The Knowledge College is the place for cutting edge training to become the best industry professional you can be!

For 2016, The Knowledge College brings you 18 amazing, unique, hands-on workshops to help keep you in-step with industry competition. Choose one or multiple workshops to build a program that is tailor-made to meet your needs. Sessions are just $75 per workshop (if pre-registered) or $90 per workshop thereafter – with three session exceptions. Two, all-day sessions are priced at $200 (if pre-regsitered) or $225 thereafter and the FCLD (FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer) workshop is specially-priced at $50 (if pre-registered) or $75 thereafter.

All workshops are planned with a three-hour format. Some will have classroom only and others will mix classroom with practical demonstrations on the show floor.

Thursday, September 15 | 1 – 4 p.m.

Pollinator Workshop (W1)

Jaret Daniels, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; Zak Gezon, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL; Mark Russell, SeaWorld Orlando, FL

Pollinators include many extremely complex species and factors impacting their health are equally complex. This workshop addresses how to create healthy habits, understand threats facing pollinators and how to properly maintain pollinator-friendly landscapes.

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Container Gardening Workshop (W2)

Jamie Ross Garden and Landscape Design, Jacksonville FL; Danielle Sherry, Fine Gardening, Newtown, CT; Todd Holloway, Pot Incorporated, North Vancouver, BC

This workshop features over-the-top container design ideas, both new container ideas and how to successfully maintain containers in the landscape.

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Certification Review Workshop (W3)

Facilitated by Gary Weitermann, FCLMT, SeaWorld Horticulture, FNGLA Certification Committee Chair and Merry Mott, Director of Certification/FNGLA

This workshop highlights some of the key components on a landscape job site and how to properly execute fertilizer calibration, grading and drainage, along with plan layouts and irrigation. It is also a prep for these exam sections for FNGLA's landscape technician exams.

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Labor Workshop (W4)

Peter van Stralen, The Grounds Guys®, Toronto, Canada; and, Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort, Washington, D.C

The workshop focuses on the development of a successful landscape team, motivating the team to want to work as well as providing you with information on available labor resources.

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Nightscape Design Workshop (W5)

Felix Martinez, Bella Luci Outdoor Lighting Design, Miami, FL

This workshop explores the concepts of landscape lighting design for commercial and residential landscapes including practical budgeting, the use of proper equipment and professional installation techniques.

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Friday, September 16 | 9 a.m. – Noon

Basic Irrigation Workshop: The Irrigation Installers’ Guide to Sprinkler Coverage (W6)

Kurt Thompson, Massey Services, Inc., Orlando, FL

This 3-session track takes the installation or service technician through the principles of sprinkler coverage minimizing water waste and optimizing plant health and appearance and how this can be incorporated into every day jobs. The training is ideal for the irrigation installation or service technicians looking to expand beyond assembling components.

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Pruning Workshop (W7)

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Trends, New Varieties and Innovations Workshop (W8)

Lyn Cacella, Florida Public Utilities, Palm Beach, FL; and, Keri Byrum, Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando, FL

Garden trends emphasize the connections with nature, changes in landscape designs, and connecting generations. This workshop explores industry trends, new varieties for landscape designs and ways to bring value-added ideas to design concepts.

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Load Securement Workshop (W9)

James Goldsmith, Liberty Mutual, Atlanta, GA

This hands-on workshop is all about safety and proper load securement. From plants to equipment, understanding proper operating procedures can ensure the safety of your crew and those around them.

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Florida Building Code: Advanced Wind Requirements (W10)

Joe Samnik, Samnik & Ballard, Palm Harbor, FL

This course provides design professionals with the fundamentals of the effects of wind on buildings, structures, and trees.

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Edibles Workshop: Trends of Edibles in the Landscape (W11)

Jerry Frye, Fruit and Spice Park, Homestead, FL; Robert Bowden, Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando, FL; Jenks Farmer, Plantsman, Columbia, SC

Edible gardens are filled with a wide array of textures, sizes, and shapes. Learn how edibles can add not only beauty but sustainability and purpose to your landscape designs.

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Thursday, September 15 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This is a full-day session: priced at $200 (if pre-regsitered) and $225 thereafter.

Design Seminar I: Basic Drafting and Design (W16)

Dr. Richard Ludwig, Bill Slack and Vicki Proano, Landscape Design & Graphic Workshops, Gainesville, GA

Make your landscape design presentations go from mediocre to magnificent by learning the fundamentals of speed graphics, bold symbols, and high speed title blocks. It’s your first impressions that make a difference. Learn how to package a complete presentation. All drafting supplies included.

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Friday, September 16 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This is a full-day session: priced at $200 (if pre-regsitered) and $225 thereafter.

Design Seminar II: Advance Design Techniques (W17)

Dr. Richard Ludwig, Bill Slack and Vicki Proano, Landscape Design & Graphic Workshops, Gainesville, GA

Take the next step in strengthening your landscape design skills. Learn how to use form, texture and color to draw attention to special features and focal points. A final color project will show off all of your training and hard work. Drafting supplies included.

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Friday, September 16 | 1 – 4 p.m.

Advanced Irrigation Workshop: Comprehensive Irrigation Troubleshooting (W12)

Kurt Thompson, Massey Services, Inc., Orlando, FL

This 3-session track is perfect for the professional with a solid foundation in hydraulics and sprinkler components who is looking to gain proficiency in understanding the causes and solutions for issues with electrical, hydraulic, and sprinkler performance.

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Pest/Disease Management Workshop (W13)

Dr. Lance Osborne, MREC/University of Florida, Apopka, FL; Nate Jameson, Brite Leaf Citrus Nursery, Lake Panasoffkee, FL; and Frank Fornari, Clarke, Umatilla, FL

This workshop focuses on the control and management of white flies, challenges of citrus greening and spotlights what businesses can do to reduce and control the populations of Aedes mosquitoes known to vector the Zika virus.

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Estimating and Bidding Workshop: Create the Un-Biddable Landscape Plan (W14)

Jody Shilan, FromDesign2Build.com, Elmwood Park, NJ

This workshop outlines how to create a competitive bid for a design/build contract. Learn how to design buildable concepts, drawing to scale, and what details not to leave out.

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Specifying Your Own Way into Court: Utilizing Your Landscape Notes (W15)

Joe Samnik, Samnik & Ballard, Palm Harbor, FL

This course is designed to make you aware of the common and typical mistakes made by landscape architects one offering their landscape plan and accompanying specificity.

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Saturday, September 17 | 9 a.m. – Noon


FCLD Review Course (W18)

This is a specially-priced session: priced at $50 (if pre-registered) and $75 thereafter.

Steve Fairtrace, FCLD, South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach FL

This course introduces attendees to the principles tested in FNGLA’s Certified Landscape Designer (FCLD) exam, with a look at the required plan submittal process.

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Why Be A Part of TLS Knowledge College?

Who Should Attend?
Retail Garden Center Professionals, Landscaper Professionals, Landscape Designers, County and Municipal personnel, Nursery Growers, and anyone interested in furthering their knowledge 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 Professionals: FCHP, FCLT, FCLMT, FCLD, FCLC
    All workshops approved for 3 FNGLA CEUs each with full-day sessions quailifying for 4 FNGLA CEUs.

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