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ADVANCE PROGRAM Northern Green simplifies life for outdoor pros by combining region-relevant learning, dynamic product demonstrations, and fun opportunities to connect. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a green first-timer looking to grow, lead, or innovate then Northern Green is for you!

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Table of Contents

Advertiser Index................................... 4 Schedule Overview............................... 4 Master Classes (Tuesday)................... 6-7 Wednesday at a Glance...................... 8-9 Opening Keynote.................................. 9 CEO Track & CEO Lounge...................... 9 Wednesday Sessions.......................10-15 Silent Auction.....................................10 Morning Coffee....................................11 First Time Here?..................................11 3 Ways to Register...............................12 Featured Products & Offers Showcase...15 Thursday at a Glance......................16-17 Interactive Track..................................17 Closing Keynote...................................17 Thursday Sessions......................... 18-26 Association Meetings...........................18 Hotels................................................19 Career Central.................................... 20 App....................................................21 Social Media.......................................21 Fun in Minneapolis..............................24 Continuing Ed. Units (CEUs)................ 26 Northern Gardener Bookstore.............. 26 Exhibitors..................................... 28-29 Campfires.......................................... 30 Innovation & Inspiration Theater.......... 30 The Sandbox...................................... 30 Tech Lab........................................... 30 Idea Wall........................................... 30 Preview Party......................................31 Treasure Hunt.....................................31 Free Lunch.........................................31 Registration Packages and Form..... 32-33 Green Industry Awards Celebration....... 34 Legislative Breakfast........................... 34 Comedy Night.................................... 34

Advertiser Index Albert J. Lauer, Inc.............................25 Anderson Nurseries, Inc......................15 Bachman’s Wholesale Nursery & Hardscapes.................................3 Borgert................................................5 COWSMO, INC.................................. 22 CPD..................................................27 Ditch Witch........................................31 Fury Motors........................................35 Gertens Wholesale & Professional Turf Supply.............13 Great Northern Equipment Distributing, Inc............... Back Cover Plaisted Companies..............................2 Rock Hard Landscape Supply............. 22 Truck Utilities.....................................15 Wheeler Landscape Supply..................25 Ziegler Cat.........................................23 4 | Northern Green 2017 Advance Program

SCHEDULE OVERVIEW TUESDAY, JANUARY 10

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12

7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Early Bird Session 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

PLT Relicensure

Pesticide Recertification (Categories A,E,F, and P available) NCMA Segmental Retaining Walls Installer Course – Level I/Basic

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Current and Emerging Tree Pests

9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

A Landscape Design Charette

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Free coffee in Lobby D (while supplies last) MNLA Annual Meeting

Concurrent Sessions

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Trade Show Open 9:05 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

9:10 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Campfire and Innovation Theater Sessions

Ownership Thinking: Building Value Within an Already Successful Company

10:05 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Trade Show Preview Party Green Industry Awards Celebration (separate ticket required)

Dedicated Trade Show Time MPSTMA Annual Meeting Free Lunch (while supplies last)

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

MGCSA Annual Meeting

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Free coffee in Lobby D (while supplies last) 7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. MNLA Legislative Breakfast (separate ticket required) 7:30 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. Early Bird Session 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Opening Keynote All attendees and exhibitors welcome! 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Trade Show Open

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

10:05 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Campfire and Innovation Theater Sessions

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

2:35 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. Campfire

and Innovation Theater Sessions 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Closing Keynote All attendees and exhibitors welcome!

Trade Show Hours Visit hundreds of exhibitors in a 178,000 square foot exhibit hall onsite at Northern Green.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10

Dedicated Trade Show Time

Preview Party, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11

Free Lunch (while supplies last)

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12

3:05 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. Campfire and Innovation Theater Sessions 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 5:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Comedy Night (separate ticket required)

Connect with exhibitors all year long with the Vendor Directory at www.NorthernGreen.org.

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Presented by the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) and the Minnesota Turf & Grounds Foundation (MTGF).

Disclaimer: Although every reasonable effort is made to provide the speakers, topics, and sessions listed, some changes or substitutions may occur. Speakers and sessions are subject to cancellation or changes up to and including the day the session(s) are scheduled to be held. Changes or cancellations are made at the discretion of MNLA/MTGF and may be done without notifying attendees. If sessions are changed or cancelled, no refunds should be expected. Submission of the registration form acknowledges acceptance of this provision.


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CLASSES

MASTER

FORMERLY SUPER TUESDAY

Available exclusively with a Northern Green 3-Day Pass only! Choose from one of the six classes below.

Improve your expertise as a green industry professional by attending one of the Northern Green Master Classes on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. MNLA or MTGF members can pre-register by December 30th on www.NorthernGreen.org and pay only $299, or register onsite on January 10, 2017 for $379. Generously supported by:

1 Ownership Thinking: Building Value Within an Already Successful Company Presented by Resultants for Business, Inc. This workshop is designed specifically for owners and top level leadership who have responsibility for the entire organization. Owners, CEO’s and general managers all know how to build…it’s in our DNA…it’s how we became successful in business in the first place. Yet, owners and leaders rarely take time to focus on their number one responsibility, building value, because it seems so vague. How can it be broken down into bite-size pieces? This workshop is about capitalizing on that ownership thinking to move our companies forward, to build a better, more valuable organization from the inside out. Running a company day-to-day leaves you little time to think strategically about your business. Why not take a break from working IN your business and treat yourself to a day of strategically working ON your business? You will come away with: • A different perspective on “ownership thinking” and building value • Challenging exercises you can use within your own organization • An opportunity to dialogue with other owners and top-level leaders Join a group of very unique business advisors (and entrepreneurs) who will present five Ownership Thinking Topics: • Value Building: How owners & CEOs can lead with a value strategy • Customer Building: How owners & CEOs can develop a Blue Ocean strategy • Sales Building: How owners & CEOs view sales leadership • Profit Building: How owners & CEOs can leverage behavioral finance • Legacy Building: How owners & CEOs can integrate a succession strategy Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Room 103BC

2 Pesticide Recertification (Categories A,E,F, and P available) This workshop meets MDA’s Commercial Pesticide Applicator requirements for categories A (Core) & E (Turf and Ornamentals). New in 2017! Recertification for optional Categories F (Aquatics) or P (Vertebrate Pest) will also be offered on the same day. These workshops have been approved by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Licensed applicators with Categories A and E who last attended a recertification workshop in 2015, and new-licensed pesticide applicators in 2016 must attend an MDA-approved workshop by 12/31/2017. By attending the Pesticide Recertification track and completing the on-site attendance documentation, applicators will obtain recertification credit. In order for licensed applicators to receive credit for Category F (Aquatics) or Category P (Vertebrate Pest), they must also attend the Pesticide Recertification track from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. and complete on-site attendance documentation. Category F: 8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Room 101FGH Category P: 8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Room 101CDE Categories A and E: 10:00. a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Room 101ABIJ

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3 NCMA Segmental Retaining Walls Installer Course – Level I/Basic Presented by Dave Klein, Amcon Block and Precast, an NCMA Certified Instructor This 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. Those who successfully complete the classroom training and pass a written examination become certified as a Certified SRW Installer (CSRWI). This credential is highly valued by consumers and the program includes a wealth of valuable course information and reference material that attendees take back to work for implementation as money-saving and profit-making ideas. Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Room 211ABCD

4 Low Voltage Irrigation: Two Wire Systems Technology (The Code, The Law, and Related Technical Topics) (PLT Continuing Education, DOLI Course Code #20160604) Instructed by Dick Johnson and Dave Ledo, PLT Services; and Tim Malooly, Water in Motion This class is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry as satisfying eight hours of continuing education requirements for the Power Limited Training Licensure, including 2 hours of code, 2 hours of Minnesota Rules, and 4 hours of technical training. The information provided during this class is oriented specifically toward the irrigation specialist, and will include topics such as performing and measuring power limited electrical work terms and processes, locating equipment, 2-wire systems, and emerging remote control and water management technologies. Time: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Room 102DEF

5 A Landscape Design Charette Facilitated by Adam Arvidson, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Looking for some inspiration? New ideas? New techniques? Come and learn from new and seasoned landscape designers at this Landscape Design Charette! A charette is a collaborative brainstorming session, involving multiple people, used to generate solutions to design problems. The ideas created and the system of checks and balances that naturally occur during a charette only lead to stronger design solutions and an inspired design team. At the end of the day, the teams will come together to present their design solutions to the group. Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | 208ABCD

6 Current and Emerging Tree Pests This workshop will provide the latest information on tree pest issues in Minnesota. We will delve deeply into pests currently threatening our trees and the status of pests that loom in our future. • Emerald Ash Borer Update: Where is it Now? How Bad? What is the Future? Mark Abrahamson, Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture • Asian Longhorn Beetle and Other Insects on the Horizon Gretchen Pettis, Bartlett Tree • Risk Factor: When Ash Trees Die and Fall Apart Mike Dye, S & S Tree Service • What is the Best Way to Treat Ash Trees? Best Management Practices Rich Hauer, Ph.D. Professor of Urban Forestry, University of Wisconsin / Stevens Point • Don’t Hate Me for Not Recommending Your Favorite Tree Chad Giblin, University of Minnesota • Gravel Beds: Future Production Methods to Maximize Your Dollar and Other Containment Methods Gary Johnson, University of Minnesota Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | 102ABC www.NorthernGreen.org

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WEDNESDAY at a Glance Ticketed Events

Campfire, Sandbox, & Theater Sessions 7:15 AM 8:15 AM

Legislative Breakfast Craig Regelbrugge, Jacob Frey, Dave Frederickson, Andrea Vaubel | 102 ABC

7:30 AM 8:20 AM

University of Minnesota Turf Research Update Sam Bauer, Brian Horgan, Eric Watkins | 101 CDE

8:30 AM 9:45 AM

OPENING KEYNOTE: ON FIRE AT WORK - How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People without Burning Them Out | Eric Chester | Ballroom A All attendees and exhibitors welcome! Trade Show Open

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

CEO PREMIUM CONTENT: Structural Changes in the Green Industry | Charlie Hall | 103 ABC

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

New Herbicides for Turf Aaron Patton | 101 CDE Perennials that Drink Responsibly Stephanie Cohen | 101 FGH Working Smarter Jim Paluch | 101 ABIJ Irrigation BMPs - Nuts & Bolts, Part 1 Brent Mecham | 102 DEF Emerging Applications for Drones in the Landscape Industry | Samuel Geer | 208 ABCD They All Fall Down: The Hazards of Removing EAB Infested Trees | John Ball | 211 ABCD

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

10:00 AM 5:00 PM

11:10 AM 12:10 PM

CEO PREMIUM CONTENT: Attracting and Retaining Top Level Employees | Eric Chester | 103 ABC

10:05 AM 10:05 AM – 10:35 AM 1:00 PM Invasive Species/Noxious

CAMPFIRE, SANDBOX, & THEATER SESSIONS

Weed Status Update Jim Calkins | Lakeshore Campfire MNLA Foundation Grant Update: Viability in Mutagenized Berberis | Alan Smith | Backyard Campfire 10:05 AM – 11:05 AM

Hardscape Challenge Round 1 | The Sandbox 10:40 AM – 11:10 AM

Selecting Turfgrass Varieties Andrew Hollman | Lakeshore Campfire Biodiesel and Your Diesel Engine Hoon Ge | Backyard Campfire 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Tree Climbing Demo | The Sandbox 11:20 AM – 11:50 AM

Flower Grower Networking with Special Guest Stephanie Cohen | Lakeshore Campfire Arborist/Tree Care Networking with Special Guest John Ball | Backyard Campfire Photography Tips for the Landscape Professional Don Brenneman | Innovation Theater 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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Trade Show

12:15 PM 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM 2:15 PM Managing Troublesome

Turf Areas Aaron Patton | Lakeshore Campfire Designing with Snow Removal in Mind Chad Schmidt | Backyard Campfire 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Tree Planting Techniques in the 21st Century Chad Giblin | Lakeshore Campfire Contractor Networking with Special Guest Jim Paluch | Backyard Campfire Preparing for and Hosting the Ryder Cup Chris Tritabaugh | Innovation Theater 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Tree Climbing Demo | The Sandbox 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Container Media: Aeration, Water Porosity John Erwin | Lakeshore Campfire Hot Legal Topics | Bryan Zlimen | Backyard Campfire Preparing for and Hosting the Ryder Cup, Cont. Chris Tritabaugh | Innovation Theater 2:00 PM: MNRC Meeting | Room 207

2:00 PM 2:50 PM

CAMPFIRE, SANDBOX, & THEATER SESSIONS

Premium Content

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Hardscape Challenge Round 3 | The Sandbox 2:20 PM – 2:50 PM

Understanding IPM in Garden Centers, Nursery Stock, and Landscape Vera Krischik | Lakeshore Campfire Event Management: Baseball Game Day Larry DiVito | Backyard Campfire 2017 New Plant Fashion Show Kelsey Sparks, Katie Feckers | Innovation Theater

3:00 PM 4:00 PM

CEO PREMIUM CONTENT: Developing a Winning Value Proposition | Charlie Hall | 103 ABC

3:00 PM 4:00 PM

Creating Organizational Excitement: Energizing your TEAM! | Jim Paluch | 101 ABIJ Fine Tuning Agronomic Programs for Putting Greens | Aaron Patton | 101 CDE Potluck Container Mania Stephanie Cohen | 101 FGH Athletic Field Changeover: History & Practice Larry DiVito | 208 ABCD Irrigation BMPs - Nuts & Bolts, Part 2 Brent Mecham | 102 DEF Working Safely in the Green Industry John Ball | 211 ABCD

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Concurrent Sessions

3:05 PM 4:10 PM

CAMPFIRE, SANDBOX, & THEATER SESSIONS

COLOR KEY:

3:05 PM – 3:35 PM

America’s Most (Un)Wanted: Tree Killers on the Loose | Gretchen Pettis | Lakeshore Campfire How to Determine Soil Texture Dan Wheeler | Backyard Campfire 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Tree Climbing Demo | The Sandbox 3:40 PM – 4:10 PM

Highlights of Strong Performers in the Northern EarthKind™ Rose Trials David Zlesak | Lakeshore Campfire


3:40 PM 5:00 PM

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11

3:40 PM – 4:10 PM (CONTINUED)

Commercial Vehicle Inspection: What You Need To Know Steve Krueger | Backyard Campfire 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

PT. 1: 10:00 AM – 12:10 PM PT. 2: 3:00 PM – 5:15 PM ROOM 103 ABC

C E O

TRACK

Hardscape Challenge Round 4 | The Sandbox 4:15 PM 5:15 PM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

4:15 PM 5:15 PM

5:15 PM 8:00 PM

CEO PREMIUM CONTENT: Biophilia and What it Means For the Future Green Industry Marketplace Charlie Hall | 103 ABC Practical Turfgrass Microbiology Doug Soldat | 101 CDE New Bedding Plants for 2017 Bob Cashman, Carrie Larson | 101 FGH Can I Remediate Poor Quality Soils? Dan Wheeler | 102 DEF American Hort/SHIFT: What IF We Knew the Future? Jennifer Noble | 208 ABCD Rising From the Ashes: Lessons from the EAB Invasion Gretchen Pettis | 211 ABCD In the Designer’s Studio | Diana Grundeen, Steve Modrow, Jason Rathe | 101 ABIJ Comedy Night | John Heffron | Ballroom A See page 34 for more details.

OPENING KEYNOTE:

ON FIRE AT WORK

How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People Without Burning Them Out

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FREE WITH ALL PASSES

Through a highly entertaining multi-media presentation, audience members discover the best practice ideas, tactics, and strategies esteemed employers use to consistently attract and retain top talent, encourage innovation and collaborative thinking, and instill the desire to out-perform yesterday’s best. Uplifting, inspiring, and content-rich, it’s impossible to experience “On Fire” without catching fire and igniting the passion for achieving excellence in those around you. Since 1998, Eric Chester has been the leading voice in attracting, managing, motivating, and retaining the emerging workforce. As an in-the-trenches workplace researcher and thought-leader, Chester has now cracked the code on the tactics and strategies that companies, recognized as “best places to work” in their respective industries, are using to win the talent wars. On Fire at Work: How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People without Burning Them Out is Chester’s 4th leadership book. His previous release, Reviving Work Ethic – A Leader’s Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Workforce (2012) is the first business book on developing soft skills and core work ethic values since 1904. He is the founder of The Center for Work Ethic Development and creator of a work ethic training curriculum that is being taught at hundreds of schools, colleges, workforce centers, and organizations all over the world.

Keynote Presentations Supported by:

Featured speaker Charlie Hall will speak on 3 topics:

1. Structural Changes in the Green Industry

While the demand for green industry products and services has been picking up the last couple of years, the future of the green industry is still at a crossroads. On the one hand, a rosy (pardon the horticultural pun) picture can be painted. But on Dr. Charlie the other hand, there are many challenges looming. Hall Join Hall as he picks his way among the thorny issues (economic, demographic, and otherwise) and elaborates on exactly what actions are needed to keep your business “blooming” in the coming year, followed with a panel discussion by top industry experts representing the grower, landscape, and retail segments.

2. Developing a Winning Value Proposition

Eric Chester, Eric Chester, Inc. | 8:30–9:45 AM | Ballroom A

Chester has delivered more than 2,000 keynote speeches on three continents and is a 2004 inductee into the National Speakers Association’s acclaimed Hall of Fame.

Wednesday’s premium track for owners, CEOs, managers and toplevel leaders will feature four hours of content from top speakers Charlie Hall and Northern Green keynote speaker Eric Chester. Charlie Hall, a professor at Texas A & M University, is known for the enthusiasm, passion, and intensity he exhibits when speaking.

Many current trends and driving forces point to the fact that consumer demand in the green industry marketplace is maturing. Assuming this to be the case, a strategic response is required in order to survive. This session will focus on the three-pronged formula for success for the future – value, relevancy, and authenticity – and how these foundational tenants should be incorporated into every strategic marketing message in the future!

3. Biophilia and What It Means for the Future Green Industry Marketplace

The biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature. Biophilic design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. In this session, Hall will explore the linkages between the built environment and elements of nature and how this translates to a bolstering of the long-term demand for plants and landscape architectural services. Eric Chester, a trusted source in the global dialogue on employee engagement, workplace culture, and the emerging generation will provide a “can’t miss session.”

Attracting and Retaining Top Level Employees

Eric Chester will present a research-based presentation on citing best practice examples from a wide variety of companies that have cracked the code on getting and keeping top talent in their respective industries. Based upon the groundbreaking research in his fifth leadership book, “On Fire at Work: How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People Without Burning Them Out” (Sound Wisdom, Oct. 2015), leaders walk away with actionable ideas for building an invincible army of entrepreneurs who take pride and ownership in their work.

Eric Chester

BONUS: When you upgrade to the CEO Track, you’ll also receive exclusive access to the C E O CEO Lounge during Northern Green. There LOUNGE will be complimentary snacks, comfortable furniture, a device charging station, and cash bar available throughout the day on Wednesday exclusively for those registered for this track. THE CEO LOUNGE IS IN ROOM 103 D.



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WEDNESDAY SESSIONS 7:30 AM - 8:20 AM | 101 CDE

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | 101 CDE

University of Minnesota Turf Research Update

New Herbicides for Turf

Sam Bauer, University of Minnesota; Brian Horgan, University of Minnesota; Eric Watkins, University of Minnesota

Aaron Patton, Purdue University

The turfgrass research group will update you on the latest projects being conducted at the Turfgrass Research, Outreach, and Education (TROE) Center and in field settings throughout the state.

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM | BALLROOM A

Keynote: ON FIRE AT WORK - How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People Without Burning Them Out Eric Chester, Eric Chester, Inc. Through a highly entertaining multi-media presentation, audience members discover the best practice ideas, tactics, and strategies esteemed employers use to consistently attract and retain top talent, encourage innovation and collaborative thinking, and instill the desire to out-perform yesterday’s best. Uplifting, inspiring, and content-rich, it’s impossible to experience “On Fire” without catching fire and igniting the passion for achieving excellence in those around you.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | 103 ABC

CEO PREMIUM CONTENT: Structural Changes in the Green Industry Charlie Hall, Texas A&M University While the demand for green industry products and services has been picking up the last couple of years, the future of the green industry is still at a crossroads. On the one hand, a rosy (pardon the horticultural pun) picture can be painted. But on the other hand, there are many challenges looming. Join Hall as he picks his way among the thorny issues (economic, demographic, and otherwise) and elaborates on exactly what actions are needed to keep your business "blooming" in the coming year, followed with a panel discussion by top industry experts representing the grower, landscape, and retail segments.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | 208 ABCD

Emerging Applications for Drones in the Landscape Industry Sam Greer, Urban Ecosystems Last August, the FAA released updated regulations regarding the use of small unmanned aircraft by commercial operators in US airspace. This has opened the doors for new applications for drones in the green industry which empower small businesses and operators to have a much greater impact in the landscape. This session will provide an introduction to the legal and technical requirements for successfully operating drones as a commercial entity as well as the emerging applications for mapping, analysis, documentation, and presentation within the landscape industry.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | 102 DEF

Irrigation BMPs - Nuts & Bolts, Part 1 Brent Mecham, Irrigation Association This session will cover design and installation aspects of a quality irrigation system that is in demand today for high-performance green buildings and sites. Also being discussed is how field decisions can have a big impact on the end result when managing water resources.

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With new products continually entering the market, it is often hard to keep track of what’s available and how it might be used in the turf areas you manage. This presentation will focus on the herbicides new to the industry in the past couple of years. It will provide details on how and where they can be used. Additionally, information on products in the pipeline that will be available in the future will be shared.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | 101 FGH

Perennials that Drink Responsibly Stephanie Cohen The climatologists claim wetter springs and drier summers are in our current forecast. I am not in favor of perennials on life support systems. No water guzzlers are in my garden, and I think we should be suggesting to gardeners, landscapers, nurseries, and growers that we all want plants that are not water wasters. Water is becoming scarce in many states and we must now consider choosing the plants that are self-sustaining. The choices are natives and non-natives and we are looking for the right plant, not it's country of origin. I promise not to pull any punches, but if after the talk you are dry, I won't stop you from drinking any beverage you want!

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | 211 ABCD

They All Fall Down: The Hazards of Removing EAB Infested Trees John Ball, South Dakota State University Standing dead, emerald ash borer infested trees are often described in one word 'brittle.' Removing these trees is not as simple as removing the typical dead tree. This session will go over the unique features of these trees and the challenges arborists (and homeowners) face.

BID AT THE SILENT AUCTION TO SUPPORT INDUSTRY FOUNDATIONS

SILENT AUCTION Stop by the Silent Auction in Lobby E on Wednesday and Thursday during Northern Green! Bid on fabulous industry products and services, as well as sporting tickets, gift certificates, jewelry, and incredible experiences. Bring your checkbook and get ready to win big!


SIP A CUP OF COFFEE AND CONNECT WITH YOUR PEERS Join your industry colleagues for a free cup of coffee in Lobby D each morning of Northern Green while supplies last. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | 101 ABIJ

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM | LAKESHORE CAMPFIRE

Working Smarter

Selecting Turfgrass Varieties

Jim Paluch, JP Horizons Inc.

Andrew Hollman, University of Minnesota

When was the last time you or your team STOPPED, looked around at the day-to-day activities of the staff and realized this could be completed more efficiently, with even better service, and more value to the customer? In every industry it is imperative to Work Smarter with the time that we have available and use the resources of all of our people to do so. Working Smarter simply means doing more with what you already have in order to create the best culture possible based on great communication and teamwork, all driven by a focus on continual improvement of the product you deliver to your customers. Jim Paluch and his team have helped over 450 companies around North America save hundreds of thousands of dollars through their weekly Working Smarter Training Challenge. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the effective use of lean tools and will leave prepared to Work Smarter in their personal and professional lives. • Understand how everyone on team is willing to continue to improve . . . with a plan. • Learn about the seven types of waste and how they affect your productivity. • Process map everyday operations, identify the waste that exists and explore how you can drive out that waste.

A common question asked by consumers is: "What is the best grass to plant?" In this session, selection of the the appropriate species for a site will be discussed along with the benefit of cultivar selection based on current research and evaluation. Samples of species and cultivars will be available to help attendees see visual differences.

10:05 AM - 10:35 AM | LAKESHORE CAMPFIRE

Arborist/Tree Care Networking with Special Guest, John Ball

Invasive Species/Noxious Weed Status Update Jim Calkins, Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association The spread of Oriental bittersweet and Japanese hops in southeastern Minnesota, the ongoing damage caused by garlic mustard and common and glossy buckthorn, and the recent discovery of Palmer amaranth in the state are examples of the growing threat of noxious weeds in Minnesota. Take a few minutes to learn more about the regulation of invasive species under the Minnesota Noxious Weed Law and gain a better understanding of the management of noxious weeds in the state including information about a statewide, species-specific invasive species management plan being developed for the state.

10:05 AM - 10:35 AM | BACKYARD CAMPFIRE

MNLA Foundation Grant Update - Alan Smith Alan Smith, University of Minnesota

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM | BACKYARD CAMPFIRE

Biodiesel and Your Diesel Engine Hoon Ge, Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition and Hoon Ge, MEG Corp. Businesses are increasingly looking to green their fleets and operate more sustainably. Join Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition and fuel consultant, Hoon Ge of MEG Corp, in a discussion about the benefits and operability of using biodiesel blends to fuel your diesel engines.

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11:10 AM - 12:10 PM | 103 ABC

CEO PREMIUM CONTENT: Attracting and Retaining Top Level Employees Eric Chester, Eric Chester, Inc. Eric Chester will present a research-based presentation on citing best practice examples from a wide variety of companies that have cracked the code on getting and keeping top talent in their respective industries. Based upon the groundbreaking research in his fifth leadership book, On Fire at Work: How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People Without Burning Them Out (Sound Wisdom, Oct. 2015), leaders walk away with actionable ideas for building an invincible army of entrepreneurs who take pride and ownership in their work.

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM | BACKYARD CAMPFIRE One of the popular networking group meetings on the tradeshow floor! Join arborists/tree care professionals for informal discussion and networking with special guest John Ball.

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Are you a first time attendee to Northern Green? If so, we’re glad you’re here! In fact, we’d love to give you a free gift just because you decided to join us. Be sure to stop by the Welcome Center in Lobby E to turn in the ticket you received with your name badge to receive your free gift. We’d like to just say “hello” and answer any questions you might have. Northern Green 2017 Advance Program |

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WEDNESDAY SESSIONS (continued) 11:20 AM - 11:50 AM | LAKESHORE CAMPFIRE

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM | BACKYARD CAMPFIRE

Flower Grower Networking with Special Guest, Stephanie Cohen

Designing with Snow Removal in Mind

One of the popular networking group meetings on the tradeshow floor! Join flower grower professionals for informal discussion and networking with special guest Stephanie Cohen.

This session will cover topics such as: Incorporating snow removal into the design process, issues that can arise, site specific conditions, and snow storage needs. Depending on the situation, the design discussion can start with an existing site problem, when reviewing proposed plans, or when designing for a new site. Items such as obstacles, both below and above grade, and sidewalk or drive lane width are critical. Site specific conditions such as building orientation will also influence the design. Designers should recognize the need for snow storage space in this climatic region. Along with these items, general equipment categories along with possible solutions for addressing these issues will be shown.

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM | INNOVATION THEATER

Photography Tips for the Landscape Professional Don Breneman, Don Breneman Photography, LLC This seminar will address the following topics: • Where and when to use photography in your work. • How much camera do you need? • Getting the most from your smartphone or tablet. • What more can a zoom lens digital camera do for you? • Lighting - the language of photography. • Downloading, organizing, and storage of digital pictures.

3 EASY WAYS TO REGISTER! Northern Green has updated registration packages for streamlined pricing, 24-hour online access, and everything you need to ensure your registration is accurate, up-to-date, and effortless.

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Use the registration form on page 33, or download from www.NorthernGreen.org and send your registration and payment by mail to the address listed on the form.

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Use the registration form on page 33 or download from NorthernGreen.org and fax back to 651.633.4986.

Chad Schmidt, University of Minnesota

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM | LAKESHORE CAMPFIRE

Managing Troublesome Turf Areas Aaron Patton, Purdue University Have you ever had your home inspected? Consider the detailed checklist they worked through as they diagnosed the condition of the home. When is the last time you diagnosed the turf you manage by using a detailed inventory or assessment? Learn how to assess your turf, diagnose potential problems, and make adjustments for site-specific maintenance.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM | BACKYARD CAMPFIRE

Contractor Networking with Special Guest, Jim Paluch One of the popular networking group meetings on the tradeshow floor! Join landscape/hardscape contractors for informal discussion and networking with special guest Jim Paluch.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM | LAKESHORE CAMPFIRE

Tree Planting in the 21st Century Chad Giblin, University of Minnesota Tree planting practices are constantly changing and modern nursery production practices are leading to new challenges and opportunities for the installer and end consumer. This presentation will cover basic tree planting practices based on the latest research and sound logic, and will include a discussion on best planting practices for B&B, containerized nursery stock, and bareroot. Alternative nursery production practices such as air pruning pots and gravel bed systems will also be covered.

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM | INNOVATION THEATER

Receive a discount on registration when you register by December 30, 2016! Plus, members of the following associations receive a $20 discount: MNLA, MGCSA, MPSTMA, MAC, MASMS, MSA, MTA, and MTSC.

Preparing for and Hosting the Ryder Cup

Don’t forget when you register by December 9, 2016, your badge will be mailed to you in advance. If you register between December 1030, you will be able to utilize self-check-in onsite. Questions? Contact the Northern Green office for assistance at 651.633.4987.

Container Media: Aeration, Water Porosity

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Chris Tritabaugh, Hazeltine National Golf Club This session will provide insight into the preparations and hosting of the 41st Ryder Cup matches. Agronomic challenges and decisions, as well as stories from the week of the event will highlight the session.

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM | LAKESHORE CAMPFIRE John Erwin, University of Minnesota John Erwin will go over how container size and shape and media affects airspace and water holding capacity and how this impacts rooting. He will also demonstrate the process for how to take your own soil test with your own pH/EC meter. Lastly, he will go over how to acidify your water to eliminate high pH problems when container growing.


1:45 PM - 2:15 PM | BACKYARD CAMPFIRE

Hot Legal Topics

Bryan Zlimen, Zlimen & McGuiness, PLLC 2016 was a year of important changes in green industry law, including overtime regulations and the new sick leave ordinance in Minneapolis. This is your chance to get an overview of the key points you need to know. Don't miss it!

2:20 PM - 2:50 PM | INNOVATION THEATER

2017 New Plant Fashion Show

Katie Feckers, Nelson Nursery and Kelsey Sparks, Green Barn Garden Center Don’t miss Northern Green’s first New Plant Fashion Show. See your fellow colleagues model a sampling of the hottest new plants for 2017 including annuals, shrubs, and perennials available from trade show vendors. Get a sneak peek of the new favorites. You won’t want to miss this!

2:20 PM - 2:50 PM | BACKYARD CAMPFIRE

Event Management: Baseball Game Day Larry DiVito, Minnesota Twins Baseball Club This informal session will look at scenarios of managing various types of events at a sports field facility. Discussion will focus on the importance of scheduling and managing expectations for all involved with events. We will also consider how to plan for field maintenance, so the primary athletic field users are still getting the best quality playing surface.

2:20 PM - 2:50 PM | LAKESHORE CAMPFIRE

case, a strategic response is required in order to survive. This session will focus on the three-pronged formula for success for the future - value, relevancy, and authenticity - and how these foundational tenants should be incorporated into every strategic marketing message in the future!

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM | 101 ABIJ

Creating Organizational Excitement: Energizing your TEAM! Jim Paluch, JP Horizons Inc. This is an opportunity to hear leading green industry expert, Jim Paluch, as he shares insights that are propelling companies around the country toward a higher level of success. By focusing on the fundamental business issues of market, teamwork, training, systems, cost control, and rewards, and utilizing the often overlooked resource of your people, you can develop a long-term strategy to solve problems and create an atmosphere of energized individuals working together toward a common vision. The information will inspire everyone to take action and make a difference!

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM | 101 CDE

Fine Tuning Agronomic Programs for Putting Greens Aaron Patton, Purdue University Your busy lifestyle may prevent you from taking a step back to analyze and evaluate the agronomic program used at your facility. A detailed analysis of your putting greens is critical to improving the playing conditions on your course. This presentation will include discussion on fertilization, soil analysis, environmental stresses, and more. Whether you want to create a new program for your putting greens, or you want to take a fresh look at your current program, this presentation will help you fine-tune your maintenance practices.

Understanding IPM in Garden Centers, Nursery Stock, and Landscape Vera Krischik, University of Minnesota

We will discuss the ways to decide whether an insect’s presence indicates the need to use a pesticide. We will also discuss ways to perform an IPM program to save plants, reduce pesticide use, and maintain sales.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM | 208 ABCD

Athletic Field Changeover: History and Practice Larry DiVito, Minnesota Twins Baseball Club This lecture will present some of the challenges involved with hosting major events on an athletic field. Focus will be on planning ahead to get the surface back to optimum playability as soon as possible. Whether it is another sporting event or an entertainment event, consideration of cultural practices for turfgrass is critical to return the field to top condition. Fertility and fungicide programs before and after events will be looked at as well.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM | 103 ABC

CEO PREMIUM CONTENT: Developing a Winning Value Proposition Charlie Hall, Texas A&M University Many current trends and driving forces point to the fact that consumer demand in the green industry marketplace is maturing. Assuming this to be the www.NorthernGreen.org

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WEDNESDAY SESSIONS (continued) 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM | 102 DEF

3:40 PM - 4:10 PM | LAKESHORE CAMPFIRE

Irrigation BMPs - Nuts & Bolts, Part 2 Brent Mecham, Irrigation Association

Highlights of Strong Performers in the Northern EarthKind™ Rose Trials

This session will cover the management and scheduling of an irrigation system. The market is in need of qualified irrigation managers and this could be an additional service you provide your customers that goes beyond routine maintenance. Another aspect that is becoming more common with high performance green buildings is the commissioning of an irrigation system. What is it and how do you plan for it?

David Zlesak, University of Wisconsin, River Falls The Northern Earth-Kind ™ Rose Trials put landscape roses to the test throughout our region. Plant performance is documented over multiple years using low input conditions (no spray, mulch, no winter protection, etc.). Zlesak will highlight the trialing process, where trials are in our region, and some of the strongest performing rose cultivars.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM | 101 FGH

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM | 208 ABCD

Potluck Container Mania

AmericanHort/SHIFT: What If We Knew the Future?

Stephanie Cohen

Jennifer Noble, AmericanHort®

Containers are my go-to solution for tropicals, succulents, veggies, fruits, herbs, annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. In other words, if it has roots, it can grow in a container. I usually come up with some strange combos, but I do learn a lot about what a plant requires. This is one of my favorite ways to work with deep plugs of perennials and small shrubs. Sometimes I take all the leftover plants I am growing and make a container and usually people tell me it's their favorite. Of course, they want to know where I got the idea. I say it came to me in a dream which is a pretty good fib. We will talk about some design principles and then we can break them. When you do containers, your only limit is your imagination!

One of the many challenges of the horticulture industry is the perplexing -- and often paralyzing -- question "What's next?" But that's where we can begin asking "What if?" The SHIFT initiative began with that exact question. "What if we understood tomorrow's consumers?" And what resulted is SHIFT: An AmericanHort Initiative that takes a hard look at the future of the industry. Get the inside story of the research and a peek at some of the paradigm-shifting insights and recommendations for any industry business to stay relevant and successful today and tomorrow.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM | 211 ABCD

Working Safely in the Green Industry John Ball, South Dakota State University Whether a green industry worker is an arborist, a lawn technician or a landscaper, they all share risks. This session will highlight the various risks for these and other green industry professions and how to reduce workplace injuries.

3:05 PM - 3:35 PM | LAKESHORE CAMPFIRE

Americas Most (Un)Wanted: Tree Killers On the Loose Gretchen Pettis, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories Invasive species cost billions of dollars every year to manage. Find out how to scout for these ‘bad bugs’ and what you can do once you discover their presence in your tree or shrub.

3:05 PM - 3:35 PM | BACKYARD CAMPFIRE

How to Determine Soil Texture Dan Wheeler, University of Minnesota This hands-on demonstration will walk participants through the "feel method" for field determination of the important property of soil texture. This entertaining and accurate test procedure will be followed by a brief soils discussion on how soil texture is important to attendees of Northern Green 2017.

3:40 PM - 4:10 PM | BACKYARD CAMPFIRE

Commercial Vehicle Inspection: What You Need to Know Steve Krueger, Minnesota State Patrol What if you get pulled over for a commercial vehicle inspection? Steve Krueger from the MN State Patrol will provide the facts on seatbelts and distracted driving, required paper work, and truck & trailer safety. Bring your questions!

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4:15 PM - 5:15 PM | 102 DEF

Can I Remediate Poor Quality Soils? Dan Wheeler, University of Minnesota In this session, we will discuss the common ways in which a soil's quality is lowered. With this understanding we will be better able to discuss each unique soil/site issue, and the options and limitations to adopting an appropriate remediation process or developing an alternative strategy for successful site utilization. A focus on understanding of natural soil properties and soil processes will provide the participant with the proper knowledge to apply various general or specific remediation techniques and/or products to achieve the desired outcomes in these difficult scenarios.

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM | 103 ABC

CEO PREMIUM CONTENT: Biophilia and What it Means For the Future Green Industry Marketplace Charlie Hall, Texas A&M University The biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature. Biophilic design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. In this session, Hall will explore the linkages between the built environment and elements of nature and how this translates to a bolstering of the long-term demand for plants and landscape architectural services.

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM | 101 ABIJ

In the Designer's Studio Diana Grundeen, Trio Landscaping; Steve Modrow, biota Landscape + Design Build; Jason Rathe, Field Outdoor Spaces Join us "In the Studio" for a behind-the-scenes look as several Twin Cities' design studios share how they do what they do. Diana Grundeen, Trio Landscaping; Steve Modrow, biota Landscape Design + Build; and Jason Rathe, Field Outdoor Spaces, will each share information on their studio's particular creative process,


how they communicate with clients and co-workers, and how the projects are managed and brought to completion. There will be time at the end of the session for Q & A with the design panel.

GROW YOUR TOOLBOX: THE LATEST AND GREATEST PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM | 101 FGH

New Bedding Plants for 2017 Bob Cashman, Ball Seed; Carrie Larson, McHutchison Horticultural Distributors Come see some of the exciting bedding plant varieties for 2017.

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM | 101 CDE

Practical Turfgrass Microbiology Doug Soldat, University of Wisconsin - Madison In this session, you'll be introduced to the fascinating world beneath your feet. With more and more products available containing or intended to influence your soil biology, understanding how soil microbes work can help you with some important decisions.

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM | 211 ABCD

Rising From the Ashes: Lessons From the EAB Invasion Gretchen Pettis, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories The 'green menace' known as EAB has posed unique scientific, policy and economic challenges to the urban forestry expert in the past decade. In this session, find out how EAB has advanced our understanding of injection technology and its potential to protect valuable ash trees.

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The Featured Product Showcase will be located in Lobby D of the Minneapolis Convention Center and it should be the first place to stop after you get your morning cup of coffee. Check out what’s new and what’s hot in the industry. Northern Green is celebrating exciting green industry products in this space! You’ll be able to find out more about each product, which company provides it, and the booth number that company is located at in the trade show. Be a part of this showcase – Contact Faith Jensen, 952-934-2891, faith@pierreproductions.com

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THURSDAY at a Glance COLOR KEY:

Concurrent Sessions

Premium Content

Trade Show

Ticketed Events

10:40 AM 10:40 AM – 11:10 AM (CONTINUED) 11:50 AM Pigments and Plant Physiology

Ed Nangle | Lakeshore Campfire Top 10 Perennials for Northern Landscapes Mike Heger | Innovation Theater

Campfire, Sandbox, & Theater Sessions

10:45 AM: MPSTMA Annual Meeting | 102 ABC

7:00 AM: MNLA Annual Meeting | 102 ABC

INTERACTIVE TRACK: OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE with Landscape Management Network Mike Lysecki | 103 ABC Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Resilient Landscapes of the Future | Claudia West | 101 ABIJ Dollar Spot: Prevention, Curing, and New Products for Fairways | Ed Nangle | 101 CDE Best Practices for SRWs: Design and Construction for Zero Wall Failures | Dave Klein, Chad Julius | 101 FGH Using Alternative Water Supplies for Irrigation Brian Vinchesi | 102 DEF Improving High-Use Natural Grass Field Quality on a Limited Budget | Jerad Minnick | 208 ABCD Creating Canopy: Beyond Maples and Ash Nancy Buley | 211 ABCD Trade Show Open

9:05 AM 10:05 AM

Small Ornamental Trees & Flowering Shrubs Jeff Epping | 101 ABIJ Setting Limits: My Experience in the Himalayas Climbing Ama Dablam for Make-A-Wish Steve Cook | 101 CDE How to Avoid Litigation in Contracting: Q & A Bill Kwasny, Jared Nusbaum | 101 FGH Irrigation, Meet Technology. Technology, Meet Irrigation. | Chris Pine | 102 DEF Not Your Father’s Gardening Industry - Challenges for Some, Huge Opportunities For Many Ian Baldwin | 208 ABCD Selecting Fruit Trees for Urban Locations Emily Hoover | 211 ABCD

9:10 AM 11:10 AM

9:10 AM – 9:40 AM

CAMPFIRE, SANDBOX, & THEATER SESSIONS

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

9:00 AM 4:00 PM

9:45 AM – 10:15 AM

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Hardscape Challenge Semifinal 1 | The Sandbox 10:40 AM – 11:10 AM

Speak up for Trees | Nancy Buley | Backyard Campfire 16 | Northern Green 2017 Advance Program

MNLA Foundation Grant Update: Dwarf Potted Gladiolus | Neil Anderson | Backyard Campfire Tree Value: The Economic & Environmental Impact of Losing a Tree Gail Nozal & Mark Rehder, S&S Tree and Horticultural Specialists, Inc. | Lakeshore Campfire Garden Center Networking with Special Guest Ian Baldwin | Innovation Theater

12:15 PM 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM 12:45 PM Professional Gardening

Networking with Special Guest Claudia West | Backyard Campfire MNLA Certification Exam – Test Yourself! MNLA Certification Task Team | Lakeshore Campfire Landscape Awards Presentations, Part 1 Landscape Award Winners | Innovation Theater Tree Climbing Demo | The Sandbox 12:30 PM: MGCSA Annual Meeting | 102 ABC

1:00 PM 2:00 PM

1:30 PM 3:30 PM

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Nursery Networking with Special Guest Nancy Buley | Backyard Campfire Top 10 Diseases of Landscape Ornamentals in 2016 | Michelle Grabowski | Lakeshore Campfire Landscape Awards Presentations, Part 2 Landscape Award Winners | Innovation Theater 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Hardscape Challenge Semifinal 2 | The Sandbox INTERACTIVE TRACK: OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE with Landscape Management Network Mike Lysecki | 103 ABC

1:45 PM 2:15 PM

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

2:30 PM 3:30 PM

Creating Stunning Plant Communities that Stand the Test of Time | Claudia West | 101 ABIJ Innovative Use of Metal and Stone in the Contemporary Landscape | Shane Coen | 101 FGH Firmness and Wetting Agents: All the Same or Are There Differences? | Ed Nangle | 101 CDE Sports Turf Innovations & Technology in Natural Grass Fields | Jerad Minnick | 102 DEF Money Matters - The Numbers To Track and Stay Ahead of The Pack | Ian Baldwin | 208 ABCD

Landscape Design Networking Group Backyard Campfire Research for the Real World: The Year in Review Jim Calkins | Lakeshore Campfire Hardscape Restoration Rob Johnson | Backyard Campfire Beyond Bees: Attracting Beneficial Insects with Native Plants | Heather Holm | Lakeshore Campfire Walkabout - The Latest in Disease/Pest Control for Turf Sam Bauer | Innovation Theater

| The Sandbox

11:20 AM – 11:50 AM

12:00 PM: MAC Luncheon | Lounge A

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

8:00 AM 9:00 AM

CAMPFIRE, SANDBOX, & THEATER SESSIONS

8:00 AM 10:00 AM

11:15 AM 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM 11:45 AM Tree Climbing Demo

CAMPFIRE, SANDBOX, & THEATER SESSIONS

Manipulating Fertilizer Programming Doug Soldat | 101 CDE

CAMPFIRE, SANDBOX, & THEATER SESSIONS

7:00 AM 8:00 AM

Diversify and Grow Your Contractor Service Business: Offer Seasonal/Holiday Lighting Wayne Wheeler for Reinders | Backyard Campfire Top 10 Grasses | Mary Meyer | Lakeshore Campfire Landscape Awards Presentations, Part 3 Landscape Award Winners | Innovation Theater


2:30 PM 3:30 PM

Care and Maintenance of Fruit Trees in the Landscape | Jeff Johnson | 211 ABCD

3:45–4:45 PM | BALLROOM A

2:15 PM 3:40 PM

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

CLOSING KEYNOTE:

Tree Climbing Demo | The Sandbox 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

CAMPFIRE, SANDBOX, & THEATER SESSIONS

Hardscape Challenge Final | The Sandbox

3:45 PM 4:45 PM

2:35 PM – 3:05 PM

MNLA Foundation Grant Update: Oak and Magnolia Rootstock Evaluations Todd West | Backyard Campfire Irrigation: What’s New? Q & A with Irrigation Suppliers Lakeshore Campfire 3:10 PM – 3:40 PM

Introduction to Sedges Mary Meyer | Backyard Campfire Top 10 New/Interesting Disease Solutions for 2017 Chris Haugen | Lakeshore Campfire CLOSING KEYNOTE: Thriving as a Team – Achieving Organizational Excellence with Teamwork, Leadership, and Communication Dr. Jermaine Davis | Ballroom A All attendees and exhibitors welcome!

THRIVING AS A TEAM Achieving Organizational Excellence with Teamwork, Leadership and Communication

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FREE WITH ALL PASSES

Jermaine Davis, Jermaine M. Davis Seminars & Workshops Have you ever wondered what separates highperformance teams from low-performance teams? In this engaging and entertaining keynote, Dr. Davis will share practical tips on how to create a positive work environment that enhances team morale, increases team motivation, and inspires personal passion and creativity. This presentation will highlight the keys to cultivating an optimistic attitude, beating workplace burnout, and sustaining personal motivation. Attendees will learn how to work together more cooperatively and collaboratively to increase personal, professional, and organizational success. Dr. Davis will share success strategies on how to thrive as a team based on his two books, Leading with Greatness and Get Up Off Your Butt & Do It NOW! During this engaging and entertaining presentation attendees will learn how to:

THURSDAY, JAN. 12

INTERACTIVE TRACK

PT. 1: 8:00 – 10:00 AM PT. 2: 1:30 – 3:30 PM ROOM 103 ABC

Thursday’s premium track, Operational Excellence, is facilitated by Landscape Management Network (LMN). Mike Lysecki, CTO of LMN and TBG Landscape, will provide four hours of exclusive, interactive content for Northern Green attendees. In the morning, Mike will present Finding, Hiring, Mike Training and Motivating the Right People…at Lysecki the Right Time. In this session, you’ll learn the key systems used by TBG to earn a healthy bottom line because of its workforce, not in spite of it. Learn proven incentive programs for landscape companies by creating stickiness through pension and benefits. Can you afford not to have a pension program? Mike will show you how to hire and who to hire; how to show opportunity to new employees; daily systems (D4s) that keep problems in check, and incentives that show ‘What’s in it for me?” to staff. Attendees will leave with proven systems for hiring, training and career development including templates for job postings, preinterview questionnaire, interview questions, job descriptions, offer of employment, onboarding checklist, sample of a proper employee file, and a career development program. In the afternoon, Mike will present How to Create and Maintain a Waste Elimination Program and Turn Waste Into Profits and give a step-by-step breakdown of how to estimate and plan jobs, organize equipment, and execute jobs using a landscape production system that turns typical wasted, unproductive hours into industry-leading profits and rewarding careers for key staff. In this session you will learn how to create a 5S program for your shop and your yard and train your staff to identify the nine types of waste and how to eliminate them. Attendees will leave with all the forms and documents to create a 5S program including checklist forms for jobsite inspections to identify and eliminate waste. PowerPoint presentations will also be given to train staff. www.NorthernGreen.org

• Build and cultivate a high trust work environment to increase employee engagement. • Move from problem-based thinking to solutionbased thinking using the QBQ Approach. • Resolve team conflicts and disagreements to create a healthy and positive work climate. • Turn negative thinking into positive thinking using the “Attitude of Gratitude Philosophy.” • Create a work climate that increases workplace morale, motivation, and momentum. • Leverage team members’ unique strengths and talents to create a culture of creativity, passion, and innovative thinking. Before receiving the prestigious College Instructor of the Year Award, Dr. Jermaine Davis worked in corporate America for IBM, Keebler Cookies, and Frito-Lay in the areas of sales and marketing, employee engagement, and management. Now, he’s an awardwinning Professor of Communication Studies at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn. Dr. Davis has authored 10 books including, Get Up Off Your Butt & Do It NOW and Leading with Greatness. Dr. Davis was raised in a drug and gang infested area on the west-side of Chicago in a single-parent home. After the tragic loss of six family members to violent deaths, he enrolled in college to change the direction of his life. He holds a BA and a MA in speech communications, and a Doctorate in organizational leadership. Dr. Davis is an international speaker and leadership coach that engages audiences with his unique style of speaking known as – EDUTAINMENT – a fun combination of education and entertainment. Prestigious organizations like 3M, Best Buy, Medtronic, Prudential, Wells Fargo, West Point Military Academy, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car regularly seek out his expertise in the areas of increasing employee engagement, leadership development, team collaboration, and overcoming workplace burnout.

Keynote Presentations Supported by:

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THURSDAY SESSIONS 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM | 101 CDE

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | 101 CDE

Manipulating Fertilizer Programming

Dollar Spot: Prevention, Curing and New Products for Fairways

Doug Soldat, University of Wisconsin - Madison Recent research into soil testing and plant nutrition is leading to changes in fertilizer planning. Particularly interesting is the way that potassium can be managed to encourage bentgrass and limit annual bluegrass. In this seminar, we will cover the fundamentals of soil and tissue testing to manipulate your fertilizer plan.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | 101 FGH

Best Practices for SRWs: Design and Construction for Zero Wall Failures Chad Julius, Allan Block Corporation; Dave Klein Amcon Concrete Products, LLC The presentation is intended to communicate the best practices for design of Segmental Retaining Walls (SRW) based on 25 plus years of research, design and field experience. As part of the presentation, twelve different design and construction topics will be introduced that will cover topics from initial design considerations to how the top of the wall will be finished. Each topic is discussed by examining specific details and expanded information is presented.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | 211 ABCD

Creating Canopy: Beyond Maples and Ash Nancy Buley, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. Growing trees for the future is no easy task. Experts tell us that planting a diversity of species is our best tool for growing healthy, resilient, sustainable urban forests, and defending against disease and insect attack. Supplying a broader tree product mix to meet demands for diversity is particularly challenging for growers in colder climates, especially when tried and true species such as Maple and Ash are eliminated from the mix. Learn what plant breeders, tree scientists and propagators are doing to develop and offer a more diverse planting palette, and take home suggestions for trees to trial, plant, and grow for tomorrow’s urban forests.

CONNECT WITH YOUR ASSOCIATION

ASSOCIATION MEETINGS Check www.NorthernGreen.org or the Northern Green App for updates.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017

• 2:00pm – MNRC Annual Meeting. Room 207

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017

• 7:00am – MNLA Annual Meeting. Room 102 ABC. • 10:45am – MPSTMA Annual Meeting. Room 102 ABC. • Noon – MAC Luncheon. Lounge A. • 12:30pm – MGCSA Annual Meeting. Room 102 ABC.

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Ed Nangle, The Ohio State University/ATI A range of new products have come to market recently focused on many diseases in the northern part of the United States. This presentation aims to give you the ins and outs of their uses as well as focus on some modes of action. The presentation will inform on data obtained from the research site in the Chicago area across a multitude of use patterns.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | 208 ABCD

Improving High-Use Natural Grass Field Quality on a Limited Budget Jerad Minnick, Natural Grass Advisory Group Natural grass fields are facing increased use demand and decreased budgets for maintenance. Is it possible for these fields to ever meet that demand? YES it is! Evolving maintenance techniques and creative thinking have created a new world of possibilities for maintaining and even increasing quality of high-use natural grass fields with a limited budget. This class will examine the evolution of maintenance techniques to meet the increased demand and provide participants with immediately usable solutions for their natural grass fields.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | 101 ABIJ

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Resilient Landscapes of the Future Claudia West, North Creek Nurseries Where there were deep forests and thriving prairies there are now developments and parking lots. The effects of urbanization severely impact the quality of our lives and the environment. In a world deprived of wild places, every piece of urban and suburban land becomes an opportunity to bring the beauty and function of what we have lost back into our lives and balance the effects we have on the planet. But just using native plants alone won’t automatically create the thriving landscapes we envision and depend on for our future. Planting that focuses solely on ecology and environmental function often fails to wow the public and simply doesn’t survive in today’s low budget maintenance environment. Solving this challenge requires a new form of planting design and land management that works with natural principles and marries horticulture with ecology. West will introduce us to the principles of successful ecological planting and management strategies as published in her awardwinning book ‘Planting in a Post-Wild World.’ Join us as we explore how native plants fit into the stunningly beautiful landscapes of the future to help us meet our aesthetic and ecological landscape goals.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | 102 DEF

Using Alternative Water Supplies for Irrigation Brian Vinchesi, Irrigation Consulting, Inc. Using potable water for irrigation systems is not sustainable and there are various alternative sources available. Each alternative source, however, has its pros and cons and may or may not be right for a given irrigation project. This talk will discuss the good and bad points of several different alternative water sources for irrigation, where they work best, and why they may not always be the best choice. For each source, economics, quality, availability, and permitting will be discussed.


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM | 103 ABC

9:05 AM - 10:05 AM | 211 ABCD

INTERACTIVE TRACK: ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE PT. 1 Finding, Hiring, Training and Motivating the Right People… at the Right Time

Selecting Fruit Trees for Urban Locations

Mike Lysecki, Landscape Management Network

Thursday’s premium track is facilitated by Landscape Management Network (LMN). Mike Lysecki, CTO of LMN and TBG Landscape, will provide four hours of exclusive, interactive content for Northern Green attendees. In the morning session, you’ll learn the key systems used by TBG to earn a healthy bottom line because of its workforce, not in spite of it.

9:05 AM - 10:05 AM | 101 FGH

Emily Hoover, University of Minnesota, Dept. of Horticulture Science Fruit trees are becoming a popular choice in home, school, and commercial landscapes; but success requires informed choices, realistic expectations, and a bit of know-how. In this session, we will explore what it takes to provide fruit trees that will be attractive, productive, and easier to maintain. Topics will include assessing interests and expectations, site selection, choosing species and varieties, and the importance of rootstocks. This session will build a foundation for fruit production in smaller lots and spaces.

How to Avoid Litigation in Contracting: Q & A Bill Kwasny, CRL Associates, LLC; Jared Nusbaum, Zlimen & McGuiness, PLLC Jared Nusbaum and Bill Kwasny will discuss the errors and omissions in your contracts. The success of your project requires all parties to be on the same page with a clear understanding of their roles, duties, and requirements of the contract. While it is impossible to completely avoid litigation on projects, the presenters will discuss the best methods to take to minimize the potential for litigation. We will also review how you should examine the project plans and specifications for evidence of incomplete or erroneous information that may be detrimental to your financial position and/or construction performance on a project.

9:05 AM - 10:05 AM | 102 DEF

Irrigation, Meet Technology. Technology, Meet Irrigation. Christopher Pine, C. Pine Associates, Inc. Like many of the tools and techniques we use to manage our landscapes today, technology has impacted how we irrigate. Attendees will learn about the latest, greatest, and what is going to be the next greatest. More importantly, how to apply this technology so that our managed landscapes are beautiful and healthy, with just the perfect amount of water applied. We will also address how using these technologies will impact the contractor's business and show models to incorporate these into successful water management services.

9:05 AM - 10:05 AM | 208 ABCD

Not Your Father's Gardening Industry - Challenges for Some, Huge Opportunities for Many Ian Baldwin, Ian Baldwin Consulting “Gardening is Back!" Baldwin’s analysis of the latest National Gardening Survey shows both an exciting increase in spending per household AND a big increase in gardening by the under 35 year olds! But a most revealing fact is that this younger group prefers, by a big margin, to shop local; at a hardware store or a garden center. For 10 years or more, every other group by age, gender or income cites their #1 choice as “Home Center." Think about that. The nation’s largest demographic group (under 35s) showed the biggest increase in spending and named local independents as their chosen L&G retailer! Baldwin will show you how the thriving Local Garden Centers (LGCs) are using these trends to change their fundamental business approach and align their companies to the 140 million consumers who make up “Gen X and Y.”

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THURSDAY SESSIONS (continued) 9:05 AM - 10:05 AM | 101 CDE

Setting Limits: My Experience in the Hymalayas Climbing Ama Dablam for Make-A-Wish Steve Cook, Oakland Hills Country Club Setting limits for yourself can limit your opportunities! I'll explain the life lessons I learned by taking risks and listening to my inner voice.

9:05 AM - 10:05 AM | 101 ABIJ

Small Ornamental Trees and Flowering Shrubs Jeff Epping, Olbrich Botanical Gardens Small-scale trees and ornamental shrubs are key players in any welldesigned garden for their year-round beauty and structure. Whether you’re after beautiful flowers, fruit, bark, form or fall color, there is a tree or shrub to fit your needs. The list of species and cultivars is large and keen horticulturists are creating and discovering new plants every year. Jeff Epping, Director of Horticulture at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, will sort through a wide palette of small-scaled ornamental trees and shrubs, and look at some of the newest taxa on the market, as well as time-tested performers for northern gardens. Epping’s photography will also illustrate great plant combinations that you can emulate in your own garden designs.

9:10 AM - 9:40 AM | BACKYARD CAMPFIRE

Landscape Design Networking Group One of the popular networking group meetings on the trade show floor! Join fellow landscape design professionals for informal discussion and networking.

9:10 AM - 9:40 AM | LAKESHORE CAMPFIRE

Research for the Real World: The Year in Review Jim Calkins, Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association Since its humble beginnings, the nursery and landscape industry has benefited from research efforts designed to increase our basic understanding of plant science and how the application of that knowledge can be used to enhance the success and profitability

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of the green industry. Clearly green industry professionals have a vested interest in nursery and landscape research and continue to benefit from such efforts. With this relationship in mind, the MNLA Foundation included a focus on research in its strategic work plan adopted in 2011 and has been sharing nursery and landscape research activities and findings since January of 2012 under the heading "Research for the Real World." This session will highlight some of these reports, and outline the current trends in green industry research. It will also provide an opportunity for MNLA members to comment and provide input related to this MNLA Foundation initiative.

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM | BACKYARD CAMPFIRE

Hardscape Restoration Rob Johnson, RESTORAL

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM | LAKESHORE CAMPFIRE

Beyond Bees: Attracting Beneficial Insects with Native Plants Heather Holm, Holm Design & Consulting LLC Most insects have a positive impact in our landscapes. Native plants can be selected to attract specific beneficial insects including predatory and parasitic wasps, beetles, flies, true bugs, and lacewings. Learn about the predator-prey relationships of these flower-visiting beneficial insects and how they help keep problem insect populations in balance.

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM | INNOVATION THEATER

Walkabout - The Latest in Disease/Pest Control for Turf Sam Bauer, University of Minnesota Join us as we tour various Northern Green exhibitors to discuss the latest products in disease and insect control for turf.

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM | LAKESHORE CAMPFIRE

Pigments and Plant Physiology Ed Nangle, The Ohio State University/ATI The impact that we think that synthetic pigments may or may not be having on turf physiology and does it mean that we are getting value for money - not all products are the same and finding value may differ for everyone!

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM | BACKYARD CAMPFIRE

Speak Up for Trees Nancy Buley, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

Stop by Career Central in Lobby D to access a variety of career-related information and services. Plus, recruit using the job boards to help your organization thrive. • New this year: Get a FREE headshot for your portfolio, resume, or LinkedIn profile! • Engage in one-on-one conversations with educators or students. • Learn about continuing education opportunities. • Browse open positions by industry segment. • Post your open positions and collect resumes. 20 | Northern Green 2017 Advance Program

Speaking up for trees is an important aspect of growing healthy urban forests. Trees have stories to tell, but have no voice. Nurturing a tree communication strategy requires tree managers to understand the value of trees and their many benefits, and then to tell that story in a compelling way that will nurture and grow community support for healthy, sustainable forests. Come away from this session with tips and resources for communicating the value of trees and building support in your community for their planting and care.

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM | INNOVATION THEATER

Top Ten Perennials for Northern Landscapes Mike Heger, Ambergate Horticultural Consulting Heger will share his top 10 perennials for northern landscapes. Don't miss Heger's amazing plant photography on the large screen in the Innovation Theater.


11:20 AM - 11:50 AM | LAKESHORE CAMPFIRE

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM | BACKYARD CAMPFIRE

Tree Value: Economic and Environmental Impact of Losing a Tree Gail Nozal & Mark Rehder, S&S Tree and Horticultural Specialists, Inc.

Professional Gardening Networking with Special Guest, Claudia West

Have you ever wondered how much a tree is worth or how to easily determine the benefits it provides? Come and learn about some convenient tools that you can use to determine tree value and benefits.

One of the popular networking group meetings on the tradeshow floor! Join fellow professional gardeners for informal discussion and networking with special guest Claudia West.

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM | INNOVATION THEATER

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM | INNOVATION THEATER

Garden Center Networking with Special Guest, Ian Baldwin One of the popular networking group meetings on the tradeshow floor! Join fellow garden center professionals for informal discussion and networking with special guest Ian Baldwin.

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM | BACKYARD CAMPFIRE

MNLA Foundation Grant Update: Dwarf Potted Gladiolus! Neil Anderson, University of Minnesota Transforming a familiar cut flower crop - from mainly being associated with funerals and grandmothers - into something new requires extensive breeding and vision! Neil Anderson will share details on how his University breeding program is breeding and selecting for dwarf types with LARGE flowers to become the next potted plant sensation!

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM | INNOVATION THEATER

Landscape Awards Presentations, Part 1 Award Winners Learn about this year’s MNLA Landscape Awards from the people behind the project. You’ll see a presentation using the photos submitted with the entry, and hear the details of the plan from those who executed it. Award-winning landscapes offer inspiration for all green industry professionals.

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM | LAKESHORE CAMPFIRE

MNLA Certification Exam: Test Yourself MNLA Certification Task Team Prove what you know and test yourself by answering practice questions from the MNLA Certification Exam.

Landscape Awards Presentations, Part 2 Award Winners Learn about this year’s MNLA Landscape Awards from the people behind the project. You’ll see a presentation using the photos submitted with the entry, and hear the details of the plan from those who executed it. Award-winning landscapes offer inspiration for all green industry professionals.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM | BACKYARD CAMPFIRE

Nursery Networking with Special Guest, Nancy Buley One of the popular networking group meetings on the tradeshow floor! Join fellow nursery professionals for informal discussion and networking with special guest Nancy Buley.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM | LAKESHORE CAMPFIRE

Top 10 Diseases of Landscape Ornamentals in 2016 Michelle Grabowski, University of Minnesota Extension Warm weather, high humidity and frequent rain events created ideal conditions for many plant pathogens in 2016. Come learn about the most common plant disease problems seen in the landscape in 2016. Find out how to identify these diseases and learn management strategies to prevent future damage.

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM | 103 ABC

INTERACTIVE TRACK: ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE PT. 2 How to Create and Maintain a Waste Elimination Program and Turn Waste Into Profits Mike Lysecki, Landscape Management Network

In the afternoon session, Mike will give a step-by-step breakdown of how to estimate and plan jobs, organize equipment, and execute jobs using a landscape production system that turns typical wasted, unproductive hours into industry-leading profits and rewarding careers for key staff.

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THURSDAY SESSIONS (continued) 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM | BACKYARD CAMPFIRE

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM | 211 ABCD

Diversify and Grow your Contractor Service Business: Offer Seasonal/Holiday Lighting

Care and Maintenance of Fruit Trees in the Landscape

Wayne Wheeler (on behalf of Reinders)

A brief overview of fruit tree care and mintenance with respect to selection, pruning and training, and disease and insect management.

Looking for ways to diversify your business? Wayne Wheeler, on behalf of Reinders Inc., will provide insights on how to diversify and grow your contractor service business by offering seasonal/holiday lighting.

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM | INNOVATION THEATER

Landscape Awards Presentations, Part 3 Award Winners Learn about this year’s MNLA Landscape Awards from the people behind the project. You’ll see a presentation using the photos submitted with the entry, and hear the details of the plan from those who executed it. Award-winning landscapes offer inspiration for all green industry professionals.

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM | LAKESHORE CAMPFIRE

Jeffrey Johnson, University of Minnesota

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM | 101 ABIJ

Creating Stunning Plant Communities that Stand the Test of Time Claudia West, North Creek Nurseries Plants are the foundation of healthy ecosystems and they bring beauty and joy to our lives. But great plants alone don't automatically create lasting ecological benefits in our gardens. Claudia West, ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, talks about spectacular perennials and grasses and how to use them in stable, layered, natural combinations that increase the ornamental, functional, and ecological value of your landscape.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM | 101 CDE

Top 10 Grasses

Firmness and Wetting Agents: All the Same or Are There Differences?

Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota

Ed Nangle, The Ohio State University/ATI

Learn which grasses made the “Top 10” list from many years of research in the Upper Midwest. Tried and true, these plants will work in the tough landscapes designed today. What is your “top 10?”

This presentation brings into focus some work which was driven on anecdotal evidence from superintendents regarding wetting agents and their impact on putting surface playability - the presentation will focus on wetting agents and their functionality as well as the data obtained in a two year trial in the Chicago area.

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With Ziegler CAT lease packages as low as $499 per month, you’ll get Cat performance, versatility, and ease of operation with no money down and an affordable monthly payment. THE OFFER INCLUDES: ƒ One-year Full Machine Warranty ƒ Heat and Air Conditioning ƒ Bluetooth Radio ƒ Backup Camera

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Offer good for qualifying customers in Ziegler CAT (Minnesota and Iowa) service territory. Offer subject to change or cancellation without notice. Payment shown is based on the first 12 months of a 60-month lease, 500 hours usage, does not include sales tax, and is based on current interest rates. In Iowa, sales tax is based on machine sale price, not payment. Customer has the option to terminate lease after 12 months. Contact your Ziegler representative for details or to learn about buyout or lease extension options. Offer is subject to credit approval and may change without notice.

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THURSDAY SESSIONS (continued) CONNECT WITH FUNLIS EVENTS IN MINNEAPO

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM | 208 ABCD

Money Matters - The Numbers to Track and Stay Ahead of the Pack Ian Baldwin, Ian Baldwin Consulting Many of us are in this industry because we love plants but wouldn't it be nice to make a bit more money too? Intense competition, rising overheads and declining consumer interest all mean that retailers need to be a lot more business-like than they might have been in the past. But no one has any spare time to "crunch yet more numbers." Baldwin will use examples from his clients to show simple, quick "Dashboards" of ratios/comparisons and standards showing all you need to know. Bring any numbers you have if you want to follow along, Baldwin will bring the Advil!

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM | 102 DEF

Sports Turf Innovation & Technology in Natural Grass Fields Jerad Minnick, Natural Grass Advisory Group Whether you frequently visit Minneapolis or you’re a newbie, you’ll be able to find something fun to keep you entertained. Even within the walls of the Minneapolis Convention Center, you will find the Craft Bar and Lounge, a great area to network, enjoy a bite to eat, grab a drink and relax. They offer a variety of food including: Braised Pork Nachos, Caramelized Onion-Gouda Slider Baskets, Spicy Bacon Slider Basket, Angus Cuban Slider Baskets, Tandoori Chicken Naan Pizza, as well as featuring some of Minnesota’s best brews on a rotating basis from Surly, Lift Bridge, Big Wood and many more! In addition, below are just a few suggestions of activities to consider after hours:

Innovation and technology can be overwhelming or intimidating. And it is all around us in our lives every day. But innovation and technology for natural grass fields isn't something to avoid. It is here to assist Sports Field Managers to meet the increased demand on their natural grass fields while reducing inputs and repair work. This class will introduce a range of new innovations and technologies in natural grass field management and explore how they could potentially be solutions for a sport field manager to make their job easier.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM | 101 FGH

Innovative Use of Metal and Stone in the Contemporary Landscape Shane Coen, Coen+Partners Shane Coen will share his experience working with metal and stone in the contemporary landscape. Through case studies, he will elaborate on specific technique, approach, and inspiration throughout the design process. This detailed journey, from concept through installation, will illuminate the many complex and creative pathways to innovative landscape design.

2:35 PM - 3:05 PM | LAKESHORE CAMPFIRE

• LIKE SPORTS? Take in a Minnesota Timberwolves home game on either Monday, January 9 versus the Mavericks or Friday, January 13 versus the Thunder. Both games are at 7:00pm at the Target Center.

Irrigation—What’s New? Q & A with Irrigation Suppliers

• MUSIC AFICIONADO? Check out the calendar for the Dakota Jazz Club, First Avenue & the 7th Street Entry, and the Shout House for live performances.

MNLA Foundation Grant Update: Oak and Magnolia Rootstock Evaluations

• FABULOUS FOOD AND DRINK? Check in with the folks at Meet Minneapolis at their booth in the lobby at Northern Green. If you tell them your cuisine of choice, they will make recommendations and even make a reservation for you on the spot.

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Irrigation Suppliers See what's new in irrigation. Three irrigation supply companies will highlight a new product and answer your questions.

2:35 PM - 3:05 PM | BACKYARD CAMPFIRE

Todd West, North Dakota State University The objective of this project included evaluating different rootstocks for use with two ornamental woody plant species (Quercus sp. and Magnolia sp.) in the North Central Region. Rootstocks were evaluated for compatibility, hardiness and growth characteristics.

3:10 PM - 3:40 PM | BACKYARD CAMPFIRE

Introduction to Sedges Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota Sedges look a lot like grasses and can be grown in difficult landscape settings. We will look at good choices for landscapes in the upper midwest and some easy ways to tell grasses from sedges. They are both great Graminoides!


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THURSDAY SESSIONS (continued) GROW WITH CEU’s Northern Green will once again provide you the opportunity to maintain many common green industry certifications and licensures. If you’re looking to stay current, be sure to attend one of the following programs: • Aquatics Recertification (category F) and Vertebrate Recertification (category P) will be available as part of the Pesticide Recertification Master Class on Tuesday. • Pesticide applicator recertification (categories A & E) will be available as part of the Pesticide Recertification Master Class on Tuesday. • Recertification for Power Limited Technicians will also be available as a Master Class on Tuesday. • All sessions during Northern Green qualify for MNLA-CP recertification points. Many other sessions will also qualify for CEUs from various organizations including: International Society of Arboriculture, ASLA-MN, Irrigation Association, MGCSA, MN Tree Inspector Recertification, and National Concrete Masonry Association. Each certified or licensed individual is responsible to determine which sessions meet each organization’s differing requirements.

GROW EVEN AFTER NORTHERN GREEN … WITH A GREAT BOOK! Just heard a great speaker? Head on over to the Northern Gardener Bookstore IN ROOM 103E located in Room 103E to pick up their latest book. What’s more, the author may even be there to sign it! The bookstore will be open during trade show hours, so stop by and pick up your next great read to continue learning long after Northern Green is over.

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3:10 PM - 3:40 PM | LAKESHORE CAMPFIRE

Top 10 New/Interesting Disease Solutions for 2017 Chris Haugen, Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements Each year new research and practical experiences from end users provide a wealth of new information for treating diseases in the landscape. During this session, 10 new and interesting solutions for managing diseases in the landscape will be discussed. The solutions will provide practical ideas to improve the predictability and efficacy of management strategies.

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM | BALLROOM A

Closing Keynote: Thriving as a Team - Achieving Organizational Excellence with Teamwork, Leadership and Communication Jermaine Davis, Jermaine M. Davis Seminars & Workshops, Inc. Have you ever wondered what separates high-performance teams from low-performance teams? In this engaging and entertaining keynote, Dr. Davis will share practical tips on how to create a positive work environment that enhances team morale, increases team motivation, and inspires personal passion and creativity. During this engaging and entertaining presentation attendees will learn how to: • Build and cultivate a high trust work environment to increase employee engagement. • Move from problem-based thinking to solution-based thinking using the QBQ Approach. • Resolve team conflicts and disagreements to create a healthy and positive work climate. • Turn negative thinking into positive thinking using the “Attitude of Gratitude Philosophy.” • Create a work climate that increases workplace morale, motivation, and momentum. • Leverage team members’ unique strengths and talents to create a culture of creativity, passion, and innovative thinking.

CONNECT AND FOLLOW ALONG Session handouts are available on the Northern Green app or on www.NorthernGreen.org.


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EXHIBITORS

CONNECT WITH INDUSTRY VENDORS Visit hundreds of exhibitors in a 178,000 square foot exhibit hall onsite at Northern

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Green 2017. For the latest listings, please check out www.NorthernGreen.org or the Northern Green app.

Company Name.................................. Booth A Top Notch Equipment ...........................1259, 1261, 1354, 1356, 1358, 1360 A.M. Leonard Inc.....................................1215, 1217, 1219 A-1 Outdoor Power, Inc.............................................. 1616 Accentual Lighting..................................................... 1109 Albert J. Lauer, Inc........................1419, 1421, 1518, 1520 Alert Distributing, Inc................... 1311, 1313, 1410, 1412 All Stone Solutions.....................................................1355 Alliance Outdoor Lighting/Evolution Polymeric Sand ............................................................................. 1127 Alta Falls & Pond Supplies......................1025, 1027, 1124 ALTOZ INC............................................329, 331, 428, 430 Amcon Block/Allan Block Retaining Walls........... 421, 520 American Pressure, Inc................................................638 American Society of Landscape Architects - MN Chapter (ASLA-MN)...................................................3 Upstairs Anderson Nurseries, Inc.............................................. 414 Arborjet......................................................................1227 Arrowhead Ornamentals..............................................426 Aspen Equipment Co....................................... 1035 Block Astleford International & Isuzu.......................... 109 Block B & B Hoffman Sod Farms, Inc.................................... 512 Bachman’s Wholesale Nursery & Hardscapes... 505 Block Bailey Nurseries, Inc.......................................... 905 Block Baker Lake Nursery...................................................... 616 Bartlett Tree Experts................................................... 419 Bayer Environmental Science......................................364 Bebergs Landscape Supply................... 1349, 1351, 1353 Bedford Technology...................................................1238 Belgard........................................1505, 1507, 1604, 1606 BFG Supply Co.....................................................532, 534 Biodiesel/America’s Advanced Biofuel........................ 415 Bizon Nursery............................................................... 519 Bluebird Nursery, Inc................................................... 812 Borgert Products, Inc........................... 319, 321, 418, 420 Bork Evergreens, LLC................................................... 912 Brandl Motors........................................1253, 1255, 1257 Breezy Hill Nursery Inc................................................. 709 Breiwick Companies, Inc........................................... 1357 Bridgewater Tree Farms............................................... 611 Brown........................................................................ 1551 Bullis Insurance Agency, LLC.......................................122 Burnham Companies.................................................1406 Bylands Nurseries Ltd................................................. 125 Carlin Sales/ProGreen Plus....................................... 1420 Carlton Plants LLC....................................................... 919 Cast Lighting LLC......................................................1334 CBIZ Insurance Services.............................................. 739 28 | Northern Green 2017 Advance Program

Central Landscape Supply............................... 1005 Block Central Power Distributors..........1345, 1347, 1444, 1446 Central Turf & Irrigation Supply....................... 1307, 1309 Central Turf Farms............................................... 408, 410 Central Wisconsin Evergreens, Inc.............................1117 Century Power Equipment......................................... 1517 Ceres Environmental Services, Inc............................ 1036 Cherokee Manufacturing.....................................805, 904 Chevrolet Business Elite Dealers....................... 209 Block Circle J Repair and Services LLC.....................1233, 1235 Classen......................................................................1648 Club Car Minnesota......................................... 1128, 1130 Contree Sprayer & Equipment Company, LLC......429, 431 County Materials Corp......................... 619, 621, 718, 720 COWSMO, INC.............................................................. 412 Craftware.................................................................... 810 CreekSide Soils............................................................ 707 Crysteel Truck Equipment, Inc....335 Block and 351 Block CST Distribution, LLC................................................ 1224 Cushman Motor Co. Inc..................................... 345 Block Custom Manufacturing, Inc.........................................639 Custom Remodelers, Inc..............................................530 Dailey Data................................................................ 1012 Dayton Bag & Burlap Co............................................ 1119 Ditch Witch of Minnesota & Iowa.......... 1501, 1600, 1601 Dixie Chopper.......................................659, 661, 758, 760 Dosko.........................................................................1549 Doug’s Power Equipment........................................... 1519 Duininck Golf....................................................... 937, 939 Duro Rock Supply....................................................... 1652 Dutchman Tree Spade................................................1225 East Jordan Plastics.................................................. 1132 Eco Works Supply............................................... 925, 1024 Eden Stone...................................................................220 Edney Distributing Co., Inc..........1339, 1341, 1438, 1440 EnviroTech Services, Inc.............................................. 517 Esch Construction Supply, Inc................................... 1139 Eull’s Manufacturing................................................... 721 Evergreen Nursery Co., Inc.......................................... 915 Excel Turf & Ornamental.............................................920 Fahey Sales Auctioneers & Appraisers........................ 917 Ferguson Waterworks...................................... 1216, 1218 Ferris Mowers......................................259, 261, 358, 360 Fertimix............................................................1030, 1032 Firebuggz..................................................................... 121 Foster’s, Inc................................................................. 313 Frost Inc...............................................................933, 935 Fury Commercial Truck Center................ 1147, 1149, 1151

NEW SCHEDULE FOR 2017! Tuesday, January 10: PREVIEW PARTY 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 11 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday, January 12 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Gardenworld, Inc...............................................1316, 1318 Gerlach Outdoor Power Equipment, Inc. ......................................................... 1521, 1618, 1620 Gertens Wholesale & Professional Turf Supply ..........................................1324 Block and 1325 Block Glacial Ridge Growers, Inc......................................... 1115 Glamos Wire Products............................................... 1314 Gopher State One-Call...............................................1034 Great Northern Equipment Distributing, Inc.... 1545 Block Green Shield Insurance..............................................1408 Green Value Nursery, Inc............................................. 712 Greenleaf Nursery Co........................................... 207, 308 GreenLife Supply.......................................................... 913 Greenscape Companies Inc......................................... 521 Ground Logic..............................................................1646 Grove Nursery Center........................................... 607, 706 Haag Companies Inc. DBA: Magnuson Sod, Schafer Equipment, Klier’s Nursery & Landscape & Concrete Center..............................................225, 324 Habitattitude!™/University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program.................................................................. 140 Halquist Stone........................................................... 1020 Happy Land Tree Farms, Inc...................................... 1015 HARCO Fittings.......................................................... 1246 Hartman Companies Inc.................................. 1145, 1244 HD Sod, Inc................................................................ 1031 Healthy Ponds by Bioverse...........................................840 Hedberg Landscape & Masonry Supplies ...............................................1207, 1209, 1306, 1308 Herc-U-Lift, Inc........................................... 731, 733, 735 Herfort Norby Golf Course Architects.......................... 931 Hiway Federal Credit Union........................................ 1426 Hoffman & McNamara Nursery and Landscape.......... 617 Hoffman Bros. Sod, Inc................................................ 417 Hoglund Bus & Truck...................................................432 Holiday Stationstores.................................................. 124 Hotsy Minnesota..............................................1248, 1250 Hunter Industries............................................. 1121, 1220 HYBELS, Bert. R., Inc........................................... 816, 818 Iseli Nursery, Inc..........................................................404 Itasca Greenhouse, Inc................................................ 815 J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co...........................................620 Jirik Sod Farms............................................................ 610 JME Companies/London Stone............................ 637, 736 John Deere Company......................................... 144 Block Johnson’s Nursery, Inc.™.......................................... 1016 Jokela Power Equipment, LLC.............................. 711, 713 JRCO..........................................................................1545 Kafka Granite, LLC........................................... 1405, 1407 Kankakee Nursery Co................................................... 716


Kasota Stone Fabricators............................................ 729 Kichler Lighting............................................................908 Klaus Nurseries...........................................................906 KLM Farms................................................................... 714 Kubota Tractor Corp./Niebur Tractor & Equipment, Inc. ............................................. 445 Block and 553 Block L.T. Rich Products............................................ 1461, 1560 Lano Equipment, Inc.......................................... 545 Block Laurentian Monument Granite & Stone .......................................................439, 441, 538, 540 Little Wonder............................................................. 1547 LMN..................................................................... 914, 916 LPA Retail Systems Inc................................................ 416 M.H. Eby, Inc...................................................... 645 Block Magicturfs.com...............................................1434, 1436 Maguire Agency........................................................... 511 Massaging Insoles........................................................741 McCarthy Well Company..............................................536 McKay Nursery Company........................................... 1107 Metro Stoneworks........................................................309 Mid-America Mulch, Inc............................................ 1014 MIDC Enterprises.............................................1038, 1040 Midwest Groundcovers, LLC................................ 708, 710 Midwest Landscapes................................................... 612 Midwest Specialty Sales, Inc....... 1705, 1707, 1804, 1806 Midwest Stihl................................................... 1508, 1510 Mike’s Tree Company LLC...........................................1414 Milow Outdoors................................................ 1509, 1511 MinnDak Magic............................................................433 Minnesota Department of Agriculture - Nursery & Export Unit......................................................................... 614 Minnesota Equipment........................................ 235 Block Minnesota Sodding Company...................................... 941 Minnesota State Horticultural Society / Northern Gardener Bookstore.............................................. 103E Minnesota Tile & Stone................................................ 727 Mississippi Topsoils, Inc............................................ 1019 Mobile Radio Engineering, Inc................................... 1018 Monrovia.................................................................... 1211 MoonLight Illumination.............................................. 1310 Mountain West LLC.....................................................1111 MTI Distributing, Inc.......................................... 825 Block Netherland Bulb Co................................................... 1021 Nokomis Shoe Shop..................................................... 307 Northern Family Farms.................................... 1118, 1120 Northern Salt Inc.........................................................528 Nuss Truck and Equipment.............................. 1645 Block NYP Corp..................................................................... 613 On Site Companies....................................................1654 Oregon Pride Nurseries, Inc....................................... 1212 Origination Inc.................................................1026, 1028 Ostvig Tree Care.......................................................... 817 PACE, Inc........................................................... 653 Block Par Aide Products Co...................................................838 Pave Tool Innovators.................................................. 1129 Peat, Inc...................................................................... 411 Pine Products Inc..............................................1409, 1411

Plaisted Companies, Inc.................................... 405 Block Plantpeddler Inc........................................................1229 Plants Beautiful Nursery, Inc............................... 819, 821 Plehal Blacktopping Inc...............................................836 Prairie Edge Nursery.................................................... 814 Prairie Restorations, Inc..............................................437 Premier Fence, Inc...............................................539, 541 Prince Corporation..................................................... 1213 PRINSCO, INC..............................................................609 PRO Landscape by Drafix Software............................. 618 Professional Turf & Renovation................................. 1105 Purple Wave Auction.................................................... 615 Quality Forklift/Quality Equipment ...............................................1359, 1361, 1458, 1460 Quest Products Corporation........................................826 Rainbow Treecare Scientifc Advancements............... 1428 Ramy Turf Products................................................... 1116 RDO Equipment Co.............................................131 Block Reinders, Inc....................................... 828, 830, 832, 834 Restoral..................................................................... 1432 Rihm Kenworth.................................................1745 Block River Bend Industries.................................................1141 River Region Cooperative BCA Products......................640 Rochester Concrete Products......1245, 1247, 1344, 1346 Rock Hard Landscape Supply.......................... 1237 Block Ryan...........................................................................1644 S&S Tree and Horticultural Specialists............ 1221, 1320 SavATree......................................................................526 SCP Distributors.............................................. 1400, 1401 Select Source............................................................... 918 Sester Farms Inc.................................................. 513, 515 Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Organics Recycling Facility........................................1605, 1704 SiteOne Landscape Supply..................................221, 320 St. Francis True Value..................................................738 Standard Golf Company............................................... 717 Stone & Steel Design LLC..........................................1335 StoneWall Retaining Walls........................................... 524 Stoneworks Architectural Precast............................... 510 Stuifbergen Bulb/Holland Beauty........................806, 808 Stumper Industries......................................................864 SuperAmerica.............................................................. 120 Superior Tech Products.................................514, 516, 518 Superior Turf Services Inc.................................... 927, 929 SureCut LLC................................................................. 142 Sure-loc Aluminum Edging/Wolverine Tools.............. 1126 Sustane Natural Fertilizer, Inc............................. 641, 740 Sylva Corporation, Inc.........................................425, 427 Synthetic Turf Solutions of MN........................1504, 1506 Techo-Bloc Midwest Corp................................ 1607 Block Terra Dek Lighting, Inc............................................... 1017 Terra Products...........................................................1204 The Builders Group (TBG)............................................ 737 The Kissner Group...................................................... 1337 The Landscape Store...........................................764, 765 The Mulch Store................................................... 107, 208 The Tessman Company.........................807, 809, 811, 813

Tile By Design.............................................................. 327 Tillmann Wholesale Growers...................................... 1214 Timberwall Landscape & Masonry Products Inc. ....................................................................... 537, 636 Titan Machinery, Inc................ 945 Block and 1045 Block Toro Irrigation............................................................ 1312 Touchstone Accent Lighting, Inc.......................... 315, 317 Tri-State Bobcat, Inc.................1445 Block & 1559 Block Truck Utilities, Inc.............................................1153 Block Turf Teq......................................................................1650 TURFCO............................................................1416, 1418 Turfwerks..........................................................1413 Block Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition (TC4)...................... 413 Twin City Seed Co................................................325, 424 Twisted Elements, Inc......................................1208, 1210 UFC Farm Supply............................................... 245 Block Unilock.........................................1133, 1135, 1232, 1234 United Greenhouse Systems, Inc............................... 1125 United Label & Sales...................................................406 University of Minnesota - CFANS......................... 130, 132 Vans Pines Nursery, Inc............................................... 311 Versa-Lok Retaining Wall Systems.................................... ................................................1714, 1716, 1718, 1720 Voigt Smith Innovation...................................... 227 Block W. Hoffman Sod Co...................................................... 224 Waconia Tree Farms LLC............................................ 1113 Wagner Greenhouses, Inc.......................................... 1321 Wahl’s Enterprises...............................................664, 665 Wandell’s Nursery, Inc...............................................1206 Waterstone................................................................... 115 Wheeler Landscape Supply..........................................305 Willow Creek Concrete Products............. 1617, 1619, 1621 Wilson’s Nursery, Inc.................................................... 921 WinField...............................................................725, 824 Wolcyn Tree Farms & Nursery...................................... 719 Wolf Motors.................................. 104, 106, 108, 110, 112 Xcel Energy................................................................ 1240 Xylem, Ltd. / Golden Valley Hardscapes LLC................ 910 Yamaha Golf & Utility...................................... 1249, 1251 Ziegler CAT..........................................................745 Block Zlimen & McGuiness PLLC Attorneys at Law............. 1424

VISIT THEM ONLINE... Connect with these exhibitors all year long by visiting the vendor directory online at www.NorthernGreen.org.

List is current as of November 15, 2016. For the most up-to-date listings, visit www.NorthernGreen.org, or download the Northern Green app. www.NorthernGreen.org

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Cool Places to Go CAMPFIRES: CONNECT + GROW DIFFERENTLY

Lakeshore Campfire

Campfires on the trade show floor are hubs for gathering and learning, but they’re not your typical general session. These unique learning spaces include hosted discussions, trade show floor Supported by: Supported by: walkabouts, demonstrations, and more…

Backyard Campfire

INNOVATION + INSPIRATION THEATER

Innovation & Inspiration Theater

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This new theater with a 40-foot wide by 20-foot high screen in the center of the action will host a variety of live events, including the Green Industry Awards Celebration, as well as sessions focusing on photography, the Ryder Cup, presentations from Landscape Award recipients, and a plant fashion show! Plus, featured interviews, video highlights and educational content all tailored specifically for green industry professionals.

THE SANDBOX

HARDSCAPE

This new area will feature hands-on activities. Your team is invited to participate in the Northern Green Hardscape Challenge. Watch as teams compete throughout the day on Wednesday and Thursday for the title of “Master of the Hardscape Challenge” AND a $750 cash prize. Interested in signing up a team? Visit NorthernGreen.org for participation details. Plus, The Sandbox will also feature live tree climbing demos throughout the show!

CHALLENGE

The Sandbox

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TECH LAB

Tech Lab

Come and experience the unexpected at Northern Green through exploration of the cuttingedge technology available with virtual reality (VR). At its core, VR is an advanced way to experience a 3-D model of anything a designer, engineer, or architect can come up with. Join Urban Ecosystems and explore the opportunities available to plug designs into this new technology and use it as a sales tool. It will give you a sensory feeling unlike anything you’ve ever had before!

IDEA WALL

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Sometimes the best ideas or solutions come from peer-to-peer suggestions rather than a speaker on a stage. Do you have a problem that needs a solution? Write it on the idea wall and let your colleagues brainstorm with you. Come back later in the day to see what potential solutions have been added. Don’t have an immediate problem to solve? Visit the Idea Wall and offer a solution that’s worked for you! Create, innovate, discuss, and solve industry issues together in this new space on the show floor.


Fun Things to Do PREVIEW

TRADE SHOW

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Tuesday, Jan. 10, 4:00–5:30pm

PREVIEW PARTY

Do you like to be first? The Northern Green Trade Show Preview Party is a chance for attendees of Tuesday Master Classes, anyone holding a 2 or 3-day Northern Green registration, or customers with a special invitation directly from their supplier to get a sneak peek into the trade show before it officially opens! Yes, you can be first! There will be free appetizers, cash bars, and surprise entertainment throughout the show floor during this happy hour affair.

TREASURE HUNT: “X” MARKS THE SPOTS

While you’re visiting with Northern Green 2017 exhibitors and learning about their offerings, you also have a chance to find treasure. A number of exhibitors have donated prizes for the Treasure Hunt. Simply follow the treasure map on the card provided outside the trade show entrance and dig up booth personnel at each participating booth to sign your card. Then, drop off the completed card in the big drum in Lobby E to be entered into a drawing to win fabulous prizes!

FREE LUNCH

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Access to each event requires a separate ticket for an additional fee, regardless of registration pass. You can purchase tickets when registering for Northern Green, or by visiting the event’s page on NorthernGreen.org. Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm In the Innovation & Inspiration Theater on the Trade Show Floor

GREEN INDUSTRY AWARDS

CELEBRATI0N

This year marks the unveiling of a new event to celebrate green industry success. A joint effort by MNLA and MTGF, the event will utilize the new Innovation & Inspiration Theater on RECOGNIZING E XCELLENCE IN MINNESOTA’S GREEN INDUSTRY the trade show floor, which includes a giant rear-projected screen allowing for a fantastic visual display. Generously There will be dinner, drinks, a master of cermonies to act as a host for the evening’s supported by: festivities, and lots to celebrate! Ticket price: $40 Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | 7:15-8:15 a.m.; Breakfast served beginning at 7:00 a.m. | Room 102ABC

The 2017 Legislative Session begins on January 3rd, making Northern Green the perfect opportunity to gain insight into the many issues facing green industry professionals, as well as ways to get involved and grow results in government affairs.

LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST

This year’s Legislative Breakfast will feature a panel of experts and elected officials sharing insiders’ perspectives on topics impacting YOU. Following the Breakfast, attendees are encouraged to visit MNLA’s member services booth, where our new Legislative Action Center will be up and running – offering critical resources and opportunities to engage in grassroots action.

Craig Regelbrugge AmericanHort

Jacob Frey Minneapolis City Council

Dave Frederickson MDA Commissioner

Andrea Vaubel Assistant MDA Commissioner

Panelists Craig Regelbrugge (AmericanHort), Jacob Frey (Minneapolis City Council), Dave Frederickson (MDA Commissioner), and Andrea Vaubel (MDA Asst. Commissioner) will discuss green industry members’ top priorities at the local, state, and federal levels and directly address your questions as well. Come and learn about how you can have a voice on important issues that affect your business!

The Northern Green 2017 Legislative Breakfast is brought to you by the members of the MNLA Government Affairs Committee and our generous supporters (listed below). Ticket price: $35

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | 5:15pm – 8:00pm | Ballroom A

A fun night of networking, including a pizza buffet, cash bars, and comedy from John Heffron. Join your green industry colleagues, kick back and relax. Ticket price: $20

COMEDY

NIGHT

Energetic and accessible, acclaimed standup John Heffron shares an array of relatable experiences from childhood through life as a married father. He’s learned a thing or two about relationships with family, friends, and even himself along his journeys, gaining an astute, uniquely honest perspective widely praised among his comedy peers. Audiences of all ages relate to his enthusiastic, hard-won wisdom, recognizing how often the path to maturity is marked by universal triumphs and failures. Rather than mock differences, the Detroit native aims to engage, connect, and enlighten. Long before emerging victorious in the second season of NBC’s hit reality competition Last Comic Standing, Heffron first took the stage at the University of Michigan campus’ Main Street Comedy Showcase. He soon found himself skipping night classes to pursue his passion and branching into FM radio, serving as Danny Bonaduce’s wingman on Detroit’s number one morning show, Danny Bonaduce and the Q Crew. Along with appearances on The Tonight Show, The Late Late Show, HBO, FX, VH1, A&E, and CMT, Heffron remains one of a small handful of veteran performers to tape two separate Comedy Central specials and has an hour special, Middle Class Funny, on Netflix.

John Heffron

In the podcasting realm, Heffron has guested on WTF with Marc Maron, The Joe Rogan Experience, and Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank. He launched his own The State I’m In on the All Things Comedy network in August 2014. Much like his self-effacing live material, Heffron’s podcast invites guests and listeners alike to explore the ever-fluctuating position they find themselves in both physically and mentally. In addition to headlining clubs and appearing at festivals around the world, Heffron remains in high demand as a performer at events for numerous Fortune 50 companies including Mercedes, Frito Lay, Sonic, Johnson & Johnson, Ernst and Young, and the FBI, just to name a few.

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