October 1, 2019
Grounds Management Lecture Event

Join your peers for education, networking and lunch!

This annual Lecture Series is a gathering of Grounds Management professionals. Enjoy interesting and informative sessions related to the profession, networking and lunch with your peers.


Early Bird Registration
until February 6

$75 Member
$95 Non-Member

after February 6

$95 Member
$115 Non-Member
Register today
Includes sessions, lunch and exhibits.


8:30 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. Registration and Exhibits
8:55 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PLANTING STANDARD GUIDELINES
Darby McGrath, Ph.D. | Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. NETWORKING BREAK
Bob Reeves | Earth Alive Clean Technologies
Soil health is a term being talked about more and more by landscape professionals — and by the companies that provide products to the landscape construction and maintenance industry. This is an exciting new idea built on our growing understanding of the ancient relationship between plants and their soil environment; we will dig deep into this idea.
11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 2019 TRIAL GARDEN RESULTS
Rodger Tschanz | University of Guelph
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. NETWORKING LUNCH
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. THE TRUTH ABOUT MULCH
Roy Kuehn | Landsource Organix Ltd
2:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. NETWORKING BREAK
2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. PLANTS! PLANTS! GLORIOUS PLANTS!
Jon L. Peter, OAC, NPD | Royal Botanical Gardens
Learn about new and old, common and rare, underappreciated and underutilized plants which are low-maintenance and high-impact and which can be beautiful in a variety of site conditions throughout the seasons to ensure that you set your company and landscapes apart within the green industry.
3:15 p.m. Closing Remarks


Darby McGrath Darby McGrath, PhD | Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
Dr. Darby McGrath is the Program Lead for Greening the Canadian Landscape at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and is the Research Scientist for Nursery and Landscape. Her work integrates nursery production research with ecological restoration principles to address challenges of urban tree survival. Darby and her team authored the recently released, Ontario Landscape Tree Planting Guide.
Bob Reeves Bob Reeves | Earth Alive Clean Technologies/Root Rescue Environmental Products
Bob has come to believe that the secret to plant success (and our professional success) is hiding under our feet. He began the Soil Health/Root Rescue project in 2005 with a discovery made at his family’s nursery / garden centre, Reeves Florist & Nursery, in Woodbridge, Ontario. He’s worn many hats over the years: grower, nursery buyer, IT manager, and landscape designer & estimator for his own design-build company. Bob was also the original developer of the widely used landscape design and quotation software suite - DynaScape. At the core of his career has been the pursuit of his twin loves: plants, and industry innovation. He advocates strongly for a holistic approach to growing and sustaining the landscapes we all work with. Bob is now the manager of North American Retail and Commercial Sales for Earth Alive Clean Technologies of Montreal.
Rodger Tschanz Rodger Tschanz | University of Guelph
Rodger Tschanz has worked in the field of horticulture at the University of Guelph since graduating in 1989. He is currently a research technician with the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph where here is involved with ornamental breeding projects, teaching plant ID, and liaising with high school horticultural and science students. He has also been the manager of the Guelph Ornamental Trial Garden program since its inception in 2001. This program has trial sites in Guelph, Milton, Vineland and at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. Between 400 and 500 new annuals and perennials are evaluated each year for their suitability to the southern Ontario gardener.
Roy Kuehn Roy Kuehn | Landsource Organix Ltd
Jon L. Peter Jon L. Peter, OAC, NPD | Royal Botanical Gardens
Jon L. Peter has worked at some of the finest botanical institutions in North America and is currently Curator & Plant Records Manager at the Royal Botanical Gardens where he is responsible for the documentation, evaluation and management of plants throughout the gardens, which includes over 170,000 individual plants representing approximately 6,500 taxa (different types). Jon is also responsible for plant acquisition and discovering those under-utilized yet beautiful plants for the right spot in the gardens.


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8490 Parkhill Dr., Milton, ON L9T 9B3
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Milton
2750 High Point Dr., Milton, ON L9T 5G5


Thank-you to our partners:

WPE Equipment Eloquip  

Sponsorship opportunities available.  For more information, please contact Amy Buchanan.

An initiative of the Grounds Management Sector Group of:

Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association