learning something new every day, a fine cigar and bourbon neat, spending time traveling with my fiancé Jeff and my family. I have two adorable grandsons I enjoy spoiling and have just finished producing the event of a lifetime … my daughter’s wedding!

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The Reason Carpenters Are Losing Jobs to Hardscapers Alex Cadieux, Techo-Bloc Timber retaining walls have been used as a cheaper alternative to stone for a long time. Now, the look is becoming trendy and gaining ground with designminded, not-so-budget-conscious homeowners seeking a more organic looking landscape; probably one they found on Pinterest. The problem is, at-grade wood construction isn’t advisable in markets like the Midwest. Exposure to the elements with little-to-no air circulation below the structure is a recipe for warped, split planks that hurt the beauty of a project, your clients’ satisfaction, and your reputation. Even composite alternatives lack some of the structural ability and load-bearing strength required for timber walls and raised planters. How to deal with homeowners demanding a look that lasts with minimal maintenance? Share your knowledge of the problem and bring a better solution to the table: pre-cast concrete that’s engineered to perform in the harshest environments, looks good forever, and exactly like wood.

A Better Solution Techo-Bloc recognized this need in 2014 and introduced the Borealis; a collection of pre-cast hardscape stones that looked and felt so much like wood, it won Architectural Digest Magazine’s top 10 renovation products of the year. Available in a 5-inch wide slab, a 10-inch wide slab, a stepping stone, a 4-foot long step unit and a 6-inch high wall and a curb unit; the collection has everything you need to build a complete hardscape project. The Borealis also has four color tones, ranging from beige to dark brown with an all-new grey addition for 2017. The slabs are also refined in their appearance. While wood is a very traditional material, Borealis offers a modern twist with its dimensions and clean ¼" joint spacing. This translates into a wide range of laying options. We have seen many examples of this product used either in a monochromatic, running bond pattern, a duo-chromatic chevron pattern, and even tri-color, multiwidth, random patterns. The double-sided wall and step units are great for carrying the pavement’s authentic aesthetic up to the vertical planes (walls). Every unit can be used as a corner unit because of the realistic wood grain texture present on 5 of the 6 sides of every piece. The ends of every piece show tree rings, just like the real thing. The insertion of the leftover cut ends throughout the wall face can give the impression of “dead-men,” a traditional reinforcement method for formerly popular railroad tie walls. With the strength of concrete and a 4' length, these units are great for spanning 20

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The Annual Belgard Challenge at the Indiana Flower & Patio Show Christi Simoneaux, Belgard For over a decade, the annual Belgard Contractor Challenge has been a highlight of the Indiana Flower & Patio Show. Each year, three local landscape design and installation companies are selected by the Belgard sales team and given ten days to design and install a 1,250-2,000 square foot outdoor living area, which together combine to create an expansive booth that illustrates the outdoor design possibilities of Belgard’s hardscape products. “The installations are always phenomenal and over the top,” says local Belgard Sales Manager Brock Harmon. “It’s a lot of fun to see their creative and unconventional uses of our products. They have free rein on the hardscape design, and we never know what they’re going to come up with.” In an effort to help transform the Indiana State Fairgrounds West Pavilion into a lush outdoor haven for the show, competitors are required to incorporate 60 percent green material in their designs, with 99 percent of the hardscapes required to be Belgard products, leaving some allowance for natural stone. However, the remainder of the design is up to each competitor. Competitors are encouraged to incorporate a variety of design elements, including lighting, water features, pergolas, retaining walls, and an unlimited use of imagination. In years past, designs have included live animals, bridges, coy ponds, waterfalls, and even an amphitheater. “One of my favorites was the year one of the competitors installed LED lights randomly throughout their countertop, creating the illusion of starlight,” Harmon said. The champions from each year’s competition earn the right to defend their title at the following year’s event. This year, reigning champs Hoosier Lawn Maintenance snagged the top prize for the second consecutive year with their creative design titled, “The Hoosier Honeymoon Hideaway,” which evoked the sense of a hidden garden and tied in with the show theme of “Old, New, Borrowed and Blue.” 22

“Hoosier Honeymoon Hideway” by reigning champs Hoosier Lawn Maintenance takes top honors in the 2017 Belgard Challenge.

At the entrance of the Honeymoon Hideaway display, visitors were led down a quaint lantern-lit Rinn™ Padio™ paver path flanked by Tandem® retaining walls and a natural stone wall, layered with lush tropical flora. Lighted wooden and wrought iron partitions helped create a sense of intimacy throughout the gardens. Upon entering the hideaway, the display opened onto a patio that was divided into two distinct outdoor rooms: a spa and a kitchen. The spa room incorporated an outdoor shower and a raised soaking pool, constructed with untumbled Weston Stone® Universal, some of which was split to create a rough-hewn look. The split and smooth face blocks were installed with a staggered pattern to create a textural design. To develop the spa-like atmosphere, the pool was surrounded with Quarziti Porcelain Pavers and jointed with smooth natural stones. Behind the pool, a layered wall of natural stone and tropical greenery created an intimate and relaxing mood. The outdoor kitchen was defined by a dramatic triangular shaped arbor that

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centered on a dual-sided bar and a Bordeaux Belgard Elements fireplace. The kitchen was completed with a retro Coca-Cola drink machine and a Bordeaux grill station that included both a gas grill and a Big Green Egg®. The kitchen area was flanked by colorful gardens containing a wide variety of annuals, perennials, and evergreens. “Our inspiration for the design centered on the Bordeaux fireplace,” Matt Fromelius of Hoosier Lawn Maintenance said. “We liked the Lamina® Stone veneer used on the exterior and decided to extend that outward. We got a lot of great feedback on that aspect of the design.” This marked Hoosier Lawn Maintenance’s third year in the competition and second consecutive win, with the winning design selected each year by attendee vote. “We get a tremendous amount of exposure each year we compete,” Fromelius said. “Between the leads and referrals, we grow our business exponentially each time. We’ll end up with over $300,000 in new business from this year’s show. The key is to qualify the leads.”

This year’s challengers were Ladd Scape (left) and Allen & Scott Enterprises (right).

The prize for Hoosier Lawn Maintenance’s efforts includes a trophy, promotional and branding opportunities, and the ability to return as reigning champs to next year’s event, where they will receive the largest competition display space. By participating in the competition, they also benefit from a higher level of exposure in a more prominent location than a standard show booth. Attempting to usurp Hoosier’s crown, this year’s challengers Ladd Scape and Allen & Scott Enterprises brought a great deal of creativity to the table, but fell slightly short of the popular vote during the course of the 10-day show, losing by a narrow margin. The Ladd Scape display was a tikiinspired outdoor kitchen and living room. To enter the display, visitors crossed a picturesque flagstone-like walkway of Mega-Arbel® pavers, which led to a wooden footbridge. Bridge floorboards were cut on the bias, for added visual interest, and traversed a multilevel natural stone pond that incorporated a lighted waterfall and two lighted fountains. Ladd Scape’s outdoor kitchen utilized Weston Stone® retaining wall block for the base and featured twisted pier columns and poured concrete countertops. Rustic knotty pine walls, Mega-Lafitt® pavers, and a thatched roof completed the look. A Brighton Belgard Elements Fireplace with match-

ing wood boxes served as the focal point for the adjoining living room. Mega-Arbel® pavers were used to simulate the look of an area rug in front of the fireplace and tied in with the entrance walkway. Brightly colored tulips, daffodils, and hydrangeas played starring roles in the surrounding garden design. Allen & Scott Enterprises took an eclectic approach with their design, mixing contemporary, rustic, and whimsical design elements. Throughout the display, walkways and patios were constructed with 8" x 47" planks of Noon Porcelain Pavers, which emulated the look and feel of a wooden deck. The display included three outdoor living zones: a kitchen, a dining space, and an outdoor media room. The Allen & Scott outdoor kitchen was constructed with Weston Stone® retaining wall block and included both a grill station and an expansive bar, both boasting ample countertop space. Weston Stone® columns provided the base for both the overhead cedar arbor and a coordinating garden partition. A rustic picnic table overlooked contemporary multimedia art, which served as a backdrop for the kitchen wall. Connecting the kitchen with the media room was a Bristol Belgard Elements fireplace. The media room consisted of a built-in seat wall opposite a tiered media wall, constructed with untumbled Weston Stone® Universal and

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Certification & Education

New Initial & Masters Indiana Accredited Horticulturist (IAH) Initial Esequiel Alcaraz, RLM Inc. Alex Ankrom, Hubinger Landscape Corp. Jacob Arthur, Vincennes University Jacob Barneko, RLM Inc. Ninette Cox, Hubinger Landscape Corp. Adan Favela, Priority Landscape Sergio Garcia, RLM Inc. Arturo Guerrero, Priority Landscape Brian Hart, Hubinger Landscape Corp. Jim Hubinger, Hubinger Landscape Corp. Eric Hubinger, Hubinger Landscape Corp.

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Chapter 12 – Working with Landscape Plans & Specifications Project drawings and specifications communicate landscape design information from a design team to the implementation team. Together, the drawings and specifications are called contract documents and provide a means for owners and designers to communicate with those who build, plant, and create the landscape project. As well, these contract documents comprise the basis for the contract between the developer and the landscape firm. Specifications are text documents that spell out all details necessary to ensure that project components will be provided and installed as intended by the project’s Landscape Architect. Specifications generally include: Title page Invitation to bid Index to specifications List of drawings Instructions to bidders Bid form Terms of contract

Bond & Insurance requirements Payment form and details General and supplemental conditions Existing site information Technical Specifications ** Addenda Change orders

Technical specifications for landscape construction projects include general information, references, and standards. These are addressed by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). CSI Division 2 – Sitework, which includes Section 02800 “Site Improvements” as well as Section 02900 “Landscaping.” Good technical specifications are clearly written and understandable, and information that is contained in specifications should not be restated on drawings. Types of Specifications Descriptive Specifications are the most commonly seen specifications; they describe in detail what is to be done and exactly how it is to be accomplished. {see fig 1} Performance Specifications define a result, but do not give precise instructions on how to achieve that result. This type is not common in landscape work. Proprietary Specifications are those that define a particular product from a particular supplier or manufacturer. They may call for an exact product (closed spec) or may allow substitutions of a comparable or equivalent product (open spec). {see fig 2} Reference Specifications refer to another authority that sets standards. This avoids the entire standard having to be reproduced in the current specification {see fig 3} Drawings are illustrated documents. For commercial projects, there are often many drawings that apply to other trades, such as excavators, masons, electricians, etc. Drawings may include: Existing conditions Elevations Layout plan Demolition plan Planting plan Detail drawings Grading plan – which will contain a benchmark for reference for proposed grade changes Types of drawings – Plan View – is an “overhead” or ‘birdseye” view {see fig 6} Elevation View – a side view showing horizontal and vertical dimensions {see fig 25} Section View – a drawing of a “slice” of a component: is usually in a detail drawing {see fig 7, 23} Perspective Drawing – a 3 dimensional view {see fig 26} Not common on plan drawings. Components of Plan Drawings – Title Block – contains project name, designer or design firm name, date drawing was produced, dates of revisions, and other info as shown in Figures 8 & 9 North Arrow – examples shown in Figures 10 & 11 Scale – usually shown in same area of drawing as North arrow {see fig 10 & 11} Legend – a list of symbols used in the drawing and their meaning as shown in Figures 12 & 13

Chapter 12 continues next issue.


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Certification & Education

IAH Quiz

IAH Quiz: July 2017

Due: August 15, 2017

The Indiana Accredited Horticulturist Committee is pleased to provide you an opportunity to earn CEUs (continuing education units) in each issue of the Indiana Nursery and Landscape News.

Complete the quiz and mail or fax to INLA by the deadline above. Be sure to write your name, IAH number, and contact information on the bottom of the quiz when submitting. If additional space is needed, please attach the extra paper to this form and submit together. Mark your answers.

The IAH quiz offered in each issue can be completed by anyone who is an “Active” (current) IAH (initial or masters).

1. When a perennial “outgrows” its intended space, it can be dug and ____________________ for replanting.

Each quiz will be worth a .5 (onehalf) CEU (continuing education unit) for the completion of the bi-monthly quiz with a pass rate of 80%. Over a 2-year period, you could earn up to 6 CEUs if you take and pass every quiz! The INLA office will grade the quiz. Questions and answers have been provided by the IAH committee. Thank you and good luck studying! The Indiana Accredited Horticulturist Committee Chair - George Brenn, Four Seasons Landscaping Nursery Committee Members - Brian Bunge, LaPorte County Nursery - Gabriel Gluesenkamp, Designscape Hort Services - Wayne Gruber, Niemeyer’s Landscape Supply - Jim Messmer - Melissa Mravec, Allen Landscape - Jodie Overmyer, Price Nurseries

Please Note: New Chapters Added to Indiana Accredited Horticulture (IAH) Manual As of January 6, 2017, all IAH exams will include questions from the NEW CHAPTER 9 (Ornamental Plant Pathogen Biology and Management) as well as questions from the NEW CHAPTER 15 (Diagnosing Plant Health Problems). The new chapters are on the new download from the website and available on the CD.

2. Ornamental grasses should be _______________ _______________ prior to emergence of new growth 3. Annual flowers provide color for more weeks of the year than do most perennials. T or F (circle answer) 4. One of the most important factors for a successful bulb planting is to be certain the soil condition provide good ______________ , especially during ______________ months. 5. Removal of spent flower heads of annuals and perennials is called ____________________. 6. The “seed head” of an ornamental grass is also referred to as an ___________________. 7. Annual flowers complete their entire ______________ _______________ in one year fruit; as well as other ornamental characteristics.

Name:_____________________________________________________________________________ IAH No.:_ __________________________________________________________________________ Phone:_____________________________________________________________________________ Email:_ ____________________________________________________________________________ Fax: 317-889-3935 or Mail: INLA, 7915 S. Emerson Ave., #247, Indianapolis, IN 46237 Answers: Please contact the INLA office if you would like to receive the answers or find out your results to any previous IAH quiz.

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Toolbox Talks

Importance of Hydration We’ve all experienced it at some point when working or playing hard – fatigue sets in, your mouth feels dry and your legs are heavy and maybe you even get a headache. These are all common signs of dehydration. When you are working hard, body fluid is lost through sweat. If the fluid lost through sweat is not replaced, dehydration and early fatigue are unavoidable. Losing even 2% of body fluids (less than 3.5 pounds in a 180-pound person) can impair performance by increasing fatigue and affecting cognitive skills. During the summer heat it’s easy to become dehydrated if you don’t drink enough fluids to replace what is lost in sweat. However, dehydration can easily be prevented. • When to drink: Ensure you drink before you start working, trying to catch-up for lost fluids after a period of time is very difficult. Also, drink before you get thirsty. By the time you’re thirsty you are already dehydrated, so it’s important to drink at regular intervals – especially when it is hot outside. • What to drink: Water is truly one of the best things to drink. Research also shows that a lightly flavored beverage with a small amount of sodium encourages people to drink enough to stay hydrated. The combination of flavor and electrolytes in a sports drink like Gatorade provides one of the best choices to help you stay properly hydrated. • What not to drink: During activity, avoid drinks with high sugar content such as soda and even fruit juices. These are slow to absorb into the body. Also alcohol and caffeinated beverages should be avoided. Many people ask how much to drink and that truly depends on your activity level and how much your body is losing fluids. In general, when you are working and sweating, you should drink at least every half-hour. Ensure you are drinking enough to replace your lost fluids. A good rule of thumb from a wise man says: “if you aren’t urinating, you’re not drinking enough.”

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