Dig deeper into green industry subjects.


Our workshops offer an opportunity to delve into timely topics as well as to earn certifications.

WORKSHOP A / Two-day course /  Room 126
Concrete Paver Installer Certification

Instructor: Rick Bishoff, Techo-Bloc

February 11: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
February 12: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

For contractors involved in the residential and commercial installation of interlocking concrete pavements, the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) Concrete Paver Installer Certification is THE industry recognized program for the professionals committed to industry guidelines for segmental concrete pavement installation. The two-day course equips individuals currently employed in the concrete paver installer industry with training and tools to properly install interlocking concrete paving systems. In addition, participants have the opportunity to pursue certification at the end of the workshop, as well as potential industry recognition in the future.

Please note:  Workshop price includes continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments — both days.

WORKSHOP  B  /  Room 128 
Turf 101: Just the Basics

Instructor: Cale Bigelow and Jada Powlen, Purdue University

February 11: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

CCH = 3b:3.0, RT:3.0

This workshop will cover the foundational principles necessary to produce a dense, healthy turf. Topics to be covered include proper species and cultivar selection, management inputs like mowing and turf nutrition. A special emphasis will be placed upon nutritional needs for various turf areas, their use, expectations and desired management inputs.

WORKSHOP  C  /  Room 124
Landscape Maintenance 101

Kyle Daniel, Purdue University

February 11: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

CCH = 3a:3.0, 3b:1.0, RT:3.0

This workshop, which is designed as an introductory course for landscape management basics, will include topics, such as proper planting, pruning, fertility, weed control, mulching, how plants grow, and more.  We’ll also demonstrate calibration of backpack sprayers as a hands-on demonstration.  This course will cover many topics that entry-level employees (and those that need a refresher) will need to know for the 2020 season.

WORKSHOP D /  Room 125
Indiana Accredited Horticulturist (IAH) Review with Exam

Instructor: Jim Messmer, Vincennes University, retired

February 11:  1:00 – 5:00 pm

1:00 – 3:00 pm: IAH Review (additional fee)
3:00 – 5:00 pm: IAH Exam

As an educator and experienced IAH facilitator, Jim will aid you in preparing for the afternoon exam. There will be ample time for questions and individual attention. The review is also a great refresher for those already certified  — earn IAH CEUs by attending.

Registration for workshop is for REVIEW ONLY. To take the exam you MUST register with INLA (800-443-7336) and pay test fee.

WORKSHOP E / Room 127
Diagnosing Tree and Shrub Problems: A Stepwise Approach

Instructor: Tom Creswell and John Bonkowski, Purdue University

February 11: 1:00 – 4:00 pm • CCH = 3a:3.0, 3b:1.0, RT:3.0

Diagnosing Landscape Problems: A Stepwise Approach will teach the steps of problem diagnosis, including tips for proper identification of the host, as well as key symptoms and signs to help identify plant diseases and other problems on trees, shrubs, and turf. There are many look-alike problems and expression of symptoms is a dynamic process — with symptoms changing in appearance over time. This interactive session will combine photos with hands-on diagnosis of samples in a stepwise approach to problem solving. This hands-on workshop will conclude with a review of the samples, allowing you to self-test your knowledge of the problems presented.

WORKSHOP F / Room 128
Putting Green Workshop: Focusing on the Fundamentals

Instructor: Zach Nicoludis, United States Golf Association

February 11: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Putting greens are hands down the most important playing surface on a golf course. The foundation of a sound agronomic program must be built on fundamental practices. This workshop will focus on the fundamental practices that are critical for balancing turf health and playability on putting greens. Topics that will be covered include: cultural management practices, water management, disease management, and optimizing growing environments.

Sponsored by: USGA