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.

For 2014, The Knowledge College brings you six amazing, unique, hands-on workshops to help keep you in step with industry competition. Choose one or muliple workshops to build a program that is tailor-made to meet your needs. Sessions are $75 per workshop.

Pest Management Workshop

Tim Flowers, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL; Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, Buglady Consulting, Slatington, PA; Joe Bischoff, Ph.D, AmericanHort, Washington, D.C.

Creating the ideal mix of biological and chemical controls for managing pests in the landscape takes years of experience, not just luck. This workshop will provide a hands-on approach to identify some of the new and potential threats to the landscape, understand application methods and help attendees evaluate the costs of using biocontrols vs. traditional spray programs. Learn simple steps that will shave costs from your pesticide programs. By being selective when choosing the right insecticide and understanding the timing of treatments, you can preserve the natural predators and provide your customers with a pest-free environment.

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Best Management Practices (BMP's) for Container Nurseries

This session has been cancelled.

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Harry P. Leu Gardens offers a special invitation to show attendees to visit the gardens! Show your show badge for free admission to the gardens.



Landscape Design for 21st Century Living - Part 1

Rob Templar Williams and Moira Farnham, Garden Design School, Devizes, Wiltshire, England

Customized for landscape designers of all levels, this workshop explores the principle processes and building blocks to achieve excellent landscape design. Led by award-winning designers and world class garden design instructors, Rob Templar Williams and Moira Farnham, they will share their unique design philosophy and wealth of experience. Be ready as they bust garden design industry myths and push you beyond your comfort zone.

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Garden Center Workshop: Make the Most of Your Retail Hot Spots

Tom Shay, Profits Plus Solutions, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL

This workshop offers key do’s and don’ts of laying out retail garden center spaces. Find out how to create the ultimate roadmap that will enable your customers to navigate through the entire store with ease. It’s time to think about your store layout not as a set of departments but as unique pathways to enhance your customers’ overall experience.

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Efficiency in the Landscape Workshop: Principles of the Five S’s

Debbie Mola-Mickler, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL; Robert Bowden, Harry P. Leu Gardens; and Lloyd Singleton, UF/IFAS - Sumter County Extension Service, Bushnell, FL

Do your trucks and trailers need a redesign? Is your crew constantly losing or misplacing things because equipment is unorganized? This workshop will provide practical ways to incorporate the “Five S” principles into your business. SORT, STRAIGHTEN, SHINE, STANDARDIZE AND SUSTAIN are the key words that define the principles of an efficient and effective workspace and will create an organized work environment.

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Landscape Design for 21st Century Living - Part 2

Rob Templar Williams and Moira Farnham, Garden Design School, Devizes, Wiltshire, England

Beautiful yards and landscapes rarely happen by accident. This workshop will demonstrate the importance of designing and controlling space, rather than allowing the design of a landscape to be driven by the choice of planting material, hard scape materials and other features. Rob and Moira will examine, explore and analyze the universal key principles and golden rules of landscape design.

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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 workshops approved, up to 4 CEUs awarded daily
  • FNGLA Certified Landscape Contractor, Technician & Designer (FCLC, FCLT, FCLD)
    All workshops approved, up to 4 CEUs awarded daily

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