January 9-11, Minneapolis, Minn.

The 2008 Minnesota Green Expo will take place January 9-11, 2008, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) and the Minnesota Turf & Grounds Foundation (MTGF) are partners in the regional trade show and educational program which targets a broad spectrum of green industry professionals.

Give us three days …

… and the Minnesota Green Expo will give you a leg up on what’s new to ensure you’re on the cutting edge of the market. All of it: products, accessories, educational seminars, marketing and business workshops, parties, receptions and networking. It’s all business, and it’s all at Expo. Make it your business to be there in January, or you’ll be left behind!

The show’s audience includes nursery and greenhouse growers; garden center operators; landscape and irrigation contractors; landscape designers; lawn, tree and gardening professionals; golf course and park superintendents; school and cemetery grounds supervisors; sports turf managers; and arborists. Over 8,000 green industry professionals are expected to attend from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Hotel information

The Hyatt Regency will be the headquarters hotel for the 2008 Minnesota Green Expo. The Hyatt is connected by skyway to the Minneapolis Convention Center, as well as to shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Guest rooms include amenities such as in-room movies, large work desks with two-line phones and voice mail. The hotel features a fully equipped health club and indoor heated swimming pool, as well as sauna and Jacuzzi. Discounted room rates available: $91. Discounted rooms are limited, so make your reservations now by calling toll-free 888-421-1442.

Rooms are also available at the Millennium Hotel, which is connected by skyway to the Hyatt Regency and the Minneapolis Convention Center. Discounted room rates available: $91. Discounted rooms are limited, so make your reservations now by calling toll-free 866-866-8086.

Expo luncheons

All members of the green industry are invited to attend two luncheons that will be offered at the Minnesota Green Expo by the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association.

MNLA Legislative Luncheon—January 9
On Wednesday, January 9, the MNLA will host a Legislative Luncheon. The luncheon will begin at noon in Ballroom B at the Convention Center. Speakers will discuss state and national legislative and regulatory issues of concern to the green industry. Tickets for the luncheon cost only $12 and include a sandwich buffet.

MNLA Awards Luncheon-January 10
The MNLA will host its annual Awards Luncheon at the Minnesota Green Expo on Thursday, January 10 beginning at noon in Ballroom B at the Convention Center. Tickets will be $25 in advance and, if tickets remain, they may be purchased onsite at the Expo Information Desk for $30.

The awards luncheon has always been an enjoyable venue for the industry to celebrate and review the successes of the past year with award winners, scholarship recipients and grant recipients.  

Note that tickets (including those ordered in advance) will be available for pick up at the Expo Information Desk. No tickets will be mailed. We hope you will continue to join us at these two industry luncheons at the Minnesota Green Expo. If you have questions, please contact the MNLA office at 651-633-4987.

Expo Networking

The Minnesota Green Expo provides a perfect venue for making connections with your green industry friends and colleagues! Network with your old friends, plus take advantage of the opportunity to make new acquaintances and build new business relationships through the expanded venue that the Minnesota Green Expo provides.

Welcome reception

Be sure to join us for the Welcome Reception on Wednesday, January 9th from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on the Trade Show Floor. There will be free appetizers and cash bars available throughout the trade show floor. The event is sponsored by Bork Tree Farms, Gerten’s Wholesale, Ziegler Cat and Blue Valley Sod.

Casino Party presented by Bailey Nurseries and Hedberg Landscape & Masonry Supply

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to network with your colleagues at the Casino Party on Thursday, January 10th at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Enjoy fun, food and a cash bar at this event with co-sponsors Bachman’s Wholesale Nursery & Hardscapes and Jirik Sod Farms.

Educational Sessions

Wednesday, January 9

7:30 – 8:25 a.m.

• My Favorite Plant
Speaker: Jayne Roberts, moderator
Main Auditorium

• Effective Employee Recruiting Tools
Speaker: Dept. of Employment and Economic Development
Auditorium 1

• I-Tic Training
Speaker: Jon Eisele
Auditorium II

• U of M 2008 Turfgrass Research Update
Speakers:Brian Horgan, Eric Watkins
Auditorium III

8:40 – 9:35 a.m.

• Keynote: Gaining the Trust EDGE
Speaker:Dave Horsager
Main Auditorium

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

• New Plants 2008
Speaker: Dean Engelmann, moderator
Main Auditorium

• Landscape Lighting Design
Speaker: Nate Mullen
Auditorium I

• Turf 101, Part I
Speaker: John Hopko
Room M100CDE

9:45 – 11 a.m.

• Award-Winning Landscapes: Irrigation, Installation and Management
Speaker: Doug Geesaman, moderator
Room 200 ABIJ

• Golf Can Be Good for the Environment: Here’s How
Speaker: Larry Alwaryd
Auditorium III

• Strengthening Intercultural Relationships
Speaker: Ellen Ely
Room M100FGH

• Landscape Water Management: Strategies and Technologies
Speaker: Brent Mecham
Room M100ABIJ

• Today’s Big Trends & How They Affect You
Speaker: Chris Beytes
Room 200CDE

• Sports Field Lighting
Speaker: Craig Gallop
Room 208AB

• Building & Zoning Codes as They Relate to Landscaping
Speaker: Roger Axel
Auditorium I

• Design & Maintenance of Annuals
Speaker: David Zlesak
Room 208CD

• Propagation and Use of Native Sedges for Landscaping
Speaker: Esther McGinnis
Room 200FGH

1:45 – 3:45 p.m.

• Award-Winning Landscapes: Design
Speaker: Rob LaFavor, moderator
Main Auditorium

2 – 2:50 p.m.

• Landscape Lighting Technology
Speaker: Nate Mullen
Auditorium II

• Legislation, Local Issues and Activists
Speaker: John McCauley
Room 205

• Motivating Without Money
Speaker: Ellen Ely
Room M100FGH

• Across the Pond: What’s Going onin Europe’s Greenhouses?
Speaker: Chris Beytes
Room 200CDE

• Green Technology = Money $avings for Water Management Professionals
Speakers: Malooly, Walter, Wicklund, Edgett, Meechem, Soukup
Auditorium III

• Natural vs. Artificial Turf
Speaker: Mike Andresen
Room 208AB

• Keeping Trees Vertical: The Dilemma of Tree Staking and Related Challenges
Speakers: John Daniels, Peter Dziuk
Room 208CD

• Professionalism in the Green Industry: Taking it to the Bank
Speaker: Steve Sylvester
Room M100CDE

• Increase Profits & Professionalism Through Certification/Licensure
Speakers: Tim Oberg, Tom Haugo, Steve Shimek, Gail Nozal
Auditorium I

2 – 3:30 p.m.

• Garden Center Panel
Speakers; Garden Center Committee Members
Room 200FGH

2 – 4 p.m.
• Low Voltage Irrigation and Lighting Technical Session
Speaker: Ed Lethert
Room 201

3 – 3:50 p.m.

• Landscape Lighting Idea Exchange
Speaker: Landscape Lighting Task Force
Room M101

• Climate Change: Data Trends and Visible Evidence
Speaker: Mark Seeley
Room 205

• Turf 101, Part II
Speaker: John Hopko
Room M100CDE

• The Simple Science of Plant Selection?
Speaker: Jim Chatfield
Room 208CD

3 – 4 p.m.

• Design & Maintenance of Perennials
Speaker: David Zlesak
Room M100ABIJ

Thursday, January 10

7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

• Taking control of Green Speed
Speaker: Thomas Nikolai
Auditorium II

7:30 – 8:20 a.m.

• Outdoor Equipment Engines
Speaker: Bill Togerud
Room 200FGH

7:30 – 8:50 a.m.

• Managing & Scheduling Work Crews, Part I
Speaker: Jerry Gaeta
Room M100ABIJ

• Changing With Your Customers’ Demographics and Lifestyle
Speaker: Ian Baldwin
Auditorium I

• Managing Deer Damage, Part I
Speakers: Byron Shissler, Nick Rendl
Auditorium III

8 – 8:50 a.m.

• Best Performing Annuals & Perennials
Speaker: Neil Anderson
Room 200ABIJ

• Weeds, Scum and Mud: Maintaining Your Water Garden
Speaker: John Madsen

• Sequridad in la Industria Verde (Safety in the Green Industry)
Speaker: Raphael Barajas
Room 201

• Bonds, Liens and Collections
Speaker: Kimberly Price
Room 202

• Growing Trees with Concrete
Speaker: Tom Smiley
Room M100FGH

8:30 – 9:20 a.m.

• Assessing Turf Conditions with New Technologies
Speaker: Van Cline
Room M100CDE

9 – 9:50 a.m.

• Mantenimiento del Césped (Turf Maintenance)
Speaker: Raphael Barajas
Room 201

• Soil Health Diagnostics
Speaker: Tom Smiley
Room M100FGH

9 – 10 a.m.

• Plant Combinations for Various pH Sites
Speakers: Mike Heger, Jim Calkins
Room 200ABIJ

9 – 10:30 a.m.

• Crew Leader Idea Exchange
Speakers: Landscape Contractor Committee Members
Room M101

• Survivor-Will You Still Be in the Industry in 2018?
Speaker: Ian Baldwin
Auditorium I

• Water Garden Design From Past to Present
Speaker: Anthony Archer-Wills
Main Auditorium

• Answers to Your Nursery Questions Panel
Speakers: Nursery Committee Members
Room 202

• Lubricants for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Mechanical Applications
Speakers: Les Mielke, Barry Arvold, John McGrath
Room: 200FGH

• Proven Techniques to Enhance Influence & Effectiveness
Speaker: Mark Esoda
Room 200CDE

• Getting the FAQs About Control Product Formulations
Speaker: Randy Cush
Room M100CDE

2 – 2:50 p.m.

• Lider del Equipo Responsabilidad, Parte I (Account Manager/Crew Leader Accountability Workshop, Part I)
Speaker: Erick Farruggia
Room 201

• Designing Imaginative and Sustainable Water Features
Speaker: Anthony Archer-Wills
Main Auditorium

• Managing Deer and Other Pests, Part II
Speakers: Byron Shissler, Nick Rendl
Auditorium III

• Up-and-Coming Perennials
Speaker: Richard Hawke
Auditorium I

• Midwest Native Plants
Speaker: Erik Olsen
Room 200ABIJ

• Fertilizers and Biostimulants
Speaker: Tom Smiley
Room M100FGH

• Working with New Generation Fuels
Speakers: Les Mielke, Barry Arvold, John McGrath
Room 200FGH

• Maintaining the Quality of Water Features
Speaker: John Madsen
Auditorium II

2 – 3:20 p.m.

• Managing & Scheduling Work Crews, Part II
Speaker: Jerry Gaeta
Room M100ABIJ

2 – 3:30 p.m.

• Garden Center Idea Exchange
Speaker: Van Cooley, moderator
Room M101

2 – 4 p.m.

• Aquatics Recertification
Speakers: John Hiebert, Jay Rendall, John Barlen
Room 202

3 – 3:50 p.m.

• Panel: Managing Golfer Expectations
Speakers: James Bade, Brian Horgan, Bob Vavrek, George Carroll, Steve David, Tom Ryan, moderator
Auditorium II

• Lider del Equipo Responsabilidad, Parte II (Account Manager/Crew Leader Accountability Workshop, Part II)
Speaker: Erick Farruggia
Room 201

• Nursery & Holding Treatments Impact Tree Health in the Landscape
Speaker: John Lloyd
Room M100FGH

• Managing Low Budget Fields
Speaker: Mike Andresen
Room 208AB

• Working with State Regulations on Water Conservation
Speaker: Mark Esoda
Room 208CD

• The Power of Winter Maintenance Professionals to Protect Our Lakes and Rivers
Speaker: Connie Fortin
Room 200CDE

Friday, January 11

Non-pesticide Recertification
8 – 8:50 a.m.

• Native Plants and Ecological Design: Myths and Realities
Speaker: Cole Burrell
Room 200ABIJ

• Irrigation Scheduling
Speaker: Jeff Kleinboehl
Room M100FGH

• Landscape Surveying: Total Station
Speaker: Brian Goff
Room M100ABIJ

9 – 9:50 a.m.

• Outdoor Spaces/Kitchens
Speakers: Mike Flaharen, John Johnson
Room M100ABIJ

9 – 10:15 a.m.

• More Than a Pretty Face: Native Alternatives to Invasive Exotic Plants
Speaker: Cole Burrell
Room 200ABIJ

9 – 10:30 a.m.

• Updating Your Garden Center-Small Spends, Big Wins
Speaker: Ian Baldwin
Room 200FGH

• Don’t Be Afraid to Drip!
Speaker: Andy Humphrey
Room M100FGH

• Tried and True! Proven Perennials from the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Trials
Speaker: Richard Hawke
Room 200CDE

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

• Irrigation, Lighting & the National Electric Code (Code Session)
Speaker: Ed Lethert
Room M100FGH

1 – 2 p.m.

• Envisioning a New Wilderness: Ecological Design for the Home Landscape
Speaker: Cole Burrell
Room 200ABIJ

Pesticide Recertification
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

• MDA General Session
Speaker: Ruth Marston
Main Auditorium

8:35 – 9:30 a.m.

• Dollar Spot and Snow Mold Disease Control
Speaker: Tob Golembiewski
Main Auditorium

• Sure Fire Rules of Tree Problem Diagnostics
Speaker: Jim Chatfield
Auditorium I

• Ways to Reduce the Need for Growth Retardants
Speaker: John Erwin
Auditorium II

• Disease of Flowers in the Landscape
Speaker: Michelle Grabrowski
Auditorium III

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

• Invasive Insect Species: Preparation and Management Strategies for Emerald Ash Borer and Gypsy Moth
Speaker: Chris Williamson
Main Auditorium

• 10 Keys Tree Disease Management in the Urban Forest
Speaker: Jim Chatfield
Auditorium I

• Branded vs. Generic: Which is Right for You?
Speaker: John Wendorf
Auditorium II

• Insect Management Update
Speaker: Vera Krischik
Auditorium III

1 – 1:55 p.m.

• Moss & Algae-Is There a Link?
Speaker: Larry Stowell
Main Auditorium

• Insects in Depth: Borers
Speaker: Vera Krischik
Auditorium I

• A Review of Biological Disease Control Products
Speaker: Andy Peterson
Auditorium II

• Who Needs Nursery Inspection and Certification?
Speaker: Steve Shimek
Auditorium III

2 – 3 p.m.

• What’s Up With Brown Ring Patch and Fairy Ring?
Speaker: Larry Stowell
Main Auditorium

• Effective Management of Ants, Earthworms and Japanese Beetle in Turf
Speaker: Chris Williamson
Auditorium I

• Organic Techniques for Flower Growers
Speaker: Bud MArkhart
Auditorium II

• Pesticide Safety
Speaker: Dean Herzfeld
Auditorium III

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