Dallas, Texas, August 13 – 16

The TNLA Nursery/Landscape Expo is the south-central United States’ largest gathering of green industry professionals and ranked part of the Tradeshow Week Magazine’s Top 200 shows. At the Expo, greenline, hardline and service companies cater to growers, landscape contractors, retail nurseries and a wide variety of grounds and landscape management professionals. Come find out what’s new, what’s hot and what specials are available this season!

For more information, visit www.nurserylandscapeexpo.org.

Education Conference

At the Education Conference, an extensive line-up of education events will include topics covering business management, plant material, creative environments, “green,” pest management and irrigation best practices.

On Friday and Saturday morning, $5 admission to two short-course Growing Education tracks will be offered this year.

Free Education Lounge sessions during the trade show will feature seven speakers.

Still trying to decide how to brand your business? How can you leverage your TNLA certification and TNLA membership? Find out how on Saturday morning during a $5 admission seminar presented by Dr. Charlie Hall and TNLA members who have tried different ideas that work!

Thursday, August 13

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Irrigator CEU Tracks: The irrigator track will offer two full-day classes by the Irrigation Association, approved for 8 CEU hours for irrigators licensed through the TCEQ and the IA.

  • Landscape Drip Design, Maintenance and Scheduling

The class, manual, handouts and instruction will review the different methods to design and install drip systems to meet site requirements. Emphasis will be on proper scheduling, learning how to check for proper performance and how to troubleshoot problems to keep systems working optimally.

  • Advanced Electrical Troubleshooting Part II

This advanced class will teach skills to repair and troubleshoot today’s more sophisticated irrigation systems. Topics covered include dealing with advanced electrical problems, such as two-wire systems, DC systems, diagnosing advanced problems through amp readings, phasing and grounding and identifying basic sensor problems.

8:30 – 9 a.m. Ideas for Action Networking Breakfast (continental breakfast, included in registration)

9:15 – 10 a.m. Keynote Speaker: The Trends Potentially Affecting the Horticultural Industry

Marvin Miller, Ball Horticultural Company

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

  • Business Management I: Putting Your Business Plan to Work, Dr. Charlie Hall, Texas A&M University
  • Business Management II: Getting Organized to Increase Productivity and Reduce Stress, Denise Landers, Key Organization Systems, Inc.
  • Plant Material: Palms, Grant Stephenson, Horticultural Consultants, Inc.
  • Creative Environments: Outdoor Living Environments, Jason Osterberger, Jason Osterberger Designs
  • Learning to Be Green: Rainwater Harvesting, Dotty Woodson, Texas AgriLife Extension
  • Pest Management: Using Beneficials to Manage Pests … Where to Start?, Dr. Carlos Bogran, Texas AgriLife Extension

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Business Management I: Surviving and Adapting in Turbulent Times, Dr. Charlie Hall, Texas A&M University
  • Business Management II: Update on Immigration Laws
  • Plant Material: From the Living Room to the Landscape: Outdoor Tropicals, Jimmy Turner, Dallas Arboretum
  • Creative Environment: New Trends in Ecologically Performative Landscape Development, David Hopman, UT Arlington
  • Learning to Be Green: Evaluating Landscape Performance with the Sustainable Sites Initiative, Steve Windhager, Ladybird Wildflower Center
  • Pest Management: Management of New and Difficult to Control Landscape Pests, Dr. Scott Ludwig, Texas AgriLife Extension

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Crafting the Garden: The Role of Plants in Contemporary Landscapes

Dr. Neil Odenwald, Louisiana State University

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

  • Business Management I: Green Industry Marketing Demystified, Kerstin Ouelett, Pen & Petal, Inc.
  • Business Management II: Technology Transforming the Landscape Industry, Ann Behner, Visual Impact Imaging
  • Plant Material: Seasonal Change Out Ideas
  • Creative Environments: Design for Small Spaces, Dr. Neil Odenwald, Louisiana State University
  • Learning to Be Green: New Ideas in Waterwise Landscaping, Dr. Cynthia McKenney, Texas Tech University
  • Pest Management: Update on Plant Diseases from the Texas AgriLife Extension’s Diagnostic Lab, Dr. Kevin Ong, Texas AgriLife Extension

3 – 4 p.m.

  • Business Management I: Improved Profits Through Improved Selling, Dr. Kerry Litzenberg, Texas A&M University
  • Business Management II: Information for Workforce Management, Marco Palma, Texas AgriLife Extension
  • Plant Material: Cotainer Gardening Designs for Today and Tomorrow, Kerstin Ouelett, Pen & Petal, Inc.
  • Creative Environments: Wildscapes, Brett Johnson, Texas Dept. of Wildlife
  • Learning to Be Green: Landscape Functioning as a Grocery, Carlton Colmenares, NovAgro, LLC
  • Pest Management: Managing Ants in the Landscape, Dr. Bart Drees, Texas AgriLife Extension

4 – 5 p.m. Optional CEU Opportunity: Update on Pesticide Applicator’s Laws and Regs, Mark Evans, Texas Dept. of Agriculture

This special session is designed to provide the latest information on the laws and regulations concerning the use of chemical pesticides. Participants can receive 1 CEU towards their commercial, noncommercial and/or private pesticide applicators license.

Friday, August 14

8 – 8:40 a.m.

  • Growing Education: New Ideas for Growth Control of Bedding Plants and Perennials, Jim Barrett

8:50 – 9:30 a.m.

  • Growing Education: Extend Your Season with Fall Proven Winners Varieties, Nicole Jackson, Euro American Propagators

Saturday, August 15

8 – 8:40 a.m.

  • Growing Education: Drought and Salinity Stress in Ornamental Plants and Trees, Raul Cabrera, Texas AgriLife Extension
  • Hispanic Employee Education (Spanish): Worker Protection Standards, Part I, Dr. Carlos Bogran, Texas AgriLife Extension
  • Marketing Education: Different is Not Always Better, But Better is Always Different, Dr. Charlie Hall, Texas A&M University

8:50 – 9:30 a.m.

  • Growing Education: Sustainability, Dr. Don Wilkerson, Texas AgriLife Extension
  • Hispanic Employee Education (Spanish): Worker Protection Standards II, Dr. Carlos Bogran Texas AgriLife Extension
  • Marketing Education: Marketing TNLA Membership and Certification

Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 13
7 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Education Conference—On-site Registration-Dallas Con­vention Center
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Education Conference—Dallas Convention Center
Advance Registration: $195/member, $235/nonmember (fee includes trade show badge)
6 – 9 p.m. TNLA Awards Dinner—Hilton Anatole Hotel—Additional fee required. Presentation of the TNLA Arp, Young Leader and Texas Excellence in Landscaping (TEIL) Awards recognizing excellence within our industry.
Friday, August 14
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Registration Hours—Dallas Convention Center
8 – 9:30 a.m.  Growing Education—Dallas Convention Center—Additional fee required
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Irrigation Education, Part I—Dallas Convention Center—Additional fee required
6 – 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception—TNLA Goes … To Ancient Rome!
Hilton Anatole Hotel-Dallas
Opening Night Reception. Free Admission (Badge required)
6:30 – 8 p.m. Certification Reception—Hilton Anatole Hotel-Dallas
By Invitation Only
Reception honoring all active TCNPs, TMCNPs, TCLPs and CLTs
Saturday, August 15
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration Hours—Dallas Convention Center
8 – 9:30 a.m. Growing Education—Dallas Convention Center—Additional fee required
8 – 9:30 a.m. Hispanic Employee Education—Dallas Convention Center—Additional fee required
8 – 9:30 a.m. Marketing Your Business—Dallas Convention Center—Additional fee required
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Irrigation Education, Part II—Dallas Convention Center—Additional fee required
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Trade Show Open—Dallas Convention Center
Saturday, August 16
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Trade Show Open—Dallas Convention Center