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fastest growing tradeshows in the country according to Tradeshow Executive Magazine. Attendees are about to find out why at the 4th annual iLandscape show! The Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) and Wisconsin Green Industry Federation (WGIF) have teamed up again to bring the preeminent show to the Midwestern green industry. iLandscape is Branching Out in 2017 – creatively, educationally, and physically. The show has an expanded floor plan with two exhibit halls: Discovery Hall and Innovation Hall! The show will feature over 35 new exhibitors, the hottest products, a tiny home, amazing educational speakers, keynote speaker: Ed Begley Jr, ILCA’s Excellence in Landscape Awards Night, entertainment, prizes, and much more. Attendees can visit over 450 booths to see the latest trends in plants, green industry products, hardscapes, equipment, and more. Enjoy the high energy Howl at the Moon dueling piano show on Wednesday evening. iLandscape gathers the best minds in the green industry as part of its educational program. The event features over 30 unique education sessions. Spanish-language education sessions are available at no additional cost and students can attend the show for free and receive discounted rates on education! Join thousands of landscape professionals for three days and two nights of industry fun and excitement. The next landscape season will be here in the blink of an eye Branch iLandscape 2017! Your journey begins on page 53. Regards,

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The ILCA is looking forward to welcoming everyone to its 4th annual show. Our committees, volunteers, WGIF and ILCA staff have worked extremely hard to bring you the Midwest’s biggest and fastest growing show geared towards our industry. This year’s tradeshow offers you an experience like no other; it is the greatest landscape show on earth! First, you will experience the very best in educational presenters and topics like no other. Our keynote speaker, Ed Begley Jr., actor and environmental advocate, will speak to us on one of the world’s important causes — environmental sustainability and how landscape contractors can be part of this movement now that sustainable landscaping is becoming mainstream. Like beer? Karen Hamilton, Director of Communications for Lagunitas Brewing Company will share how craft beer is no different than landscaping and how our industry can follow craft beer’s incredible rise by adapting to consumer tastes. This session has an added treat – a “Little Sumpin Sumpin” for everyone. Did you ever think a drone could be part of your fleet? Don’t miss Peter Spero and Brendan Stewart of Aero Vista Innovations. They will demonstrate how aerial perspectives of before, during and after can provide a bird’s eye view for your client’s project. How about 3D? It’s not just for the movies. The future of design is here and Padraig Conway of Cotswold Gardens & Unilock will demonstrate and share how the next generation will demand experienced professionals who understand reality design. Need to tame a beast? Byron Sabol published “Taming the Beast: Success with Difficult People.” Sabol’s presentation will give you the skill set to communicate and deal with those clients who are challenging and have difficult personalities. Second, everyone loves a party. Wednesday’s party at the Garden Stage will be a night filled with Howl at the Moon. No need to go to downtown Chicago, the iLandscape show brings you Howl 2-Go’s dueling piano players who will perform rocking music that meets every musical taste. Third, Excellence in Landscape Awards Night. This is the ILCA’s annual showcase featuring the best landscape work in Illinois. This year’s Awards Night will be filled with our industry’s best projects along with incredible networking opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with your peers. Lastly, take time to visit the exhibit hall and meet this year’s great sponsors and vendors. It’s the perfect opportunity to see products and services you need for the upcoming landscape season. I am proud to be representing ILCA this year and cannot wait for you to experience the show our committees, volunteers, WGIF and ILCA staff put together for you. Enjoy and see you there.

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Knowing Native Native Intelligence

An ongoing series to help guide landscape contr by Nina Koziol

When Jason Fritz needs a quick break

from his job, he can walk right outside his office and into a 100-acre production field of native plants. “I can walk through the wildflowers and re-energize and get back into it,” says Fritz, nursery sales manager at Cardno’s Engineering and Environmental Services Division in Walkerton, Indiana. “It’s good knowing that the plants we sell are enhancing the environment and people’s landscapes. At the end of the day, we’re making the world a better place.” Fritz walks-the-talk in his home garden where he grows several pollinator-attracting native perennials. “General populations of our pollinators have been on the decline the past several years. They provide a lot of valuable services to agriculture, especially fruit crops. Corn and soybeans are wind-pollinated and they’re not impacted, but pretty much any fruit or vegetable is pollinated by wild native bees, flies, wasps, beetles, moths or butterflies, and without them providing those valuable services, we’re not going to be able to grow.” He’d like to see more people use straight natives--nothing fancy. “You should try to stick to the wild genotype, not the improved varieties or cultivars. They often don’t have the same amount of pollen or nectar in them so I usually recommend the native species because they’re timed to bloom at the right time. Some of the pollinators are specialized and they’re used to feeding on a cycle from one plant at a certain time.”


But, he’s adaptable when it comes to choosing native cultivars over other plants. “Although an improved variety of a native plant might not provide the right amount of nectar,” Fritz says, “it’s better than nothing.” He recommends planting natives in masses and for a good reason. “When pollinators come out of dormancy in spring, they don’t have a lot of energy. Planting in mass is good so they can feed in a group of flowers, rather than having to fly 20 feet to the next plant. It also attracts them a lot easier. If you have a butterfly 30 feet overhead, it’s a lot easier for it to see clumps of plants rather than individual plants.” And timing is everything for pollinators. “It’s important to provide a spectrum of blooms from early spring to midsummer up until even late fall,” Fritz says. “It’s key that people plant for early spring blooms — for when pollinators wake up and become active and later, fall blooms so they can store energy for the winter. Here are some of his favorites.

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ractors in choosing native plants and cultivars Geranium maculatum — Wild Geranium, Spotted Cranesbill “This is an early bloomer that does well in shade and part shade. It feeds a lot of pollinators when they wake up from winter dormancy. It has nice lavender flowers and goes dormant quickly in the spring after blooming.” Some basal foliage will remain through fall if conditions are moist. Among the many insects attracted to the floral nectar is the mining bee (Andrena distans), a “specialist’ on the flowers.

Geranium maculatum — Wild Geranium, Spotted Cranesbill

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Plant in part to full shade, but will tolerate full sun. Grows in moist to dry upland woodlands and savannas. In gardens, it will grow in almost any moist, well-drained soil Height: 1-3’ Partners: Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) and woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata)

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Aquilegia canadensis — Wild Columbine, Eastern Red Columbine “Columbine starts blooming in May with attractive tubular flowers.There are pollinators that are specialized to feed on the long blooms.” The foliage persists through summer and occasionally sports squiggly lines made by the larva of a leaf-mining micro moth. He cautions that one newer insect pest — a non-native “columbine” sawfly (Pristophora aquiligae) — can completely denude the plant. “It seems to be intermittent and although it can set the plants back, it won’t kill them.”

Aquilegia canadensis — Wild Columbine, Eastern Red Columbine

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Plant in part to full shade, but will tolerate full sun. In its native habitat, it grows in dry sites but will perform in any well-drained garden soil. Although short-lived (3 years), it readily self sows Height: 1-3’ Partners: “Wild Geranium and columbine both like rich soils and they work pretty good together. I have them planted together at my house and the geranium blooms first and the columbine shortly after.”


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Penstemon digitalis — Smooth Beard Tongue “This is a great species for full sun. It likes medium to dry soils, but well-drained, moist soils are fine, too.” It produces big spikes of white flowers that attract specific pollinators. “It could bloom as early as late May through July. It’s not a long-lived perennial, and will persist for 2 to 3 years, but if it’s in a home landscape you can manage that and replant if a certain plant is declining. It’s a prolific re-seeder. If you want to keep it contained, dead head it as soon as it’s done blooming.” Mason bees (Osmia distincta) are specialist pollinators for this plant.

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Plant in full to part sun, medium to dry soil to moist, well-drained soil Height: 2-3’ Partners: Prairie phlox, butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), coneflowers, Liatris

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Native Intelligence Asclepias tuberosa — Butterfly Milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa — Butterfly Milkweed “This plant has prolific orange blooms and is relatively short at 2 to 3 feet. It actually prefers a sandy soil. I’ve noticed that it doesn’t like to persist for more than a few years.” The flowers attract many butterflies, including great-spangled fritillaries, sulphurs and crescents. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on the underside of the leaves. Several types of bees, wasps and beetles visit the flowers for nectar.

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Plant in full sun, well-drained soil Height: 1-3’ Partners: Liatris, coneflowers, prairie dropseed, prairie phlox, Ohio spiderwort


Tolerates dry soil and attracts monarch butterflies when it blooms June through August.


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Native Intelligence Asclepias syriaca — Common Milkweed “It can be hard to convince people to plant common milkweed in a traditional landscape because it’s not well-behaved. This species--the main plant for monarch butterfly larvae--is key. It’s been demonized as a weed for so long but if you want monarch butterflies, you have to include that species. That dusky-lavender bloom is extremely fragrant--one of the most fragrant flowers I’ve ever smelled. I think it’s underrated in even a native wildflower planting. It’s underrated as a blooming species, not just a key pollinator plant. Those big spiky pods are very interesting as well later in the year.”

Asclepias syriaca — Common Milkweed

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Plant in full sun, dry to medium soil Height: 2-4’ and spreads aggressively by runners Partners: Panicum, Liatris, bluestem, prairie dropseed, coneflowers

Bonus: Resists deer and rabbits and is drought-tolerant.


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Native Intelligence Dalea purpurea — Purple Prairie Clover “This is a nice low-growing native species. It’s got nice little purple clover-style blooms that are often visited by smaller butterflies and pollinators — skippers, bees and some of the pollinating flies. It works well in a traditional home landscape because it’s shorter than a lot of native species. Plant it next to other species that it can lean on so it doesn’t flop over. That’s true with a lot of the taller native plants as well. Many native species have evolved in settings with taller grasses. Some of the later-blooming species have to compete for light with big bluestem or Panicum grasses.

Dalea purpurea — Purple Prairie Clover

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Plant in full sun to part shade in moderate to dry soils Height: 1-3’ Partners: Pale purple coneflower, Liatris, Rudbeckia, prairie dropseed, Vernonia

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Native Intelligence Echinacea purpurea and E. pallida — Purple Coneflower and Pale Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea and E. pallida — Purple Coneflower and Pale Coneflower “I think everyone knows these plants. They bloom in July and August with a big pale purple flower and they’re well accepted by non-native neophytes. They will pretty much take any soil except where it’s saturated with water. Echinacea pallida is not quite as showy but either one is a great pollinator plant. Pretty much every winged pollinator I know of will feed on that one.”

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Plant in full sun, moderate to dry soils, to well-drained garden soil Height: 30-60” Partners: Little bluestem, Ohio spiderwort, prairie dropseed, Liatris, beardtongue

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Do You Want to Be the Most Persuasive Person in the Room?


By Lynne Franklin

Have you ever

wondered why you connect so well with some people and don’t with others? When the “others” are your clients or people you work with regularly, your life gets difficult. That’s especially true if they’re clients you need to persuade to take your landscaping recommendations, or colleagues you want to motivate to work with you. Most of us just accept this. Then we call these people jerks and tell snarky stories about them — which can be momentary fun but doesn’t change anything. You can do something better. Use two powerful tools to increase the chances you’ll get what you want more often.

Understand the Persuasion Cycle

Developed by Dr. Mark Goulston, the Persuasion Cycle shows the steps our brains go through to agree to do anything. Let’s focus on the first part of the cycle, because that’s the toughest. We all start in resisting. Even people who want to say “yes” to you will resist you. The good news is that this has nothing to do with you — it’s just how we’re wired. Our brains are skeptical about any new idea. As you can see, getting approval is a series of small decisions. Here’s where we often shoot ourselves in the foot. We want to skip from resisting to doing — because our goal is to get them to do something. But then we’ve missed the most important step: getting them to buy in to what we’re offering. This only happens during Step 2: when we move them from listening to considering. And when we don’t get buy-in, we will likely face their buyers’ remorse later —and have to go through the whole process again … (continued on page 26)

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Special Feature (continued from page 24) Here are some simple things you can do to move people through this part of the cycle: 1.

Listen first. Most of us wander through life feeling unseen and unheard. A great way to move people from resisting to listening is by listening yourself— and giving them all of your attention. For example, bring up a subject and ask their opinion.


Make it all about them. Why would they want to do what you’re suggesting? Make sure the benefits to them are immediately clear.


Play back what you heard. By listening to the words and thoughts that the people you’re trying to reach are using—and then replaying them—you can get them to tune in to you. (More on this under body language!)


Convey rather than convince. People expect you will try to “sell” them something—and they’re just waiting to resist you. Instead, conveying the reasons your approach will help them solve a problem or get what they want is more effective. You are speaking from your place as an expert, with ideas that are tailored to their needs. This approach reduces their resistance and they are more likely to listen. Because—let’s face it—once we have to convince someone to do something, we’ve already lost.

Read their bodies to read their minds

Ninety-three percent of the information we get when we’re with somebody comes from nonverbal communication. This is divided between voice tone and quality (38%) and body language (a whopping 55%). That means words only contribute about 7% to the impression we give. Here’s the good news. You can use the nonverbal—as well as written and spoken—information people are sending to learn how they think. This can help you connect with them and increase the chances of getting them to do what you want. Sometimes you and the people you’re trying to persuade will agree on goals and strategies, and other times your opinions will differ. You always want to ensure that the information you provide to them, and the way you give it, increases the chances that they will get it. One way to accomplish this is by understanding how they learn. According to Neil Fleming’s VAK (Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic) Model, there are three main ways people learn.

The “looker”

These people think in pictures and images. This is the most common style: about 75% of people. You can identify them by watching for these signs: 1. They have good posture and their shoulders are tense. 2.

They often have thin lips.


They frequently have wrinkles on their foreheads. This happens because people generally look up, raise their eyebrows, furrow their brows and breathe faster when they remember something they have seen. (continued on page 28)

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Special Feature (continued from page 26) 4. They look in your eyes while speaking and listening. 5.

They choose clothes and decorate their offices and homes for visual impact.

Here is how you build rapport with a Looker: 1. Speak in images whenever possible, since this is how they like to get information: “I see what you mean.” “What’s your view on this?” “Take a look at this.” 2.


Look into their eyes as much as possible when listening and speaking. These people literally believe that if you aren’t looking at their faces, you aren’t paying attention to them. This lets them know they are important to you, and you are interested in them. If you are not a Looker, don’t be put off by the amount of eye contact these people give you. They are not trying to be confrontational; this is just how they get information.

The “listener”

These people think mainly in words and sounds. About 20% of people are Listeners. They share these characteristics: 1.

Their shoulders usually are slightly rounded.


They frequently hold their heads slightly down and to the side. This happens because people look to their left, tilt their heads a bit and breathe evenly when they remember something they have heard. In addition, this naturally points one of their ears in your direction so they can better hear you.


They often put a hand up to their face or ear, called the “telephone posture.”


Their lips may move when they are thinking through something, or they may mumble or speak out loud. This is because they are literally talking to themselves when

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the other two groups, here are ways you can identify them: 1.

They tend to lean in during a conversation.


Emphasize sounds in your descriptions: “I want to hear what you think.” “That sounds good to me.” “Let’s talk about that.”

They frequently look down to their right, round their shoulders and breathe deeply—because this is what people do when remembering something they have felt.


They generally have full lips and deep voices.


Their movements are loose and relaxed.


Don’t give them too much eye contact; this makes them feel uncomfortable. Look away then back to them when you speak and listen.


They choose their clothes and design their surroundings for comfort rather than style.


If you’re not a Listener, don’t feel ignored when you aren’t receiving much eye contact. These people still are paying attention to what you are saying.

They most often look away from others when speaking or listening.

Keep these things in mind when communicating with a Listener: 1.

When conversing with a “Toucher,” use these techniques: 1.

Emphasize feelings or tactile words in your conversation: “How do you feel about that?” “Let’s get in touch.” “How would you like me to get ahold of you?”


Feel free to touch their arm or shoulder when you want to emphasize a point. (continued on page 30)

The “toucher” This group processes information through emotions anphysical activity. They make up about 5% of the population. In addition to being more likely to touch people in conversation than

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If you are not a Toucher, don’t feel your space is being invaded if they lean in or touch you. And do your best not to stiffen up if they make physical contact.

Which style are you? Of course your brain is flexible, so you can think in more than one way. But you will have a dominant approach. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and remember an important event in your life. How does it come back to you? Do you “see” it—in colors, shapes and pictures? Do you describe it in words? Do you remember how you felt—or how different objects felt in your hands? These are the important clues that tell you how you think.

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You don’t have to change who you are—just become more observant. Now you will be more in tune with those who were troublesome to you in the past. You can notice where they are in the Persuasion Cycle and say things that move them to the next logical step. You also can watch their body language and present information in a way that’s more appealing to them. Get ready to benefit from being the most persuasive person in the room! Lynne Franklin is a speaker and coach who works with organizations that want to use persuasive communication to increase their performance, productivity and profit. She is author of Getting Others to Do What You Want. You may reach her at

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What’s New in Turf Grass Weed Control? A conversation with Dr. Nick Christians of the Iowa State University, Department of Horticulture by Meta Levin

What’s new in turf

grass weed control? Nothing and many things. That was Iowa State University Horticulture Professor Nick Christians message to attendees at the 2016 Turf Education Day (TED). Held at the Chicago Botanic Garden, TED attracted a full house of landscape contractors and assorted turf specialists from all over Illinois, as well as neighboring states. And they all wanted to know what is new and, especially, how to keep the grass

looking beautiful. For those attending Christians’ presentation, that meant keeping the weeds at bay. The chemicals in the market are at once new and old, he told them. Many, if not all, are reformulations of the same components: Auxin like herbicides, ester, amine, protox inhibitors and so forth. “There always are new combinations of products based on the same set of principles,” he says. (continued on page 36)

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(continued from page 34) Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. For that reason, each has a specific time of year when it is best to use it. Most of those in the audience were experienced, says Christians, who holds a PhD in agronomy. Christians’ research focus at the University is the adaptation of grasses and grass cultivars to Midwestern conditions, as well as pesticide use on turf grasses, with an emphasis on weed control. He also is looking at the effects of biostimulants on cool-season grasses. Aware that there were some inexperienced people in attendance, Christians started with the basics. Cultural practices, for instance: mowing, fertilization, watering, sanitation, cultivation and mechanical. “For any program to succeed, the grass has to be managed right,” he says. That can be difficult, when often cultural practices are up to the property owner, not those doing the maintenance. He suggests giving copies of bulletins about various turf issues to the property manager, as well as frequent and open communication. If, however, you have the type of operation in which you are in charge of everything, then it is easier to control what is done regularly and when you do it. It’s the when you do it that often means treatments will or will not be effective, as well as whether or not nearby plants will be affected. For instance, ester based chemicals are highly volatile. Used in the spring or summer, they easily can travel in the warm, moist air and damage or kill nearby plants with just the fumes, even those planted in a neighbor’s yard. Therefore it is best to limit their use to late September, October and November, when the weather is likely to be cooler and dryer.

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Amine based chemicals, however, are less volatile and can be used in the spring. Fall is the best time to apply chemicals designed to control weeds, says Christians, when these plants are preparing to go dormant for the winter. The chemical will be translocated with the carbohydrates down to the root. In September, October and November the ground stays warm, even though the air is cooling. Thus, the root system remains warm, as well. “It’s most important to use products that are right for spring in the spring and those that are right for fall in the fall,” he says. Still, there often is pressure to treat the turf in the spring. Customers see the field of yellow dandelion flowers against the green grass and call with demands to do something now. “They are not going to wait until fall,” says Christians. That’s when landscape contractors often use amine products. While effective, they do not do as good or long lasting a job as if they had used something in the fall. Chemical formulations also fall into two other categories: dry and liquid pesticide formulations. “Liquids generally perform better than granular when it comes to broadleaf weed control,” says Christians. This, however, can vary by season. Preemergence, granular or liquid can work, but post-emergence, liquid has the edge. Dry formulations do not necessarily stick to the leaves and the chemical needs to be in contact with the leaves to work. When looking at new products, Christians notes that the auxin-like herbicides tend to be similar, i.e. new mixtures of old chemicals. When looking at Pylex, Tenacity or some others, however, that is new chemistry.

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Midwest Groundcovers Hosts Landscape Contractor Day by Nina Koziol

Last October,

Midwest Groundcovers hosted a free educational event for landscape contractors. Dozens of attendees learned about high-level sales communications, new hydrangeas, new plant introductions and effective pruning techniques for small trees and shrubs. And some attendees left with free goodies — a FitBit, GoPro, Best Buy gift cards and more. It was a day well spent for designer Ave Zuccarino of Kiave Design in Oak Park. “My favorite part of the event was the new plant introductions,” she said. “I liked how they compared the new plants with existing cultivars so that I left with a whole range of hydrangeas, for example, that could fit different height, width and bloom color requirements. Having experts on the Midwest Groundcovers staff on hand and other designers who’ve used many of the plants helped give me a better idea of how they really perform relative to each other — not just a description on paper with a pretty picture.” Here’s a look at a few of the 50-plus plants that Midwest Groundcovers will introduce this year.

Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Twilight Zone’ “This one knocked my socks off when driving through the nursery,” said Nikki Melin, MWG’s outside sales manager. “It can be used in mass plantings, in prairie gardens or rain gardens.” A native plant cultivar, Twilight Zone bluestem grows about 3 to 4 feet tall and 18 to 24 inches wide. The silver-purple iridescent leaves become darker violet in autumn.


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Special Feature Asclepias incarnata ‘Cinderella’ This native swamp milkweed cultivar attracts butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other beneficial insects with its fragrant vanilla-scented flowers. Grows 2 to 4 feet tall and 1 to 3 feet wide. Prefers full sun, and medium to wet soils. Like other milkweeds, it tends to be deer resistant. A well-behaved clump-former that mixes well with other sun-loving perennials.

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Special Feature Thuja occidentalis ‘Anna’s Magic Ball’ This bright gold, dwarf evergreen holds its color in winter and the foliage has good burn-resistance. Grows 1 to 2 feet tall and wide. Prefers deep, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. A bonus—it needs little pruning.

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Viburnum carlesii ‘Spice Baby’ Compact and deer-resistant, this woody Korean-spice viburnum sports spicy scented flowers in late spring. Grows to 4 to 5 feet tall and wide. Prefers moist, welldrained soil in part to full sun. A great choice for the smaller landscape.

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Special Feature Astilbe x ‘Chocolate Shogun’ Melin recommends siting the plant in full to part shade where its chocolate-brown leaves can play off ferns, golden grasses and hostas. The plant sports pink flowers in May and June. It grows about 18 to 24 inches tall and wide and prefers moist, well-drained soil.

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Rosa ‘Hansa’ This rugosa rose hybrid is a reintroduction that first appeared in the trade decades ago. A vigorous, upright shrub, Hansa typically grows 4 to 5 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide in full sun. It features fragrant, crimson-purple blooms in May with good repeat bloom throughout summer. Orangered rose hips are a bonus in autumn.

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Sedoro ‘Blue Elf’

This showy stonecrop attracts a host of pollinators with its pink blooms in August and September. A low-growing, mat-forming succulent, Blue Elf grows 4 to 6 inches tall and spreads 12 to 18 inches. It’s a low-maintenance ground cover that prefers dry soil and full sun. This plant (xSedoro) is an intergeneric hybrid, a cross between a plant in the genus Sedum and one in the genus Orostachys.

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Phlox paniculata ‘Bubblegum’ This mildew-resistant phlox attracts butterflies and hummingbirds on its fragrant flowers that bloom from July through August. It prefers full sun, and moist, well-drained soil. Grows about 18 to 24 inches tall and wide. Flower clusters may be up to 10 inches high.

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Festuca ‘Cool as Ice’

At 18 to 24 inches tall and wide, this frosty blue fescue forms a fine-textured mound for the front of a sunny, well-drained border. Mass it together or use as a specimen. Starts out light blue but sports a deeper blue hue by summer.

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iLandscape: The Illinois and Wisconsin Landscape Show Branching Out! February 1-3, 2017 iLandscape is one of the 50 fastest growing tradeshows in the country according to Tradeshow Executive Magazine. Come find out why at the 4th annual iLandscape show! The Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) and Wisconsin Green Industry Federation (WGIF) are proud to present iLandscape 2017. The show will be hosted at The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel, located in Schaumburg, IL. iLandscape is Branching Out in 2017 – creatively, educationally, and physically. The show has an expanded floor plan with 2 exhibit halls, Discovery Hall and Innovation Hall! The show will feature over 35 new exhibitors, the hottest products, a tiny home, amazing educational speakers, keynote speaker: Ed Begley Jr., ILCA’s Excellence in Landscape Awards Night, entertainment, prizes, and much more. Visit over 450 booths to see the latest trends in plants, green industry products, hardscapes, equipment, and more. Enjoy the high energy Howl at the Moon dueling piano show on Wednesday evening. iLandscape gathers the best minds in the green industry as part of its educational program. The event features over 30 unique education sessions. Spanish-language education sessions are available at no additional cost and students can attend the show for free and receive discounted rates on education! Join thousands of landscape professionals for three days and two nights of industry fun and excitement. iLandscape 2017...Branching Out!

Table of Contents Wednesday Education...........................................................................4 Spanish Language Education.............................................................6 Wednesday Night Party .......................................................................7 Thursday Education................................................................................8 Sponsors.................................................................................................. 10 New Products ....................................................................................... 10 Awards Night......................................................................................... 11 Friday Education................................................................................... 12 Guide to Locations .......................................................................14-15 iLandscape at a Glance ................................................................16-17 Exhibitor Map .................................................................................18-20 Exhibitors..........................................................................................21-32

Schedule at a Glance Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

Exhibit hall hours: 9:00am-4:30pm

Exhibit hall hours: 9:00am-4:30pm

Exhibit hall hours: 9:00am-2:00pm

Education Sessions 8:30am-10:00am 12:30pm-2:00pm 2:30pm-4:00pm

Education Sessions 8:30am-10:00am 12:30pm-2:00pm 2:30pm-4:00pm

Education Sessions 8:30am-10:00am 11:30am-1:00pm

Spanish-language Education 10:00am-12:00pm

Spanish-language Education 10:00am-12:00pm

Student Roundtables 10:15am

Raffles and Giveaways: 4:15pm

Raffles and Giveaways: 4:15pm

Raffles and Giveaways: 1:45pm

Wednesday Night Party – Howl at the Moon 4:30pm-7:00pm

ILCA Excellence in Landscape Awards Night 5:00pm-9:00pm

Keynote: 10:15am


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017 10:15am – 11:00am Live at the Garden Stage!

Ed Begley, Jr. Actor and Environmental Advocate Living Green As environmental issues become more pressing, there are two possible responses: forget it and hope that government and corporations will figure it out, or Ed Begley Jr.’ s approach -- take action and make a difference. He has been considered an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years and serves on the boards of The Coalition for Clean Air, The Thoreau Institute, and the advisory board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, among many others. Begley shares his inspiration and insight into one of the world’s most important causes, environmental sustainability. Come understand how landscape contractors can play a part in this national movement now that sustainable landscaping has become mainstream.

About Ed Begley, Jr. Primarily known for his acting work in television and films, but has also been celebrated for his efforts in environmental causes since the early 1970s. Starting in 1970, when he could be seen tooling about town in a Taylor-Dunn, a golf cart like all electric vehicle, Begley branched out into recycling and became a vegan. Today, he drives a 2003 Toyota RAV4 EV electric-powered vehicle. He now promotes eco-friendly products, such as Toyota’s Prius hybrid electric car, a composting toilet and even his own brand of household cleaner. Begley practices what he preaches. By Hollywood standards he lives in a small house – 1,585 square feet – where he uses solar and wind power to generate energy and even an electricity-generating bicycle to run the toaster. In response to California’s drought conditions, he has converted his lawn to a drought tolerant garden of all native California plants.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Education One fee, three days. Below are the educational sessions on Wednesday, February 1, 2017

8:30am-10:00am Utopia A & B 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects The Integrative Digital Workflow: Bringing Digital Efficiencies to an Analog Process Angelo Zielinski, Kane Brothers, Inc.

Never before have there been so many powerful tools available to the design professional; nor has it been so easy to be overwhelmed by them. How does a firm decide which to implement? Moreover, are they even necessary? This presentation will provide a holistic look at maximizing efficiencies within existing workflows by proper implementation of digital design tools and practices. The speaker will provide a foundational look into the digital realm of design at varying levels, while, identifying the considerations that should be made to maximize existing strengths and resources.

Utopia C & D The Culture of Craft: How Craft Beer Holds the Key to Understanding Modern Consumer Tastes Karen Hamilton, Lagunitas Brewing Company

For industries to change, they require a change in culture. Craft beer is no different and its meteoric rise provides lessons for how the landscape industry can revisit its own value proposition. Led by innovators like Lagunitas, the rise of craft beer owes itself to our changing culture. In the old days, TV dinners, instant coffee, jug wine, and watereddown beer were the standards. Then consumers changed and it opened the door for the $22 billion craft beer market that grew another 16% last year. Landscaping is so pricefocused that it’s missing an opportunity to respond to these cultural shifts. Craft beer thought small, chased the unique, focused on better ingredients, eschewed advertising, and changed the world. There is no reason landscaping can’t follow this lead, blow past boring, and understand how to respond to changing consumer tastes. Join us for this refreshing session with a “Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’” for everyone.

Nirvana A - C 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects My Plants and Their Stories Mike Yanny, JN Plant Selections, LLC

The hilarious and unforgettable Mike Yanny will describe various superior plants that he has selected and/or developed. Mike is a wonderful storyteller and will chronicle the thought process that went into the development, selection, and introduction of these unique plants. Some of the plants he will discuss include: Firebird® Crabapple, Firespire® Musclewood, Mystic Ruby™ Buckeye, Early Glow™ Ohio Buckeye, Pink- a-licious™ Spirea, Ping Pong™ Buttonbush, and Star Power™ Juniper. Expand your plant pallette and paradigm with this incredible session. 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects Euphoria Post Construction Stormwater BMPs DuPage County, IL Stormwater Management Staff

The landmark DuPage County stormwater ordinance is one of the most forward-thinking resources in the Midwest. DuPage County staff will share practical considerations to help landscape professionals understand when permits are required, how to best communicate with permit officials, how the water table may impact your plans, and design features for storage and water quality requirements. The highlights of a good native planting plan, management and monitoring plan, and cost estimates will also be covered. What is everyone else doing? The speakers will let you in on the most common design solutions for developments small and large.

12:30pm-2:00pm 1.5 CEUs for Arborists Utopia A & B 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects Gardening on a Higher Level: Native Plant Research at Mt. Cuba Center George Coombs, Mt. Cuba Center

Mt. Cuba Center is an internationally renowned public garden that specializes in plants native. As part of its mission to inspire and conserve, Mt. Cuba Center conducts native plant research in various forms. Join Research Horticulturist, George Coombs as he details how they select and evaluate native plants for superior garden performance. This talk will pay special attention to their most recently completed trials on Heuchera, Coreopsis, Monarda, and Baptisia. Be the first to know!

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Peter Spero and Brendan Stewart, AeroVista Innovations

The Age of the Drone has reached an exciting turning point. Recent changes to FAA regulations have expanded the opportunities for commercial drone operators. From agriculture to package delivery to wildlife observation, drones will become mainstream in many industries. For the landscaping industry, aerial perspectives of before, during and after views can provide clients with a bird’s eye view of their projects. AeroVista Innovations will demonstrate the simplicity of drones, how they are utilized in landscaping and similar industries, and how Drone-vertising can be a reality for any sized company.

Nirvana A - C 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects Creating & Maintaining Gravel Gardens Jeff Epping, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, Wisconsin

Gravel garden mastery is just a stone’s throw away. Jeff Epping and his staff have created a number of gravel gardens that can easily be incorporated into home landscapes. Gravel gardens, based on concepts developed by German horticulturist Cassian Schmidt are as lush, green and colorful as any perennial border. Jeff will demonstrate how to replace lawns and traditional annual and perennial beds with these incredible sustainable gardens. He will highlight projects at both Olbrich Botanical Gardens and at corporate and municipal clients including the Epic Systems Corporate campus in Madison, WI.

Euphoria 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects Why Specify Certified Stone: How the Natural Dimension Stone Sustainability Standard is Reshaping Hardscape Projects Karen Olah, Cold Spring

There has been an explosion in the landscape industry’s use of natural stone. Deepen your understanding of these materials by exploring the dimension stone sustainability standard (ANSI/NSC 373). The third party verified standard examines numerous areas of stone production including: water, custody and transportation, site and plant management, land reclamation, energy, waste, chemicals, worker health and safety and innovation credits. It includes a companion Chain of Custody (COC) program, which ensures traceability of certified stone from the quarry to installation. Understand how this process helps contractors and clients choose the right materials for their natural stone projects.

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2:30pm-4:00pm 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects Utopia A & B The Cutting Room Floor: Understand How Plants Respond to Pruning George Brenn, Four Seasons Landscaping Nursery

Pruning is NOT a substitute for proper plant selection. Most professionals suffer from “Pruniphobia” because they fail to understand how a plant responds to being pruned. This session will delve into why and when pruning should be done. It will cover various pruning techniques and when to use them. Professionals will better understand the importance of Apical Dominance in plant growth. Learn how intelligent horticulturists and crews learn to make fewer cuts and how that restraint leads to healthier plants and satisfied customers.


1.5 CEUs for Arborists Utopia C & D Drone-vertising! Using Drones for Landscape Design and Promotion

1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects Utopia C & D Hardscape Equipment of Today vs. the Dinosaurs Yesterday Bill Gardocki, Interstate Landscape Co.

The saying “work smarter not harder” certainly applies to hardscaping. The tools and equipment of today are more efficient and productive than ever. Spend some time with Bill and review the cutting-edge tools, construction equipment and trucks that can help increase your field production and profits. Bill will explain how switch-n-go truck bodies are making the dump truck a dinosaur. He will show some of his favorite toys, help companies determine the right size piece of equipment for the job, and detail how heavier compaction equipment adds dollars to the bottom line. 1.5 CEUs for Arborists Nirvana A - C 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects

BrightView Industry Insights: Lessons Learned from the World’s Largest Landscape Company BrightView – A National Panel

It was the merger heard ‘round the world. Brightview will discuss their new organization and their perceived place in the Midwestern landscape industry. They will then move on to cover a handful of incredible projects from across the country. Some of Brightview’s top national talent will walk attendees through a handful of their most notable projects. The panel will focus on the entire construction and maintenance process including pre-construction, planning and design, operational considerations, personnel, maintenance practices, and budget management for these amazing spaces.

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2:30pm-4:00pm 1.5 CEUs for Arborists 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects Euphoria Biochar: Better Soil, Better World Tom Marrero, Ph.D. and Aaron Schlines, PLA, Wakefield Agricultural Carbon

Biochar is on fire! Biochar is a premium soil conditioner that creates healthier soil and produce better plants, shrubs and trees. In actuality, it should be “biochars” as new production methods are diversifying the product like never before. Biochar’s use and effectiveness has exploded in the last decade within the landscape industry yet many companies

still are not aware of its benefits. Using a small percentage in compost and soil mixes can decrease water and fertilizer requirements. Biochar provides an ideal environment for beneficial microbes to thrive, it’s lightweight, highly porous, and delivers a low bulk density.

CLASES EN ESPAÑOL - Spanish language classes are free!

La Asociación de Contratistas de Paisajismo de Illinois (ILCA) le da el placer de invitarlo al show y exhibición de iLandscape el 1, 2 y 3 de Febrero de 2017. El espectáculo se celebrará en el fabuloso Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center & Hotel, ubicado en Schaumburg, Illinois. El estacionamiento es GRATIS y solamente cuesta $25 la entrada para los tres días!!!!! ($25 cuando compras la entranda antes del 9 de Enero de 2017, $35 después del 9 de Enero) Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

10:15am-11:05am Utopia A & B How to Maximize Profit from Small Jobs

10:15am-11:05am Utopia A & B 10 Basic Landscape Designs

Ruben Diaz, Diaz Group

Carlos Tapia, Don Beto Lawn Care

As the recession fades, big jobs are few and far between. Companies are having more success and making more profit doing smaller $5,000 tear-outs and builds then waiting around for large opportunities. Given this reality and our present labor crisis, this can be a great opportunity for landscape companies. Learn the secrets behind these efficiencies and how to make the most amount of profit from these smaller but plentiful jobs.

A basic knowledge of landscape design is the stepping stone to a more profitable business. Learn ten basic designs that all contractors should learn and sell. These designs revolve around certain site conditions that landscape professionals encounter on common jobs in this region. There are easy and profitable designs to sell and install whether wet, dry, sunny, or shady.

11:15am-12:05pm Utopia A & B Snow Operations Adrian Medina and Oscar Castro, Christy Webber Landscapes

The purpose of this session is to emphasize best practices for snow operations with a focus on safety. Snow removal is difficult, dangerous, high pressure work that places an incredible physical and mental demand on employees. This talk is meant to show steps leading up to the snow season to make sure employees are well prepared for the work they’re going to do so that it’s done safely, efficiently, and to the customer’s satisfaction.


11:15am-12:05pm Utopia A & B Permeable Paver Installation with a Touch of Sales Auggie Rodriguez, Unilock

The residential permeable market is growing every year and so are the questions regarding installation methods. This brief but informative class will take attendees through the various base, joint fill and installation options available to landscape professionals. We will also touch on the consumer benefits of choosing this new but widely accepted installation practice.

Titan Tiny Homes Over the past decade, interest and demand for tiny homes has grown significantly. Titan Tiny Homes, the premier builder of tiny houses in the United States, will be featuring their latest and greatest model in the Crossroads Garden. Make sure to stop by for a tour and to learn more about tiny homes!

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HOWL 2-GO: WORLD FAMOUS DUELING PIANOS An Unforgettable Night by Howl at the Moon

Get ready for a fun party featuring dueling pianos! Gather with your friends, colleagues or customers for hors d’oeuvres and drinks, along with some great music.


Free iLandscape Show Party

Wednesday, February 1st • 4:30pm - 7:00pm

DUELING PIANOS 2 GO Get ready to rock…Howl2-Go provides the ultimate event entertainment, combining the customizability and variety of a DJ and the excitement and fun of a live band. Dueling pianos provide what other entertainers fail to bring: energetic and unique event entertainment for all ages. Howl 2-Go’s dueling piano players perform music that will fit every musical taste, rocking music of any and all genres. Whether you’re a country fan, a R&B lover, classic rocker, pop enthusiast, or if you just like to dance, this is the party for you! Come have a blast singing and dancing to your favorite songs.

Roaming Gnomes WANTED! Find a roamin’ gnome and collect your reward Gnomes will be hiding among the booths at iLandscape. Find one and collect your $200 reward. Gnomes will be hidden each day. In addition, one Golden Gnome will be hiding with a bounty of $500. *Exhibitors, committee members, staff, and other gnomes are not eligible to collect the reward

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Thursday, February 2, 2017 Education

Stronger Team, How To Get All The Value From Your Customers, How To Plug Your Time Management Leaks and How To Be A More Effective Negotiator. You’ll leave with solid and relevant ideas on how to make your own business more successful!

8:30am-10:00am Ballroom West 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects Networks for Life: Your Role in Stitching the Natural World Together

Nirvana A - C The Secret to Crushing Your Sales Quota: Three Things That You Can Do Right Now

One fee, three days. Below are the educational sessions for Thursday, February 2, 2017.

Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware

No one leaves a Doug Tallamy talk uninspired. Throughout the U.S., we have fragmented the habitats that support biodiversity by the way we have landscaped our cities, suburbs, and farmland. This is a problem because isolated habitats cannot support populations large enough to survive normal environmental stresses. We can reconnect viable habitats by expanding existing greenways, building riparian corridors, and by changing the landscaping paradigm that dominates our landscapes. Replacing half the area that is now in barren lawn with plants that are best at supporting food webs would create over 20 million acres of connectivity and ensure future biodiversity. How we landscape today will determine what life looks like tomorrow. 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects Utopia A & B 3D Reality Design Software. It’s here. Embrace it! Padraig Conway, Cotswold Gardens & Unilock

Currently sharing his wealth of experience in estimating, sales and design, Paddy has reluctantly succumbed to the modern era of computerized reality. Yet experience has taught him that entering a home without 3D design software is a serious mistake. Paddy will demonstrate, in his unique style, how to master, present and sell with confidence. The future of design is here. Embrace it today, as the next generation will demand experienced professionals who understand reality design. Remember Kodak and Blockbuster? They were household names who resisted the future. Ensure your future. It’s already here.

Utopia C & D 5 Ways To Make Your Small Business More Successful


Merit Gest, Merit–based Professional Development, Inc.

It takes more than a positive attitude and detailed call report to crush sales numbers. You need straight talk, creativity, innovative thinking and a few laughs to crush your sales quota year after year. Landscape sales are highly competitive and wrought with risks. Salespeople kill deals every day. Salespeople negotiate pricing before they even hear an objection. Sales tactics alone don’t cut it. It’s time you learned the secrets and shift your thinking about the myths that could sabotage your success.

12:30pm-2:00pm 1.5 CEUs for Arborists Ballroom West 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects Designing and Maintaining The Living Landscape Rick Darke, Rick Darke, LLC

If Rick Darke isn’t a household name, he will be after you hear him speak. Darke is a landscape designer, ethicist, photographer, and author. Darke will illustrate how an understanding of living layers can be put to practical use in the design and maintenance of gardens that are biologically diverse, and joyfully livable. Strategies for employing “organic architecture” in creating beautiful, conserving, highly functional layers will be presented in detail. This is a presentation that will take you from the 35,000 foot level all the way back down to the ground with practical, industrybased solutions. 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects Utopia A & B Timeless Landscapes: Design, Practices and Character Scott Mehaffey, Scott Mehaffey, Inc. Nina Koziol, Adjunct Faculty, the Chicago Botanic Garden and Feature Writer for The Landscape Contractor Designers working with older homes are often

David Fellman, David Fellman & Associates

unfamiliar with landscape styles that comple-

Dave Fellman is the author of The Small Business Book: “10 Ways To Make Your Small Business More Successful.” In this fast-moving session, he’ll cover five of those strategies, which are especially appropriate to landscape businesses. You’ll learn: How To Be More Visible In The Marketplace, How To Build A Better,

ment historic architecture. We will survey

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common old-house styles found in the Chicago suburbs; look at landscapes and gardens that were popular when these homes were built; and discuss plants, hardscape, furnishings and gardening techniques. Chicago’s suburbs contain a wide array of housing types, sizes and

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middle- to upper-income single-family housing. We will discuss context-sensitive landscape design, which preserves historic character, increases property values, and contributes to stronger, more desirable communities.

Utopia C & D TALK Show: Improv and Active Listening with ComedySportz ComedySportz

ComedySportz is a one-of-a-kind improv show with troupes in 23 cities. CSz quickly learned that the skills that made performers master improv artists on stage also worked for businesses. CSz Business Chicago has been helping organizations improve soft-skills through improv for over a decade. This unforgettable experience combines the fun of seeing a ComedySportz show with the learning of a workshop. Learn to own your own communication style, listen actively, adapt to your partner, and be precise in your communication. This will be a fun, shared experience for attendees to take forward into the rest of iLandscape. Everyone will be talking about this session!

Nirvana A - C Leadership for Landscapers Marty Grunder, Marty Grunder, Inc., Sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts Hundreds of landscape businesses have been revitalized by the tried and tested methods of Marty Grunder. Marty will show you the five ways to command attention and get your team to want to follow you. A team is only as good as their leader. You will learn from Marty’s experiences how to get others to do what you want and need them to do and still have them love you. Yes, love you.

2:30pm-4:00pm 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects Ballroom West Hybridizing Your Landscape Business Ahmad Hassan, Ahmad Hassan Landscape Services and former host of the DIY Network’s Yardcrashers

In chemistry, hybridization is the concept of mixing atomic orbitals into new hybrid orbitals with different energies, shapes, etc. In order to succeed in the ever expanding green industry we must become hybrids ourselves and build or modify our businesses to blend professional artistry, fiscal responsibility and a passion of service work. Landscape professional and television personality Ahmad Hassan takes pride in being a hybrid landscape professional and green industry expert. He will share his own 33-year long story that’s still being written. Join Ahmad for this intimate and interactive presentation where we’ll discuss pertinent

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topics and share ways in which we can each elevate our business and the industry as a whole.

Utopia A & B 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects Creating Landscapes & Gardens of Meaning Virginia Burt, Virginia Burt Designs

With healing gardens being developed in healthcare facilities across North America, this session will examine what it takes to move from the “BIG idea” to detailed implementation. Learn how eye sparkling implementation techniques can encourage development of meaningful projects. Techniques, spaces and materials used in meaningful landscapes and gardens will be discussed discovering the ways and means of relating the whole to the smallest spaces. Designs affect the experiences of people as they move through spaces – ideally this experience is a positive one of magic and wonder. Come prepared to take a journey of the heart and be inspired.


styles – and clients with a wide array of budgets. We will focus on

1.5 CEUs for Arborists

Utopia C & D 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects Green & Natural Spaces in Your Community Jack Pizzo, The Pizzo Group

Green and natural spaces are now part of almost every project. Learn how to identify the opportunities available to enhance the “green” in the green industry from industry trailblazer and maverick Jack Pizzo. Whether you are looking to create or manage sustainable landscapes, learn about Best Management Practices, plant wildflower gardens, install a native buffer around a community pond, learn about prescribed fire or other management techniques, this presentation is for you.

Nirvana A - C 1.5 CEUs for Arborists A Firm Handshake: Create Professional Alliances to Build Your Business Stan Holat, SavATree, Bob Bertog, Bertog Landscape Co, Jim Turcan, Cornerstone Partners

Are you constantly on the lookout for ways to build your business? The information age offers a dizzying array of new possibilities, but let’s take a fresh look at a tried and true method. One of the simplest, most cost effective ways to develop new business is to form professional alliances. This panel, consisting of leaders from two successful landscape companies and a professional tree care company will share insights into their own successful partnerships; how they began, changed over time, their varied benefits and what makes them impactful. Participants will come away from the session motivated to establish their own winning alliances.

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New Products

New Products and Services at iLandscape Perfect Turf LLC (Booth: 1040) HomeTurf 53 — Introducing Perfect Turf® HOMETURF 53, the newest low cost, high-quality landscape synthetic turf with special landscape contractor only pricing at under $2/sf.

Look for the New Product decal directly on the carpet in front of booths displaying one of these exciting new products or services! Cardno Native Plant Nursery (Booth: 1407) Submerged Aquatic Plants — To fill open water requirements in wetland mitigations and restoration projects, Cardno Native Plant Nursery is now producing submerged aquatics vegetation, with species like Potamogeton spp., Vallisneria americana, Elodea canadensis, and Brasenia schreberi.

Pine Hall Brick Company (Booth: 306) Rumbled Bluffs Clay Paver — Cocoa tumbled clay paver (4x8) with a cream slurry applied to the face to produce an old world look. Premium Travertine (Booth: 222) Travertine Natural Stone Pavers — These high quality, yet affordable patio pavers offer your clients gorgeous results at brick paver prices.

Dauer Manufacturing (Booth: 317) EVERGLADES - Dual Source Uplight — The Cast Brass Everglades Dual-Source fixture is versatile as an Uplight & Path Light Stockyards Brick Company (Booth: 743) using a MR16 & MR8 lamp in rotating heads that can swivel and Imported Granite Pavers — Imported Granite Pavers in various be aimed in any direction vertically & horizontally. colors of silver, black or red textured stone. Ecoturf Midwest Inc. (Booth: 1241) Staple Ease Staple Pro Driver — Save 50% more labor, reduce worker’s compensation claims and leave a better jobsite behind with the Staple Ease Staple Pro driver for steel staples 4” - 8” in length. Green Climber NA (Booth: 1546) F300 Green Climber — The Green Climber F300 is the newest addition to the Green Climber Remote-Controlled Slope Mower family.

thank you sponsors

Hunter Industries (Booth: 1209) - Pro-HC Controller with Hydrawise Irrigation Software — Manage your irrigation controller from anywhere worldwide using your smart device or web browser with Hydrawise web-based software.


Unco Industries, Inc. (Booth: 209) Wiggle Worm Soil Builder PURE Worm Castings — These are Mother Nature’s BEST kept growing secret full of auxins, cytokines, and microbes to out perform any low analysis (NPK) fertilizer. Unilock (Booth: 1322) Soreno & Arcana — Unilock is pleased to introduce two NEW LARGE-FORMAT SLABS that are suitable for on-grade pedestrian or roof deck pedestal applications. Vermeer Midwest (Booth: 1536) CTX100 — The CTX100 is equipped with a tipping capacity of 2958 lb and rated operating capacity of 1035 lb for optimal power in various ground conditions, making it the most powerful skid steer in its class.

iLandscape thanks its sponsors iLandscape Show—

ILCA Excellence in Landscape Awards Night—

Unilock Premier Aspen Valley Landscape Supply Major Green Glen Nursery, Inc. Supporting Emergent Safety Supply Supporting Goodmark Nurseries Supporting Russo Power Equipment Promotional Bags Rental Max Lanyards The Tree Connection Hotel Key Card Folder Vulcan Materials Company Front & Center Homer Industries Aisle Decals Xylem, Ltd./Rocks, Etc. Hot Cocoa Unilock Happy Hours Martin Implement Sales Happy Hour Vermeer Midwest Happy Hour Kaknes Landscape Supply Beer Tasting

Cassidy Tire & Service Aspen Valley Landscape Supply The Davey Tree Expert Company Bartlett Tree Experts Fiore Nursery & Landscape Supply Peerless Fence RentalMax LLC Illinois Brick Company Ron Clesen’s Ornamental Plants, Inc. Night Light American Society of Landscape Architects - Illinois Chapter Techo-Bloc Midwest Corp. Montale Wholesale Nursery National Seed Midwest Groundcovers/Midwest Trading

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Producer Director Champagne Red Carpet & Cocktails Dessert Coffee Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold

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Thursday, February 2, 2017 Ballroom West Reception begins at 5:00pm; Program starts at 7:00pm Don’t miss the ILCA’s annual showcase featuring the best landscapes in Illinois. Awards Night will be the crown jewel of iLandscape networking opportunities, as well as a great venue to see the industry’s best projects. Come join the celebration of these coveted awards.

awards night

ILCA Excellence in Landscape Awards Program

Please note: Awards will have a limited amount of tickets available. It is vital you register early if you plan to attend Awards Night. iLandscape cannot guarantee a ticket without pre-registration. Join friends for an evening of mingling, honoring & celebrating: • Excellence in Landscape Award Winners • Person of the Year • Distinguished Service Award Winner • 2016 Scholarship Winners • Student Design Competition Winners In addition, the winners of two prestigious industry awards will be announced that night: • Judges’ Award - The best project among all entries as chosen by the judges. • Professionals’ Choice - The best project among all entries as chosen by other contractors and green industry professionals. Awards Night includes heavy appetizers, reception, food stations and the program; cash bar. The Excellence in Landscape Awards Night is now a separate ticketed event. Awards tickets do not include a tradeshow pass. If you wish to attend the tradeshow or educational sessions, please select the appropriate pass in addition to the Excellence in Landscape Awards ticket during registration.


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Friday, February 3, 2017 Education

One fee, three days. Below are the educational sessions for Friday, February 3, 2017. 8:30am-10:00am Utopia A & B Minimizing Salt Damage to Maximize your Profit Margin Laurie & Mark Mann, Plant Growth Management Systems

This presentation will address reducing your costs dramatically for remediation of salt and deicing damage. The presenters will demonstrate ways to economically and effectively remediate salt damage on turf & landscape, but more importantly - learn how to minimize the potential negative effects of winter salting and deicing using a fall application of an activated bio-char and humate blend. Specifics will include how & why salt damage occurs, basic understanding of the benefits of bio-char blend, the protocols and processes used, and several case studies of minimization and remediation of salt damage. 1.5 CEUs for Arborists

Utopia C & D 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects Grass Roots Sustainability – An Urban Forester’s Perspective Steve Ludwig, Ludwig Speaks, LLC

Steve Ludwig is a veteran manager of municipal environmental care-taking, and a past president of the Illinois Arborist Association. Steve will present his insight and perspectives on creating diverse landscapes that stand the test of time, and provide the stage upon which great people can live amazing lives. Steve’s passion and enthusiasm for his work have created out-of-the-box thinking which fuels this fun, and very real, presentation.

Nirvana A - C 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects A Monarch’s View: How Landscapes Contribute to Pollinator Habitat Kristen Voorhies, Ph.D., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Abigail Derby Lewis, Ph.D., The Field Museum , Louise Clemency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Monarch butterfly and other pollinators are in trouble. This session will describe the collaborative efforts the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is leading to help the monarch

population stabilize and rebound. Preliminary research results indicate that we will need to restore milkweed host plants and nectar food sources across all land types. The Field Museum is studying ecological and social dimensions specific to Monarch conservation in urban and suburban landscapes. The session will describe efforts underway to develop a conservation design for monarchs, and what you can do to help monarchs.

11:30am-1:00pm Utopia A & B Success With Difficult People Byron Sabol, Sabol International LLC

Frustrated from trying to communicate with that difficult co-worker, vendor, boss, or colleague? We all experience individuals whose communications and personalities can present roadblocks to effective face-to-face communications and productivity. This presentation draws from the speaker’s 30 years of communications experience with professionals in three continents and his published book, “Taming The Beast: Success With Difficult People”, to demonstrate how professionals can learn to effectively communicate and to deal with challenging and difficult personalities. The presentation will detail vital skills necessary for communicating effectively face-to-face while improving relations with the pressure sensitive and time-stressed individuals so common in the landscape industry.

Utopia C & D 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects Principles of Therapeutic Garden Design: People, Program & Place Clare Johnson, Chicago Botanic Garden

The outdoor environment is an innately restorative resource. When one engages with nature - walking in a park, sitting on a porch or planting in a garden remarkable and measurable outcomes occur. In order to achieve desired health outcomes, it is essential that the outdoor environment respond to the needs of the users. In this session, we’ll discuss the three principles required when designing a restorative outdoor space: people, program and place. Baby boom landscape clients are ageing and GenXers and Millennials value a connection with the outdoors.

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1.5 CEUs for Arborists

Nancy Buley, J. Frank Schmidt Nursery and Dr. Bert Cregg, Michigan State University, Sponsored by the Ornamental Growers Association

Current climate projections suggest that the climate of the Great Lakes Region could resemble that of presentday Oklahoma by the latter part of this century. Drought, severe heat waves, torrential rains and floods, long-lasting

winter snows and other severe weather events make it clear that our changing climate demands significant changes in urban forestry planting palettes and management practices. Learn about research that is helping to identify trees that can acclimate to climate change. Please join the OGA growers for this pertinent topic which affects our landscapes of both today & tomorrow.


Nirvana A - C 1.5 CEs for Landscape Architects Tree Selection for a Changing Climate

Student Career Day Friday, February 3, 2017 iLandscape welcomes all studious students, prepared pupils, unbelievable undergrads, and serious scholars. iLandscape is the event for green industry students. The cost to attend the tradeshow at iLandscape for college and university students is FREE as long as the student is registered through their college or university. The educational program is deeply discounted for green industry students ($25 early/$35 late). Student activities include educational sessions, a career board featuring jobs from the landscape industry’s top firms, prizes and giveaways, as well as access to the show floor.


High Schoo l

Students may attend any day of iLandscape at no cost but Student Career Day is Friday, February 3, 2017.

10:15am – Student Roundtables – The Garden Stage The highlight of the day is an incredible student session. Landscape industry professionals will lead table discussions about their area of expertise in the green industry. Professionals will be on hand representing: landscape designers, account reps, garden centers, young business owners, and more. They will explain how to get a job in the green industry, how to be successful, and how to climb the ladder. A job board will be on hand to match job seekers with prospective employers. Any student looking to make the jump to becoming a green industry professional cannot miss this incredible day at iLandscape.

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guide to locations


FIRST FLOOR — iLandscape Trade Show, Thursday Marquee Education Sessions, and Awards Night


Schaumburg Schaumburg Ballroom Ballroom West East Marquee Innovation Hall Education + Trade Show Awards Night

Discovery Hall Trade Show R E G I S T R A T I O N



• The iLandscape Trade Show is located on the first floor • The Garden Stage is located in Discovery Hall • The ILCA and WGIF booths are located behind the Entry Garden in Discovery Hall, Booth 808 • Educational classes are located on the SECOND FLOOR, except for Marquee Speakers on Thursday • Keynote will be held at the GARDEN STAGE in Discovery Hall • ILCA Excellence in Landscape Awards Night will be held in the Schaumburg West Ballroom


PLEASE NOTE! — The trade show floor has expanded into two halls for 2017

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SECOND FLOOR — Educational Area • Educational classes are conducted in: — Utopia A-B-C-D — Nirvana A-B-C • The Education Area is directly above the 1st floor registration area. • Keynote will be held at the GARDEN STAGE in Discovery Hall • Thursday Marquee Education Sessions on the first floor, in Schaumburg West Ballroom

map to education



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iLandscape at-a-glance thursday wednesday Registration Hours

8:00am – 4:00pm

Registration Hours

8:00am – 4:00pm

Exhibit Hall Hours

9:00am – 4:30pm

Exhibit Hall Hours

9:00am – 4:30pm

Educational Sessions Upper Level

8:30am – 10:00am 12:30pm – 2:00pm 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Educational Sessions Upper Level

8:30am – 10:00am 12:30pm – 2:00pm 2:30pm – 4:00pm

10:15am – 12:05pm

Spanish-Language Educational Sessions

10:15am – 12:05pm

(See complete session listings on pages 4-6)

Spanish-Language Educational Sessions Keynote Presentation— 10:15am

Ed Begley, Jr. Actor and Environmental Advocate

Prize Giveaways Garden Stage 4:15pm

Party Time! Howl at the Moon 4:30pm – 7:00pm Garden Stage

(See complete session listings on pages 8-10)

Marquee Speakers— West Ballroom Doug Tallamy Rick Darke Ahmad Hassan 8:30am 12:30pm 2:30pm

Prize Giveaways Garden Stage 4:15pm

ILCA’s Excellence in Landscape Awards Program 5:00pm – 9:00pm Schaumburg West Ballroom

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fun fun fun

Registration Hours

8:00am – 1:00pm

Exhibit Hall Hours

9:00am – 2:00pm

Educational Sessions Upper Level

8:30am –10:00am 11:30pm – 1:00pm

(See complete session listings on pages -12-13)

Student Career Day 10:15am – 11:15am Garden Stage Student Roundtable Raffle

Stop by one of these booths for a happy hour! Alcoholic beverages will be provided and these generous companies are picking up the tab. Drinks are first-come, first served so make sure you arrive early.

Attendee Happy Hours* Unilock­— Wednesday 2:30 - 4:30pm Thursday 2:30 - 3:30pm Vermeer Midwest— Wednesday 2:30-3:30pm Martin Implement Sales— Wednesday 3:30 - 4:30pm *Quantities are limited and attendees are not guaranteed a beverage.

Prize Giveaways 1:45pm Garden Stage Premier Sponsor—

Roaming Gnomes WANTED! Find a roamin’ gnome and collect your reward Gnomes will be hiding among the booths at iLandscape. Find one and collect your $200 reward. Gnomes will be hidden each day. In addition, one Golden Gnome will be hiding with a bounty of $500. *Exhibitors, committee members, staff, and other gnomes are not eligible to collect the reward

Prize Giveaways

Drop your daily prize ticket in the drum for a chance to win prizes. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN! Wednesday— Hidden Gnome Cash Prizes $100 Gift Cards Morton Arboretum Memberships Chicago Botanic Garden Memberships Bicycles – Red Nevada, Yellow Sun Cruz, Sun Baja Cruz Education: Airline Voucher


Hidden Gnome Cash Prizes $100 Gift Cards $250 Gift Card “Man on the Street” $20s Lettuce Entertain You Gift Cards Olive Garden Gift Card Cracker Barrel Gift Card Travel Package - SW Airlines GC Travel Package - Visa Gift Card Paint/Chalk Artwork Education: $500 Cash


Hidden Gnome Cash Prizes $250 Gift Cards REI Gift Cards Odyssey Chicago Dinner Cruises Barnes and Noble Gift Cards AMC Theaters Gift Cards Starbucks Gift Cards Education: $250 Cash Student Roundtables: Gift Cards

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537 Midwest Arborist Supplies 535



635 Cornerstone


ABI Attachments


Clesen Brothers


Triple Crown Products




Blue833 Grass Farms Indiana



Alert Distributing


WI519 Dept Ag


Surefoot Hardscape Products United 516


Proven Winners



Halquist Stone

1stFarm Credit Servcies

Tuohy Horticultural Enterprises

1036 Fiore Nursery& Landscape Supply



Studebaker Nurseries



Knapheide Mfg.


A.D.R. Bulbs



Dayton Bag Kankakee Nursery & Burlap


Russo Power Equipment


Intrinsic Perennial Gardens 508




610 Arrowhead Ornamentals

Carlton Plants

Doty Nurseries



709 Agrecol Native Nursery


707 U.S. Wandell's Arbor Nursery Products



DeWitt Company

Northland Permaloc Corp. Farms



R.A. Adams Enterprises 918Fox

Ridge Nursery








0 no 1500 booth space

Deere & Company


Green Glen Nursery

M Grou

McGinty Bros.


Johnson's Colorblends Nursery



Kenney Outdoor Solutions

Entry Garden

DeVroomen Garden Products

booth space 0 no 400





Nursery Oil Supplies Company



The Tree Connection



Keystone Hatcheries

Casey Equipment Company 10'








Lincoln Cherokee Nurseries Mfg.

Cedar Path Nurseries

Rental Max


1010 EasyPro Pond Products


1111 Spring Grove Nursery


1109 The Mulch Center



1107 Ornamental Growers Assn.

ALTA 1006

1105 Chicagoland Grows

Porous Pave Falls &Pond Supplies

J.Fran Schm &So



Goodmark Nurseries

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Conse FS

1106 Unite Greenho System 1104

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Eden Stone



St.Aubin Nursery

Carlin Sales/ProGreen Plus






Old Cast Law & Gard

Rocks, Etc.

Techo-Bloc 711






Lurvey Landscape Supply

Central Sod Farms



Bailey Nurseries

0 no 600 booth space

National Mariani Seed Plants

McKay Nursery


Gathering Garden





Xylem Ltd.






BandB Bedding








Dutchman Tree Spade


Landscape Contree Materials Sprayer & & Firewood Equipment Sales

Rich's615 Fox Willow Pines Nursery

Label & Sales

721 Banner Sales & Consulting

Perfect Turf





Home Nursery


Sheridan Nurseries



Modeco Systems

517 Better Bilt Products


Flint Rock &Stone

Ditch Witch Midwest 1040

Garden 939 Prairie Nursery & Organics


Star Roses & Plants

Ball Seed Company


Halloran MowerWorks


Encore Landscape Lighting


The 941 Davey Tree Expert Company

Kaneville RR Landscape Tree Supply Farms 728

MTI Distributing

1st Choice Equipment




Badger Evergreen Nursery




Aisle 1100


Capital Stoneworks

Pizzo839 Group Native Plant Nursery

CAST Lighting




Northern Family Farms


Kaknes Landscape Supply

Lemke Oly-Ola Stone Edgings







Michels Stone

Aesthetic Processing Metals Solutions



744 843 Armintrout's West Classic Michigan Groundcovers Farms 740



StoneWall 845 Retaining Walls/ TrenchNedge Trencher


Sod Solutions


Phoenix Irrigation Supply

Aisle 900

Stockyards Brick Company


Eby's Evergreen Plantation

Midwestern Solutions

ProLine Equipment





Aisle 1000

Chicago Gas Lines


Aisle 600

Aisle 500



Aisle 700







F.E.C. F.S.

Discovery Hall Aisle 800






F.H.V. F.E.C.

F.S. F.E.C.


Old Castle Lawn & Garden

GIA 1133

ental Max

1239 Forrest Keeling Nursery 1237 GRO Horticultural Enterprises 1235


Hinsdale Nurseries


Cassidy Tire

Cross Roads Garden

booth space 0 no 1500



F.E.C. F.S.

Wednesday 9:00am-4:30pm FHV/FEC

EXIT Aisle 1600

Aisle 1500

Aisle 1400

Aisle 1300






Green Climber

F.S. Thursday 9:00am-4:30pm


1541 Emergent Safety Supply

F.E.C. 9:00am-2pm Friday GAS


Greenius by LS Training System

Kuert Concrete

Hayward Distributing Wholesale Tree


A. Block Marketing



Midwest STIHL

RWC Insurance Group

Homer Industries

Husqvarna Group 1342






Exhibit Hours

Power Equipment Distributors


Tri-County Stockdale Company

Vermeer Midwest

Happy Hours

Gravely an Ariens brand

Wednesday F.E.C. Unilock - 2:30-4:30pm F.E.C.



Willoway Nurseries








Ecoturf Midwest


A.Block Marketing Ice Rink


Vermeer Midwest 2:30-3:30pm

Arlington Power Equipment




F.S. Martin Implement Sales 3:30-4:30pm

Garden Stage

F.E.C. Kaknes Landscape Supply Beer Tasting 2:30-3:30pm F.E.C.



andB dding

Aisle 1200




F.S. F.E.C.

F.H.V. F.E.C.

F.S. Aisle 1100


Unilock 1322






Unilock - 2:30-3:30pm

Midwest Trading

1109 The Mulch enter


1106 United Greenhouse Systems 1104

1207 DynaSCAPE Software


EroTex Ivanhoe Hanes Nursery

Hunter/ FX




Wilson Nurseries

Beaver Creek Nursery



Cardno 1407 Native Plant Nursery




Rosebay Nursery

(Ceiling height approx. 15' below dotted


Hortech/ Liveroof





Alliance Grasshopper Gator Company 1404 line)

KO Supply Company




Rochester Concrete Products 1504


Alexander Equipment Company




Central Turf & 1410 Zeiler Irrigation Insurance Supply




Arthur Clesen

TurfMaker Midwest Corp Compost

1205 Kuenzi Turf& Nursery






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ark es

Conserv FS




1105 cagoland Grows





1107 amental rowers Assn.

J.Frank Schmidt &Son




Kramer Tree Eco-Roofs Specialists




Twixwood Nursery


Martin Implement Sales


1111 pring Grove ursery




Midwest Groundcovers


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BP Pro


Herman Spectrum Montale Net Losely Gardens Designs 215 219 &Son 217

Arthur Weiler 211

8' 204 Jireh

Stone Sales

L.F. George

Sure-Loc 210AFS 212 Edging Alternative Fuel Wolverine Supply Tools


Sable Houzz Marco 309 311


Chi Turf

Aspen Valley LandscapeSupply 303






Clesen Evergreen Premium Wholesale Nursery Travertine


Dauer Manufacturing 317


Butterfield Color


Hall Brick

Aisle 300 308





Illinois Northshore Landscape Brick Company Products

Klyn BC Harrell's Adhesives Sure-Trac Nurseries



ECHO Power Equipment

County Materials Monroe


Innovation Stage

Sester Farms


Truck Equipment 419


8' 402

Rock Cunningham Stone& Recreation Landscape Supply

404 Total

Green Holland


Aisle 400 410

Aquascape JWest


0 no 1380 booth space


420 422 424 Metropolitan Kasota Northwest Water Stone Fleetmatics Metalcraft Reclamation Fabricators District

Exhibit Hours Wednesday 9:00am-4:30pm Thursday 9:00am-4:30pm Friday 9:00am-2pm

University of Illinois Alumni Reception All Illini Welcome! Join us to network with fellow Illini and representatives from the Urbana-Champaign campus. Where: Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel Conveniently located in the Gather Lounge When: February 2nd from 4 to 5:30 pm Let us know you’re coming (call Maggie Peake at 217.300.0274). Hosted by College of ACES Advancement, Department of Crop Sciences & Department of Landscape Architecture

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Inspired Tree Nursery

Hometowne Insurance Services 321


8' Leaves 302

Diamond Blade Warehouse 221

Aisle 200




SiteOne Landscape Supply



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1st Choice Equipment Booth# 940 Jeff Patterson 124 N. Schmale Road Carol Stream, IL 60188 Phone: 630.510.6050 Email:

Alliance Gator Robert Cadieux 225 Bellerose Blvd. West LaVal, QUE 0 Phone: 866.212.1611 Email:

Booth# 1406

1st Farm Credit Services Mark Ringhouse 1350 Prairie Drive Sycamore, IL 60178 Phone: 815.756.3440 Email:

Alta Falls & Pond Supplies Ben Geffre 2687 West Wayzata Blvd. Long Lake, MN 55356 Phone: 952.476.2582 Email:

Booth# 1006

Aquascape, Inc. Maureen Raclawski 901 Aqualand Way St. Charles, IL 60174 Phone: 630.659.2000 Email:

Booth# 406

erving Agriculture since 1916 Make Us Your First Choice! Booth# 1038

Mark Ringhouse  Vice President 1350 W. Prairie Drive  Sycamore, IL 60178 (815) 756-3440 

Agricultural Financing  Crop Insurance  Home Loans  Appraisals  Leasing  Agribusiness and More.


Equal Credit Opportunity Lender. Equal Housing Lender. Crop Insurance is available to all qualifying producers regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.

A Block Marketing Ron Jesselson 855 E. Golf Road Arlington Hts., IL 60005 Phone: 847.437.7088 Email:

Booth# 1337

A.D.R. Bulbs Chris Ruigrok P.O. Box 538 Chester, NY 10918 Phone: 800.990.9934 Email:

Booth# 1034

ABI Attachments Lindsey Weber 520 S. Byrkit Avenue Mishawaka, IN 46544 Phone: 877.788.7253 Email:

Booth# 525

Aesthetic Metals, LLC Barb Foster 600 18th Avenue Rockford, IL 61104 Phone: 815.316.4000 Email:

Booth# 536

AFS Alternative Fuel Supply Mark Milstein 1300 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 460 Schaumburg, IL 60173 Phone: 847.302.8310 Email:

Booth# 210

Agrecol Native Nursery Matt Weber 10101 N. Casey Road Evansville, WI 53536 Phone: 608.223.3571 Email:

Booth# 709

Alert Distributing, Inc. Jim Schroeder 16873 Fish Point Road SE Prior Lake, MN 55372 Phone: 952.210.8008 Email:

Booth# 628

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Arlington Power Equipment Booth# 1327 Don Saranzak 20175 N. Rand Road Palatine, IL 60074 Phone: 847.241.1530 Power Equipment Inc. Email: Your #1 Choice for Equipment, Ice Melt, Arborist and Landscape Supplies Armintrout’s West Michigan Farms Zachary Armintrout 1156 Lincoln Road Allegan, MI 49010 Knowledgeable, Phone: 269-673-6627friendly staff Email: with over 150 years

Booth# 744

Arrowhead Ornamentals experience. Gail Coleman P.O. Box 157 Competitive Hubbard, OR 97032 pricing Phone: 503.651.2040with the best service Email: in the industry.

Booth# 610

Arthur Clesen, Inc. Mark Simon 635 Margate Drive Lincolnshire, IL 60069 Phone: 847.537.2177 Email:

Booth# 1412

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All In One Solution Arthur Weiler, Inc. Arthur Weiler With over 100 attachments


ILCA iLandscape Show February 1-3 Booth 1327 Right between the Cross Roads Garden and Garden Stage!


We carry the best brands of parts and equipment.

Engines/Power Products

Booth# 211

Stop in visit us to see how we can help grow your bottom line!

12247 W. Russell Road 20175 N. Rand Road | Palatine, Illinois Zion, IL 60099 Phone: 847.746.2393 P: 847-241-1530 | F: 847-241-1535 | Email:

Alexander Equipment Company, Inc. One machine Booth# 1504 • Versatility: for all jobs Steve Johnston • Maneuverability: Articulated compact-sized machines • Minimal turf impact 4728 Yender Avenue • Powerful: Excellent power to weight ratio Lisle, IL 60532 • Economical: Low operating and maintenance costs Phone: 630.663.1400 • Special features: Easy to drive, side entry, Email: great visibility, telescopic boom

Aspen Valley Landscape Supply, Inc. Jake O’Keefe 13148 West 159th Street Homer Glen, IL 60491 Phone: 708.301.0703 Email:

Booth# 303

Avant Tecno USA Craig Gustafson 3020 Malmo Drive Arlington Hts., IL 60005 Phone: 847.380.1309 Email:

Booth# 640

Commitment Excellence in Landscape Supply Avant Tecnoto USA Inc. 3020 Malmo Drive Arlington Heights, IL 60005 847.380.9822 phone 847.380.9823 fax

Superior Customer Service Unbeatable Selection Best Prices in the Market Convenient Delivery Options


Wealth of Resources and Programs

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B and B Bedding, Inc. Kurt Samuelson 2245 275th Street Oskaloosa, IA 52577 Phone: 641.673.0226 Email:

Booth# 1141

Badger Evergreen Nursery LLC Tim Mohrland 902 26th Street Allegan, MI 49010 Phone: 269.673.5546 Email:

Booth# 943


Evergreen Nursery, L.L.C.

Bailey Nurseries Sue Gundersen 1325 Bailey Road St. Paul, MN 55119 Phone: 779.233.7248 Email: Ball Horticultural Company Therese LaTelle 622 Town Road West Chicago, IL 60185 Phone: 630.231.3600 Email:

902 - 26th Street Allegan, Michigan 49010

Booth# 922

Booth# 728

Blue Grass Farms of Indiana Kevin McCart 1915 West 53rd Street Anderson, IN 46013 Phone: 800.346.0272 Email:

Booth# 833

BP Pro Booth# 120 Sonia Osorio 2941 W. MacArthur Blvd ste 138 Santa Ana, CA 92704 Phone: 714.258.0800 Email: Butterfield Color, Inc. Booth# 304 Keith Boudart BUTTERFIELD 625 W. Illinois Ave COLOR Aurora, IL 60506 Engineered Concrete Performance Phone: 800.282.3388 DECORATIVE CONCRETE PRODUCTS Email:


Integral Concrete Color | Form Liners | Color Hardener Concrete Stains | Cures & Seals Countertop Mix | Decorative Concrete Overlays Stamping Tools | Antiquing & Release Agents

1-800-282-3388 |

Capital Stone Works Mario Ortegon 2048 Foster Avenue Wheeling, IL 60090 Phone: 847.873.0298 Email:

Booth# 842

Cardno Native Plant Nursery Jason Fritz 128 Sunset Drive Walkerton, IN 46574 Phone: 574.586.2412 Email:

Booth# 1407

Carlin Sales/Pro Green Plus Carol Maletzke 8170 N. Granville Woods Road Milwaukee, WI 53223 Phone: 800.657.0745 Email:

Booth# 712

Carlton Plants LLC Lori Spence 14301 SE Wallace Road Dayton, OR 97114 Phone: 800.398.8733

Booth# 609

Casey Equipment Co., Inc. Jim Cox 1603 E. Algonquin Road Arlington Hts., IL 60005 Phone: 847.437.8686 Email:

Booth# 910

Belgard Booth# 1132 Mike Hodges One Hunt Court Mundelein, IL 60060 Phone: 847.894.2187 Email:

Cassidy Tire & Service Bryan Ahern 200 S. Church Street Addison, IL 60101 Phone: 630.620.2300 Email:

Booth# 1232

Better Bilt Products, Inc. Betsy Mostowski 900 S. Kay Avenue Addison, IL 60101 Phone: 630.543.6767 Email:

CAST Lighting, LLC Booth# 734 Brittany Blohm 1120-A Goffle Road Hawthorne, NJ 7506 Phone: 973.423.2303 Email:

Business (269) 673-5546 Fax (269) 673-2263

Ball Seed Company Therese LaTelle 622 Town Road West Chicago, IL 60185 Phone: 630.231.3500 Email:

Booth# 728

Banner Sales and Consulting, Inc. Doug Fenner P.O. Box 430 Union Lake, MI 48387 Phone: 248.366.7799 888.557.2455 Email:

Booth# 721

BC Adhesives David Haluska 4655 W. Oakwood Park Drive Franklin, WI 53132 Phone: 414.235.3303 Email:

Booth# 405

Beaver Creek Nursery Andy Ward 6604 Randall Road Poplar Grove, IL 61065 Phone: 815.737.8758 Email:

Booth# 1104

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Booth# 517

Booth #304

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De-IcIng UnIts

• Available in 200 or 300 gallon poly leg tank • Available in 500, 750 or 1000 gallon with elliptical tank & sump or 1300 gallon poly leg tank • Heavy duty welded steel frame primed and painted with Anti- Corrosion Industrial Enamel (stainless steel frame available) • Boom mounting bars fit most trucks (can be customized to height and length of your truck)

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FlatbeD, Van & PIck-UP UnIt

• Available in 30, 50, 100, 150, 200 or 300 gallon poly tank with agitation • Top mounted suction tube draws from bottom for complete drainage • Liquid filled gauge and pressure control system • Frame with fork lift channels


FlatbeD & PIck-UP UnIt

• Available in 205 or 305 gallon poly tank with agitation • Top mounted suction tube draws from bottom for complete drainage • Lawn gun with 1.5 GPM nozzle or Rugged Green Garde handgun • Liquid filled gauge and pressure control system • Frame with fork lift channels

Ultra low ProFIle

Central Sod Farms, Inc. Chuck Warpinski 25605 W. 111th Street Plainfield, IL 60585 Phone: 630.904.1017 Central Turf & Irrigation Supply Andrew Harris 960 North Ridge Avenue Lombard, IL 60148 Phone: 630.715.5005 Email:

Booth# 706

Booth# 616

• Sod is our only business — Period! • Unlimited supply of sod — You Got It! • Fast on-time deliveries — Everyday! • Great customer service — Call Us! • Green Industry leader — Join Us!

Booth# 1509

Real Grass...Real Fast! 800-310-0402

Cherokee Manufacturing Matt Gunderman 500 Malden Street South St. Paul, MN 55075 Phone: 651.373.9949 Email:

Booth# 809

Chicago Gas Lines Zac Selleck 1118 W. Marion Road Arlington Hts., IL 60004 Phone: 847.414.7876 Email:

Booth# 540

Chicagoland Grows Jim Ault 1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, IL 60022 Phone: 847.835.8244 Email:

Booth# 1105

Chi Turf Booth# 206 Rhett Downing 4042 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60653 Phone: 630.805.3800 Email: Classic Groundcovers, Inc. Wally Pressey 405 Belmont Road Athens, GA 30605 Phone: 800.248.8424 Email:

Booth# 843

Clesen Brothers, Inc. Erik Clesen 34w240 South Drive South Elgin, IL 60177 Phone: 847.695.1500

Booth# 844

Clesen Wholesale Brian Wegner 316 Florence Avenue Evanston, IL 60202 Phone: 847.869.2257 Email:

Booth# 218

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Colorblends Wholesale Flower Bulbs Hanneke Hollander 747 Barnum Avenue Bridgeport, CT 6608 Phone: 888.847.8637 Email:

Cornerstone Processing Solutions, Brad Palubiak 1600 S. Main Street Oshkosh, WI 54902 Phone: 920.651.8888 Email:

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• Available in 50, 68 or 110 gallon horizontal tank • Top mounted suction tube draws from bottom • Liquid filled gauge and pressure control system • Honda, Briggs or Power Pro engine available

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• Available in 100, 150 or 200 gallon poly tank with agitation • Top mounted suction tube draws from bottom for complete drainage • Lawn gun with 1.5 GPM nozzle or Rugged Green Garde handgun • Designed to optimize usable space • Frame with fork lift channels

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Conserv FS Inc. Heather Richter 1110 McConnell Rd. P.O. Box 1550 Woodstock, IL 60098 Phone: 815.334.5924 Email: Contree Sprayer & Equipment David VonBehren W9898 Jackson Road Beaver Dam, WI 53916 Phone: 920.356.0121 Email:

Booth# 1113

• 24 gallon ATV tank • Plumbing and control valves mounted directly to tank • Twin sumps allow for complete drainage of product • Shown with 12’ spray boom • Handgun with adjustable nozzle and 20’ of hose

Booth# 1108 nUrse traIlers

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• Customize tank sizes and orientation to meet your spraying needs • 200 gallon and 100 gallon poly tank both with separate agitation • Bottom mounted suction tubes means less time priming lines switching chemicals • Manifold flange plumbing • Frame with fork lift channels

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• Available in 1005, 1065 or 1300 gallon poly leg tank • 14,000 G.V.W.R • 7,000 lbs axles with slipper spring • 5,000 lbs top wind jack

In-stock Professional VertIcal tanks Call Today! Booth# 618Supplier Landscape Since 1928

• Available in 55, 110, 200, 300 or 400 gallon poly tank • Saddle mounts with straps, bottom suction for complete drainage • Sprayer boom with 20” nozzle spacing • Honda, Briggs or Power Pro engine available

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• Available in 25, 55, 110 or 150 gallon poly tank • In-line BANJO strainer • Fan sizes available: 12” or 15” • Pressure relief valve w/gauge

W9898 Jackson Road • Beaver Dam, WI 53916 • 920-356-0121

800-433-3579 • • The place to go for: • Spreaders • Professional Fertilizers • LEGEND Professional Turf 635 Grass Seed Inc. Booth# • Athletic Field Supplies • TURFACE, Line Marking Chalks & Paints Casio and P R O C E S S ING S OLUTIO NS INC. SAM4s • Sprayers CreditCard, Card, ATM and Processing POS Processing Services Credit ATM and POS Services Registers • Arborist Supplier

E X CORNERSTONE H Your trusted Credit Cardsolution Advice for from the Experts I CARD PROCESSING. when choosing a processing provider: B I T O R S Est. 1999 guarantee! County Materials Corp • Best rateBooth# 318 1. •Make sure you arecontracts! working with a local, Midwest company. No long term Sam Savides Mobile & Wireless Equipment howtolong they havewarranties! beennear in business. Lifetime equipment W229N2450 Homewood Court 2. •Know Call find a location you! 3. Check to see if they have been a long-term member of your association. Waukesha, WI 53186 815.344.5950 We strive to provide the 4. Make sure that they are a registered ISO that meets all Phone: 262.896.0755 highest quality, lowest cost Email: MasterCard and Visa requirements. solution while maintaining EEN 5. Make sure that they are ETA CPP registered. R Casio and SAM4s Registers Green Indu MAK that personal touch unrivaled LD G POS Softwa INcaught OR G YOinUthe Don’t get dark with a company that disappears when you RW Hardwa byneed larger companies. them!Booth# Cornerstone Cunningham Recreation 402has been in business since 1999, providing solutions for businesses from beginning to end. Doug Oberbroeckling We build bonds, not numbers. 2135 City Gate Lane, Suite 300 Visit our Showroom at: Green Industry 888-878-2615 x 2 Software & Har Naperville, IL 60563 1600 S. Main St. • Oshkosh, WI 54902 S. Main St., Oshkosh, WI 54902 Convert 888-878-2615 •1600 Check Terminal Phone: 800.438.2780 your Smart Phone/ Email: Endorsed Provider Tablet into a Mobile Termin Endorsed Provider Proud Member


Cedar Path Nurseries Tom Kadolph 15235 W. Bruce Lockport, IL 60491 Phone: 815.838.4900 Email:

• Available in 50, 68 or 110 gallon horizontal tank • Liquid filled gauge and pressure control system • Heavy duty steel frame primed and painted • Honda, Briggs or Power Pro engine


Solutions Inc. is a registered MSP/ISO of: Deutsche Bank AG, Curv-Rite, Inc. Cornerstone Processing Booth# 1308 New York ©2014 All Rights Reserved Nicole Wright 3603 N. Main Street Wayland, MI 49348 Phone: 269.792.0044 Email:

Proud Member

D Dauer Manufacturing Woody Luke 10100 NW 116th Way #14 Medley, FL 33178 Phone: 800.883.2590 Email:

Booth# 317

Dayton Bag & Burlap John Hendle P.O. Box 436, 6604 S.Union St. Union, IL 60180 Phone: 815.923.1234 Email:

Booth# 928

Deere & Company Michael Welch 10789 S. Ridgeview Road Olathe, KS 66061 Phone: 913.310.8076 Email:

Booth# 1016

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DeVroomen Garden Products Roland VanDenBergen P.O. Box 189 Russell, IL 60075 Phone: 847.395.9911 Email:

Booth# 704

DeWitt Company 905 S. Kings Highway Sikeston, MO 63801 Phone: 573.472.0048 Email:

Booth# 506


Diamond Blade Warehouse Booth# 221 Jeff Johnson 588 Lakeview Pkwy Vernon Hills, IL 60061 Phone: 800.325.2337 Email: Diga-Talk Booth# 508 Jennifer Petric 452 N. Chicago Street Joliet, IL 60432 Phone: 815.740.1780 Email: The Digital 2-Way

Doty Nurseries Ryan Doty P.O. Box 760 Elburn, IL 60119 Phone: 630.365.9063 Email:

Booth# 607

Eby’s Evergreen Plantation, Inc. Jeff Alexander 51669 CR 33 Bristol, IN 46507 Phone: 574.848.4520 Email:

Booth# 639

ECHO Power Equipment Tino Muratore P.O. Box 141 Wauconda, IL 60084 Phone: 847.309.0708

Booth# 320

Ecoturf Midwest, Inc. Tom Miller 789 Golf Lane Bensenville, IL 60106 Phone: 630.350.9518 Email:

SAVE 10% Booth# 201

Booth# 1010

Eco-Roofs Booth# 1513 Homer Trecartin P.O. Box 8 Berrien Springs, MI 49103 Phone: 269.471.7408 Email:

Radio System & Ditch Witch Midwest Booth# 1044 Jeff Patterson THE CLEAR CHOICE 124 N. Schmale Road in Push-to-Talk Communications Carol Stream, IL 60188 Phone: 630.665.5600 Landscape Customers Email: Docuprint Forms & Signs George Breust 63 Douglas #301 Elgin, IL 60120 Phone: 847.622.1313 Email:

EasyPro Pond Products Kari Hanes 4385 E. 110th Street Grant, MI 49327 Phone: 231.834.7720 Email:

Booth# 1241

Ecoverse Booth# 307 Niki Vala 1265 Lear Industrial Parkway Avon, OH 44011 Phone: 440.937.3225 Email: Eden Stone

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Booth# 604

W4520 Lime Road Eden, WI 53019 Phone: 920.477.2521 Email: • OrnamenTalS Dutchman Tree Farms, LLC Shade TreeSBooth# 205 • evergreenS • ShrubS Justin Bartlett Ryan Doty P 630 365 9063 45W121 Beith Road Booth# 1541 F 630 365 9081 Maple Park, IL 60151 Emergent Safety Supply 9689 W. Walker Road Ben Voitl CONTACT US TODAY! Manton, MI 49663 1055 Kingland Drive Phone: 231.839.7901 Batavia, IL 60510 Phone: 630.406.9666 888-404-2337 Email: Whose life are we going to save today? Dutchman Tree Spade Booth# 936 Your source for: Value-Added Customer Services: Our expanding digital Dawn Marie Robitaille network coverage 3735 Sideline 16 N allows you to roam Kingsland Drive Fax: (630)406-6195 Encore Landscape Lighting 1055 Booth#Office: 521(630)406-9666 Batavia, IL 60510 Toll Free: 1(800)877-1390 Brougham, ONT 0 throughout most of IL, Ken Rutkowski Northern IN and up to Phone: 905.683.8233 2277 Elliott Green Bay WI. Email: Troy, MI 48083 ILCA Member Phone: 248.299.1919 DynaSCAPE Software Booth# Exclusive: 1207 Email: Joe Salemi Save 10% off 217-3425 Harvester Road monthly access fees Burlington, ONT 0 Erotex/Hanes Booth# 1212 Phone: 800.710.1900 Dan Salsinger Email: 925 N. Oak Lawn Avenue Elmhurst, IL 60126 Phone: 630.279.0915 Email: tynurseri to rece ive our

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Evergreen Nursery Co., Inc. Vickey Vanderhoof 5027 County Road TT Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 Phone: 800.448.5691 Email:

Booth# 220

F Fabriscape, Inc. Jim Manola 6410 W. 74th Street, Unit D Bedford Park, IL 60638 Phone: 708.728.7180 Email:

Booth# 512

Feece Oil Co. Craig Olsby 517 Twin Rail Drive Minooka, IL 60447 Phone: 888.879.1911 Email:

Booth# 1005

Fiore Nursery & Landscape Supply David Fiore 16606 W. Highway 22 Prairie View, IL 60069 Phone: 847.913.1414 Email:

Booth# 1036

Fleetmatics Booth# 420 Dirk Munson 1600 East Golf Road, Suite 800 Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 Phone: 847.378.4317 Email: Forrest Keeling Nursery Kim Young 88 Forrest Keeling Lane Elsberry, MO 63343 Phone: 573.898.5571 Email:

Booth# 1239

Fox Ridge Nursery Dan Livingston 23513 Streit Road Harvard, IL 60033 Phone: 815.943.1111 Email:

Booth# 918

Grasshopper Company Connie Estep O.O. Box 637 Moundridge, KS 67107 Phone: 620.345.8621 Email:

Booth# 1505

Gravely, an Ariens Co. Carol Dilger 655 West Ryan Street Brillion, WI 54110 Phone: 920.756.2141 Email:

Booth# 1334

Green Climber NA Martin Halm 500 E. Cossitt Avenue La Grange, IL 60525 Phone: 708.354.2171 Email:

Booth# 1546

Green Glen Nursery, Inc. Dick Ooykaas 2413 Laraway Road Joliet, IL 60433 Phone: 815.723.1140 Email:

Booth# 1017

Greenius by LS Training System Sylvia Shillinglaw 2026 Oxford Street E London, ONT 0 Phone: 877.482.2323

Booth# 1338

GRO Horticultural Enterprises Greg Oltman 14440 Marengo Road Union, IL 60180 Phone: 847.669.8658 Email:

Booth# 1237

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G Garden Prairie Nursery & Organics Michael Dimucci 11887 US Hwy 20 Garden Prairie, IL 61038 Phone: 815.597.1318 Email:

Booth# 939

Halloran Mowerworks Jill Halloran 2159 N. Rand Road Palatine, IL 60074 Phone: 847.705.1984 Email:

Booth# 522

Halquist Stone Jeff Brown N51W23563 Lisbon Road Sussex, WI 53089 Phone: 262.246.9000 Email:

Booth# 932

Harrell’s LLC Michael Hall 301 N. Vernon Avenue Newark, OH 43055 Phone: 740.644.9020 TM Email:

Booth# 403


Goodmark Nurseries Booth# 1004 Paul Ayers 3 8920 Howe Road Wonder Lake, IL 60097 (golf course blend) Phone: 815.653.9293 LEAF MULCH Email: Hayward Dist. Co. Jim Jones CUSTOM FIELD SPREADING AVAILABLE IDOT CERTIFIED AND APPROVED 4061 Perimeter Drive Columbus, OH 43228 AVAILABLE WHOLESALE FOR DELIVERY OR PICKUP Phone: 614.272.5953 Email: EXCELLENT AVAILABILITY SPRUCE and SHADE TREES


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Herman Losely & Son, Inc. Jay Daley 3410 Shepard Road Perry, OH 44081 Phone: 440.259.2725 Email:

Booth# 215

Hinsdale Nurseries, Inc. Jr. Tecza 2353 Creek Road Plano, IL 60545 Phone: 630.552.8314 Email:

Booth# 1236

Home Nursery, Inc. Crystal Gebke P.O. Box 128 Albers, IL 62215 Phone: 800.628.1966 Email:

Booth# 723

Homer Industries, LLC Josh Doherty 13920 S. Archer Avenue Lockport, IL 60441 Phone: 815.838.0863

Booth# 1235

Hometowne Insurance Services, Inc. Tim Leverich 155 Chicago Road Oswego, IL 60543 Phone: 630.554.4040 Email:

Booth# 321

Hortech, Inc./Liveroof 14109 Cleveland Street Nunica, MI 49448 Phone: 800.875.1392 Email:

Booth# 1304

Houzz Booth# 309 Paige Ferrante 285 Hamilton Avenue, Floor 4 Palo Alto, CA 94301 Phone: 862.226.9910 Email: Hunter/FX Booth# 1209 Eric Simmons 1940 Diamond Street San Marcos, CA 92078 Phone: 630.200.7581 Email: Husqvarna Booth# 1344 Doug Randolph 9335 Harris Corners Parkway, Ste 500 Charlotte, NC 28269 Phone: 262.758.0266 Email:



ILCA Booth# 808 Scott Grams 2625 Butterfield Rd, Suite 104 S Oak Brook, IL 60523 Phone: 630.472.2851 Email:

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llinois Brick Company Mike Hoffman 8995 W. 95th Street Palos Hills, IL 60465 Phone: 847.524.0850

Booth# 308

Illinois Green Industry Association Joe Khayyat 2900 Greenbriar Drive Springfield, IL 62704 Phone: 217.546.4733 Email:

Booth# 1137

IL-IN Sea Grant Greg Hitzroth 1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, IL 60022 Phone: 847.242.6423

Booth# 108

Intrinsic Perennial Gardens Booth# 510 Brent Horvath 10702 Seaman Road Hebron, IL 60034 Phone: 815.648.2788 Email: Ivanhoe Nursery Russ Stokes 22149 W. IL Route 60 Mundelein, IL 60600 Phone: 847.566.8001 Email:

Booth# 1311

J J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. Jeff Lafrenz P.O. Box 189 Boring, OR 97009 Phone: 503.663.4128 Email:

Booth# 1112

Jireh Stone Sales Jason Demler 2114 Oregon Street Osh Kosh, WI 54902 Phone: 920.574.6448 Email:

Booth# 204

John Holmlund Nursery Scott Field 29285 SE Hwy 212 Boring, OR 97009 Phone: 800.643.6650 Email:

Booth# 110

Johnson’s Nursery, Inc. Rob Lucas W180 N6275 Marcy Road Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 Phone: 262.252.4980 Email:

Booth# 1014

JWest LLC Joel Westrate 3948 Blackhawk Grandville, MI 49418 Phone: 574.606.6548 Email:

Booth# 410

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K Kaknes Landscape Supply LLC Kevin McGowen 31w545 Diehl Road Naperville, IL 60563 Phone: 630.416.9999 Email:

Booth# 841

Kaneville Tree Farms Paul Guzzetta P.O. Box 167 Kaneville, IL 60144 Phone: 630.557.2793 Email:

Booth# 831

Kankakee Nursery Tim LaGesse P.O. Box 288 Aroma Park, IL 60910 Phone: 815.937.9358 Email:

Krukowski Stone Co., Inc. Booth# 116 Scott Chittum 3781 County Road C Mosinee, WI 54455 Phone: Kaknes Landscape Supply should be your715.693.6300 green goods supplier Email: and ornamental trees, and perennials. We can supply

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6475 State Street Salem, OR 97317 Phone: 503.585.8337

Booth# 1335


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Kenney Outdoor Solutions Veronica Krenzel 1732 Armitage Court Addison, IL 60181 Phone: 331.551.9383 Email:

Booth# 805

Keystone Hatcheries LLC Mike Robinson 11409 Keystone Road Richmond, IL 60071 Phone: 815.678.2537 Email:

Booth# 1012

Klyn Nurseries, Inc. Kevin Czajka 3322 South Ridge Road Perry, OH 44081 Phone: 440.259.3811 Email:

Booth# 401

Knapheide Mfg Darla Heberlein 1848 Westphalia Strasse Quincy, IL 62305 Phone: 217.222.7131 Email:

Booth# 832

Lafarge Fox River Stone Jim Slattery 1300 Route 31 South Elgin, IL 60177 Phone: 224.213.4287 Email:

Leaves Inspired Tree Nursery Jared Stroobants 426 E. Brooklyn Street Chilton, WI 53014 Phone: 920.522.2765 Email:

Booth# 302

Lemke Stone, Inc. Terry Kaphingst 21385 W. Good Hope Road Lannon, WI 53046 Phone: 262.502.1579 Email:

Booth# 736

Booth# 1414


L. F. George Wendy Shannon W231 N1129 Hwy. F Waukesha, WI 53186 Phone: 262.542.9400

Booth# 208

Liberty Propane/Hicksgas Tim Porter 204 N Hwy 54 Roberts, IL 60962 Phone: 217.395.2281 Email:

Booth# 102

ISA Certified Arborists TCIA Accredited Company KO Supply Company, Inc. Booth# 1404 Tim Kehoe Complete Tree Care & Mulch Products 1500 Foundry Street, #1 Saint Charles, IL 60174 Office – 630.293.5444 Lincoln Nurseries Phone: 630.768.7227 Amanda deWit Email: 0-142 Lincoln Street 

Booth# 1140

Landscape Materials & Firewood Sales, Inc. Booth# 717 Dave Cooper 27w250 St. Charles Road West Chicago, IL 60185 Phone: 630.231.7911 Email:

Kramer Tree Specialists, Inc.

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Where Do Baby Plants Come From? A frank discussion about plant sex with Dr. Mike by Michael Yanny

I have been doing this Plant Talk

thing for about three years now and have skirted around an important issue for all of this time. That is plant sex. I know most of you in the landscape industry are familiar with human sex at least from summer to winter. Spring--not so much! So, I think it is about time we have this discussion. After all, it is close to Valentine’s Day. Like I do with many of the most difficult and sensitive subjects I encounter in my life, I consult with my lovely wife, Lori. Sex is one of her favorite subjects. You see, Lori has a M.S. degree in plant breeding from UW-Madison and has told me all kinds of interesting things about it. She was the first to show me how to cross pollinate crabapples back in the 80’s. She showed me how to alter flowers so that pollination was truly controlled and not messed up by the bees. She explained to me how the little crabapple seeds developed from the ovaries at the base of the pistils of the crabapple flowers that we had cross pollinated. She showed me the pistils getting fat, in a pregnant sort of way, developing into fruits with little baby crabapple embryos inside the seeds. It is really quite amazing when you think about it! Lori opened my eyes to sex in a very natural way. If people realized how much sex is going on outside each day in the summer, our flower gardens would have to be rated like movies are. Most landscapes would be PG-13 if not rated R. The Sugar Maple woods in spring would have to be rated X, with all those spring wildflowers going at it in haste before the trees leaf 86

out. Parents would have to ban their kids from the woods but would likely have a hard time keeping teenagers out of there. I don’t know why I didn’t write about this subject sooner. This is fun! Let’s get started with the sex organs of the plants. You need to know these terms in order to discuss the subject. So, when we are talking about the male parts of a flower we are referring to the stamens. (see pic) These have anthers on top of them from which the pollen or plant sperm is shed to fertilize the female. The female part of the flower is the pistil which is a tube with a stigma or sticky surface at its tip which is receptive to the pollen. It is the place on which the pollen lands. At the base of the pistil are the ovaries. This is where the actual fertilization takes place after the pollen grows down the tube (the style). The sex cells in the ovaries combine with the sex cells from the pollen to form the eggs that develop into seeds or new little plant babies. Well, ladies and gentlemen, now you know the basics of plant sexual reproduction. Let’s talk about some of the variations on the theme because heck, wouldn’t life be boring if all the organisms did it the same way all the time! You know that expression, “teaching him about the birds and the bees”; well that is what we are doing here. And it is not just the birds and bees but the wind as well, that is involved with much of the sex that takes place in our not so innocent outdoors. Oak trees, Birches, Musclewood, Ironwood, Hazelnuts, Pines and Spruce all rely on the wind to transport their pollen. You

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see, all of the plants that I’ve just mentioned have two different kinds of flowers on each plant. (see pic) The male flowers and female flowers of individual plants may or may not flower and be receptive to each other at exactly the same time. Often times they are not. This is a preventative measure instituted by plants to encourage cross-pollination over self-pollination. It is the plant’s way of preventing in-breeding and staying genetically diverse. For practical purposes, if you want to maximize the amount of fruit produced on the plant species I have mentioned here, it is best to plant seedling material or various different clones in close proximity to assure proper pollination and good fruit set. I may be a little weird, as I’m sure you have discovered already, but I like to see if I can find the tiny flowers on wind pollinated plant species (see pic). The flowers are typically not very showy because they don’t have to be, not like insect or animal pollinated plants. You see, insect or animal pollinated plants have showy flowers to attract the pollinators when the time is right. The colorful flowers are part of what you would think of in human terms as a courtship ritual. They are the attractant. They lure in the pollinator with their beauty to perform the act and then fade away and develop their seed. Often times they will (continued on page 88) The Landscape Contractor February 2017


Talking Plants with Mike Yanny Part 1 (continued from page 87) never be as beautiful again. It’s kind of like our youth when we are typically the best looking we will ever be. Then we grow old, and go downhill from there. It is a sad fact of life for many organisms. Some plants have two different types of flowers (male & female) but on separate plants. These species are said to be dioecious. In other words, you have plants that have only female flowers and other plants that have only male flowers. You truly have boy plants and girl plants. Some examples of species in this category are: American Bittersweet, Kentucky Coffeetree, Honeylocust, Ginkgo, Ash, Fringetree, and Winterberry Hollies. So in order for these plants to have sex and develop seed you, typically, must have a boy and girl plant in close enough proximity to each other. Because of the fact that we have these dioecious plants it allows us horticulturists to be discriminating in our selective practices of plant use. In other words, we exhibit a sexist brand of discrimination that has been allowed to be socially acceptable. For example, cultivars of male forms of Kentucky Coffeetree, Honeylocust, and Ginkgo have been selected and introduced because they typically don’t bear any fruit and therefore require less clean-up maintenance. So, in most cases, we want to use just boy plants. With some other dioecious plants we have reverse sexism and for the most part want the beautiful fruiting displays of the girls and just a few boys. Winterberries (Ilex verticillata) and other Holly species are like this, as are American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens). With these species, effective berry production is best accomplished by planting masses of females in close proximity with a few male plants interspersed between. Because the timing of flowering must coincide, cultivars of Holly (Ilex species) have been selected in male-female pairs for proper pollination. For instance, ‘Jim Dandy’ is the male clone selected to pollinate the female ‘Winter Red’. I guess these are the pre-arranged marriages of the horticultural plant world. When utilizing seedling material it is useful to have the nursery ‘sex’ the plants (sort the crop into identified boys and girls) so that you can customize the amount of males and females you have in your planting. Johnson’s Nursery often does this both with our larger sizes of native Winterberries (Ilex verticillata) as well as our American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens). A recent development in the world of Bittersweet is a cultivar selection that has male and female flowers on the same plant. It is called ‘Autumn Revolution’. Because of its atypical characteristic of having both male and female flowers on the same plant, there is no requirement to mix the sexes when planting these in the landscape. (continued on page 90)


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Talking Plants with Mike Yanny Part 1 (continued from page 88) Many plants have complete flowers that are the prototype that most of us learned about in grade school science class. (see pic) They have the pistils, stamens, anthers and ovaries all in one flower. These plants are usually pollinated by insects and often times have no problem setting fruit all by themselves. There are exceptions though. Viburnum species are notorious for being self-infertile even though they have complete flowers with all the necessary sexual parts on the same plant. They have some mechanism that is a mystery to me, which will not allow the plant to selfpollinate. It is for this reason that one must have two or more clones that flower at the same time in order to


get good fruit set. For instance, if you want good berry production on your Red Feather™ Arrowwood Viburnum you need to have different cultivar or seedling in close proximity to provide pollen to allow fruit set to occur. The same is true for many fruit tree

cultivars. They can be self-infertile. Pears are especially notorious for not being self-

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fruitful. Most varieties need a pollinator plant. Many apples, cherries and plums also require a pairing of cultivars to get fruit set. Following is a link to a publication from Purdue University which goes into detail about which varieties are best paired with each other for best pollination. ext/HO-174.pdf A good solution to pollinator problems on fruit trees in a small yard is to get plants that have numerous cultivars grafted together on the same plant. These are typically called 5 in 1 trees or 3 in 1 trees depending on how many cultivars are grafted onto the single individual. A very interesting phenomenon that takes place with some species of woody plants in the Rosacaea family is apomixis. This is a process by which plants produce seed

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without sex. The result is genetically identical plant seedlings. All progeny are the same as their mother—clones. Over the years I have noticed this in populations of seedling Amelanchier, Aronia, Cotoneaster, Crataegus, some Malus species, and Sorbus. There are rarely if any variations or differences between individuals in a seedling populations. These “cookie cutter” plants are apomictic seedlings. Plants can be really weird sometimes. I hope this has been an enlightening

read for you and has answered a lot of the questions you had always wanted to ask but were too embarrassed to do so. If you have any more plant sex questions that I failed to address just call Dr. Mike at 262252-4980. I’ll get ahold of my wife, Lori. and get you the answers.

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Talking Plants with Mike Yanny Part 2

Sugar Maple—

The King of the Woods

by Michael Yanny

My friend Karl

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When he goes on vacation it is always to a natural area and most often woods. Of course, he camps. He’s a photographer. 90% or more of his photos are of plants or natural objects or scenes in the wild. Ya know, I think Karl could be part Sugar Maple maybe not by direct inter-kingdom hybridization but possibly via environmental influence. I think he has learned much

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from the Sugar Maple trees in his yard. I think they really have become part of him. He is a truly natural man. He’s a NUT!!! No, I shouldn’t say that. Karl is a samara. (a winged seed from a Sugar Maple) I think a lot of people in Wisconsin have a bit of Sugar Maple in them. Not to the extent of Karl, of course, but a little. Heck, I bet most of us have had Maple Syrup on our pancakes from the sap of Wisconsin Sugar Maple trees. I’m sure most of us have played with Sugar Maple in the form of a baseball bat, guitar, or drumstick. Or we have bowled on an alley made of Sugar Maple. Or leaped from a basketball court with the tree’s wood giving our sneakers some extra lift. As a child, I was fascinated by my grandparents’ stairway. The runners were made of a wood that (continued on page 94)

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line. It is quite a broad range and through most of it the tree is dominant, being a major player in the forest that bears its name-- a Sugar Maple Forest. It is the king of the woods that bears its name and produces prodigious amounts of seed some years that can coat the forest floor. I noticed this in the spring of 2014. Newly sprouted sugar maples were thick on the ground of the woods. There were millions of them!!! They were thicker than the hair on a dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back!!! I am sure they will thin themselves out over time but many will survive and live in the shade of their parents until their opportunity to grow to the canopy arises. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the thing about Sugar Maple that differs from most of the other trees in the forest. Their young can grow and survive in the heavy shade of the forest. As the kings of the forest, Sugar Maples truly have many servants that support them in their rise to prominence. For

instance, the Black Cherry, Hawthorns, and Ash trees among others are the pioneer species that prepare land for the Sugar Maples to live in. These other species move into open areas, grow up, drop leaves and over many years develop a canopy and leaf mulch ground layer that feeds the soils in preparation of the infiltration of the Sugar Maple to the new woodland. The Maples are not capable of invading new areas on their own and taking over. This helps explain why Sugar Maples are best used for landscaping in rich, well drained soils and need to be mulched and watered during drought periods. We have to treat them like the kings they truly are. When siting Sugar Maple in landscapes particular attention should be paid to drainage. If at any time water sits at the base of the trees it may encounter the Verticillium fungus in the soil. This disease can slowly kill or disfigure the tree. (continued on page 96)

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Talking Plants with Mike Yanny Part 2 (continued from page 95) The pathogen invades the vascular tissue of the trees through the roots and cuts off flow of water and nutrients to portions of the plant. It is perhaps the number one killer of Sugar Maples planted in landscapes in our area. Fall color is what I think of most when the topic of Sugar Maple is brought up. To me, this is the tree that defines fall color in Wisconsin. The magnificent yellow, oranges and reds that this species can develop is what weatherman on the T.V. news call peak fall color. I have been watching T.V. and fall color for the vast majority of my life. Though I don’t watch fall color on T.V. (That must be viewed live.), I find it amusing how the T.V. weathermen have maps of the state showing the progression of fall color from north to south with portions of the state indicated to be 20% fall color and others to be 50% fall color and others to being

at peak. It is almost as if this is a volatile event similar to the stock market. It isn’t. Basically, all the trees fall color in a certain order each year and the fall color progresses from north to south based on the day length triggers which begin abscission layer formation and the cut-off of the chlorophyll production in plant’s leaves. The chlorophyll dissipates and the yellow, orange and red pigments begin to show. I would like to see the weathermen show the maps and tell which species of plants are at peak in areas of the state each week. That way we could enjoy the various treats of each species and of course know when it is at traditional peak color which is, of course, when the Sugar Maples are in their autumn glory. Because Acer saccharum has a broad geographical range in North America it has developed numerous variants that can be utilized for specific landscape purposes. For instance, plants on the western edges

of the range of the species show extraordinary drought tolerances compared to their relatives to the east. They may be used in more inhospitable urban situations than the more pampered conditions I described for the kings of the forest earlier. Two of the sub-species that can be used to extend the adaptability are A. saccharum nigrum and Acer saccharum schneckii. A. sach. nigrum is most common and pure in Iowa and southeast Minnesota and to a lesser extent in Wisconsin and Illinois as you move east. It readily hybridizes with straight Sugar Maple resulting in trees with varying degrees of drought tolerance. Acer saccharum schneckii is a western subspecies from the western edge of the range in Missouri and points south and intergrades into A.s.nigrum as you move north. It is thought that the cultivar ‘Legacy’ is derived from this provenance which makes perfect sense to me. ‘Legacy’ has very thick, tater proof

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leaves but has suffered winter damage at our nursery on occasion. It also doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fall color very consistently because it goes dormant later than trees from Southern Wisconsin provenance. I bet this is an excellent tree for latitudes south of us. The importance of this discussion is that cultivars or seed grown trees from the various parts of the range of Sugar Maple should be selected for use based on these specific provenance adaptive characteristics. One has to pay attention to what latitude the plant came from originally. This will assure hardiness and proper development of fall colors. It brings into play the importance of regional cultivars. Our field tests here at Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nursery have shown that some of the best performing cultivars for our part of Wisconsin are as follows: (continued on page 98)

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Crescendo™ Sugar Maple, Acer saccharum ‘Morton’ 20-25’ tall by 15-20’ wide in 20 years. A Chicagoland Grows® Introduction. It was selected from a hedgerow at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. The landscape architect for the arboretum noticed it because of its beautiful, consistent, orange–red fall color. The tree has a broadly oval outline with a uniform branching habit. It has better drought tolerance than the typical Sugar Maple likely because of its thick, durable foliage. Like all Sugar Maples, it needs rich, well drained soils and a generous mulch ring to become the specimen beauty it deserves to be.

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saccharum ‘Bailsta’ PP 11,119 50-75’tall by 50’wide. Fall Fiesta® an upright habit when young and round out in to an oval as it ages. It was selected for its good growth rate and consistent orange–red fall color. The tree has dark green, thick, tatter resistant foliage. This outstanding Sugar Maple cultivar is a Bailey Nurseries introduction.

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saccharum ‘Flax Mill’ PP5273 50-75’tall by 50-60’wide Majesty® Sugar Maple originated at Flax Mill Nursery in Cambridge, New York. It was selected for its rapid growth rate and well branched, symmetrical oval head. It is a very hardy cultivar, being able to withstand temperatures to -35 degrees Fahrenheit. It shows excellent resistance to sunscald and frost crack.

tree! I noticed some information sources I looked at on the internet called it a heritage tree—one that you should plant for your grandchildren. I think that is a really cool concept. I think that it is important for us to inflict as much Sugar Maple influence as possible on future generations so that we get more people like my friend Karl—Sugar Maple people!!! No, I mean nuts!!! Oh no, that’s not right-- samaras. Ya samara--people……!

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Salivating for Salvias

by Michael Yanny

I’m sure many of you are thinking, “What

kind of drool is going to come out of him this time?” Well it’s saliva, ladies and gentlemen — not drool. And I’m going to be salivating over Salvias this month with you all. So let your tongues wag, and get your handkerchiefs ready while I tell you about this fabulous group of perennials. First of all though, I must tell a true story about salvias and the proper pronunciation of the name. My wife, Lori, and I were walking through the Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners several years ago, enjoying the fruits of her labor. She was a gardener at BBG at the time. As we were strolling, there was an older couple just ahead of us also enjoying the garden. I suspected it was a husband and wife. It had to be. The husband was quite talkative and demonstrative, acting as though he was a horticultural tour guide and his wife a curious student of gardening. As we got closer I could hear 100

what he was saying and as is a bad habit of mine, I began eavesdropping. He was truly a know-it-all, telling his wife how he grew this or how that plant has nice flowers and how we they should put these along the south side of their house. His wife just nodded her head with approval with little to no verbalization. She seemed interested enough. It just looked like she was a bit tired. It was then that he demonstrated to me his understanding of the genus Salvia. He pointed to some annual Salvias in the trial garden and said to his wife, “We should put some red Salivas like that along the edge of the vegetable garden.” His wife nodded again and again and slowly kept walking, trying to keep him moving so that she could eventually get to the end of the tour. She was definitely tired. At this point, I don’t think she was listening. (continued on page 102)

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Talking Plants with Mike Yanny Part 3 (continued from page 100) Lori and I were. We quickly scurried along down the path to get some privacy, giggling all the way. She had heard the Saliva reference, as well. When we were alone, I said to her, “Lori, did you see the Salivas drooling all over the edge of the bed and into the walkway?” Her giggle turned into a full blown laugh and we have been enjoying this 5th grade horticultural humor ever since. Every time we see Salvias we think Salivas. Thus, we have this time, Plant Talk on this engrossing subject. Sorry! The proper pronunciation of the genus Salvia is SAL’ VIA. The genus salvia is the most extensive of all genera in the mint family, Lamiaceae, with over 700 species including shrubs, annuals and perennial types. I’m going to concentrate on the five outstanding perennial S. nemerosa cultivars that we grow at Johnson’s Nursery. Salvia nemerosa are wonderful plants known for their long blooming period, disease free fragrant foliage, and their ability to attract numerous species of butterflies. Deer leave them alone and because of their relatively low stature 12” to 30” when in flower, they are useful from the front of the garden to the mid-range level.

Care of Salvia nemerosa Salvias should be planted in full sun in a well drained soil to get their best performance. They have clean, rich green foliage that is relatively close to the ground from which the flower spikes arise. Once the flowers begin to lose their petals and their appeal, they should be cut down to their base near the ground to allow for another flower flush. Many gardeners resist this drastic type of cut and spare the foliage at the bases of the flower stalks. I don’t. I think the plants look much cleaner and fresher if taken back harder to allow a full renewal instead of leaving 3-4” of stalk. Very soon another flush of flowers will appear. This technique can be used two or three times in the growing season to keep your plants looking good. I recommend dividing plants every three or four years in order to lower the crowns of the plants. They seem to raise themselves up over time making themselves subject to winter kill. For best results, use a sharp spade in early spring once you can see sprouts shooting and determine what has survived the winter. Then replant them lower in the soil so that the crown is at the soil surface. I call this renewal division. (continued on page 104)

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Salvia nemerosa ‘Blue Hill’ –Blue Hill Salvia Blue Hill Salvia is a beautiful long blooming perennial that starts blooming in June most years and keeps flowering on and off until August if cut back as indicated. It has glorious, true blue spikes of flowers that grow to 18”-24” in height with stiff, sturdy stems. Over fertilizing or too much shade can cause some flopping with this variety.

Salvia nemerosa ‘Mainacht’—May Night Salvia This cultivar has been a long-time favorite of mine because of it’s profusion of 18”-24”,violet-blue flower spikes from June to August. It is a rare color in the garden and may only be matched in intensity by some cultivars of Delphinium. It also responds well to cutting back after flowering to get repeated flushes. Over fertilizing or too much shade can cause some flopping with this variety.


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Salvia nemerosa ‘Haeumanarc’ PP 13,322—Marcus™ Salvia To me this cultivar looks like a dwarf May Night. Its flowers grow only to 1’ tall and have the same flower color as May Night. It blooms from June to August and responds nicely to being cut back. Of all of the Salvias we carry, this is the plant that would give some leeway as concerns a bit of shade. It would be the least likely to flop though like the rest is best grown in full sun with well drained soil.

Salvia nemerosa ’Cardonna’—Cardonna Salvia Cardonna Salvia is similar to May Night in having incredible violet-blue flower spikes from June to August. However it differs from May Night in that it is slightly taller getting 24”-30” and Cardonna’s flower stalks are a dark purple as compared to the green of May Night. It too should be prevented from being over fertilized and should be kept out of the shade or it will flop.

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Salvia nemerosa ‘Sensation® Deep Rose Improved’ PPAF This new cultivar is really a good one. To me it looks like a bright pink form of ‘May Night’. It has a similar size and constitution getting to 16” tall and has a good compact habit. It blooms slightly earlier than the other salvias. The plant is a robust grower and has strong dark purple stems. It can be confused with ‘Sensation® Rose’ which I am not familiar with but is said to have dull colored flowers compared to the ‘Deep Rose Improved’ form.

If you haven’t tried growing Salivias, I strongly recommend giving them a try. If you are a regular user of them, I’m sure you will want to keep up to date with the new cultivars. They certainly are a wonderful group of tough perennials that are worth salivating over. After reading this, I’m hoping you will never think of salvias the same way again. Sorry!!! Drool……drool……….droooool

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Native Junipers You Should Know by Michael Yanny

Well, here’s the final segment of Plant

Talk I’m glad you got this far. Now stick it out and finish this one. I promise you, you’ll learn something or at least get a laugh, and there is still a chance to redeem yourself and read the others. We have put all of the newsletters on our website with the capability to comment, ask questions, and suggest topics. This one is simply titled, “Native Junipers You Should Know — Juniprus virginiana and Juniperus communis.” It was chosen because we have a boatload of these plants, they are really nice! I remember growing Juniperus virginiana and Juniperus communis years ago and they didn’t look like these. Honestly, they were ugly. The bottom needles would turn brown and the plants wouldn’t let go of them. Persistent brown needles is not a characteristic that you want in your Junipers. They did make great kindling for our burn pile though, igniting as fast as newspaper. Fortunately, since the last Juniper inferno, we hired Andrew Meyers as our container grower and we haven’t had a Juniper fire since. Go figure. Andrew knows how to grow these native junipers in containers way better than I ever could. I’m pretty sure it has to do with the water. Andrew grows them extremely dry. When I was in charge of the growing, I was 108

watering them daily. Not good. I suspect J. communis and J. virginiana are extremely susceptible to root rot diseases. During extended periods of excess moisture, the disease takes hold and kills off many of the roots. In containers, these root losses cause plants to lose portions of the plants very quickly, thus the needle browning from the bottom up on J. virginiana. In our fields we seldom see the problem with the browning from the bottoms up, but we do have inconsistent success with transplanting. It is not uncommon to lose 30% to 50% or more of seedling J. virginiana plants produced when transplanting B&B. I suspect the plants in the field lose portions of their root systems during wet periods, but not as severely as those in containers. The loss of roots becomes evident only when the plants are transplanted B&B and don’t have enough root in the ball to recover. We don’t see these kinds of losses when we transplant the named cultivars. These all have been grafted on to Juniperus chinensis ‘Hetzi’ rootstock, which is far less susceptible to root rots. If you have ever tried to purchase the native Junipers, you may discover that they are difficult to find. It’s not hard to obtain cultivars of the various kinds, but the straight species are rarely (continued on page 110)

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the original links courses in Scotland way back when. I envision them on the tops of hills or on the edges of sand traps. I don’t play golf but I like to watch it. I think it would be fun to see golfers have to deal with a shot into the junipers. Anyway, next time you are thinking about natural landscaping or even golf, remember the native Junipers. We have boatloads of them and these two will transplant really well for you.

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Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Annual Calendar

Sustainable Maintenance Guide and Calendar For the next 15 months, ILCA will be releasing a monthly excerpt from the most current version (v3.0) of its Sustainable Maintenance Guide and Calendar in The Landscape Contractor magazine. The entire 12 month calendar is available to download at no cost to ILCA members, non-profits, public agencies, and units of government. Please email to request a download of the entire guide and calendar. This guide is not available to private landscape companies who are not members of the ILCA. This guide is intended to equip Illinois Landscape Contractors Association members with all the tools necessary to implement a sustainable maintenance program. It takes into account the constraints of a landscape company in regards to costs, time, equipment, personnel, and horticultural knowledge. The guide is written so any landscape company can apply these maintenance principles to almost any commercial or residential landscape and improve the positive impact on the environment without sacrificing aesthetic quality.


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820 W. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 805 Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 618-0715 Business advice and planning for contractors who wish to buy or sell a firm

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For Peter J. Holton,

contracting is in his DNA. He grew up working for his father’s paint contracting business in Wisconsin. So, it was only natural that he would concentrate on working with contractors in his business, Caber Hill Advisors. Holton and Craig Castelli originally worked for the Chicago office of Bridge Ventures, based in Tampa, FL. In 2014 they decided to take it in a different direction and Caber Hill Advisors was born. Castelli is the founder and now CEO of Caber Hill Advisors, which concentrates on providing experienced advisors for small and middle market companies. Holton is a partner at Caber Hill Advisors. Concentrating on small and middle market companies, they help with purchase or sale of a business, as well as valuations and succession planning. Caber Hill Advisors is a mergers and acquisitions firm that works with business owners to help them “fulfill their personal and professional legacies.” Their approach combines elements of the local business brokerage community and large investment banks. Holton’s experience in contracting is in keeping with Caber Hills Advisors’ history of using professionals who all 126

have worked in the markets the company services. Each either owned a business, grew up working in the family business or invested in small companies. A managing director with Caber Hill, Holton’s main focus is on the landscape and lawn care industry, as well as janitorial, roofing and HVAC. Castelli has concentrated on healthcare clients. He spent three years as managing director of Bridge Ventures, a middle market M&A firm. Prior to that he was manager of US business development for Siemens Healthcare. “He is a great leader,” says Holton. David Ogurek, vice president, has been with Caber Hill since 2014. He specializes in the landscape, healthcare and food and beverage industries. In addition, he provides financial analysis, market research and business development, as well as preparing client presentation materials. “He is diligent and proficient and makes us all look good,” says Holton. Holton believes that Caber Hill is filling an important need with small to mid-sized businesses. “A lot of business owners want to sell, but they don’t know how and think that their businesses are worth more than they are,” he says. He believes that these unrealistic expectations of business owners hamper the sales of an estimated 80 percent of businesses on the market. He estimates that 66 percent of all businesses with employees are owned by someone in the Baby Boomer generation. If you are at an age and/or a stage when it’s time to sell the business, “you need a plan,” says Holton. “Can you afford to retire?” Holton believes that acquisitions will be on the rise in the near term. Business owners who would be open to an acquisition need to know how to prepare their businesses to maximize the value. Caber Hill Advisors is active in associations that serve the industries on which they focus. Thus, this year they joined ILCA. “Many of our customers in Illinois have asked us to join,” says Holton. “They told us that ILCA needs people like us.” They first joined NALP (the National Association of Landscape Professionals), then became ILCA members the same week as the golf outing to which Holton brought three clients. Caber Hill also became a sponsor for ILCA’s Annual Member Meeting. “We’re excited about what we can do for ILCA; to give back to them,” he says. This giving back is another part of Holton’s DNA. “I do what I do, because I am obsessed with business,” he says. He also loves helping owners fulfill their next journey. It stems from watching his father and the family business. It helps him understand what business owners are experiencing and trying to meld that with their expertise. “We want to work with the owners to satisfy their legacies,” says Holton.

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James Martin Associates has given outstanding landscape services to residential and commercial clients in Design/Build, Maintenance and Snow Removal in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago area for almost 40 years. Visit www. for more information about our company. At L.I.D. Landscapes, our Colorado branch, it is our passion to be a great provider of all Landscape services, including Irrigation! See more about our awardwinning company at If are interested in joining our team, please send your resume to Beth McElroy, at, or call 847-876-8052. Estimator/Sales Assistant/Project Manager Green-Up has been creating enjoyable playground and outdoor park spaces for over 30 years and is seeking an Estimator/Sales Assistant/Project Manager: Obtains plans on projects generated by lead from Sales Representatives or publication and does plan take offs, coordinate material pricing with the purchasing department and entering bid information into computer systems. Join our growing team today! To view full job descriptions and apply online, visit us at or contact Maria @ 847-487-5071.

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GREAT companies only exist because of GREAT people. Bruss Landscaping of Wheaton is looking to add another GREAT person to our team. 2017 marks our 65th year of providing high quality residential landscape design and installation services to DuPage and eastern Kane counties. We are searching for a talented individual to join our team. If you are GREAT at residential design and sales, have a proven sales record, are self-motivated and focused on GREAT customer service we would like to meet you. Candidates must have earned a four-year degree in Landscape Design/Architecture/Horticulture and have at least 5 years professional experience. Bruss is a relaxed work environment, although seasonally hectic, with a strong benefit package including vehicle, insurance, 401k, generous vacation allowance and reduced winter hours. Eric Bruss,, (630) 665-1600.

Dig Right In specializes in a variety of yard drainage solutions primarily for residential customers. We are seeking a landscape designer with little to no experience who is eager to learn from the best in the business.

Residential Maintenance Account Manager Rosborough Partners, Inc. is accepting resumes for an experienced Residential Maintenance Account Manager to manage portfolio of residential maintenance clients. Responsibilities include preparing proposals, contract renewals, identifying and selling new sales leads and ensuring quality control is followed on client sites. Revenue and profitability goals will be set each year and accomplished by analyzing, planning, organizing, and adjusting schedules to achieve efficient use of resources and people. Establishing, building and maintaining client relationships are the keys to being successful in this position. Landscape industry experience and/or a horticultural degree are required. English & Spanish fluency is a plus. We offer competitive wages and benefits. Please email resume to: GREENHAVEN LANDSCAPES We are looking for quality-oriented people who take pride in their work to join the Greenhaven team. * Construction Foremen * Maintenance Foremen * Sub-Foremen & Laborers * P/T Design Assistant

You have a basic understanding of water dynamics in the landscape and the challenges associated with small lots, clayey soil and climate change. You tend to geek-out to hydrogeology and you know a thing or two about rain gardens, infiltration systems, piping, stormwater management, green infrastructure, and sustainable landscaping techniques. You must demonstrate proficiency in sales; customer service; contract writing, estimating, and negotiating; landscape design; project management; and a willingness to learn. Designers must demonstrate applicable experience or education such as an accredited landscape design program, certificate or equivalent. Computer (Excel & Word) and confident sales skills a plus. Compensation based upon prior experience and skill level as demonstrated by portfolio, plus incentives. Please send resume to: Inventory Manager â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Plant Health Manager Goodmark and South Branch established in 1985 as a specialized nursery growing large specimen shad trees of four inch caliper and above along with ornamentals of eight foot height and above. Join our industry leading team! Inventory Manager: Maintain live, accurate inventories of Goodmark Nurseries and South Branch Nurseries; both in computer systems and on an Excel Spreadsheet. Update inventories on all platforms daily. Monitor additions of plant material harvested, purchased and depletions of plant material sold. Scout plant material for quality, disease and insect issues. Plant Health Manager: Maintain a high quality plant product maintaining insect, disease and weeds levels within acceptable thresholds. Train and supervise field workers applying chemicals at both Goodmark and South Branch Nurseries. To view full job descriptions and apply online, visit us at or contact Maria @ 847.487.5071

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Green Grass Landscape Architecture & Construction, an always growing and expanding design/build firm serving the Western suburbs since 1997, seeks add to our team. Green Grass, Inc. focuses on providing a full spectrum of landscape services while specializing in high-end residential design. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT/DESIGNER Applicant is to have working knowledge of planting and hardscape design, construction methods, design sales and client/project management. Proficiency in CAD (Dynascape) and 3D modeling (Sketchup) is required. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus. Applicant is to have a BLA or related degree. All experience levels are to be considered. Please email resume, portfolio and salary requirements to: All inquiries are kept confidential. Landscape Architect/Design Associate Thornapple Landscapes, Inc. is a full service residential and commercial landscape company with over 65 years serving the Fox Valley and Chicagoland areas. We have a career opening for a highly motivated individual with landscape architectural design experience/ interest to join our professional landscape design team. Working with our team of landscape professionals, the qualified applicant will provide daily support in many areas of planning, design and construction, preparing design sales packages while gaining sales and construction experience in the field of landscape design-build. Previous entry level or internship experience in the landscape industry is beneficial, with knowledge of plant materials, landscape design, construction skills, and general computer skills necessary to perform the required tasks. Thornapple Landscapes is a well-regarded, high quality oriented firm which will give the right person a challenging and exciting career opportunity in the field of landscape design-build. If interested please send your resume with qualifications and work history to and you will be contacted for an interview. All inquiries will be completely confidential. Certified Arborist GRO Horticultural Enterprises is seeking a Certified Arborist to manage our Tree Care Division. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3 to 5 years industry experience and a Commerical Drivers License. Duties will include estimating, sales, and crew management. Educational background in horticulture or forestry is a plus. Please learn about our company at www. and forward your resume to mike@

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Lakeshore Landscaping & Lakeshore Seasonal Services, commercial design/build/maintenance companies in beautiful and thriving Valparaiso Indiana for over 30 years, are seeking an energetic and enthusiastic individual to supervise plant health care in our yard and on job sites, to assist our landscape designers with plant procurement and design implementation, and to train field technicians in proper ornamental plant care.

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HELP WANTED Pizzo and Associates, Ltd., an award winning Ecological Restoration firm, is currently seeking talented individuals to join our growing team. Territory Manager - South This is primarily a Sales position. The successful candidate must have: • Min. 3 years of experience in landscape sales, business, landscape architecture, ecological restoration or natural resources. • Bachelor’s degree in construction management, business, environmental sciences, ecology, horticulture or project management. • Proven Sales and Client Management experience and proficiency in Microsoft Office is required. • Must demonstrate skills in written and verbal communication and ability to work both independently and part of a team. Project Estimator The successful candidate must have: • Min. 1 year of experience in landscape construction or maintenance, business, estimating, landscape architecture, ecological restoration or natural resources. • Bachelor’s degree in construction management, business, environmental sciences, horticulture or project management. • Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required. • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Photoshop, Bluebeam, or GIS is a plus. • Demonstrated ability to plan, schedule and manage all aspects of project estimating, project administration and bid submittal process.

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Clauss Brothers, Inc. is a respected, well established Landscape Contracting Company building large scale landscapes since 1925. We are currently looking to add to our team a Project Manager who is interested in a career position. This position offers a unique opportunity to develop extraordinary outdoor spaces. The Project Manager will be a self-motivated individual with experience to estimate projects, secure materials, develop a construction plan, field implement plans, direct staff, perform documentation and continue long, successful client working relationships. Candidate should have similar field experience and/or related college degree with a background in the green industry.

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5+ years experience as a Supervisor in maintenance/enhancements/snow removal. Oversee crews providing snow removal services and perform snow removal services as needed. Individual should have good computer skills, ability to provide accurate estimates and review job cost. Perform work in a safe and profitable manner. Hire, train, manage, and develop crews. Monitor work completed by crews for quality and efficiency. Communicate with Sales and Management on a regular basis. Bilingual in both English and Spanish is highly preferred. Salary commensurate with experience.

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Seeking a motivated individual with strong leadership skills and personal values to work within our Landscape Construction Division. This is a full-time position with health insurance, cell phone, vehicle, vacation, and matching 401K. We are a 46-year old full-service Landscape Management company servicing affluent clients on the North Shore. Our divisions include: Tree Care, Plant Health Care, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Design & Construction, Lawn Care, Holiday Decor, and Snow & Ice Management. Job description includes job site management, ordering of greens & hard goods, quality control and safety compliance, scheduling inspections and client relations. Requited skills include 3-5 years industry experience, knowledge of plant material and hardscape, strong organizational communications skills, snow operations experience is a plus. Salary is commensurate with experience. Send resume to Robert Kinnucan at Visit our website at Draftsman Capital Stoneworks is a Distributor, Quarrier & Fabricator of natural stone We are looking for a Draftsman to join our growing team. Responsibilities include preparing shop drawings, field measuring, and job site meetings. - Organized & Detail oriented - Auto Cad skills & understanding of architectural drawings - Basic understanding of Masonry construction - Good communication & people skills Please email resume to:


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We are currently searching for a Construction Hardscape foreman and crew leaders to join our team that brings skills as a Landscape/Hardscape professional. Seasonal Landscape Solutions has made its mark in the northwest suburbs as an elite landscape design build company over the past 20 years. Seasonal Landscape Solutions is a growing company providing high quality residential and commercial landscape design build and installation services throughout the northwest and northern suburbs. We strive to be the best while maintaining a relaxed work environment, while creating outdoor kitchens, landscape designs, patios pools, water features, outdoor lighting and planting.

GroundsKeeper Landscape Care, a growing full service landscape company in the Southwest Suburbs is looking for a LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT / DESIGNER to focus on residential and commercial design and sales.

This person should have at least 5 years professional Landscape, and hardscape experience, great communication skills, hard worker, valid driver’s license, and room to advance. Bilingual is English Spanish is a plus. We offer a strong benefit package including great hourly pay, with overtime, 401K matching available, great Insurance, options, and Holiday pay for all employees who are hourly or salary. Please contact Andy at 847-652-8458 or email Account Manager McFarlane Douglass & Co., is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate on any legally recognized basis, including , but not limited to, race, age, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status or any other basis recognized by federal, state of local law. Account Manager We are seeking a full time Interior Account Manager to join our Sales Team. Experience in the Horticultural industry and must have Field experience. This individual will be responsible for maintaining and up-selling interior landscape maintenance services to current clients. This position requires an energetic and self starter individual with excellent sales experience and a preferred minimum of 3 years experience with interior sales and interior landscape design. Must be able to prospect for new clients, with a high degree of organizational skills. Strong customer and communication skills are a must. Strong knowledge of tropical plants/flowers. Knowledge of Downtown area a plus.

Successful candidate will have a working knowledge of planting and hardscape design, construction methods, design sales and client/project management. Proficiency in CAD 3D modeling is required. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus. Applicant is to have a BLA or related degree. All experience levels will be considered. Please email resume, portfolio and salary requirements to office@groundskpr. com. All inquiries are kept confidential. Green Roof Maintenance Supervisor Intrinsic Landscaping, Inc. of Glenview, IL is a green roof, living wall, and landscape specialty company and is looking for a motivated candidate to serve as Green Roof Maintenance Supervisor. Job duties include: -Polite and knowledgeable interaction with clients, vendors, and co-workers -Organize Maintenance Crews Schedule at-grade and green roof maintenance Diagnose and execute maintenance needs of both environments along with Intrinsic management -Execute and improve corporate safety program -Weekly Maintenance Meetings Report to Intrinsic management team Evaluate performance of maintenance program/ compliance with manufacturer requirements Evaluate performance of specific green roof projects -Quickbooks Data Entry Create and follow through with Purchase Orders, Job Estimates, and Invoices -Organize Electronic and Physical Files -Maintain Online Calendar -Pursue additional Green Roof Maintetance contracts -Payroll Reconciliation Requirements: -Experience with crew management and organization for green roof maintenance, landscape maintenance and some construction Soil sampling and diagnosis Maintenance-related gardening and horticulture skills -Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, and Excel) -Quickbooks Experience -Comfortable with Phone and Email Correspondence, politeness is very important to Intrinsic! -Quality oriented and a great attention to detail -Bilingual is a plus Email resume to:

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HELP WANTED HELP WANTED- JM IRRIGATION, LLC: A Steadily Growing Company is looking to fill several positions with self motivated, energetic, reliable, friendly employees . Accounting/Finance Manager to be responsible for all financial operations of the company including A/R , A/P, Invoicing, Payroll, collections, Etc. 3 yrs. min Quick Books and administrative accounting experience required. Irrigation Sales & Business Development Associate - Min. 2 years landscape or irrigation sales and business development experience. Irrigation Technician and Irrigation Laborer. Pay commensurate with experience. Call 847-5460165 or email Mariani Landscape, a leader in the residential Landscape Design, Build, and Maintenance industry for over 50 years, is currently looking for experienced Client Representatives, Production Coordinators, Crew Leaders and Crew Members for the 2017 season. Based in our Lake Bluff, Illinois facility, be part of one of the best sales and service teams in the industry. If you believe in building long-term relationships, and have a desire to provide the best service to valued clientele, we would like to hear from you. Please email your resume and cover letter to If interested in Crew positions, please come in and apply in person at 300 Rockland Road in Lake Bluff. Where You Want To Be

One day Veronica saw the wise Bluebeard walking through the garden leaning on his Henry Lauder’s walking stick. Excitedly she approached and asked for his sage advice, “Am I the only one looking to the cosmos for employment?” “Although life can be bittersweet, don’t be impatient as you pine for more. Often what you’re looking for is right in front of you. Clear away the smoke and burning bushes, and voila, here you are.” TOPIARIUS’ FINE GARDENING TEAM is growing. - Designer & Sales Associate - Crew Leader - Crew Member Compost Operation Foreman Garden Prairie Organics is looking for an Operations Foreman to: Supervise and work with team members in the field, Oversee and perform daily tasks in compost operation. Good communication skills, heavy equipment experience, work around all types of moving equipment, self-starter, and enjoys working outside. Experience in organic recycling or mulch facility a plus. Send Resume to: or fax 815-597-1319

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Digi-Talk .......................................................................................................112

Rocks Etc. ........................................................................................................37

Doty Nurseries LLC ............................................................................................4

Russo Power Equipment .................................................................................85

Echo Power Equipment .....................................................................................32

RWC Insurance Group ..................................................................................119

Eden Stone .......................................................................................................99

Sheridan Nurseries ............................................................................................94

Emergent Safety Supply .................................................................................106

Snowfighter Institute .....................................................................................128

Fairview Evergreen Nurseries .........................................................................50

Spring Grove Nursery .......................................................................................36

Fiore Nusery and Landscape Supply ................................................................31

Spring Meadow Nursery....................................................................................25

Garden Prairie Organics ...................................................................................91

Stockyards Brick Co. ........................................................................................23

Goodmark Nurseries ......................................................................................107

The Care of Trees .............................................................................................36

Green Glen Nursery ........................................................................................135

The Landscape Contractor magazine .............................................................132

GRO Horticultural Enterprises ..........................................................................17

The Mulch Center ...........................................................................................117

B. Haney & Sons, Inc. ......................................................................................95

The Tree Connection .........................................................................................96

Hinsdale Nurseries, Inc. ...................................................................................43

Tri-County Stockdale Co. of Joliet ................................................................103

Homer Industries, Inc. .......................................................................................41

Unilock Chicago ........................................................................................136

Husqvarna ........................................................................................................33

Vermeer Midwest .......................................................................................35

Ivanhoe Nursery ..............................................................................................112

Wilson Nurseries ........................................................................................48

JKS Ventures....................................................................................................46

Xylem, Inc. ...................................................................................................37

The Landscape Contractor February 2017


Knowing Native Plants

Native Intelligence A Guide through the Labyrinth of Native Plants and Cultivars

by Nina Koziol

Monarda didyma ‘Jacob Cline’— Bee Balm

In the Midwest,

where winter temperatures can dip to -20 F and summers can produce endless heat and periods of drought, plants must be well-adapted to survive let alone thrive. Native plants — the flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees that grew in geographical regions prior to European settlement — do just that. Many are found growing in forest preserves, open spaces, the dunes and prairies. Evolving over tens of thousands of years, Midwestern native plants have adapted to the harshest winters, they tolerate droughts, and typically prosper in local soils. Once they’re established, natives typically need less supplemental water than other garden plants. Scott Mehaffey began our Native Intelligence series with a feature in the November 2016 issue. Throughout 2017 we will use this space to continue the discussion on a wide range of native plants.

Monarda didyma ‘Jacob Cline’— Bee Balm

Mehaffey admires this native cultivar for it’s long bloom period that extends for about eight weeks from early/mid-summer to late summer. The blossoms are attractive to bees, hummingbirds and butterflies, particularly when massed. Grow it in rich, medium to wet, moisture-retentive soil. Remove spent flowers to prolong bloom and divide clumps every three to four years.

Cultivate: • • • •

Plant in full sun to part shade. Height: 2-4’ Spread: 2-3’ Rhizomes and self-sowing help this plant to form colonies. Hardy in zones 4 to 9. Combos: Liatris, native grasses, Leucanthemum (Shasta daisy), Agastache, Nepeta

Bonus: Pollinator-friendly flowers.


The Landscape Contractor February 2017

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