Education Program Offered for Green Industry Professionals - U of I Extension

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Education Program Offered for Green Industry Professionals

This article was originally published on January 19, 2017 and expired on March 1, 2017. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.

The Gateway Green Industry Conference has begun taking registrations for the 2017 conference being held on Wednesday, March 1 at the Gateway Convention Center, Collinsville. 

The educational program has a track for sports turf, golf, landscape, arborist, plantscape, parks and recreation as well as green industry.  If you work in lawn care, landscaping, nursery, a garden center, golf course or any other grounds-related industry, you can get new ideas and research-based information at the Gateway Green Industry Conference. This conference is open to anyone interested in learning more in these categories.  Registration remains a great bargain at $80. There is a discounted rate for full-time students and active Master Gardeners and Master Naturalist.

              Neil Diboll, owner and manager of Prairie Nursery in Wisconsin will be giving the keynote address. He will be speaking about Prairie and Savanna Plants for Urban and Suburban Gardens. Breakout Sessions will include:

  • Stinging Tree Insects; and Insect Pests of Trees; Phil Nixon, University of Illinois Extension Specialist
  • From the Bottom Up – Mark Grueber, Missouri Department of Conservation and Daniel Moncheski, Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Selecting Trees for Urban Settings, and Trees that Need Special Care – Gary Kling, Dept. of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois
  • Dwarf and Unusual Landscape Conifers; and Beyond Hosta-Perennials for the Shade  - Martha Smith, University of Illinois Extension

  • Native Landscaping Design Styles - Scott Woodbury, Shaw Nature Reserve
  • Jumping Worms-A New Invader in Illinois; Invasive Plants in the Urban-Rural Interface; and Illinois Big Tree Register Program – Chris Evans, Forestry Research Specialist, University of Illinois
  • Common Fungal Diseases of Trees and Shrubs – Daniel Raudubaugh, University of Illinois

  • Caring for a Significant Tree Collection – Ben Chu, Missouri Botanical Garden

  • Planning for Fall Blooms – David Robson, Extension Specialist, University of Illinois Extension
  • Getting Your Feet Wet with Rain Gardens, and Gardening for Pollinators  – Chris Enroth, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Other featured classes include: Oak Diseases: Exotic, Emerging and Endemic, and Five Steps to Successful Prairie Meadow Establishment.

  Continuing education units to maintain a variety of certifications are available, too. This event is open to the general public.

To obtain a copy of the Gateway Green Industry Conference brochure and registration form, contact U of I Extension office at 618-344-4230 or  On-line registration is available. Questions can be directed to Patty Stanton at 618-344-4230.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to attend this event please call 618-344-4230.

Pull date: March 1, 2017