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Gateway Green Industry Conference

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Gateway Green Industry Conference is announcing dates for 2011. The conference will be held February 22 and 23 at the Gateway Convention Center, Collinsville. Attendees will recall that the former Southern Illinois Grounds Maintenance School changed its name to the Gateway Green Industry Conference. It's the same great conference with an added track for bedding plants.

The educational program has a track for sports turf, golf, landscape, arborist, bedding plants, parks and recreation as well as public facilities. 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. Registration for the two days remains a great bargain at $100 for two days and $80 for one day if registration is completed by February 11. Additional fees are required after February 11.

Rick Darke, well-known author and speaker will be keynoting on February 22, The New Wild Garden: Dynamic, Livable, Ecological. On February 23, Roch Gaussoin, Extension Turf Specialist from the University of Nebraska will address Turfgrass Management: What We can learn from International Colleagues.

The Landscaping track includes:

Rain Gardens – Creating Beautiful and Sustainable Landscapes with Water Quality in Mind by Kaizad Irani, Parkland College

Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People- Dave Tylka, Meramac College, Retired

Tree Pruning – Dave Williams, Woody Plant Specialist, University of Illinois

The Park and Recreation track:

Woodland Garden Design: Working with Layers- Rick Darke, Rick Darke, Ltd.

Mole Biology and Management- Phil Nixon, Entolomogist, University of Illinois

Alternative Growing Medium Ingredients for Nursery Production- Chris Starbuck, Woody Plant Specialist, University of Missouri.

Golf track:

If Organic is So Good Why am I Tearing Up My Greens to Get Rid of It?- Roch Gaussoin, University of Nebraska

An Update from USGA Green Section – Ty McClellan, Green Section, Mid-Continent Region

Controlling Poa Annua in Cool-Season Golf & Athletic Turf – Bruce Branham, Turf Specialist, University of Illinois

Perennials/Annuals track:

Creative Container Gardening: So Many Plants to Choose From- June Hutson, Missouri Botanical Gardens, St. Louis, MO

Using Flowers to Create Curb Appeal- Jim Schmidt, University of IllinoisEdibile Landscaping – Alan Branhagen, Powell Gardens

Edibile Landscaping – Alan Branhagen, Powell Gardens

Tracks for arborists and sports turf professionals are featured in the program brochure. Continuing education units to maintain a variety of certifications are available, too.

To obtain a copy of the Gateway Green Industry Conference brochure and registration form, contact U of I Extension office at 618-650-7050 or On-line registration is available.

Source: Pamela S. Jacobs, County Extension Director, Monroe-Madison-St. Clair Unit,

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