2018 PGMS School of Grounds Management

The 2018 PGMS School of Grounds Management at GIE+EXPO, October 16-19, will feature 14 education sessions, 3 dynamic breakfasts, and a pre-conference field trip to Bernheim Arboretum.

Designed to provide grounds professionals with the opportunity to gain knowledge, ask questions, and network with their peers, the PGMS School of Grounds Management offers goal-oriented education and experience to expand knowledge in four core competencies:

  • Human Resource Management: Sessions cover a variety of important topics dealing with human interactions that affect grounds professionals at all levels. Topics may include: Customer Service, Leadership, Dealing with Different Personalities, Diversity/ADA, Motivation, Personnel Functions, Supervision and Scheduling, Time Management, and Team Building.
  • Business and Financial Management:Sessions focus on up-to-date fiscal advice and experiences that enable managers along with their teams to continue as the service providers of choice. Topics may include: Budget, Business Ethics, Contract Management, Marketing/Communication for Facilities Management, Networking, Production/Operations Management, Risk Management/Liability, Sales, Information Technologies, and Organization Structure and Functions.
  • Technical Management – Horticulture:Sessions cover a variety of emerging issues and trends pertinent to the living environment. Topics may include: Arboriculture, Seasonal Flower Displays, Green Roofs, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Perennials, Ornamental Grasses and Ground Cover Management, Plant Identification, Turf and Sports Turf Management, Urban Forestry, and Woody Plant Management.
  • Technical Management – Non-horticulture:Sessions focus on the sharing of ideas and strategic input for managing and maintaining landscape infrastructure that enhances the living environment. Topics may include: Design and Build, Irrigation and Water Management, Landscape Management, Public Horticulture, Safety and Certifications, Snow and Ice Management, Sustainability/Biological Diversity, and Technology.


For the full 2018 School of Grounds Management program, including registration information, click here.