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State of the Our Urban Forest


8:45 - 9:45 a.m. 

Speaker: Ed Gilman, Ph.D, UF 

Overview: Our cities are growing rapidly; is urban forestry, landscape architecture, arboriculture and nursery production keep-ing up? Take a close look at what we think we know about trees and cities to see how we measure up.

Secure Your Business:

Addressing Legal Issues for LA’s and Landscape Contractors

10 - 11 a.m.

Speaker: Joe Samnik, Expert Tree Consultant, LLC.

Overview: More Landscape Architects and Landscape Contractors are getting sued or not payed for work at increasingly higher rates than ever before. The costs of your reputation, down time associated with the legal process and time from your business are more onerous than the settlement payouts. This presentation explains the simple avoidance techniques which you can implement now before it’s too late.

Grades and Standards of Palms

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11 - 11:45 a.m.

Speaker: John Conroy, Fish Branch Tree Farm, Inc.

Overview:  Part 1 - This session will look at the processes and concepts used for grading palms. A few minutes will be dedicated to the distinctions between grading and specifying.  The importance of understanding how and why grading and specifying are separate, discrete processes will be empha-sized.  Handouts will be made available and we will use an example to grade and write specifications. Part 2 - Learn and apply the latest information provided in the revised 7-step process for Florida’s Grades and Standards for trees.  This hands-on approach will help you to understand the proper grading of trees. 

Soup to Nuts Outside Workshop


12:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Speakers: Ed Gilman, Ph.D, UF; Lloyd Morgan, Fish Branch Tree Farm; Russell Adams, Target Engineering Group; Mike Marshall, Marshall Tree Farm

Overview: This session includes four rotating stations, with 40 minutes at each. Mini sessions include:

  • Defining and Producing Quality Root Systems/ Managing Transition from Nursery - Speaker will be Ed Gilman, Ph.D, University of Florida Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville, FL. Session info: Dissecting root systems in nature and on planted trees – big difference. Beginning with seed or cut-tings, you will know how to improve root systems on trees of any age and what allows trees to anchor. You will be surprised at the amount of research and experience in this vital matter.  Learn to differentiate between natural and planted root systems, learn how to improve anchorage with root management, treat roots to improve health; beginning to advanced.

  • Proper Handling and Planting of Trees and Palms - Speaker will be Lloyd Morgan, Fish Branch Tree Farm, Inc., Zolfo Springs, FL. Session info. - It takes years to grow a tree and seconds to dam-age through the application of improper practic-es.  This session will discuss proper methods to handle and plant shade trees and palms – helping to ensure their success in our landscapes.  The complete pro-cess - from digging and loading in the nursery to un-loading and planting in the landscape – will be pre-sented. 

  • Real-World Strategies to Avoid Palm Failures/The Four Phases of Successful Transplanting of Mature Palms into the Florida Landscape - Speaker will be Russell Adams, Target Engineering Group, Gainesville, FL. Session info. - Mr. Adams' presentation will discuss critical components of the four key phases: Design, Palm Production, Planting Practices, and Establishment Objectives, necessary for the long-term success of mature palms transplanted into Florida landscapes. He will use research findings, as well as photographs and case history analysis from landscape projects he has built over the last 14 years as a consultant to the FDOT to illustrate the do’s and don’ts of mature palm transplanting and establishment
  • Grades and Standards of Trees (Part II) – Speaker will be Mike Marshall, Marshall Tree Farm, Morriston, FL - Session info. – Learn and apply the latest information provided in the revised 7-step process for Florida’s Grades and Standards for trees. This hands-on approach will help you to understand the proper grading of trees. 

Tree Availability

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3:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Speaker: Mike Marshall, Marshall's Tree Farm 

Overview: Mr. Marshall will present the various factors and economic trends that influence the supply and demand for trees as well as strategies for navigating tree shortages. 

Q&A Session

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4:30 p.m.

Overview: Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with session speakers and shed light on their tree-related questions. 

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