Association News

Landscape Enthusiasts Convene at Field Day

The Missouri Landscape & Nursery Association held its summer field day at Nathanael Greene and Close Memorial Park in Springfield, Mo. Parks Supervisor Ben Kellner spoke on the site of the planned 12,700-square-foot Botanical Center at the west end of the park. Other speakers included Tammy Bruckerhoff, Missouri Department of Conservation, and Chris Nejelski, Missouri Botanical Gardens, who spoke about the role of native plants in lawns and gardens; and Susan Ehlenbeck and Casey Jo Kellner, Missouri Department of Agriculture, who spoke about pests, blights and diseases.

MRTF Holds Turf Field Day

The Midwest Regional Turf Foundation held its Turf Field Day at the W.H. Daniel Turf & Diagnostic Center in West Lafayette, Ind. The event included a trade show, equipment demonstrations, turf research tours and workshops covering white grubs, economics of fertilizer, sports turf and pest management.

Canada Blooms Moving to Direct Energy Centre

Landscape Ontario’s 13th annual Canada Blooms will be held at the Direct Energy Centre, Toronto, Ont., instead of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The move will provide improved access for garden builders, exhibitors and guests. The show is scheduled for March 17-21, 2010.

OLCA Holds Lawn Care Seminar

The Ohio Lawn Care Association held its Northeast Ohio Lawn Care Seminar at the Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center in Wooster, Ohio. Topics included phenology as a tool to implement successful IPM for insects; equipment calibration for ride-on spreaders/sprayers; turfgrass disease identification, economical management and fungicides for residential and commercial use; tree and shrub insect control; and weed identification and control.

PLANET Holds Renewal & Remembrance Event

The Professional Landcare Network held its 13th annual Renewal & Remembrance event at Arlington National and Historic Congressional cemeteries. Hundreds of landscape and lawn care professionals from across the nation brought crews to spend the day mulching, caring for and cabling trees with lightning protection, pruning, liming, planting and aerating the soil. The Tree Care Industry Association partnered with PLANET to host the event, and event sponsors at the platinum level included Bayer Environmental Science, Husqvarna and Syngenta Lawn & Garden.

ASLA Announces 2009 Honors

The American Society of Landscape Architects announced the recipients of its 2009 honors, the highest awards it presents each year. The honors will be presented during the ASLA annual meeting in September. Honorees include Joseph E. Brown, EDAW, ASLA Medal; Richard W. Shaw, Design Workshop, Inc., Design Medal; Dennis Day, Kansas State University, Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal; Richard M. Daley, mayor of Chicago, Ill., Alfred B. LeGasse Medal; City Park District and City of Chicago, Medal of Excellence; Center for Planning Excellence, Olmsted Medal; EDAW/AECOM, Landscape Architecture Firm Award; and Daniel Winterbottom, University of Washington College of Architecture & Urban Planning, Community Service Award.

ANLA Participates in Launch of Immigration Reform Effort

The American Nursery & Landscape Association joined a coalition of national organizations to formally launch Reform Immigration FOR America, a united national effort to aggressively pursue legislative and executive action on comprehensive immigration reform. The coalition brings together a broad range of stakeholders, including employers, worker advocates, cultural organizations, unions and religious organizations.