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 geared towards 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.

We're already planning for 2014's event! Here's the line-up from 2013:

Dr. Robert Lyons is presently Professor of Landscape Horticulture, the Program Director for the Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture, and Director of the Center for Public Horticulture at the University of Delaware. He has taught courses in herbaceous plant materials, their diversity, and use in the landscape while on the faculty of Virginia Tech, North Carolina State University, and now at the University of Delaware. Anne M. Obarski, The ''EYE'' on Performance, has been the Executive Director of Merchandise Concepts for 25 years, now located in Dublin, Ohio. Anne is a professional international speaker and author, who work closely with organizations which want to become CONTAGIOUS...on purpose! Nick J. Tate is an award-winning journalist, editor and best-selling author who has written extensively about health, business, technology, finance, music and consumer affairs issues. He is a health writer and editor at Newsmax Media Inc. in South Florida. His work has appeared in Newsmax magazine, South Florida Sun Sentinel and other publications. His first book, The Sick Building Syndrome was the result of a year-long journalism fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health. Theresa Riley and her husband, Kevin, are second-generation owners and managers of Rockledge Gardens.  The latest venture has been a hydroponic vegetable farm that was installed in January of 2012. The garden center provides fresh healthy produce to their customers in a market setting as well as to many local restaurants. As architect, founder and former President & CEO of landscape maintenance franchise. Tom has vast experience as an entrepreneur, franchise executive, and business owner. he founded or co-founded numerous successful companies including The Oyler Bros. Companies, a Florida-based landscape and construction organization, Central Florida Marine, Sunshine State Cypress, Inc., U.S. Home Protect/Protective Coating Group, New South Equipment Mats and Treasure Coast Marina. With her sister Sheri, Terri is co-owner of a third generation family farming and shipping caladium business. After receiving a degree in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida, Terri is the in-house horticulturist and oversees the field operations. In addition to bulb production they have operated a pre-finished potted caladium greenhouse business for the last 25 years. Charlyn Shelton, President Social Media Visionaries, a social media company.  Charlyn serves as a social media  interpreter and international speaker and mentor. An entrepreneur herself for over 25 years and a baby boomer, Charlyn understands how daunting and overwhelming learning how to use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can be. Speaker Bio Speaker Bio Speaker Bio Evelyn Alemanni is an international judge and board member for America in Bloom. Over the past years, she has judged 111 towns in 9 countries and written a book called ''Best Ideas'' which includes more than 2000 ideas and photos of best practices of America in Bloom towns. She is an award-winning writer and gardener. Dr. Jaret C. Daniels is the Assistant Director of Exhibits and Public Programs and Associate Curator of Lepidoptera at the Florida Museum of Natural History, and IFAS Associate Professor of Entomology. Dr. Daniels received his B.S. in Biology from Saint John University in Minnesota and Ph.D. from the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida. An insect ecologist by training, he research currently focuses on imperiled butterfly recovery and native insect pollinator conservation. A DuPage Horticulture School graduate, Jim moved to Florida to manage a portion of B.L. Cobia Greenhouses in Winter Garden, and started working for Walt Disney World(WDW) 31 years ago. Jim worked with tropical plants as a gardener in the Magic Kingdom and managed the WDW Nursery for 5 years. Now he manages the landscapes at the All-Star and Coronado Springs Resorts. Dr. Laurie Trenholm is Associate Professor in the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida. She specializes in residential turfgrass' Best Management Practices. stress physiology and cultivar evaluation.  She has received her Ph.D. in Crop Science from University of Georgia. Mike Lysecki joined The Beach Gardener (TBG), a large Toronto-based full-service landscape firm.  After six years of developing and implementing software systems in landscape companies, Mike and the TBG ownership focused on developing systems, processes and training that would reduce mistakes, increase productivity and align staff. Now, Mike develops and trains the green industry on these systems. Rob has been in the Irrigation industry for 28 years.  He has been responsible for reading and interpreting designs, installation of commercial irrigation systems, and leading construction crews. Currently in his position as a Walt Disney World Irrigation Specialist, Rob evaluates irrigation systems, improving uniformity, as well as troubleshoots and repair. Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Florida.  He has worked for over 30 years for the Walt Disney World company in Orlando, Florida.  As an urban forester, his primary responsibilities are tree risk and health issues along with maintaining the best practices in tree care throughout the property. Karen Stauderman is a Commercial Horticulture Extension Agent for the University of Florida/IFAS  for Volusia County. Tom Wyatt is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. In Forest Science.  He is currently Area/Project Manager for Walt Disney World Horticulture and serves as owners representative, landscape and irrigation for all large construction projects. He also supervises computer controlled irrigation system at WDW.  Tom is past member and chair of the IA Certification board.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Bullfrogs Have it Easy - They EAT What Bugs Them!

Ann Obarski // Merchandise Concepts - Dublin, OH

Successful businesses are built on strong communication skills. Recognize your individual behavioral style as well as those you have around you. This session will help you address your behavior style and discover simple ways to use this knowledge to efficiently communicate in person or online. Come learn how to sell and service each behavioral style and what you should avoid doing that just might be driving your customers away. Leave the session with an understanding on how to communicate with the millennials, Gen x-ers, boomers and women. This is a 'must" for managers, sales associates and business leaders.

10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Out-of-the-Box Estimating: Lower Prices + Higher Profits

Mike Lysecki // Landscape Management Network - Toronto, Ontario

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Irrigation Boot Camp – Water Efficiencies & Innovations Workshop

Tom Wyatt and Rob Zaccaro // Walt Disney World - Lake Buena Vista, FL

From soil to water to plants… We have to work together to create an efficient irrigation system. This two-hour session will focus on sprinkler head layout, determining run times and backflow prevention.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Next Silver Bullet? – Zoysia Grass Maintenance

Laurie Trenholm // University of Florida - Gainesville, FL

Many have touted Zoysia as a great alternative turf choice for home lawns. Zoysia grasses are adapted to a variety of soil types and have good tolerance to shade, salt, and traffic. Learn the ins and outs of cultural practices to keep these lawns looking their best and the info on water and fertilizer use.

10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Seven Business Multipliers that You Need to Know

Ann Obarski // Merchandise Concepts - Dublin, OH

The face of customer service is changing. In many ways, it's in the fingers of the customers! Customer service is one of the few ways to separate you from your competition. What are you doing to modernize your customer service and give your customers the experience they are expecting? Learn how to discover how to multiply your brand through "xcellent" impressions. Uncover the "xcellent" connections you must maintain to multiply your strongest customer relationships and decide what three "xcellent" sales techniques your staff must master to see sales really multiply. You will experience why these expectations are truly the "X" factor you need to focus on to multiply repeat and referral business!

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Unique Profit Makers

Theresa Riley // Rockledge Gardens - Rockledge, FL
Dennis Mudge // UF Orange County Extension Services - Orando, FL
Debbie Mola Mickler // Walt Disney World - Lake Buena Vista, FL

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Creative Ways to Marketing Your Business in the Local Community

Evelyn Alemmani // America In Bloom, Elfin Forest, CA

Evelyn has judged more than 100 towns in eight countries for America In Bloom(AIB). AIB promotes nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements. Learn how you can boost your bottom line with creative ways tha Evelyn has seen and experienced in the local communities she has visited.

All sessions in the Training Breakout #3 are approved for Landscape Architect CEUs

10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Landscape Lighting (Course # 0008078)

Allen Weiss // SESCO Lighting - Winter Park, FL

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Permeable Paver Systems (Course # 0002709)

Cindy Hall // Cobble Systems - Jensen Beach, FL

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Landscape Design & Installation (Course # 0009108)

Kurt Thompson // K. Thompson and Associates, LLC - Orlando, FL

This two-hour advanced course is an ideal forum to discover the leading techniques and philosophies in sustainable water-conserving landscape irrigation design. The goal is to help the attendees produce irrigation designs that maximize efficient water use, soil condition, and plant health that can also have a positive effect on the long-term operational costs for the property owners.

This course incorporates the leading irrigation design principles of the Irrigation Association Best Management Practices, Florida Water Star (SM) program, and the EPA Water Sense program in combination with the Florida Friendly Landscaping program.

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

A Eulogy for Color... I'm Not Ready to Gas Up the Hearse

Dr. Robert Lyons // University of Delaware - Newark, DE

So, you think color is passé, too garish or even dead for the landscape, not so fast! Color can bring a whole new perspective to your landscape designs. See what Dr. Lyons has up his sleeve to add new life to your designs.
12:15 p.m. - Open to all Show Attendees!

Beyond the Debate: What you need to know about Obamacare

Nick Tate, author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller The Obamacare Survival Guide, Newsmax Media, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL

Media reports on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – have been long on the political debate and short on specific impacts on individual consumers, small businesses and large companies. Nick Tate, author of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling book The Obamacare Survival Guide will be joining us to provide a non-partisan analysis of the new healthcare law and its mandates, costs, and benefits – to consumers and businesses. Come find out how Obamacare will transform the way individuals and small businesses plan and pay for insurance and healthcare.

  • A straightforward look at the law's new consumer protections, insurance provisions and employer mandates, including details on what they will cost and who will pay for them.
  • How new state-based and federally run Affordable Healthcare Exchanges aim to provide new higher-quality, lower-cost insurance options for individuals and small companies (with fewer than 50 workers).
  • New mandates for larger companies (with 50 or more employees) and how they are likely to be enforced.
  • A look at what how the law is likely to be implemented in the coming months, with the main provisions set to kick in on Jan. 1, along with some tips for planning ahead.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Use of Caladiums in the Landscape

Terri Cantwell // Bates Sons and Daughters - Lake Placid, FL

11:00 a.m.– Noon

Get the Buzz on Landscaping for Pollination

Dr. Jaret Daniels // University of Florida - Gainesville, FL

An insect ecologist by training, Dr. Jaret Daniels' research currently focuses on imperiled butterfly recovery and native insect pollinator conservation. Come find out how you can design a landscape to attract the right pollinators.

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Creating Happy and Healthy Landscapes With Proper Pruning and Maintenance

Scott Schultz and Jim Charlton // Walt Disney World - Lake Buena Vista, FL

10 –Noon

The Marketing Tools of the 21st Century... Understanding the Who, What, When, Why and Where's of Social Media, Creative tips and tricks to help grow your business'

Charlyn Shelton // Founder of Healing the Walking Wound - St. Petersburg, FL

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Make Your Plant Photos Come Alive And Work For You!

Dr. Robert Lyons // University of Delaware - Newark, DE

This talk is all about using your eyes, your mind, and your camera to capture either extended or fleeting moments in your personal landscapes; They may be your gardens; vignettes from your travels, and/or simple records of favorite plants. This talk is example-driven and provides understandable information to create aesthetically pleasing and pragmatic images… suitable for framing or suitable for teaching, or both. Equipment details and camera mechanics will be de-emphasized; instead, discussion will focus on the impact and of prevailing light, photographic composition and developing a personal style.
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Sure-Fire Landscape Sales & Marketing Boosters

Tom Oyler // Wilson-Olyer Group - Orlando, FL

All sessions in the Training Breakout #3 are approved for Landscape Architect CEUs

9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Green Industry BMP Certificate Workshop

Karen Stauderman // Volusia County Extension Services - Deland, FL

The GI-BMP Certificate is a science-based educational requirement for Green Industry workers (lawn-care and landscape maintenance professionals), brought to you by UF-IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program. The GI-BMPs teach environmentally safe landscaping practices that help conserve and protect Florida's ground and surface waters. They can also save the Florida homeowner money, time, and effort; increase the beauty of the home landscape; and protect the health of your family, pets, and the environment. This training is designed to provide corporate, governmental, environmental, and other personnel the Best Management Practices for lawn and landscape. Learn what impact the BMPs will have on your business or municipality. Developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and endorsed by the pest control industry, this training is brought to you by UF-IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping program with partial funding by FDEP through a Nonpoint Source Management (Section 319h) grant from USEPA.

Why Be A Part of TLS Knowledge College?

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)
  • Take advantage of FNGLA’s CEU Lab where you can receive your CEU’s through online courses at a 50% discount (Show Special Only).
  • Landscape Architect
    All sessions in Training Breakout #3 are CEU approved for both Thursday and Friday.

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


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