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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; Mark Bradley, TBG Landscape, 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.

Peter van Stralen will shares the extraordinary story of The Grounds Guys® and how eight simple but powerful leadership principles have enabled the brand to enjoy sustained success.

Mark’s case study will talk about turning foremen into powerful ambassadors which will include real-life examples about how to build an entrepreneurial spirit in his key employees. Mark’s section will include compensation & benefit packages; reward & incentive systems; spring meetings that motivate and set the foundation for better productivity, tracking and updating progress along the way; training opportunities and benefits; and end of year evaluations, reward distribution and career planning.

Craig Regelbrugge will wrap up the workshops by offering resources for recruiting labor such as H2B, refugee resettlement programs, or other resources along with any regulations which landscape professionals should be aware.

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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

An efficient irrigation system is more than just making the water come out of the sprinklers. This 3-session track takes the installation or service technician through the principles of sprinkler coverage that minimizes water waste and optimizes plant health and appearance and how they can incorporate them into their jobs every day. The training is ideal for the irrigation installation or service technicians who want to expand beyond assembling components.

Session 1: Sprinkler Nozzling
It is not the sprinkler that controls sprinkler coverage. It is the nozzle. This session includes reading nozzle charts to select sprinklers, determining gallons per minute, create even application rates, and minimize wasted water.

Session 2: Sprinkler Pressure
Every nozzle only has one optimum pressure – even though they work within a range of pressures. Knowing the optimum pressure and how to build a system that can deliver that pressure to the sprinklers is at the very foundation of efficient irrigation. This session covers source pressure, understanding pressure losses, and sizing the components to minimize the pressure losses.

Session 3: Sprinkler Placement
There is more to overlapping coverage than just head-to-head placement. This session explains how sprinklers work together, how to position sprinklers in irregular shapes in the landscape, and how nozzle selection and sprinkler pressure affect placement.

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Pruning Workshop (W7)

Jeff McManus, CGM, ISA Certified Arborist, The University of Mississippi, University, MS

If pruning like a pro is the kind of the skills your landscape crews are looking to master or if you need to just sharpening your pruning techniques, this fun and engaging workshop will provide sustainable pruning strategies to maintain a long-term and beautiful landscape design. Jeff McManus is a passionate speaker whose goal is to inspire a workforce by developing "Weeders to Leaders.” From classroom to hands-on demonstrations, Jeff will focus on pruning from the ground up by highlighting shearing, selective and rejuvenation pruning skills.

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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, Expert Tree Consultants, Palm Harbor, FL and John Conroy, Fish Branch Tree Farm, Zolfo Springs, FL

This course provides design professionals with the fundamentals of the effects of wind on buildings, structures, and trees & includes wind design considerations for the main wind force resisting system and components and cladding. There will be discussion on the requirements and factors, such as wind speed, importance factor, surface roughness, and exposure categories that affect the design of a structure for wind loading. The requirements of the wind borne debris region are reviewed, including the types of opening protection and product approval. The course will also discuss the effect of wind on the surrounding environment, specifically trees, why trees fail in hurricane and high wind storms, what trees are more wind resistant, and proper pruning and planting techniques.

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This session is approved for Landscape Architect 2 CEUs for Advanced Building Code Module and 1 bonus CEU for Laws & Rules or Optional for the Grades and Standards portion.

 

 


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



Even when an irrigation system is installed well, the constantly-changing landscape can lead to circumstances that compromise the operation of the sprinklers and cause poor growing conditions and wasted water. This 3-session track is perfect for the professional with a solid foundation in hydraulics and sprinkler components who wants to gain proficiency in understanding the causes and solutions for issues with electrical, hydraulic, and sprinkler performance. BONUS: All attendees will receive a troubleshooting flowchart to use in the field as a step-by-step template to identify and even resolve the common irrigation problems.

Troubleshooting Controllers, Wires, and Solenoids
Spending a few minutes at the controller to determine if it an electrical or mechanical problem save hours of guessing and trial-and-error. This hands-on session uses meters to test actual controllers and valves for electrical faults, and follows a process to determine what component is the problem.

Troubleshooting Valves
Cutting out a valve without knowing that is only a damaged diaphragm is the type of poor productivity that hurts a technician as well as the company. A few minutes of diagnosis saves time and money. This session reviews what makes all valves operate, the logical steps of determining the mechanical or hydraulic problem with the valve, and how to ensure productivity in solving the problem.

Troubleshooting Sprinkler Performance
Plant growth and changes to the landscape gravely affect irrigation efficiency if the sprinklers are not also changed. This session introduces methods to diagnose and modify the irrigation system by examining the application rates, nozzle selections, and shape of the irrigated area.
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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, Expert Tree Consultants, Palm Harbor, FL and John Conroy, Fish Branch Tree Farm, Zolfo Springs, FL


Landscape architects have become lucrative targets for lawsuits involving negligence. The primary source for the attorney suing you to discover your legal exposure is your landscape design and specifications including illustrations. You are the author of a binding legal contract the moment your client and the installer sign an agreement after the bidding process is completed. Your specificity shall be examined closely and you will suffer negative consequences and outcome when mistakes, errors and omissions are discovered. 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. This is not a course offering you legal advice. The author of this course is not an attorney and is not qualified to provide legal advice. Should you need legal advice or wish to better protect yourself from litigation seek the services of a qualified attorney to assist you.

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This session is approved for Landscape Architect 2 CEUs for Advanced Building Code Module and 1 bonus CEU for Laws & Rules or Optional for the Grades and Standards portion.

 

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.