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The Official Publication of the Indiana Nursery & Landscape Association

Indiana Nursery & Landscape News Volume 77 • Issue 6

November/December 2017

Training & Employment Issue A New Beginning Certified Indiana Accredited Horticulturists

Cover: INLA Award of Excellence 2016 Winner for Residential Landscape Design/Build under $50,000 — MG Landscape and Irrigation

Employer-Driven Programs to Prepare Indiana’s Workforce Creating Economic Opportunities Through Green Projects

Educational Program and Trade Show Follow us!

IDNR spotlight: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid 10

Full Schedule in this issue IAH Quiz 21

Turf and Landscape Seminar November 8–9, 2017 Daniel Turf Center West Lafayette, Indiana

This event is designed for intermediate and advanced turf professionals providing them with latest technology for managing turfgrass systems, and to maintain their pesticide applicators licenses. This intensive 2-day, hands-on workshop caters to both turf and landscape professionals since there is overlap in duties between these two industries. Instructors for this seminar are experts from Purdue across five different departments.

Over 60 attendees come to this annual 2-day workshop hosted each November. Multiple speakers will be present to help educate turf and landscape professionals. Attendees learn to identify live plants/seed and hear from over 10 different speakers on various topics pertaining to the turf and landscape industry. While classroom based, we integrate hands-on activities and short trips outside, when the weather allows, to increase active learning for attendees.

Complete event info /registration at Phone: 765-494-8039 • •

Indiana Nursery & Landscape News Volume 77 • Issue 6 November/December 2017

Contents Training & Employment Issue EDUCATION

13 A New Beginning Education

Indiana Nursery & Landscape News is the official publication of the Indiana Nursery & Landscape Association, Inc. (INLA) and is published bimonthly. 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 • 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). For questions regarding subscriptions, please call INLA at 317-889-2382.

Cover Photo: Private Residence in Greenwood, IN. Photo courtesy MG Landscape and Irrigation.

14 Certified Indiana Accredited Horticulturists Business


16 Employer-Driven Programs to Prepare Indiana’s Workforce Community

18 Creating Economic Opportunities Through Green Projects Business

10 Photo: Michael Montgomery, USDA Forest Service,, UGA1276001

20 Job Posting on INLA Website

Educational Program and Trade Show Full Schedule in this issue See center insert!

Plus More! 2

President’s Message


Executive Director’s Message

6 Calendar 8

Results of the 2017 Indiana Tree Climbing Competition


IDNR Spotlight: The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Threat


Certification & Education


IAH Quiz! Earn CEUs


Advertiser List Classifieds Toolbox Talks


Clip & Save INLA Membership Benefits


President’s Message

Brian Franco

As we scramble to finish the remaining jobs for the year, now is the time to start planning for next year and all of our educational and training opportunities that are coming up. I used to think that the winter months of December, January, and February were the down months where we can relax and prepare for the spring. In reality, our year starts going gangbusters mid-January when the home show begins and our customers start planning out their spring projects. Our customers realize that planning early is essential to getting their projects completed in a timely manner. The months of November and December are actually the true months for planning as most likely your year has already been sold out and you can start working on budgets and training opportunities for your employees. This issue, which focuses on training and employment, sheds light on some new developments with regards to finding the best employees. Rick Haggard, our executive director, David LaFara, our presidentelect, and I have just finished up the annual Great Lakes Nursery and Landscape Association Conference (GLNLAC). For the second or third year in a row, finding and retaining employees has been the number one discussion for all the associations that surround the Great Lakes. For employers it’s our number one liability but also our greatest asset. Finding employees is hard enough, but we also need to be creative enough to retain these employees year after year. As a matter of fact, our own workforce development has recognized the fact that the green industry (“profession” as I would suggest we say) has one of the top three needs as far as employees go. Rick Haggard has been working with our state and government agencies to help illuminate the employee shortage. We even have an article from Indiana Workforce Development with different programs that may be of interest to our profession.

Indoor karting was the opening event for the GLNLAC meeting that INLA hosted. Above, Brian Franco is strapped in and ready to go!

As we wind down our year, now is the time to plan and fill out our calendars with all the educational events that are coming our way. The INLA largest event is the Indiana Green Expo held at the convention center on January 15–17, 2018. In this issue you will find a full expo brochure, detailing the workshops, speakers, and education schedule. Kyle Daniel, Purdue University, has once again put together some very informative classes to help us all grow in this profession and has also included a Spanish track to help some of our hardest working individuals. We have a great incentive to preregister with a significant discount this year. Please remove the insert, fill out the form and get it sent in so we can start planning for one awesome event! With the return of some much needed rain, we get to see the growing season extend into fall. I wish you great success for the rest of the year and a well-deserved holiday season! 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 The latest thoughts, ramblings, and insights from the Executive Director As I write this Executive Director letter, I am fresh off the heels of two very exciting and exhilarating events.

Rick Haggard

First was the Great Lakes Nursery and Landscape Association Conference (GLNALC) which Indiana had the opportunity to host. While we could not be downtown as there was a national safety meeting which took up all the city hotels for space, I feel our guests still received an “Indy Style” welcome.

This annual meeting allows the executive director, president and vice-president/president-elect from the Great Lakes states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York as well as Landscape Ontario from Canada. Each year the conference location rotates, and 2017 was Indiana’s turn. These meetings offer an in-depth look at Images from the GLNALC Meeting’s Kick-off Event the difficulties each association has faced in the past year and what at Fastimes Indoor Karting in Indianapolis solutions or resolutions have been found or what plan of attack has been instituted. Before the meeting, each organization receives a list of about 30 topics which they are to rank their top issues. After the results are tabulated, the top 9 or 10 topics are what we discuss at the meeting. It became obvious in a very short time that the largest issue was the workforce, or more importantly the lack thereof. In fact, there were two topics regarding workforce: 1) how each association assists their membership with workforce programs such as H2B/H2A, and 2) how each association is getting the younger generations interested in our industry. Both issues were in top two of 53% of all the respondents in the survey. On your mark, get set, GO!

The Final Eight — Rich Blankenship (INLA), Scott Frampton (Minnesota), Brent Nienhuis (Michigan), Brian Franco (INLA), Eric Joy (Michigan), Rick Haggard (INLA), Paul Swartz (Wisconsin), and Paul Brydges (Ontario).

And the winners (left to right): Rick Haggard (INLA) 2nd place; Paul Swartz (Wisconsin) 1st place; and Paul Brydges (Ontario) 3rd place. 4

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While several stories we heard about blatant employee poaching sent shivers down our spines, the one aspect that appears to be happening without much notice is how many companies are operating at 70% capacity or less. Almost every association stated that several members are experiencing this issue. One association relayed that one longstanding company in their state closed their doors recently, because operating at less than 70% capacity did not generate enough income to sustain a profitable business. Regarding the other workforce issue of youth finding a place in our industry, it appears that INLA in comparison to other states is aggressive in trying to get more involved with trade schools. Currently many of our board members and members sit on trade school advisory boards. The INLA is also trying to get involved with JobSpark, through Junior Achievement, which targets mainly middle school-aged children. Indiana is also very fortunate to have the National FFA Career Development Event for Nursery and Landscape each year. The second event that I attended was a workforce development summit in northern Indiana. Honestly, I was not excited about this event as the green industry was not considered a major “employee need” industry a couple of years ago. But my how the times have changed. Those partaking in the summit represented many workgroups of various employer groups or companies. It was pleasing to hear that our sector was one of the fastest growing in terms of need of employees. I say pleasing with tongue in cheek, as I immediately began to wonder where in the world will all these great future leaders and workers possibly come from and how can we easily contact, recruit, and train them? There may be some light on this issue as it appears that several departments including Education, Workforce, and Corrections are wanting to assist. How much assistance can they offer and what are they willing to offer are important questions. But at this point it is refreshing to know that our industry’s need is being

INLA News seen or at least mentioned. The green industry is projected to be in the top three industries that need employees by 2019 or 2020, replacing manufacturing and medical sectors. The INLA has reached out to many in education, workforce, and corrections to bring light on the fact that we have our IAH program and would be very interested in starting some form of an apprenticeship program. Please read the article in this issue about how the IAH program is currently being taught in some correctional facilities and the results of these efforts. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or can recommend other groups we should contact! Do not forget the Indiana Green Expo is January 15–17, 2018, at the Indiana Convention Center with the Trade Show on January 16 and 17, 2018! Visit Keep It Green, Rick Haggard, INLA Executive Director Email: • cell: 765-366-4994

January 15–17, 2018 / Trade Show: January 16–17, 2018 Educational workshops, seminars, and largest green industry trade show in the state. Full program in this issue or at

Indianapolis Landscape Association’s Frits Loonsten Scholarship Application deadline: Janauary 15!

The Indianapolis Landscape Association awards the Frits Loonsten Scholarship on a yearly basis to a student enrolled in a horticulture or landscape related major. The applicant must be enrolled at either Ball State University, Purdue University, or Vincennes University. Currently the scholarship awarded is for up to $6,000.00. For more information and to complete the application online go to ILAs website — Applications must be submitted online to the Indianapolis Landscape Association no later than January 15th. Winners will be notified by April 15th.

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CALENDAR November 2017 8–9

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MRTF Turf and Landscape Seminar West Lafayette • This 2-day, hands-on workshop is designed for both intermediate and advanced professionals in turf and landscape. Topics include: Interpreting soil tests, pruning, turf seed, and more. CCHs available: 2(5), 3A(8), 3B(10), 5(3), 6(4), 7A(3), RT(4)

14 & 16 Fall Athletic Field & Grounds Managers Workshop 11/14: Plymouth, IN • 11/16: Nashville, IN Topics include: Landscape weed control, ornamental pests, turf pests, job safety, and more. CCHs available: 2(3), 3A(4), 3B(2), 5(1), 6(1), 7A(1), RT(4)

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IPLLA’s 25th Annual Winter Workshop Noblesville • CCHs available: 2(3), 3A(3), 3B(3), 5(2), 6(2), 7A(1), 8(1), RT(4)

January 2018 15–17

Educational Program: January 15–17, 2018 Trade Show: January 16–17, 2018 Indianapolis • Indiana Convention Center Educational workshops, seminars, and the largest green industry trade show in the state. Presented by the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation and the Indiana Nursery & Landscape Association. Multiple CCHs available!

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Results of the 2017 Indiana Tree Climbing Competition

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The Indiana Tree Climbing Competition took place on September 23, 2017, at Garfield Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Indiana Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, also known as the Indiana Arborist Association, hosted this chapter competition to select an Indiana representative climber at the international level. Tree climbing competitions simulate working conditions of arborists in the field. Male and female competitors perform five different events during the preliminary round. Each event tests a competitor’s ability to professionally and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks in a timely manner. This year’s winner was Mark Smith with Ping’s Tree Service. Second place went to Joe Shultz from Nature’s Canopy and third place to Reginald Copes from Ping’s Tree Service. Organizations around the world hold regional competitions and their male and female champions are invited to compete for the title of World Champion Tree Climber at the International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC). The ITCC is still expanding and today over 1,000 contestants participate at over 50 local competitions worldwide. The purpose of the event has also expanded to promote safe working practices, demonstrate innovations in equipment and techniques, and provide industry recognition. The competitions have brought the end users and manufacturers together, and the result has been an explosion of inventions and products specifically designed for tree care applications. Industry safety standards in nearly Mark Smith every participating country have benefited from these innovations. It has also instilled a respect for the role of the climber and a strong focus for the individuals of the climber community to improve the work environment for all tree care workers.

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IDNR Spotlight

The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Threat Kallie Bontrager, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Adelges tsugae)(HWA) is a destructive, exotic, aphid-like pest that is one of the greatest threats to the health of Eastern Hemlock and Carolina Hemlock in the eastern half of North America. In North America, HWA feeds exclusively on Hemlock. It feeds on the Hemlock by sucking the sap from the needles of the tree and reducing its vigor. A native of East Asia, it was first discovered in the Eastern United States near Virginia in the early 1950s where it had been accidentally introduced from Japan. Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is also found in the Pacific Northwest but doesn’t cause the widespread mortality that it does in the east. HWA is found throughout 18 eastern states from Maine to Georgia including some isolated populations in Michigan and Ohio. Both Michigan and Ohio have external quarantine as does Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Wisconsin. It is estimated that HWA infests 50-90% of the Hemlock’s native range in the eastern half of the United States. The spread of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is estimated at roughly 12 miles year. The rate of spread slows down as you go north as cold weather causes mortality of this pest. The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is an aphid-like creature that produces a white, waxy, “woolly” covering that helps protect the eggs in ovisacs. There are two asexual generations in its life cycle which overlap. The overwintering generation is present from early summer through mid-spring and the spring generation is present early spring to mid-summer. The overwintering adult females are black, oval, and soft-bodied at approximately 2mm long. They are usually hidden under the woolly ovisacs. In spring these overwintering females will lay 50 to 300 eggs each. The young, commonly known as crawlers, hatch between April and June. These crawlers quickly mature and become the adult females of the spring generation. When the eggs hatch the crawlers move to find a place to settle and feed. They will go through a dormant stage in mid-summer through the fall. In Octo10

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, Adelges tsugae, on hemlock. // Photo: Michael Montgomery, USDA Forest Service,

ber they will begin feeding and become the overwintering generation. It is easy for the crawlers to be blown by the wind or hitchhike on birds and small animals and be moved to new areas. This is how they are moved naturally. HWA can also be established in new areas by the movement of infested nursery stock, which is why the six states listed above have external quarantines. The crawlers almost always settle at the base of the needles and begin feeding. It is at this time that they will start producing the characteristic waxy wool. The white woolly covering looks like little cotton balls on the underside of needles and is apparent when the tree is infected. The little cotton balls are most easily spotted in late fall through early summer. Hemlock Woolly Adelgid will infest any age of tree. Once HWA infests a tree it starts feeding on the sap of the needles. This often causes the infested tree to take on a grayish hue. The infestation by the HWA causes the tree to eventually start to lose needles and within 2 years limbs

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start to die back. It also causes stress on the infested tree which opens it up to other possible problems. Mortality can occur in 4 to 15 years depending on what other stress factors are present. As the Hemlocks die other tree species replace them, causing major changes in the ecosystem.

Hemlocks in Indiana Hemlock forests provide a unique ecosystem. They commonly grow in riparian areas where they provide many benefits. Hemlocks play a vital role in riparian areas by controlling water temperature and nutrient cycles. They also help control erosion, helping to keep the streams cool and clear. The Hemlocks provide a distinct freshwater ecosystem that relies on the streams to stay cool and clear and don’t dry up seasonally. These streams support salamanders, fish, and freshwater invertebrates that rely on this environment to thrive. Several wildlife species depend on the environment that the Hemlock stands provide and some are only found in Hemlock stands. Besides all the benefits Hemlock

Damage from Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is seen as needle loss, leading to branch death. Photo: Chris Evans, River to River CWMA,

Dead or dying Hemlock in Joyce Kilmer area, North Carolina due to Hemlock Woolly Adelgid feeding. Photo: Jason VanDriesche,

stands provide in its native habitat, this species is being used more and more as a landscape tree. In Indiana, Eastern Hemlock and its cultivars are being used more often in the landscape, especially as demand for Blue Spruce and Douglas Fir decline. This is most likely the avenue in which Hemlock Woolly Adelgid may become introduced. It has been found on a tree that was removed from a landscape in Indiana and later brought back. The landscaper planted the tree at his house and noticed what he thought was Hemlock Woolly Adelgid on the tree a few years later and contacted the IDNR Division of Entomology and Plant

Pathology. Upon confirmation of the pest the tree was destroyed and a survey of all the Hemlock within a one-mile radius was conducted. The area where the tree was planted is an area where Hemlock has been planted extensively and has thrived to the point of seeing some naturalizing of Hemlock in the area. The area surrounding that introduction site has been surveyed for the past 4 years and has produced negative results. If you suspect you have HWA please contact your nursery inspector ( files/ep-Inspector_Territories.pdf ). The IDNR, Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology is currently conducting a survey

of known Hemlock stands on state-owned property to assess whether HWA is in our native populations. Native Hemlock in Indiana are found in remnant pockets in the southern half of the state. As glaciers retreated, Hemlock grew and thrived in the wetter, cooler climate. The glaciers continued to retreat and the climate warmed allowing deciduous trees to outcompete Hemlock in most areas. In areas such as Turkey Run State Park and Shades State Park, the Hemlock still thrives. The sandstone canyons of these parks provide a cooler, moister climate where the native Hemlock can grow. Hem(The HWA Threat continues on page 12.)

High magnification of the aphid-like body of an adult Hemlock Woolly Adelgid after removal of the wool.

Eggs of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (wool pulled aside for viewing) Photo: Lorraine Graney, Bartlett Tree Experts,

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IDNR Spotlight lock don’t have a long taproot like some trees do so it is able to grow where there isn’t much soil present, such as the side of the sandstone canyons. The hemlock growing in these areas of Indiana provide many of the same benefits that the Hemlock stands in the Eastern United States do. They provide a unique environment for many types of wildlife that might not otherwise be found in Indiana.

Control Agents In its native range, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid doesn’t cause the dramatic damage and mortality it does in Eastern North America. This is due to the fact that natural predators evolved with it and keep it in check. In the late 1990s scientists started collecting and evaluating several predators from Japan and the Pacific Northwest to determine their effectiveness as potential biological controls. The beetles Sasasjiscymnus tsugae, Scymnus spp. and Laricobius nigrinus have shown the most promise. Releases of these predacious beetles started in 2003 with varied success. L.nigrinus has

been released and apparently established in 11 states doing best in the warmer states. Many of the Eastern states have treatment programs for vital Hemlock on their state lands. Treatment costs range from $3–$16 for a 10˝ diameter tree using a soil drench. If a tree injection is used the price ranges from $10–$25 per inch diameter. These cost estimates are courtesy of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, a state that is currently dealing with the HWA infestation. These estimates do not include the cost of labor. If not prevented HWA can become quite an expensive threat to the nursery industry as well as the native stands of hemlock throughout Indiana. The IDNR is asking for the nursery industry as a whole to remain vigilant in looking for this pest and others moving through trade. Anytime nursery owners or vendors see pests or pathogens that are new to a particular species or variety of plant they should contact their local nursery inspector or the Invasive Species hotline at (866) NO EXOTIC (866) 663-9684).

About the Author Kallie Bontrager graduated in 1993 from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Science. She worked for 5 years in the Nursery industry. In 1998 she began working for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology as a Nursery Inspector and Compliance Officer. She currently covers the Northwest part of the state. In her free time, Kallie enjoys spending time with her husband and son and showing her dogs in canine competitions throughout the country.

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Andrew Koeser As a faculty member within the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology (CLCE), Dr. Andrew Koeser is charged with protecting and conserving Florida’s natural resources by developing research-based, sustainable urban landscape practices. Dr. Koeser works directly with arborists, landscapers, nursery growers, and urban foresters to both reduce the inputs and increase the ecological benefits associated with urban and residential greening. Eduardo Medina A trainer and a recruiter for Davey Tree Expert since 2003, Eduardo started his caeer in arboriculture in 1986. He has been assisting the Mexican Arborist Association for the last 15 years. He has dedicated most of his time to promoting arborist safety and growth to his Latino friends in Latin America and the USA. He had the opportunity to help in the translation of the Arborist Study Guide, Tree Worker Certification Study Guide, Safety Standards, and the Glossary of EnglishSpanish in Arboriculture Terms. Josh Pope @jpdivot Josh is a University of Georgia graduate with 17 years of experience in the golf course management industry. Starting his career doing internships at Reynolds Plantation and Ridgewood Country Club, Josh worked under John Zimmers at Oakmont Country Club and Dick Bator at The International. After five years as an assistant at Pikewood National Golf Club, Josh became the Golf Course Superintendent of The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier in October 2014. Zane Raudenbush @ZaneRaudenbush Dr. Zane Raudenbush is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Turfgrass Management program at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio. Zane’s research program focuses on developing ecologically based weed management strategies for turfgrass systems, and enhancing the performance of plant health products by modifying application techniques and equipment.

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Kim Shearer Kim Shearer is the Tree and Shrub Breeder at The Morton Arboretum. She completed her M.S. degree at Oregon State University in Horticulture with a concentration in Plant Breeding and Genetics where she worked with Dr. Ryan Contreras. In her role as breeder at Morton, Kim develops breeding strategies for improved trees and shrubs, conducts breeding research, focuses on native plant collecting, and manages the Haerther Charitable Trust New Plant Development Program. Cole Thompson @UNLTurfIPM Dr. Cole Thompson is an Assistant Professor and Extension Integrated Turfgrass Management Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His current research and extension interests are to further develop integrated turfgrass management strategies that reduce environmental risk by understanding weed and disease ecology, encouraging input-limited management strategies, and further understanding consumer expectations. Stephen Tucker @StephenTucker7 Stephen Tucker is the Founder/CEO of the International Golf Course Equipment Managers Association (IGCEMA) and the Equipment Manager at Tranquilo Golf Club @ Four Seasons in Orlando, Florida. He has been in the turf equipment management business since 1999 and graduated from Lake City Community College where he serves on the Industry Advisory Committee. Stephen has given numerous education seminars around the world and also serves as an industry consultant. Fred Whitford Dr. Fred Whitford is the coordinator of Purdue Pesticide Programs of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service. He received a B.S. in wildlife management from Louisiana Tech University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in entomology from Iowa State University. He has written four books, more than 200 research, extension, or regulatory publications, and has delivered over 4,000 presentations to a wide array of audiences.

Chris Williamson @turfinsects Dr. Chris Williamson is a Professor of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is an extension/research entomologist in urban landscape entomology including turfgrass (golf courses, lawns, athletic fields, and sod farms), ornamentals (nursery and landscape), Christmas trees, and greenhouses. He is an expert on invasive insect species education and management with a research focus on evaluating and developing insecticide management strategies.

Workshops Workshop A

January 15 & 16

Advanced Residential Paver Technician (ARPT) Certification Course (2-day course) Andrew Harris, Belgard January 15: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm January 16: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm The Advanced Residential Paver Technician (ARPT) Course provides classroom based training in residential paver installations and covers some of the hottest topics in outdoor living space design and construction, specifically specialty applications such as raised and multi-level patios, fireplaces, fire pits, grills, outdoor kitchens, pool decks and permeable interlocking concrete pavement. It is recommended (but not required) that participants have completed the ICPI Concrete Paver Installer Course prior to attending this two-day course. A Residential Paver Technician designation can be earned by meeting additional requirements. There are 13 CE Credits offered by this course.

Workshop C

January 15

Managing Difficult Weeds in Turf and the Landscape Aaron Patton and Kyle Daniel, Purdue University 1:00 – 4:00 pm / CCH = 3a:1.0, 3b:3.0, 6:3.0, RT:3.0 This workshop will cover, in depth, the effective management of eight difficult to control weeds common in turf and landscape. We will cover their identification, biology, and their cultural and chemical control. Weeds covered will include: bermudagrass, Canada thistle, crabgrass, ground ivy, scouringrush, field horsetail, wild violet, and yellow nutsedge. This workshop will help you better understand how to develop a strategy to control these weeds. Participants will receive a copy of the newly revised 2018 edition of “Turfgrass Weed Control for Professionals” full of color pictures covering the identification of 118 weed species.

Workshop F



The Ripple Effect — How to Get and Keep You Employees Engaged Jack Klemeyer, Grow Your Business Coaching 1:00 – 4:00 pm To get people moving, all together, and in the same direction, you have to understand human behavior and motivation. In this popular workshop session from the Secrets of Successful Motivation and Engagement series, participants will get all the tools they need to understand and implement a cogent strategy to build unstoppable momentum with fully engaged team players. Included in the session are strategies and tactics that provide the basis of your leadership skills and how to effectively build a dynamic team. In this workshop, participants will learn … • How beliefs and attitudes are created in the first place and how subtle changes make huge differences. • An effective strategy for converting un-resourceful mind frames into resourceful ways of thinking. • How to read and understand the natural behavior styles people exhibit and how to use that knowledge in influencing and leading people. • Using Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) strategies to recognize language patterns people unknowingly use every day that will allow you to have greater influence with them. • A simple strategy to prevent leaders from being sucked into drama that behavior and language can cause so you can remain neutral and non-judgmental, therefore, in control of any situation. For no-holds-barred, powerful information that you can employ immediately, you will want to be sure to take advantage of this exceptional learning opportunity.

Workshop D

January 15

Indiana Accredited Horticulturist (IAH) Review and Exam

Jim Messmer, Vincennes University, retired 1:00 – 5:00 pm / CCH = 3a:1.0, RT:1.0 1:00 – 3:00 pm: IAH Review (additional fee) 3:00 – 5:00 pm: IAH Exam As an educator and experienced IAH facilitator, Jim will aid you in preparing for the afternoon exam. There will be ample time for questions and individual attention. The review is also a great refresher for those already certified — earn IAH CEUs by attending. Contact the INLA (800-443-7336) for program materials which are an additional fee.

January 15

Profitable Insect Control in Lawns and Landscapes

Doug Richmond, Purdue University and Chris Williamson, University of Wisconsin 1:00 – 4:00 pm / CCH = 2:3.0, 3a:3.0, 3b:3.0, RT:3.0

This workshop will provide an overview of the most common insect pests of turf and popular ornamental plants. It will focus on detection, identification, and the development of reliable, cost effective pest management programs. Participants will share their ideas, receive feedback and work to improve their pest management operations.

Workshop H

January 17

Segmental Retaining Walls Installer Course – Level I/Basic Austin Keay, Oberfields 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The one-day Segmental Retaining Wall (SRW) Installer Course teaches installers fundamental SRW installation guidelines, material and system component properties, soils and compaction, the effect of water, and site practices. The Certified SRW Installer (CSRWI) Program is also available to each candidate who completes the SRW Installer Course (or equivalent SRW-installation-related education) and passes a written examination is certified as a Certified SRW Installer (CSRWI). This credential is highly valued by consumers.

Workshop G

Workshop E

January 15

Effectively Utilizing Computer Software in Landscape Designs

David Barbarash, Purdue University 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Are you losing sales based on your landscape design proposals? How would you like to increase your closing rate? With the multitude of landscape design software available, it can be a daunting task to determine the most effective method to present proposals to your clients. This workshop will allow the attendees to become familiar with available software and ask questions to an expert in landscape design software. This class is for novice and experts alike. Be sure to bring your laptop to the workshop so that you can actively participate with the discussions.

January 16

Pesticide Applicator Training (CORE) Fred Whitford, Office of Indiana State Chemist and Leo Reed, Purdue University 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Passing the CORE examination is the first step in becoming certified to apply pesticides in Indiana. Exam covers pesticide formulations, applicator safety, environmental protection, label comprehension and laws pertaining to pesticide use. This exam is required to become a registered technician (RT) or for anyone who applies restricted use pesticides on their own farm property (PARP). All registrations handled through The Extension Store, 765-494-6794. Registration: $60. Training manual: $30.

Workshop I

January 17

Basic Turf Training Quincy Law, Kevin Jackson, and Glenn Hardebeck, Purdue University 9:00 am – 3:00 pm / CCH = 3b:5.0, RT:4.0 A workshop designed for beginners in turf or for more experienced professionals who want a review on the basic foundations of turfgrass management. This workshop will cover the basics on plant growth, turfgrass establishment and cultural practices in the morning, and pest management and pesticide safety in the afternoon. A great workshop for the whole staff!

Tuesday, January 16

Trade Show HOURS TODAy: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Opening Turf Session

Plant Materials Track

Spanish Track

8:30 – 10:00 am Purdue University Research and Program Update Aaron Patton, Cale Bigelow, Rick Latin, Doug Richmond, and Megan Taylor, Purdue University CCH = 3b:1.5, 6:0.25, RT:1.5

2:00 – 3:00 pm Native Plants for Pollinators Natalie Marinova, Eco Logic, LLC

8:00 – 9:00 am ¡Seguridad, de la mejor manera! / Safety the best way! Eduardo Medina, Davey Tree

3:00 – 4:00 pm Tree Selection for Life Lindsey Purcell, Purdue University

9:00 – 10:00 am Diagnóstico de problemas de plantas / Diagnosing plant problems Jorge Diaz, Purdue University, CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, RT:1.0

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Trade Show Open

Lawn Care Track 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Lawn Diseases and How to Discuss Them with Your Customers Rick Latin, Purdue University CCH = 3b:1.0, RT:1.0 12:00 – 1:00 pm


1:00 – 2:00 pm Successful Calibration and Use of Ride-on Sprayers Aaron Patton and Glenn Hardebeck, Purdue University CCH = 3b:1.0, 6:1.0, RT:1.0 2:00 – 3:00 pm Use Strategies of Insecticides for Managing White Grubs in Turf Chris Williamson, University of Wisconsin CCH = 3b:1.0, RT:1.0 3:00 – 4:00 pm High Quality Lawns with Reduced Inputs Cale Bigelow, Purdue University CCH = 3b:1.0, RT:1.0

Golf Track – Disaster Preparedness 1:00 – 2:00 pm Trees and Storms – Preventing and Recovering from Disasters Lindsey Purcell, Purdue University 2:00 – 3:00 pm Blown Away: How to Prepare For and Deal With Tornado Damage Kevin Custis, Chippendale Golf Club 3:00 – 4:00 pm Surviving a Natural Disaster as a Golf Course Superintendent, From Disaster, To Rebuild Josh Pope, The Old White TPC Course at The Greenbrier 4:00 – 5:00 pm Disasters Affecting Indiana: What It Means to Golf Course Management Steve Cain, Purdue University

4:00 – 5:00 pm The Purdue Arboretum: An Outdoor Classroom for All Paul Siciliano, Purdue University

Landscape Installation and Maintenance 8:15 – 9:15 am State Chemist Office Update Joe Becovitz, Office of Indiana State Chemist CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, 3b:1.0, 5:1.0, 6:1.0, 7:1.0, RT:1.0 9:15 – 9:30 am Indiana Green Expo Welcome Kyle Daniel, Purdue University and Brian Franco, INLA 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Break for Trade Show


1:00 – 2:00 pm Factors That Influence How Well Chemicals Mix Fred Whitford, Purdue Pesticide Programs CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, 3b:1.0, 5:1.0, 6:1.0, 7:1.0, RT:1.0 2:00 – 3:00 pm No Insects, No Disease, So What Is Wrong? Diagnosing Abiotic Disorders of Plants Kyle Daniel, Purdue University CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, RT:1.0 3:00 – 4:00 pm OSHA-Safety Pays Bradley Freeman, INSafe 4:00 – 5:00 pm Utilizing Biochar and Mycorrhizal Inoculants in Establishing Landscape Plants Lori Hoagland, Purdue University

2:00 – 3:00 pm Not Just Football: Hosting NFL Games and Other Big Events Erik Harlow, Lucas Oil Stadium 3:00 – 4:00 pm Maintaining Safe Sports Fields Quincy Law, Purdue University CCH = 3b:1.0, RT:1.0

Break for Trade Show

12:00 – 1:00 pm


1:00 – 2:00 pm Información esencial sobre el crecimiento de plantas y su cultivo / Essentials of plant growth and how to plant them Mariam Valladares, Purdue University CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, RT:1.0 2:00 – 3:00 pm Los 7 pasos para construir una planeación estratégica en su negocio / The 7 steps to build the strategic planning for your business Ariana Torres, Purdue University 3:00 – 4:00 pm Los peores insectos y enfermedades del 2017 y qué esperar para el 2018 / Worst insect and disease problems of 2017 and what to expect for 2018 Cliff Sadof, Purdue University, CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, RT:1.0

Hardscape Track 2:00 – 3:00 pm What the Hardscape Industry Needs, to Know About the Silica Guidelines TBA 3:00 – 4:00 pm Hardscape Tips and Trends for 2018 TBA 4:00 – 5:00 pm Hardscape Tips and Trends for 2018 TBA

Landscape Design Track

Vegetation Management

2:00 – 3:00 pm Designing with Pollinators in Mind Melinda Appold, Purdue University CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, RT:1.0

1:00 – 2:00 pm Bareground – Choosing the Correct Herbicide Program Greg Ressler, Red River Specialties CCH = 6:1.0, RT:1.0

3:00 – 4:00 pm Discovering Cultural Landscapes Sean Rotar, Purdue University

Sports Turf Track 1:00 – 2:00 pm Updating Natural Grass Fields Cale Bigelow, Purdue University, CCH = 3b:1.0, RT:1.0

10:00 – 12:00 am

Lunch at the Trade Show Save time, stay warm, and don’t miss a moment of the trade show! Pre-purchase your tickets and save $5. $15 pre-purchased with registration; $20 thereafter

2:00 – 3:00 pm Endangered Species, Pollinators, Vegetation Management, and You Matt Kraushar, Indiana Department of Transportation CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, 6:1.0, RT:1.0 3:00 – 4:00 pm Not Your Average Weed: Managing Canada Thistle Aaron Patton, Purdue University CCH = 3a:1.0, 3b:1.0, 6:1.0, RT:1.0 4:00 – 5:00 pm Aquatic Invasions: Current and New Invasive Threats to Indiana Waterways Leif Willey, SePRO Corporation CCH = 5:1.0, RT:1.0

Trade Show HOURS TODAy: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday’s Special events Workshop G: Pesticide Applicator Training (CORE) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Workshop A (day 2): Advanced Residential Paver Technician (ARPT) Certification Course 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

MRTF Annual Meeting + Awards Ceremony 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Westin Hotel Join us for the presentation of scholarship and other MRTF announcements. We will honor Brian Chalifoux with the 2017 MRTF Distinguished Service Award.

Trade Show Opens Today! 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Hall D Special ribbon cutting opening ceremony at 10:00 am. INLA Scholarship Silent Auction 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Trade Show Floor 10:30 am – 2:30 pm, Trade Show Floor

Lawn Care


Sports Turf

Plant Material

Landscape Design

Opening Turf Sessioins Purdue University Research & Program Update

11:30 am–12 pm 12:00–12:30 pm

Ribbon cutting with Fred Whitford and sponsors opens the Indiana Green Expo 2018 Trade Show. Visit with new and familiar vendors plus check out the New Product Showcase, the Landscape Challenge, and more. Trade Show open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Hall D

Lawn Diseases/ How to Discuss with Customers

Lunch at the Trade Show

12:30–1:00 pm 1:00–1:30 pm 1:30–2:00 pm 2:00–2:30 pm 2:30–3:00 pm 3:00–3:30 pm 3:30–4:00 pm 4:00–4:30 pm 4:30–5:00 pm

Vegetation MGMT

2018 Trade Show Opening Ceremony (10:00 am)

10:30–11:00 am 11:00–11:30 am


Diagnóstico de problemas de plantas

IGE Welcome

9:30–10:00 am 10:00–10:30 am

Spanish Track ¡Seguridad, de la mejor manera!

State Chemist Office Update

8:30–9:00 am 9:00–9:30 am

Installation Maintenance


8:00–8:30 am

Brian Chalifoux

INLA Annual Meeting + Awards Reception 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Convention Center Features landscape and special achievement awards. A don’t miss event for INLA members! Landscape Challenge Winner announced PLUS an auction of challenge product.

6th Annual Landscape Challenge

Tuesday January 16

Lunch at the Trade Show • 12:00 – 1:00 pm ­ Lunch will be available at the Trade Show on Tuesday for $15 pre-purchased with registration / $20 thereafter. Save time, stay warm and don’t miss a moment of the trade show!

Save time, stay warm and don’t miss a moment of the trade show! $15 pre-purchased with registration / $20 thereafter Native Plants for Pollinators

Factors Influencing How Well Chemicals Mix

Use Strategies of How To Prepare Not Just Football: Hosting NFL Insecticides for and Deal with and Other Managing White Tornado Damage Big Events Grubs in Turf

Tree Selection for Life

Diagnosing Abiotic Disorders of Plants

High Quality Surviving Natural Maintaining Safe Lawns with Disasters as Golf Sports Fields Reduced Imputs Course Super

The Purdue Arboretum: Outdoor Classroom for All

OSHA-Safety Pays

Calibration & Use of Ride-on Sprayers

Trees & Storms/ Recovering from Disasters

Disasters Affecting Indiana

Updating Natural Grass Fields

Utilizing Biochar and Mycorrhizal Inoculants

What Industry Bareground: Información Designing esencial sobre el Needs to Know Choosing Correct with Pollinators crecimiento de about Silica Herbicide in Mind plantas y su cultivo Guidelines Program Discovering Cultural Landscapes

Los 7 pasos para construir una planeación estratégica en su negocio

Hardscape Trips and Trends for 2018

Los peores insectos Hardscape y enfermedades del Trips and Trends 2017 y qué esperar for 2018 para el 2018

Endangered Species, Pollinators, Vegetaion Mgmt Managing Canadian Thistle Aquatic Invasions: Current & New to Indiana

Wednesday, January 17

Trade Show HOURS TODAY: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Lawn Care Track

Northern Golf Track

Plant Materials Track

8:00 – 8:45 am The Benefits of Turfgrass and Its Management: What the Science Says Quincy Law, Purdue University, CCH = 3b:1.0, RT:1.0

1:00 – 2:00 pm Lessons from 30 Weird Years in the Turf Business Pat Jones, Golf Course Industry

8:00 – 9:00 am Trees with a Past! Heritage Trees, Historical Trees, and Just Plain Weird Trees! Jud Scott, Vine and Branch

8:45 – 9:30 am The Art of Communication Dean Graves, Chevy Chase Club 9:30 – 10:00 am


10:00 – 11:00 am Lawn Insect Pests of 2017 Doug Richmond, Purdue University CCH = 3b:1.0, RT:1.0 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Mixing Chemicals: Steps to Ensure Compatibility and Effectiveness Fred Whitford, Purdue University CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, 3b:1.0, 5:1.0, 6:1.0, 7:1.0, RT:1.0 12:00 – 1:00 pm


1:00 – 2:00 pm Maximizing Spring Broadleaf Weed Control Zane Raudenbush, The Ohio State University, Agricultural Technical Institute, CCH= 3b:1.0, 6:1.0, RT:1.0 2:00 – 3:00 pm What to Do About Rough Bluegrass and Annual Bluegrass in the Lawn? Cole Thompson, University of Nebraska CCH = 3b:1.0, RT:1.0 3:00 – 4:00 pm Update from the Indiana State Chemist’s Office Joe Becovitz, Office of the Indiana State Chemist CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, 3b:1.0, 5:1.0, 6:1.0, 7:1.0, RT:1.0

Golf Track 8:00 – 9:00 am Aeration and Topdressing: What We Are Seeing Around the Region Zach Nicoludis, United States Golf Association CCH = 3b:1.0, RT:1.0 9:00 – 10:00 am The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Golf in 2017 Pat Jones, Golf Course Industry 10:00 – 11:00 am What to Do About Rough Bluegrass on the Course? Cole Thompson, University of Nebraska CCH = 3b:1.0, RT:1.0 11:00 am – 12:00 pm New Insights on Controlling Moss Zane Raudenbush, The Ohio State University, Agricultural Technical Institute, CCH = 3b:1.0, RT:1.0

Irrigation 8:00 – 9:00 am Strategies for Reducing Supplemental Irrigation in Turf: An Integrated Approach Jada Powlen and David Flores, Purdue University CCH = 3b:1.0, RT:1.0 9:00 – 10:00 am Golf Irrigation Troubleshooting Jim Held, Automatic Supply 10:00 – 11:00 am Residential Irrigation Troubleshooting Jim Held, Automatic Supply

2:00 – 3:00 pm Appreciation: The Key to Success Dean Graves, Chevy Chase Club 3:00 – 4:00 pm Current Topics in Turf Disease Control Rick Latin, Purdue University CCH = 3b:1.0, RT:1.0

Southern Golf Track 1:00 – 2:00 pm How to Save Money Leasing / Purchasing Equipment Fleets Stephen Tucker, Tucker Equipment Management 2:00 – 3:00 pm Training, Motivating and Building a Quality Crew John Ballard, University of Louisville Golf Club 3:00 – 4:00 pm Identifying and Managing New Sedges on Indiana Golf Courses Aaron Patton, Purdue University CCH = 3b:1.0, 6:1.0, RT:1.0

Sports Turf Track 8:00 – 9:00 am Can We Use IPM in Athletic Fields? Cole Thompson, University of Nebraska CCH = 3b:1.0, RT:1.0 9:00 – 10:00 am Sprayer Calibration and Rate Controllers: A Simple Approach to Improve Performance Zane Raudenbush, The Ohio State University, Agricultural Technical Institute CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, 3b:1.0, 5:1.0, 6:1.0, 7:1.0, RT:1.0 10:00 – 11:00 am Update from the Indiana State Chemist’s Office Joe Becovitz, Office of the Indiana State Chemist CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, 3b:1.0, 5:1.0, 6:1.0, 7:1.0, RT:1.0

Equipment Technician Track

9:00 – 10:00 am


10:00 – 11:00 am Collections Management and Development at The Morton Arboretum Matt Lobdell, Morton Arboretum 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Growing a Greener World with Chicagoland Grows Kim Shearer, Morton Arboretum 12:00 – 1:00 pm


2:00 – 3:00 pm Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center: A Gene Bank for Flowers Pablo Jourdan, Ohio State University 3:00 – 4:00 pm The Southeastern U.S. and the South Caucasus: Plant Exploration for Introduction and Conservation Matt Lobdell, Morton Arboretum

Landscape Installation and Maintenance 8:00 – 9:00 am Combating Invasive Plants Phil Oser, Eco Logic, LLC CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, 3b:1.0, 5:1.0, 6:1.0, RT:1.0 9:00 – 10:00 am Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Lab (PPDL): 2017 ‘Hot’ Topics Gail Ruhl, Purdue University CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, 3b:1.0, 5:1.0, 6:1.0, RT:1.0 10:00 – 11:00 am How Green Are Trees? Environmental Costs and Benefits from Seed to Chipper Andrew Koeser, University of Florida 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Plant Health from the Bottom Up: Root Diseases of Landscape Plants Tom Creswell, Purdue University CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, RT:1.0 12:00 – 1:00 pm


8:00 – 9:00 am Managing Your Fleet in a Tough Economy Stephen Tucker, Tucker Equipment Management

1:00 – 2:00 pm The State of the Industry Kyle Daniel, Purdue University and Rick Haggard, Indiana Nursery & Landscape Association

9:00 – 10:00 am Improved Equipment Reliability with Fuel Treatments, Greases, and Lubricants Kevin McWilliams, Lucas Oil

2:00 – 3:00 pm Remove or Retain? Impacts of Wire Basket Removal on Tree Survival and Stability Andrew Koeser, University of Florida

10:00 – 11:00 am Cutting Units 101 Stephen Tucker, Tucker Equipment Management

3:00 – 4:00 pm Identification and Control of White-tailed Deer Damage Brian MacGowan, Purdue University CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, RT:1.0

11:00 am – 12:00 pm 12:00 – 1:00 pm



1:00 – 2:00 pm The Importance of Bolt Identification and Torque-Tension in Fasteners Mike Connaughton, Fastenal 2:00 – 3:00 pm Keep It Connected: Chain and Hook Ratings and Trailering Fred Whitford, Purdue University

Trade Show HOURS TODAY: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Production Track

Tree Care Track

Business and Marketing

8:00 – 9:00 am Propagation of Native Plants Natalie Marinova, Eco Logic, LLC

8:00 – 9:00 am Trees: Evolving Characters / Arbor-care: Growing Costs, Jeff Ling, Arborwise, Ltd.

9:00 – 10:00 am A Balanced Diet: Fertilizing Nursery Crops Kyle Daniel, Purdue University

9:00 – 10:00 am Diagnostics: You Get What You Test For Lindsey Purcell, Purdue University CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, RT:1.0

8:00 – 9:00 am Keys to Using QuickBooks for Profits, Niches, and Marketing Monica Muir, Muir and Associates, LLC

10:00 – 11:00 am FieldWatch — A Voluntary Registry to Facilitate Communications with Beekeepers Bob Walters, FieldWatch CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, 6:1.0, RT:1.0 12:00 – 1:00 pm


2:00 – 3:00 pm Update from the IDNR Megan Abraham, Indiana Department of Natural Resources CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, RT:1.0

8:00–8:30 am 8:30–9:00 am 9:00–9:30 am

Lawn Care

10:30–11:00 am 11:00–11:30 am 11:30am–12 pm

10:00 – 11:00 am Business and Marketing Practices of U.S. Landscape Firms Ariana Torres, Purdue University

11:00 am – 12:00 pm The Pitfalls of Not Preserving Trees During Construction! Jud Scott, Vine and Branch

11:00 – 11:30 am Electronic Payment Trends and Risk Management Nader Saweeres, Service First Processing

12:00 – 1:00 pm

11:30 am – 1:00 pm



2:00 – 3:00 pm Covering the Landscape – Tax and Accounting Update Chris Cobbins, Cox and Company

3:00 – 4:00 pm Follow the Water, Using i-Tree Modeling Technologies to Promote Tree Planting and Regular Maintenance Carrie Tauscher, IDNR

3:00 – 4:00 pm 5 Steps to Increasing Your Profitability with QuickBooks Monica Muir, Muir and Associates, LLC


Sports Turf

Plant Material

Installation Maintenance

Tree Care

Equipment Technician


Business/ Marketing


Aeration and Topdressing

Can We Use IPM in Athletic Fields?

Trees with a Past! Heritage, Historical, and Weird

Combatting Invasive Plants

Trees: Evolving Characters / Arbor-care: Growing Costs

Managing Your Fleet in a Tough Economy

Propagation of Native Plants

Keys to Using QuickBooks for Profits, Niches, and Marketing

Strategies for Reducing Supplemental Irrigation

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Golf in 2017

Sprayer Callibrations and Rate Controllers

PPDL 2017 “Hot” Topics

Diagnostics: You Get What You Test For

Improved A Balanced Diet: Equipment Fertilizing Nursery Reliability — Fuel Crops Treatments, ...

Advanced Influence and Sales Strategies

Golf Irrigation Troubleshooting

Lawn Insect Pests of 2017

What To Do About Rough Bluegrass?

Indiana State Chemist Office Update

Collections Mgmt & Development at Morton Arboretum

How Green Are Trees?

Oak Disease Update 2017

Business & Marketing Practices of Landscape Firms

Residential Irrigation Troubleshooting

Mixing Chemicals

New Insights on Controlling Moss

Growing a Greener World with Chicagoland Grows

Root Diseases of Landscape Plants

Pitfalls of Not Preserving Trees During Construction!

Benefits of Turfgrass / Managment The Art of Communication

9:30–10:00 am 10:00–10:30 am

10:00 – 11:00 am Wilt, Blight, Scorch, Canker: Oak Disease Update 2017 Gail Ruhl and Tom Creswell, Purdue University CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, RT:1.0

2:00 – 3:00 pm What’s Killing Our Trees? The Top 5 Revealed Lindsey Purcell, Purdue University CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, RT:1.0

3:00 – 4:00 pm Bad Bugs of 2017 and How to Prepare for 2018? Cliff Sadof, Purdue University CCH = 2:1.0, 3a:1.0, RT:1.0

Wednesday January 17

9:00 – 10:00 am Advanced Influence and Sales Strategies Jack Klemeyer, Grow Your Business Coaching

Cutting Units 101

FieldWatch — Voluntary Registry for Beekeepers

Electronic Payment Trends

12:00–12:30 pm

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12:30–1:00 pm

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Maximizing Spring Broadleaf Weed Control

Northern Golf

Southern Golf

Lessons from 30 Weird Years in Turf Business

How To Save Money Leasing/ Equipment Fleets

What To Do About Appreciation: The Rough and Annual Key to Success Bluegrass? Indiana State Chemist Office Update

Current Topics in Turf Disease Control

Training, Motivating & Building a Quality Crew

he Importance of Bolt Identification and TorqueTension in Fasteners

The State of the Industry

Remove or Retain? Ornamental Plant Impact of Wire Germplasm Center Baskets on Tree Survival

Identifying & Identification The Southeastern Managing New & Control of U.S. and the Sedges – Indiana White-taled Deer South Caucasus Golf Courses Damage

What’s Killing Our Trees? The Top 5 Revealed Follow the Water – Using i-Tree Modeling Technologies

Chain and Hook Ratings and Trailering

Update from the IDNR

Covering the Landscape – Tax and Accounting Update

Bad Bugs of 2017 and How to Prepare for 2018?

5 Steps to Increasing Your Profitability with QuickBooks

Exhibitors IDNR, Div of Entomology & Plant Pathology...........................317-232-4189

Tenbarge Seed Co Inc.................. 812-768-6157

Indiana 811.................................... 317-893-1404

Twixwood Nursery..........................269-71-7408

Ameri-Turf..................................... 765-378-0256

Indiana Mulch & Stone LLC.........317-638-8334


Automatic Supply.........................317-697-2474

Kankakee Nursery Co..................815-937-9358


LaCrosse Seed..............................608-783-9560

Walters Gardens / National Nursery Products. 309-258-1630

Belgard........................................... 317-281-4275

LaPorte County Nursery..............219-785-2891

Wehrkamp Enterprises................419-305-3784

Blue Grass Farms of Indiana.......765-649-1012

West Side Tractor Sales.................317-544-3411

Brehob Nurseries.......................... 317-783-3233

M.J. Schuetz Insurance Services.......................................317-548-3937

Caudill Seed...................................812-701-9032

Mid-State Truck Equipment, Inc.. 317-849-4903

Woody Warehouse Nursery........317-994-5487

Cherokee Manufacturing.............616-384-2431

Midwest Groundcovers................847-742-1790

CISCO Companies, The.................317-357-7013

Millcreek Gardens LLC.................740-666-7125

Contree Sprayer & Equipment....920-356-0121

Northland Farms LLC...................800-253-1812

DOW AgroSciences........................317-727-2241


Dura Products.............................. 855-502-3872

Perennials Plus.............................. 317-867-5504

Eason Horticultural Resources... 859-578-3535

Plant & Pest Diagnostic Lab........ 765-494-4641

Eby’s Evergreen Plantation......... 574-848-4520

Price Nurseries, Inc...................... 574-936-4459

Eco Logic.........................................812-876-7711

Pro/Angle Bunker Sand.............. 440-343-1047

Equipment Tracking Solutions...248-363-3257

Pro-Ap By Frick Services............. 630-740-0677

Finn All Seasons............................513-881-4580

Reading Rock, Inc.........................513-874-2345

Forrest Keeling Nursery...............573-898-5571

Seal Smart LLC..............................417-235-4227

Grasshopper Company............... 620-345-8621

Shade Trees Unlimited................260-248-2733

Greenius by LS Training.............. 877-482-2323

SiteOne Landscape Supply.......... 317-770-8950

Greenleaf Nursery Company......918-457-2304

Snider Recreation, Inc.................. 440-877-9151

Harrell’s LLC................................. 863-687-2774

Studebaker................................... 937-405-5588

Hortech......................................... 800-875-1392


Hortica........................................... 800-851-7740

Target Specialty Products..............317-471-8309

Corporate Sponsors

Conference Hotel

Acorn Farms..................................614-891-9348 Advanced Turf Solutions / J&D Turf ..................................................... 317-842-1088

Westin Indianapolis

Blue Grass Farms of Indiana, Inc.



241 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

317-262-8100 • Reservations are available online at: action?id=1710035925&key=2B6AC4EE • If contacting the hotel directly, ask for the “Indiana Green Expo rate.” • Rate: $109 single/double; $125 t; $135 q

Brehob Nursery, Inc.

plus estimated taxes of 17%; early departure fees may apply

• Reservation Deadline: 5:00 pm, 12/15/17 Staying at the IGE Headquarter Hotel is important to the success of the overall event and each participating not-for-profit organization.

Tiffany Lawn & Garden Supply....317-654-5105

Winding Creek Nursery...............269-838-4813

Trade Show Schedule Set up Monday, January 15 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Late arrivals must register with IGE office (317-889-2382) prior to move in.

Tuesday, January 16 6:30 am – 9:00 am SHOW HOURS Tuesday, January 16 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Wednesday, January 17 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Exhibitor Move Out Wednesday, January 17 1:00 – 8:00 pm

Parking • Street Meters are available up to 2 hours for $2. Meters now take credit cards, however they have new restrictions. • Or visit the following websites for downtown parking maps. Parking prices vary from $10 to $26 per day. Websites: or

Conference Location Indiana Convention Center — Hall D 100 South Capitol, Indianapolis, IN 46225 Maps & directions visit

Indiana Green Expo / January 15–17, 2018

NEW EARLY BIRD registration deadline: December 11, 2017 pre-registration Mailed deadline: December 20, 2017 pre-registration Online deadline: December 31, 2017

Registration also online at


Must be postmarked by thes dates to receive reduced rates.

Please complete the items below by typing or printing neatly OR register online. Company:_________________________________________________________________ Address___________________________________________________________________ City____________________________________State _________ Zip Code ____________ Phone___________________________________Fax_______________________________ Membership (check all that apply): INLA MRTF None

Rates after deadlines above: Members: $175 / Nonmember: $230

Save with the new Early Bird Registration Hurry! Must Register by December 11

If for any reason you are unable to attend, all registration fees will be considered a donation to the MRTF and INLA, not-for-profit organizations.

Full Registration

1-Day Registration

Both days of education plus Trade Show

Attendee Name

Please include first and last names. List attendee email address below.

Early Bird Register by December 11

(attach copies if more than 6 registrants)

1. Email: 2. Email: 3. Email: 4. Email: 5. Email:

One-day Educ. & Trd. Show. Check the day you will join us.

Pre-Registration Postmarked by December 20 or online by December 31

























Nonmember $130

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Early Bird


Register by December 11

Postmarked by December 20 or online by December 31





Workshop A: Advanced Residential Paver Technician (ARPT) Certification Course (Mon. & Tue.) *





Workshop B: The Ripple Effect — How to Get and Keep Your Employees Engaged (Mon. pm)





Workshop C: Managing Difficult Weeds in Turf and the Landscape (Mon. pm)





Workshop D: Indiana Accredited Horticulturalist (IAH) Review and IAH Exam (Mon. pm) ** +





Workshop E: Effectively Utilizing Computer Software in Landscape Designs (Mon. pm)





Workshop F: Profitable Insect Control in Lawns and Landscapes (Mon. pm)





Workshop G: Pesticide Applicator Training (CORE) (Tue.) *** +

(Must register through The Education Store @ 765-494-6794)

Workshop H: Segmental Retaining Walls Installer Course – Level I/Basic (Wed.) Workshop I: Basic Turf Training (Wed.)









TRADE SHOW ONLY PASSES — First 4 people are $30/ea, the 5th+ are $20/ea. (Only applies if all are from the same company) Lunch at Tuesday’s Trade Show (save $5 now — $20 on site)





MRTF Reception (Wed., 5:00 pm, Westin) INLA Membership — complete application on back of this page

see chart on back

MRTF Membership — complete application on back of this page


* Workshop A is a two-day advanced ICPI course — January 15 & 16. ** Contact INLA office for certification program registrations at an additional cost — 800-443-7336. *** You must register through The Education Store @ 765-494-6794. + You will not be registered for these workshops unless you call the phone numbers as directed above.


Complete and fax to: 765-496-6335 Questions call: 765-494-8039









INLA Reception (Wed., 5:00 pm, Convention Center)

Complete and return to: Indiana Green Expo PO Box 2285 West Lafayette, IN 47996-2285


Nonmember $170


Attendee # from above

Additional Costs:

(of an accredited University)

Postmarked by December 20 or online by December 31

Register by December 11 Member $100



Early Bird


Total Amount Due $

Pay by Credit Card: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express are accepted at

Office Use Date Rcvd:__________________ Check/PO#: ________________ $ Amt.:_____________________


Get member pricing for the Indiana Green Expo by joining one of these organizations. Simply fill out the appropriate section for the INLA or MRTF and add your membership fee to the registration form on the other side.

INDIANA NURSERY AND LANDSCAPE ASSOCIATION (INLA) MEMBERSHIP Sign up my company for: _____ Active Member: Any individual, partnership or corporation engaged in a business or profession closely allied to the nursery industry or who is actively engaged in a wholesale/retail nursery business or actively engaged in a landscape/maintenance business who majority of business is nursery related within the state of Indiana. (See fee chart below.) _____ Associate Member: Any individual, partnership or corporation engaged in a business or profession closely allied to the nursery industry or any individual, partnership or corporation based outside the state of Indiana who is engaged in the nursery industry. $175.00 _____ Affiliate Member: Any individual who is not directly engaged in the nursery industry but who holds a position in education, research, literature, public office or civil service or community group engaged in horticulture activities or any retired active members. $55.00 Active Member Schedule of Dues (Based on the volume of business done in the previous year.) Class A..........$1,000,000 plus............................. $340.00 Class B..........$500,000 to $1,000,000............... $275.00 Class C..........$250,000 to $500,000.................. $210.00 Class D..........$0 to $250,000.............................. $175.00 Associate Member...........$175.00

Midwest Regional Turf Foundation (MRTF) MEMBERSHIP MRTF is a 501(C)3 non-profit committed to the support of turfgrass research and education at Purdue University for the betterment of the turf industry in Indiana, the Midwest, and the nation. Sign up my company for: _____ MRTF Membership..................$160 To download the complete application, visit or contact MRTF at: Midwest Regional Turf Foundation PO Box 2285, West Lafayette, IN 47996 Ph: 765-494-8039 Please complete the following and PRINT CLEARLY. For more than one new member, please make copies of this form. Name___________________________________________________________ Company________________________________________________________ Address__________________________________________________________ City____________________________________________________________ State______________________________________ Zip_______________________________________

Affiliate Member............. $55.00

Phone (______)______________________________________________

To download the complete application visit or contact them at: Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association 7915 S. Emerson Ave., #247, Indianapolis, IN 46237 Ph: 800-443-7336

Fax (______)________________________________________________ Email______________________________________________________ Amount enclosed $___________

Include this application along with payment and your completed Indiana Green Expo registration form to: Indiana Green Expo, PO Box 2285, West Lafayette, IN 47996-2285

Education Credits All programs are eligible for Indiana Accredited Horticulturist (IAH) and Landscape Industry Certified (CLT-E) continuing education units (CEUs). Other continuing education units requested from this program include: • American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) • Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) • Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) • Master Gardener Continuing Education Credits (CECs) are available on request. • National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) • Pesticide recertification credits for Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky can be made available by advanced request. Call 765-494-8039. Show schedule presented in this brochure is subject to minor changes prior to show. Any changes will be posted on

Total CCH’s requested from the Office of the Indiana State Chemist Sessions Attended








All Lawn Care Sessions * All Golf Turf Sessions * Sports Turf Sessions * All Plant Materials Sessions ** All Installation/Maintenance Sessions ** Production (Wednesday) Vegetation Management (Tuesday) Spanish Session (Tuesday) Tree Care (Wednesday) Turf One Day (Tuesday) Turf One Day (Wednesday) Nursery/Landscape One Day (Tuesday) Nursery/Landscape One Day (Wednesday) Workshop C: Managing Difficult Weeds in Turf and the Landscape (Monday) Workshop F: Profitable Insect Control in Lawns and Landscapes Workshop I: Basic Turf Training (Wednesday)




4 4 4 1

7 3 1 3 3

2 1 7 3 2 3 3

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10 6 4 4





4 1 3

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2 7 7.5

5 6 2 2

2 2 2

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* CCH totals include attendance at the Turf Opening Session from 8:30-10:00 am on Tuesday, January 16 ** CCH totals include attendance at the Landscape Opening Session from 1:00-2:00 pm on Tuesday, January 16

4 4 3 3 4 4 4 4 3 3 4

Exhibit at IGE! Exhibit at IGE! There’s still time to reserve a booth. The two-day trade

show provides the perfect atmosphere for turf, lawn and landscape professionals to meet with vendors and view the newest products and technology. Trade Show features: • 150+ exhibitors • Over 2,000 visitors • New Product Showcase • Trade Show Lounge in center of exhibitor hall • Lunch served in trade show hall on Tuesday, January 16 To learn more go to and download the exhibitor packet or call Rick Haggard at 800-443-7336. Reserve your booth by December 8 to be included in the IGE Show Program.

Advertise in the Indiana Green Expo Show Program Distributed to over 2,000 Expo attendees, the Show Program contains all the details about the Expo including detailed exhibitor information. People rely on this pocket-sized program to guides them through three actionpacked Expo days. Great way for companies, whether exhibitors or not, to heighten their presence among attendees. Reasonably-priced color and black/ white ad options available.

Additional Opportunities for Exhibitors

TRADE SHOW HOURS Tuesday, January 16: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Wednesday, January 17: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Lan dscape Challenge Tuesday, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm, Trad

e Show Floor

Lunch at Trade Show Lou nge Tuesday, January 16: 12:00 – 1:00 pm Award Receptions — INLA & MRTF Tuesday, January 16, 5:00 – 7:00 pm See page 8 for locations.

For ad pricing, visit the Indiana Green Expo website ­— and download show program ad information or contact Mary Breidenbach at


New Product Showcase Bring attention to your special products during the show by entering them in the New Product Showcase — a special area of the trade show floor. Items are also highlighted in a special section of the show program. Visit for more information. Sponsorships There are many levels of sponsorships to choose from. All will increase your exposure but more importantly show your support for a strong Indiana green industry. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities at

Educational Program & Trade Show  January 15–17 | Indiana Convention Center

Trade Show: January 16–17

2018 Corporate SPONSORS


Adapting to Change

Register Early & Save EARLY BIRD deadline: December 11, 2017 pre-registration deadline: Mail by December 20, 2017 Online by December 31, 2017

Who Should Attend? Business Leaders Garden Centers Landscape Management Golf Course Superintendents Turf Managers Grounds Managers Lawn Care Professionals Arborists

Landscape Architects Designers Wholesale Growers Greenhouse Growers Educators Turf Producers Extension Educators Irrigation Installers

College & High School Students interested in the Green Industry Vegetation Managers Master Gardeners Garden Clubs Pesticide Applicators Government Agencies

November/December 2017

Training & Employment Issue A New Beginning


13 A New Beginning Education

14 Certified Indiana Accredited Horticulturists Business

16 Employer-Driven Programs to Prepare Indiana’s Workforce Community

18 Creating Economic Opportunities Through Green Projects Business

20 Job Posting on INLA Website

An Indiana Accredited Horticulturist (IAH) Rick Haggard, Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association I am writing this article to update many of you that are unaware of how much others highly regard our Indiana Accredited Horticulturist program. While many of our original IAH’ers were originally Indiana Accredited Plantsman (IAP), the program itself has been used as an educational tool in many of our various schools. Whether they are trade schools or other general school programs with other affiliations, such as FFA, special interest groups etc. There is one that many of our members are unaware of: the IAH is taught in many of our correctional facilities as a rehabilitation tool, and enabling many to turn their lives around. I was amazed to hear that many of these correctional facilities offer a 90-day reduction in their sentence if they take the 90-day horticulture program. I am going to share with you my personal interaction with this program. One of the first interactions I had with the IAH program being taught in a correctional facility was at the Plainfield Correctional Facility, formerly Indiana Boys School, by Chuck Orth. I know several past board members had spoken with many who were taking the course and were soon to be released about interviewing for employment within our industry around 2009, if I remember correctly. I will now fast forward to 2017. I was shocked at how many correctional institutions had downloaded and accessed our IAH program online, and were offering the program in these correctional facilities. I spoke at the Pendleton Reformatory in July about the current IAH program, through an invitation of Brenda Gullett, an IAH alumni, with several from other facilities in attendance. Kenneth Harvey, from the Miami Correctional Facility who was in at the meeting, had downloaded the IAH program in March and was already utilizing it. Kenneth is the Hort/Landscape Design Instructor at the facility through the Oakland City University Prison Ministries Project. I was even more surprised in September, when I received a call from the Miami Correctional Facility to give the IAH exam to 10 people (9 students plus their instructor) who were ready to take the exam. I agreed to come and give a review session to those taking the test and then proctor the exam. The surprises are still coming … During the review session, the group was very energetic because they wanted to be sure they had the correct answers and were prepared to take the test. They answered almost every question on the review correctly. I feel credit is due their instructor Elizabeth Burkle, but she said it was amazing to see the group interact together and work out the answers on the review questions. Out of the 9 that took the exam 3 passed with a score above 80, but there were 3 more who, if they’d have had better knowledge of plant identification, would have passed easily. I also want to thank Ted Pearson of Oakland City for offering to “pick up the tab” so these 9 individuals could pursue their certifications. A special thanks to Evelyn Hicks and Brenda Gullett at Pendleton for promoting our IAH program to others and seeing the value that rehabilitation from getting in touch with nature can provide. While many members in our state have Indiana Accredited Horticulturists (IAH) on their staff, I wonder how many owners are aware that through reciprocity with the Great Lakes Nursery and Landscape Association their workers are considered certified professional horticulturists in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and even Landscape Ontario, Canada?

Indiana Nursery & Landscape News • November/December 2017



Certified Indiana Accredited Horticulturists

Congratulations to all the actively certified, initial and master Indiana Accredited Horticulturists listed below! If you’re interested in you and/or your employees joining the ranks of these individuals, the 2018 Indiana Green Expo offers a review session and exam on January 15, 2018! To learn more about the test, visit INLA’s website at 5 Saplings, LLC Eric Bitner, Initial AHC Ground Services Andrew Polk Jr., Initial Allen Landscape Kevin Allen, Initial Paula Allen, Initial Tom Allen, Master Rose Domsic, Master Kay Dornick, Initial Craig Giglio, Initial Tim Hilbrich, Master Becky Howard, Master Robert Howard, Master Carol Kozanda, Master Oscar Lopez, Initial Brian Maida, Initial Melissa Mravec, Master Jason Peters, Initial Tim Runick, Initial Julie Severa, Master Tamara Simonetto, Master Patrick Szczygielski, Initial Dawn Tamayo, Initial William Tillman, Initial Deb Trocha, Initial Marie Troxel, Master Linda Wilson, Master Diana Winel, Initial Amelia Withrow, Initial Allen’s Snow Removal & Lawn Care Shay Welp, Initial Alsip Nursery Sharon Fister, Initial Associates Four Services Nicholas Powell, Initial BCS Landscape & Design Roby Bales, Initial Blue Grass Farms Edward A. Williams, Initial Brotherhood Mutual Janelle Roach, Master Bunch Nurseries Jonah Goodpaster, Initial Charlotte Creek Nursery Jeremy Addleman, Initial


Chesterton Feed & Garden Center Hannah Hill, Initial Rachel LaCorte, Initial Charles Roth, Initial Barb Weimer, Initial City of Crown Point Jeffrey Knesek, Initial City of Fishers Donald Szemko, Master City of Indianapolis, Dept of Code Enforcement Nathaniel Berg, Initial Ryan McCartney, Initial Claymiller Lawn Service Julie Claymiller, Initial Corressell Mowing & Landscape John Corressell, Initial Andrew Eble, Master Countryside Landscaping Ross Miller, Initial

Engledow Joseph Banaszak, Initial Kendra Eversole, Initial Tana Green, Initial Debra Laib, Initial Daniel E. Miller, Initial A. Daniel Miller, Initial Judy Penn, Initial Rick Perdue, Initial Cindy Stites, Initial Emily Wallace, Initial Flower Farm Thomas Drwal, Initial Four Seasons Landscape Nursery Terri Ahlberg, Initial Alison Brenn, Initial George Brenn, Master Jean Hack, Initial Terry Marsch, Initial Marilyn Morman, Initial Martha Seroczynski, Initial Beverly Stegeman, Initial

Dammann’s Garden Company Jessica Brigmon, Initial Kari Francis, Initial Becky Harrison, Initial Lisa Kosanke, Initial Philip Meckel, Initial Kathy Neihaus, Initial Brian Sanford, Initial Jodi Wright, Initial

Garfield Park Conservatory Kaitlyn Haehnle, Initial Colleen Monzel, Initial Fritz Nerding, Master

Dan Knispel Landscape Carl (Dan) Knispel, Initial Gale Lemburg, Initial Designscape Steve Deckard, Initial Debra Gluesenkamp, Master Dan Gluesenkamp, Master Gabriel Gluesenkamp, Master Jordan Houze, Initial Dustin Huffman, Initial Elizabeth Mangum, Initial Michael Mullis, Initial Peter Slothower, Initial Casey Wagers, Initial David Watts, Initial Erik Weaver, Initial Levi Wright, Initial

Hubinger Landscape Corp. Alex Ankrom, Initial Ninette Cox, Initial Brian Hart, Initial David Hubinger, Initial Eric Hubinger, Initial Jim Hubinger, Initial Dave Jaroscak, Initial Lorraine Keilman, Initial Laura Keray, Initial John Kuhn, Initial Kevin Roth, Initial Thelma Urbanski, Initial Gary Willey, Initial

Eagle Creek Nursery Jeff Colston, Master

Indiana nursery & Landscape association •

Greendell Mulch & Mix Vicki Leak, Initial Growing Image Bridget Donovan, Initial

Indianapolis Museum of Art Carol Mullins, Initial Indianapolis Zoo Nina Evans, Initial

Inland Steel John Dubis, Initial IUPUI - Grounds Dept Martin Miller, Master Clay Collins, Master Landsmith Landscape Design Lindsay Smith, Initial Lawn Landscape Co. Pete Tolson, Initial Lemcke Landscape, Inc. Joe Bey, Initial Kristen Grounds, Initial Debi Guynn, Initial Leo’s Feed & Garden Center Sierra Govert, Master

RLM, Inc. Esequiel Alcaraz, Initial Jacob Barneko, Initial Austin Batkiewicz, Master Sergio Garcia, Initial Jeremy Huff, Initial Joe Lloyd, Master Bill Mick, Master Dean Ricci, Jr., Master Brett Schwuchow, Initial Ricardo Valdovinos, Initial Sean Wheeler, Initial Salsbery Brothers Landscaping Holly Lindzy, Initial Second Nature Landscape Kent Wilhelmus, Initial

LML Estate Management Corporation Jill Losher, Initial

ServiScape LLC Robert Bulger, Master David Woodruff, Master

Mark Holeman, Inc. Richard Blankenship, Initial

Swan Lake Resort Paul Ray, Initial

Nature’s Way, Inc. Valurie Zygnowicz, Initial

The Rooted Barrel Ben Kloc, Initial

New Vistas Landscaping Judy K. De Pue, Initial

Touch of Grass Landscaping Fritz Dorge, Initial

Niemeyer’s Landscape Supply Dana DeVries, Initial Joanne Gruber, Initial Wayne Gruber, Master Ronald Specht, Initial Joyce Tolan, Initial

Trees PLE, Inc. Seth Inman, Initial

Oakland City University Elizabeth Burkle Eldridge Fisher Kirby LouksPerk A Lawn Gardens Jennifer Nettles, Initial

Valparaiso University John Frank, Initial Vincennes University Jacob Arthur, Initial Jennifer Vieke, Initial

Wasson Nursery Jenna Granger, Initial Jackie Reed, Initial Jeanie Stammen, Initial Sara Stocksdale, Initial Marnie Tupling, Initial Bob Wasson, Initial Teresa (Terry) Wright, Initial Wihebrink Landscape Management Paul Sermersheim, Initial Individuals (no company association) Nancy Adams, Initial John Bachmann, Initial Dolores Foster, Master Brenda Gullett, Initial Rick Haggard, Initial Julie Johnson, Initial Judith Kopchik, Initial Jeremy Miller, Initial Chuck Orth, Master William Pollman, Initial Leah Rozzel, Initial Susan Santino, Initial Rebecca Schmiesing, Initial Kevin Stevens, Initial T. Pillan Whitehawk, Initial

Interested in taking the IAH Exam? Next exam is scheduled for January 15, 2018 at the the Indiana Green Expo / Workshop D. Details in the IGE Brochure in center insert or at

Price Nurseries, Inc. Mark Goss, Master James Kenny, Master Tom McGee, Master Jodie Overmyer, Master

Quality Michigan Grown Nursery Stock

Balled & Burlapped 3’ - 16’

Priority Landscape Adan Favela, Initial Arturo Guerrero, Initial

Colorado Spruce Norway Spruce White Spruce Serbian Spruce Black Hills Spruce White Pine Balsam Fir Canaan Fir “Where Quality & Value Prevail!” Gobles, MI Concolor Fir Douglas Fir 1-888-MI-TREES Fraser Fir 269-628-4308 Korean Fir

Purdue Extension Nicole Witkowski, Master Quickcare Lawn & Landscape Beth Quick, Initial

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* Seedlings & Transplants * Cut Christmas Trees, Wreaths & Roping



Indiana Nursery & Landscape News • November/December 2017



Employer-Driven Programs to Prepare Indiana’s Workforce Indiana Department of Workforce Development The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has undergone a transformation from an unemployment agency to an employment agency. More Hoosiers than ever before are in the workforce, and a number of successful programs have been launched that both engage employers and provide them with training opportunities to help develop future workers. An emphasis on identifying and addressing employer-driven needs have helped form the foundation for many of these programs. Reliable data shows that more than 1 million jobs will need to be filled in Indiana over the next 10 years. Helping employers fill those jobs with qualified workers is and will remain a high priority of DWD.

NextLevel Jobs In August, Gov. Holcomb launched NextLevel Jobs. This program has two major components, Workforce Ready Grants for individuals and Employer Training Grants for employers (go to to apply). DWD is administering the Employer Training Grant, and is partnering with the Commissioner for Higher Education on the Workforce Ready Grant. Up to $10 million has been allocated to the Employer Training Grant program for the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years. Employers have the opportunity to secure up to $2,500 in reimbursement per person for new employees who are trained, hired and retained for six months. The limit per employer is $25,000, meaning a single company could train 10 employees at $2,500 each. To be eligible for the grant, employers must come from one of five priority sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, IT and Business Services (which includes landscaping), Transportation and Logistics, Health Sciences, and Building and Construction. Additionally, the training program must correlate with high-demand, high-wage jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than an associate’s degree. “The NextLevel Jobs Employer Training Grants are tremendous opportunities for employers to develop new talent specifically for their needs,” said Gina Ashley, DWD Interim Commissioner. “The reimbursement will save the employer thousands of dollars, and at the same time help fill several critical jobs with properly trained employees.” HIRE A DWD program enjoying great success is the Hoosier Initiative for Re-Entry (HIRE). Celebrating its fifth anniversary this fall, the HIRE program guides ex-offenders back into the workforce, matching them with employers. In just five years, nearly 10,000 ex-offenders have participated in the program along with more than 1,200 employers. HIRE has the potential to make a big impact throughout the state and locally. With an average of 2,500 participants per year and an annual incarceration cost of $20,000 per inmate, the savings to the state are great. Ex-offenders who are employed are much less likely to return to prison compared to those who are unemployed, so HIRE is helping both the employers and the communities by helping its participants become productive members of society. “HIRE has been influential in helping so many rebuild their lives and re-engage with their families and communities,” said DWD Re-Employment Pathway Director Carrie Heck. “There are so many success stories already, and we’re continuing to grow each year.”


Indiana nursery & Landscape association •

Skill UP Indiana Another DWD program, Skill UP Indiana, is in its third year and will ultimately award grant applications to support the formation of innovation networks. The purpose of the innovation networks is to develop a talent supply chain for local employers. Each network will consist of stakeholders including employers, educational institutions, economic development councils, chambers of commerce, and community foundations. The goal is to collaborate and create a network of education and training providers that are responsive to employers’ current and future workforce needs. “We strongly believe effective collaboration is the key to meeting workforce challenges,” said DWD Chief Operating Officer for Employer Engagement Mike Barnes. “The strong interest in Skill UP is not only an indication of employers having difficulty in finding more workers, but also that they want to find innovative solutions to preparing quality employees.”


BETTER DESIGN BETTER WIRE BETTER FIT Another important piece of DWD’s employer activities is the new online application, (ICR). ICR was soft launched this past summer and will be rolled out fully in the near future. The robust application has tools and resources for job seekers, employers, students and parents, teachers and counselors, education and training providers, and workforce partners. WWW.BRAUNGROUP.COM The employer portion of ICR will align talent and education resources to support 1-888-732-7286 the hiring needs of employers. Employer partners are essential to the success of DWD’s demand driven workforce system, and ICR brings them together with the resources in a unique online environment that draws on DWD’s data analysis capabilities to effectively chart career paths. “ represents nearly three years of foresight, creativity, and progress in moving DWD’s career development programs into the digital age,” said DWD USA - Braun Better - USA - 2.375x4.875.indd 1 3/9/15 Chief Information Officer Steve Elliott. “ICR is the cornerstone of the demand-driven workforce system, and will be integrated into all current and future DWD programs going forward.”


Additional Programs Two other DWD programs of note are Jobs for America’s Graduates, or JAG, and Veterans Services. JAG, a national program administered at the state level, was created to reduce the dropout rate and keep at-risk students in a job-focused curriculum. Indiana, which leads the nation with programs in more than 115 schools, has touched nearly 20,000 high school students over 10 years and boasts a 95 percent graduation rate among participants. DWD’s Veterans Services includes training programs and an employer network that’s helped make Indiana’s veteran unemployment rate — currently at 1.8 percent — the lowest in the nation. Veterans receive priority service when they visit one of the state’s WorkOne centers. DWD’s employer-centric approach has made Indiana a leading state to do business in and develop talent. Individuals participating in DWD programs go into them knowing that employers have had great influence in helping prepare them for Indiana’s workforce. About the Indiana Department of Workforce Development DWD serves the worker and the employer to ensure workplace success. DWD is committed to innovating and invigorating Indiana’s economic future by providing WorkOne Career Centers, Unemployment Insurance, Labor Market Information, Regional Workforce Strategies and Professional Training. Through these services, DWD is able to develop a premier workforce that enables Indiana employers to flourish and entices businesses from outside our state to relocate to Indiana.

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Member Profile: Groundwork Indy

Creating Economic Opportunities Through Green Projects Mary Breidenbach for the Indiana Nursery and Landscape Assocation A relatively young non-profit in Indianapolis, Groundwork Indy focuses on revitalizing the Northwest area of Indianapolis through community-based environmental projects. Their approach: Bringing sustained regeneration and improvement of the area’s physical environment will in turn promote the community’s environmental, economic, and social well-being. Really their slogan says it all — Changing places, Changing lives. Having worked with the Northwest area community, local government, and local businesses to identify areas of interest, Groundworks Indy concentrate their efforts in four program areas: youth development, greenways and parkways, brownfields and vacant land, and healthy communities. Groundwork Indy executive director Phyllis Boyd spoke with me in early October and explained “the ultimate goal is to try and create economic opportunities for those who face a lot of economic barriers.” Also, she explained that the project’s focus on the physical environment is a good fit for the community since the city’s tight budget doesn’t leave much left over to take care of the shared community spaces. And ut is these areas that Groundworks Indy focuses on in the Northwest area. Groundwork Indy is one of 20 locations nationwide participating in the Groundwork USA network (www. It received approval from the national network after the city of Indianapolis applied and then passed a feasibility study conducted by the National Park Service and formally established in April 2015. Because Groundwork Indy’s primary focus is improving the community’s physical environment their youth development programs may be of particular interest to our readers for they offer young people their initial exposure to basic environmen18

tal improvement projects that are often introductory landscape projects. Their two, year-round programs include: • Green Team: A program for middle school and high school students (ages 14–18) who currently attend school. Projects focus on building leadership skills, environmental awareness, and life skills. • GroundCorp: A program that employs out-of-school youth (ages 16-24) which focuses on job training and job preparedness through more robust green projects in the community. The younger group, the Green Team, takes part in service learning projects appropriate for their age such as hands-on improvement projects, learning about nutrition through community gardening, community outreach, and service projects.

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The GroundCorp program on the other hand provides its participants with the more substantial environmental projects. Since the fall of 2015, the GroundCorp projects include rain garden/swell installation and maintenance, evasive plant removal, plant restoration, general landscape maintenance, installation of ornamental landscapes, and creating and maintaining a community garden. In particular they have worked extensively on East 10th Street, Burdsal Parkway, and 30th Street areas. Recently Groundwork Indy has been contracted by nonprofits rehabbing homes in the Northwest area community to clear a lot prior to restoration and then return after construction to install the ornamental landscape. While the GroundCorp program offers participants hands-on learning opportunities for landscape installation and maintenance, it is not specifically preparing them to work in the green industry. Boyd clarified, “It all depends on the individual’s goals. I would say maybe one third might be interested in working in the green industry; for others the program is a grounding that helps them return to school.” In terms of certifications, they have worked on OSHA, HVAC, and forklift driving but so far, not any landscape certifications. “We are very interested, though, in offering that in the future,” said Boyd. “I would also like to hear what green industry companies are looking for in potential employees.” Groundwork Indy is always interested in partnering with green industry companies to bring more to their programs. Boyd offered several ideas when asked — job-shadowing, on-job opportunities, and hands-on experience with complex hardscaping projects and any equipment you’d like to donate (see list on their website). If you’d like to learn more about Groundwork Indy, visit their website —




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Job Posting on INLA Website The ability to post a job opening will be added shortly to the new INLA website ( This is a members-only service which we hope you will find beneficial in the months and years to come. When the service is up and running, INLA members must possess their login and password to post a job. A member’s individual login information will be emailed to the contact person associated with your company’s membership in the weeks to come. This setup will allow companies to manage their job postings as well as customize your listings such as adding video, your logo, and links. We hope you’ll take advantage of this service. If you have not received your login inforamtion by end of the year please contact the INLA office.

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Membership Challenge To All INLA Members:

The INLA membership committee is asking each member to bring one new member into the association during the challenge period of October 1 , 2017 – May 1, 2018. Just one new member. All of us know at least one landscape or nursery company that isn’t currently a member.

Please contact either Kim Glass (317-639-5679) or Rick Haggard (765-366-4994) with questions.

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In growing our membership we strengthen not only our association, but perhaps more importantly, our green industry. Membership Challenge Prize! The company that brings in the most new members will win a year’s paid dues for the INLA. In case of a tie, we will draw the winner. The winner will be announced May 5, 2018.

For INLA membership information, online application, and a current list of members, visit 20

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Certification & Education

IAH Quiz

IAH Quiz: November 2017

Due: December 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. K stands for _____________.

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

2. Pore spaces hold __________ and__________ in spaces between particles. 3. Decomposed remains of living organisms are referred to as __________ __________. 4. pH affects nutrient uptake and can be modified, over time, by adding __________ or __________. 5. Moving from a pH of 5.0 to pH 7.0 is an increase in alkalinity by a factor of __________. 6. Potting mixes have necessarily __________ pore spaces to provide better aeration 7. The only positive way to find out if your lawn needs lime is by having a __________ __________. 8. Container media usually sacrifices nutrient holding capacity in favor of maximum root zone aeration. True or False

Name:_____________________________________________________________________________ IAH No.:___________________________________________________________________________ Phone:_____________________________________________________________________________ Email:_____________________________________________________________________________

Interested in taking the IAH Exam? Next exam is scheduled for January 15, 2018, at the the Indiana Green Expo / Workshop D. Details in the IGE Brochure in center insert or online at

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.

Looking for additional opportunities to earn CCHs? Check out the Calendar on page 6 of this issue. Educational listing that provide CCHs are indicated.

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– Always wear eye protection. Chips from material can fly into your face, or the blade can break. – Avoid loose clothing, jewelry, and anything that could get caught in the saw. Tie back long hair. – Use both hands on the saw and make sure you are in full control of it. Avoid cutting above shoulder height. – Always make sure you are using the proper blade for the material you are cutting. – Make sure the workpiece is secure before cutting. Never hold a workpiece in your hand or across your lap. – Don’t overreach. Keep a stable footing. – Double-insulated saws do not require a three-wire grounding cord and the user is protected in the event of an electrical short. – Always unplug the tool before changing blades. – Beware of kickback when using a circular saw, which is when the blade becomes pinched and the saw lifts up out of the workpiece and toward the user. To prevent kickback, make sure the blade is sharp and clean; do not let it overheat; support large panels so they will not pinch the blade; beware of knots or sap in the wood and never remove the blade from the material while it is cutting. Release the switch immediately if the saw stalls or binds. – Always make sure the cord is out of the way and not in the line of the cut. – Do not leave plugged-in tools unattended, especially if there are children nearby.

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New INLA Member Benefits Clip & Save

In an attempt to make your membership of greater value to you and your company, the Membership Committee is happy to present the new INLA member benefits. While we hope you find INLA membership valuable for all the education, business, and networking opportunities, I think you’ll agree it sure doesn’t hurt to have a few perks. We are grateful for the many companies both new and returning (M.J. Schuetz, Sunbelt Rentals, and Littler) that have created some very outstanding offers for the INLA membership. Be sure to take advantage of these offers today and make contact with these businesses. They support the INLA and they support a strong Indiana green industry. We hope to keep adding benefits throughout the year and will announce them in the magazine, on the website, and in the eNewsletter as they come available. Have a great year and enjoy the new benefits! Sincerely, Kim Glass, INLA Membership Committee Chair

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10% discount on container plant orders over $3,000.00. This is an ongoing benefit and not a one-time discount. Cardno Native Plant Nursery

Littler $100 contribution split between the INEF Scholarship and ILA Fritz Loonsten Scholarship after a purchase of a new and/or used vehicle. Applies to purchases at Greenfield location only. Dellen Automotive Family Contact: Linda Mabee 317-462-5591

Littler Dial-A-Lawyer: Free 15-minute consultation with a labor lawyer.

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Example: employment practices, handbook, wages, etc.

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Littler Labor Lawyer Contact: Alan McLaughlin 317-287-3523

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Sunbelt Rentals in Fishers Automatic 10% discount on commercial insurance. Contact us today for quotes on Commercial Business, Bonding, Life, and Personal Lines insurance. M.J. Schuetz Insurance Services Contact: Kim Glass 317-548-3937,

Receive $100 off an order of $500 or more. Valid at any location in Indiana. Valid to first-time customers only. This is a one-time offer. SiteOne Landscape Supply

15% discount on landscaping equipment. Must have charge account. Sunbelt Rentals in Fishers Contact: Loren Gentry 317-849-2119

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New INLA Member Benefit Partner Profile

Service First Processing Makes Accepting Credit Cards Simple, Efficient, and Profitable Service First Processing (SFP) is a leading provider of credit card and ACH/ check processing services. We make accepting credit cards simple, efficient and more profitable for your company. NAHAD and SFP have put together a special “members only program” that is guaranteed to reduce your cost of credit card processing while improving your level of service and support.

This new program will enhance your company’s profitability: 1. SFP will provide your company with a savings proposal based on your unique business processing needs and our consultative analysis. 2. This program offers you a 60-day trial period during which you will be provided with the necessary equipment and training.

• Ten percent (10%) Member Rebate • 60-day Trial Period • Equipment Loaner Program • Member help line: 855-632-9862 • Free “AccessOne” Reporting Tool

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3. In addition to your initial cost reduction, ten percent (10%) of the net processing revenue that SFP generates from your account will be rebated back to you on an annual basis.

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Additional member benefits will be announced as they come available. Please check the INLA website — — for most up-to-date list.

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Awards of Excellence The INLA awards program recognizes firms that have enhanced the Indiana environment with creativity and beauty through landscaping and horticulture.

Entry Fee  $75

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Eligibility Active INLA Members

ENTRY CATEGORIES Residential Landscape Design/Build A. Under $50,000 B. Over $50,000 Commercial Landscape Design/Build A. Under $39,000 B. Over $39,000 Hardscape Residential Design/Build A. Under $50,000 B. Over $50,000 Hardscape Commercial Design/Build A. Under $39,000 B. Over $39,000

Entr y Deadline December 1

PLAN TO ENTER! This is a great way to stand out and help market your work! Guidelines and application form online at Go to the Awards page under Membership tab! But hurry deadline for the 2017 awards is December 1, 2017. Winners will be announced at the Indiana Green Expo during the INLA Annual Meeting + Awards Reception, January 16 at the Indiana Convention Center. Questions: Call INLA at 317-889-2382 or 800-443-7336 Entry Deadline: December 1, 2017

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The Training & Employment Issue — Also includes the complete schedule for the upcoming Indiana Green Expo.

Indiana Nursery & Landscape News, November/December 2017  

The Training & Employment Issue — Also includes the complete schedule for the upcoming Indiana Green Expo.