The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) will hold its School of Grounds Management Summer Conference July 22-23, 2019 in Tacoma, Wash.

Speakers will include: Bob Kief, associate vice president for facilities services, University of Puget Sound; Lynda Wightman, industry relations manager, Hunter Industries; Blair Coates, Coates Landscape Supply; and Gwen Stahnke, instructor of turfgrass management/agricultural sciences, Walla Walla Community College.

Tours will include University of Puget Sound, Point Defiance Park, Chambers Bay Golf Course, Seymour Conservatory at Wright Park, and Cheney Stadium.

Designed to provide grounds professionals with the hard-to-find 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:


Sessions cover a variety of important topics dealing with human interactions that affect grounds professionals at all levels.


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.


Sessions cover a variety of emerging issues and trends pertinent to the living environment.


Sessions focus on the sharing of ideas and strategic input for managing and maintaining landscape infrastructure that enhances the living environment.



To complete the School of Grounds Management, a total of 24 credits must be earned, with a minimum of 4.5 credits earned in each core competency. Additional credits required to accumulate the 24 credits can be earned by participating in field trips associated with PGMS or by attending additional core competency classes. Documentation confirming attendance will be available at the end of each session. There is a one-time $25 fee to participate in the School of Grounds Management. For more information, visit