Formerly known as the FNGLA Short Course, The TLS Knowlege College is held in conjunction with The Landscape Show each year. The two-day format offers programs on garden center management, grower management, landscape design and landscape management.

The TLS Knowledge College is the place where you can get the winning edge to become the best industry business you can.

Access images from the 2012 TLS Knowledge College Sessions at The Landscape Show, September 27 - 29, 2012 via the slideshow below.



7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Lights, Camera, Action! - TLS Knowledge College Behind the Scenes Tour

Get an early morning start and enjoy the 2012 off-site landscape tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, at Walt Disney World® Resort which offers a behind–the–scenes look at Hollywood-style action with live shows, thrilling attractions, backstage tours and star-studded special events. This tour will offer attendees a behind-the-scenes view of landscape design and maintenance of the park. Next stop will be Disney’s Horticulture Nursery complex to explore the art of topiaries and highlight Disney’s landscape maintenance strategies. The tour wraps up at Golden Oak at Walt Disney World® Resort, the first-ever private community which offers whole ownership of custom, single-family homes at Walt Disney World® Resort.

10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Building Sustainability into Landscape IPM Programs
Dr. Mike Raupp, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Recognized by his weekly “Bug of the Week” articles, Dr. Raupp is a respected entomologist, with more than 25 years of research and 200 publications to his credit and major studies on sustainability. He is here to provide more information about current pest issues facing the plant care industry along with effective IPM programs that will help you create lower input landscapes and manage insect and mite pests in environmentally sound ways.

Starting From the Ground Up
Eric T. Fleisher, Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, Manhattan, NY

As director of Battery Park City Parks Conservancy (BPCPC) in lower Manhattan, “T” Fleisher will share his success stories and practical applications for sustainable grounds management. He is guiding his organization through the understanding of environmental systems based on soil ecology, composting, water conservation and non-toxic pest and disease control. BPCPC is the only public garden space in New York Center to be maintained completely organically. These principles hold no state boundaries and can be effectively applied in part or whole to Florida landscapes.

Growing a Successful Landscape Company
Mike Lysecki, Landscape Management Network, Toronto, Canada

You’ve got a business plan, but how do you effectively put it to work in your organization? Mike Lysecki will share tips on implementing strategic and practical processes for a more successful company. From pricing jobs to paying employees to marketing your company, Mike will provide key information to help make successful business decisions.

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. // Intermission

It’s not just a break with popcorn! Use this time to network with your peers, share ideas or take-in all that The Landscape Show has to offer.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Show-Stopping New Varieties
Kate Santos, Costa Nursery, Homestead, FL

Costa Farms is a third generation, family-owned business that globally stretches over 3,500 acres with Dr. Kate Santos serving as director of Research & Development. The Costa team has developed one of the premier trial gardens in Florida. Not only is it used for in-house performance trials but also to understand consumer product appeal. Dr. Santos will spotlight several show-stopping plant varieties that work well in Florida landscapes.

A Whimsical Walk through Topiary Gardens
Pearl Fryar, Bishopville, SC

Pearl’s topiaries are astounding feats of artistry and horticulture. Many of the plants in Pearl’s garden were rescued from the compost pile at local nurseries. With Pearl’s patience and skilled hands, these “throw-aways” have thrived and been transformed into wonderful abstract shapes. Visitors to the Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden experience a place of ultimate beauty and inspiration. It’s a living testament to one man’s firm belief in the results of positive thinking, hard work and perseverance. He is dedicated to spreading a message of “love, peace and goodwill.” Come hear his story and learn from his design strategies.

Landscape Business Owner’s Perspectives
Rick Reinhardt, Dr. Jack’s Lawn Care, Termite and Pest Control, Orlando, FL; Bruce Bachand, Carol King Landscape Maintenance, Inc., Orlando, FL; and Keith O’Dell, Proscapes, Orlando, FL

These are challenging times for any business. This landscape company owners’ panel brings a unique business perspective from the top. Learn how each of the companies got its start, developed its business philosophies and continue to map out key strategies which keep each company successful. Whether you currently are a business owner or considering starting one, you will leave with helpful lessons based on solid experience.

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. // Lunch

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Networking in the Courtyard
Moderated by Scott Ginsberg, Hello My Name Is Scott, Brooklyn, NY

Grab a seat in the TLS Knowledge College courtyard and set the stage for a great day of learning and exchanging ideas with industry friends. This pre-show time in the courtyard will energize you and prepare you for a day of connecting, exploration and learning.

9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Making Bamboo Part of Your Stage
Jim Thompson, Thompson’s Bamboo Farm, Lake Hamilton, FL

Bamboo can serve multi-purposes in the landscape whether it is for privacy, wind protection, shade, or to create a great wildlife habitat. Jim Thompson will share his expertise on which varieties work well and where best to use bamboo in the landscape.

Design and Development of Healing Gardens
Tami Anderson and Mike Cluff, Nemours Hospital, Lake Nona, FL

Newly constructed Nemours Hospital, in Lake Nona, is the site of an almost completed 40-acre healing garden as part of the hospital’s focus on patient care and recovery. Learn how the design elements of this garden will contribute to improved patient recuperation, reduced stress and add to the hospital’s healing environment.

The Approachable Me
Scott Ginsberg, Hello My Name Is Scott, Brooklyn, NY

If they can’t come up to you, they’ll never stand behind you. In a retail environment, your team needs to be approachable. In this session, learn practical tips for inspiring and influencing your team as well as strategies that, once in play, will empower your customers and help transform staff actions into sales.

9:50 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. // Intermission

It’s not just a break with popcorn! Use this time to network with your peers, share ideas or take-in all that The Landscape Show has to offer.

10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Advanced Pruning in the Landscape
Dr. Ed Gilman, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Professional pruning techniques and the latest research-backed information will be brought together in this session. Dr. Gilman is one of only a few professionals in the world conducting controlled experiments with trees and their reaction to pruning. He will bring his unique approach and share the direct link to the art and science of proper pruning.

Making Your Garden Your Own
Dan Benarchik, Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne, PA

This is a look at how to personalize your garden through the use of artistic element and found artifacts. Dan will discuss the addition of garden furniture as a design element and also the use of ornamental containers and floral container combinations as extensions of personality and themes in a garden.

Consumer Plant Purchasing Behaviors
Dr. Hayk Khachatryan, Mid Florida Research and Education Center, Apopka, FL

Studying consumer purchasing behavior can help predict the plants people will want to purchase in the future, making inventory selection more profitable. Dr. Khachatryan will discuss the similarities and differences between people, what triggers them to buy and what are existing their expectations and how all this information helps be a prepared seller. If you want to add green to your pocket, this will be critical information to hear.

11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. // General Session

What If...? — Center Stage

In a tight economy (or any economy), you need the most from yourself and your people. You need innovation. You need to reach beyond and become, and create, and generate more than or you ever thought possible. You need transformation. That’s exactly what Mike Rayburn teaches... no, inspires in his amazing keynote, “What If...?” Having been called “the World’s Funniest Guitar Virtuoso,” Mike uses his astounding guitar creations, uproarious songs, and veteran presentation skills to encourage, challenge and inspire his audiences to leap beyond their perceived limitations. This maybe your favorite experience at the 2012 Landscape Show!

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. //Saturday Matinees

Pesticide Spills and How to Clean Them Up
Ed Skvarch, St. Lucie County Extension, Fort Pierce, FL

Accidents are bound to happen during the course of routine activities which is why it’s critical to the safety of your crew and the environment to have a proper plan for cleaning up pesticide spills. This session will cover the practical techniques for proper clean up. *

Restricted Use Pesticide Applicator License CEU Approved: General Standard/Core

An Integrated Approach for Sustainable Pest Control in the Landscape Dr. Steve Arthurs, Mid-Florida Research & Education Center, Apopka, FL

This session will focus on how to recognize and attract beneficial species to a landscape environment along with treatment recommendations that are IPM compatible.

Restricted Use Pesticide Applicator License CEU Approved: Private Appl Ag., Ornamental and Turf, Right of Way, Limited Lawn and Ornamental, Limited Landscape Maintenance, Commercial Lawn and Ornamental

Guerilla Gardening
Erin Alvarez, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Guerilla Gardening is gardening without boundaries. It is for those who are interested in the war against the neglect and scarcity of public spaces. It is growing things in these spaces, be they beautiful or tasty (or both)! If you want to be part of the cause, this session is for you!

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Roadside Safety
Walt Disney World Horticulture, Lake Buena Vista, FL

Safety procedures & equipment maintenance are important to the success of any landscape operation. Equipment maintenance is an ongoing process that should be practiced by everyone in the landscape company. This session will provide practical techniques you can use on all of your job sites.

Restricted Use Pesticide Applicator License CEU Approved: Private Appl Ag., Ornamental and Turf, Right of Way, Limited Lawn and Ornamental, Limited Landscape Maintenance, Commercial Lawn and Ornamental

Scouting for Pests
Brooke Moffis, Sumter County Extension, Bushnell, FL

Scouting is a fundamental activity in implementing IPM programs. It improves a landscape professional’s ability to make sound pest management decisions through knowledge of the pest and natural enemy populations. If used carefully, scouting will help prevent crop damage while eliminating unnecessary pest control treatments. Brooke Moffis will share some practical techniques which can be used in the landscape to control pest.

Restricted Use Pesticide Applicator License CEU Approved: Private Appl Ag., Ornamental and Turf, Right of Way, Limited Lawn and Ornamental, Limited Landscape Maintenance, Commercial Lawn and Ornamental

Case Study: How to Make Your Job LEED Certified
Julia Johnson, LEED AP, Sustainable Options, Fort Lauderdale, FL

The management team of the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center is very proud of the accomplishments which have been achieved to make this highly active public building LEED certified. The team will share all phases of the transition, from design to installation, including the landscape considerations as part of achieving their new LEED status. Hear the challenges and success stories of this project.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Reading and Interpreting a Pesticide Label
Ed Skvarch, St. Lucie County Extension, Fort Pierce, FL

Labels are legal documents providing directions on how to mix, apply, store, and dispose of a pesticide product. Does your crew know how to properly read pesticide labels? If not, this session is for your team. The safety of your team depends upon it.

Restricted Use Pesticide Applicator License CEU Approved: General Standard/Core

Texas Phoenix Palm Decline
Monica Elliott, University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Texas Phoenix Palm Decline (TPPD) is a strain of lethal yellow phytoplasma currently found on the west coast of Florida and in coastal Texas. It was first detected in Florida in 2006. Dr. Elliott will provide information about the disease and how to combat it in the landscape.

Restricted Use Pesticide Applicator License CEU Approved: Private Appl Ag., Ornamental and Turf, Right of Way, Limited Lawn and Ornamental, Commercial Lawn and Ornamental

Irrigation Design
Dr. Michael Dukes, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Dr. Dukes will offer landscape professionals insight on design, efficiency, optimization of irrigation systems and key ingredients used to create more success with landscape design and maintenance. The use of smart irrigation control technologies will be featured.

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Who Should Attend?
Retail Garden Center Professionals, Landscapers, Landscape Designers, Woody Ornamental Growers, City and municipality personnel, Growers, and anyone intersted in furthering their kowledge of the issues and topics affecting Florida's nursery and landscape industry.

Continuing Education Units

In an effort to help attendees maximize their experience, CEU's are often granted for the following programs:

  • FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional (FCHP)
    All sessions approved, up to 4 CEUs awarded daily
  • FNGLA Certified Landscape Contractor, Technician & Designer (FCLC, FCLT, FCLD)
    All sessions approved, up to 4 CEUs awarded daily
  • Restricted Use Pesticide Applicator Licenses (FDACS)
    Six sessions approved, one CEU per session as designated above.
  • Landscape Architect (pending approval)

For additional details on this or any other FNGLA educational offering, contact Linda Reindl at FNGLA for more information, (800) 375-3642.