Education Program

CanWest features an extensive education program, including full-day symposiums (the Landscape Designers Symposium featuring “Designing Landscape in 3D Using SketchUp” and the Urban Foresters Symposium), 90-minute seminar sessions, and half-day hands-on workshops.

See the Upcoming Sessions list below to learn about all of these sessions and workshops!

Register for a session through our online attendee registration portal (powered by Conexsys) or print and mail/fax the CanWest attendee registration form back to us (form available on the CanWest registration page.)

EARLY BIRD: 1 Day and 2 Day All-Access Pass Prices
1 Day Pass: Pick any 3 general sessions for just $120 (Non-Members: $150)
2 Day Pass: Pick any 6 general sessions for $185 (Non-Members: $225)

AFTER SEPT. 6th: 1 Day and 2 Day All-Access Pass Prices
1 Day Pass: Pick any 3 general sessions for just $145 (Non-Members: $175)
2 Day Pass: Pick any 6 general sessions for $210 (Non-Members: $250)

What is an All-Access Pass?

 

Upcoming Sessions

Thursday

Truck & Trailer Safety

General Sessions
Session Dates Wednesday September 25, 9:00 am – 10:00 am Thursday September 26, 9:00 am – 10:00 am Presented by Commercial Vehicle Safety & Enforcement (CVSE) Keep you and your crew safe on the roads and avoid any serious business liability issues. This session will be offered on both mornings of the show and will cover: • Pre-Trip Requirements including checking brake away device on trailer • National Safety Code Program Overview • Load Securement Requirements • Document Requirements • Drivers Licence Requirements This free session is complimentary with your trade show badge; however, registration is required if you would like to attend.

Date & Time

Date: 9:00am, Wednesday September 25, 2019

End Date: 10:00am, Thursday September 26, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Sessions

  • Truck & Trailer Safety

Truck & Trailer Safety

Delegate It!

General Sessions
Learn the art of holding your team members accountable at work, in a positive, effective way. In this 90-minute, interactive workshop designed for both managers and their staff, learn why successful delegating of projects and tasks is so difficult for both the person taking on the task, and for the one 'assigning it.' There's an art to holding each other accountable at work, in a positive, effective way. Learn this art in this session, and leave armed with an exclusive 7-step process to create a clear outline of who is doing what, how and when. Discussions include lessons on how to: • Train with Patience • Communicate with Clarity • Practice Trusting Each Other • Recognize When It’s Working • Banish Blame When It’s Not

Date & Time

Date: 8:30am, Wednesday September 25, 2019

End Date: 10:00am, Wednesday September 25, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Delegate It!

Speaker:Jacki Hart

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Small Space Gardening

General Sessions
It's not the size of a garden that makes it great, it's how the space within is organized. Whether one is gardening on the ground or on a balcony, learn how a careful and creative selection of plants and ornaments can maximize visual impact throughout the seasons.

Date & Time

Date: 8:30am, Wednesday September 25, 2019

End Date: 10:00am, Wednesday September 25, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Small Space Gardening

Speaker:Paul Zammit

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Grab & Go Container Department: What to Expect in Your First Year

General Sessions
The key to running an efficient and profitable G&G department is planning. Prepare for the season ahead by taking part in this session. ahead. This session will take you through the first year of running the department and how to succeed in doing so. Subjects to be covered: • Preparation for the year ahead • Pre-ordering flowers • Planning planting recipe cards • Staffing requirements • Ordering products • Marketing • When to launch • Problems you may expect and how to manage them • Tracking the numbers

Date & Time

Date: 8:30am, Wednesday September 25, 2019

End Date: 10:00am, Wednesday September 25, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Grab & Go Container Department: What to Expect in Your First Year

Grab & Go Container Department: What to Expect in Your First Year

Speaker:Sharon Hadden

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Don’t Leave Your Customers in the Dark: Increase Sales Through Landscape Lighting

General Sessions
Ready to increase your sales by illuminating your beautiful landscape designs? Let the experts at ProSource show you how adding landscape lighting to every project will enhance your business by increasing revenue and increasing customer satisfaction. Landscape lighting enables people to enjoy their outdoor spaces after the sun goes down and adds an element of beauty, safety, and security. Our lighting expert will walk you through the fundamentals of landscape lighting design, fixture selection and basic installation techniques. We will also walk you through sales strategies that will enable you to demonstrate the value of landscape lighting to your customers.

Date & Time

Date: 11:00am, Wednesday September 25, 2019

End Date: 12:30pm, Wednesday September 25, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Don’t Leave Your Customers in the Dark: Increase Sales Through Landscape Lighting

Speaker:Matthew Williams

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Teach the Masses: Developing Menu Services to Grow Houseplant Customer Loyalty

General Sessions
This session will enable you continue helping new plant parents as they grow their leafy brood! Learn how to capitalize on existing customer loyalty by developing comprehensive value-added menus of workshops and services, and watch your houseplant department sales soar.

Date & Time

Date: 11:15am, Wednesday September 25, 2019

End Date: 12:45pm, Wednesday September 25, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Teach the Masses: Developing Menu Services to Grow Houseplant Customer Loyalty

Speaker:Ra Gadd

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Improving Onsite Soils for Plant Health

General Sessions
The growing medium is the base of any great landscape, but engineered or manufactured top-soil has become the norm in the landscaping industry. In this session, learn why not all soil is created equal.

Date & Time

Date: 11:30am, Wednesday September 25, 2019

End Date: 1:00pm, Wednesday September 25, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Improving On-Site Soils for Plant Health

Improving On-Site Soils for Plant Health

Speaker:Tom McConkey

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Re-Thinking Beauty: Inspiring Gardens in a Changing World

General Sessions
What is the end goal of the outdoor spaces that we create? Are we gardening solely to create beautiful settings for us as humans? What is it that makes these spaces beautiful? Join Paul Zammit as he explores and challenges definition of what is beautiful and what the environmental cost of this beauty may be, through the choices that we make for our gardens.

Date & Time

Date: 1:45pm, Wednesday September 25, 2019

End Date: 3:15pm, Wednesday September 25, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Re-Thinking Beauty: Inspiring Gardens in a Changing World

Speaker:Paul Zammit

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What’s New for Grab & Go Containers

General Sessions
Discover the latest trends in container gardening and how to incorporate them into your department for your customers. Learn what customers are looking for in G&G container design for each season, with a focus on creating winter G&Gs. Take away from this session the latest trends in container gardening and how to incorporate them into your department for your customers.

Date & Time

Date: 2:00pm, Wednesday September 25, 2019

End Date: 3:30pm, Wednesday September 25, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • What’s New for Grab & Go Containers

What’s New for Grab & Go Containers

Speaker:Sharon Hadden

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Are Native Species Always the Best Choice?

General Sessions
Native plants are perceived as requiring fewer inputs, especially in terms of pesticides, fertilizers, and water. Introduced woody species are increasingly perceived as undesirable, primarily because they are lumped together with their invasive counterparts. How does provenance really affect the ability of plants to provide food and habitat to our beneficial wildlife? This presentation will present a more informed and successful approach to plant selection than simply looking at place of origin.

Date & Time

Date: 2:15pm, Wednesday September 25, 2019

End Date: 3:45pm, Wednesday September 25, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Are Native Species Always the Best Choice?

Speaker:Dr. Linda Chalker Scott

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Beneficials & Pesticides: How to Make Them Work Together

General Sessions
Learn about the different microbial biopesticides and conventional pesticides on the market and how they can be used in conjunction with beneficial and predatory insects, mites and nematodes. Active ingredients, formulations and tips on how to get the most out of these products will be discussed.

Date & Time

Date: 8:00am, Thursday September 26, 2019

End Date: 9:30am, Thursday September 26, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Beneficials & Pesticides: How to Make Them Work Together

Beneficials & Pesticides: How to Make Them Work Together

Speaker:Suzanne Wainwright-Evans

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Houseplants 101: Everything Your Outdoor Plant Experts Need to Know to Sell Interior Foliage Inventory

General Sessions
Houseplants often seem like an insurmountable product category for sales staff who are proficient in tending outdoor plants. This class will prepare them to help customers select and sustain houseplant purchases, capitalizing on your employees' already impressive horticultural knowledge. After attending this class, your team members will be prepared to deliver peerless customer service to guests shopping for houseplants.

Date & Time

Date: 8:15am, Thursday September 26, 2019

End Date: 9:45am, Thursday September 26, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Houseplants 101: Everything Your Outdoor Plant Experts Need to Know to Sell Interior Foliage Inventory

Speaker:Ra Gadd

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Evaluating the Boss’s Performance

General Sessions
An important reality check for every manager, supervisor and business owner! In this session, join one of the industry's top business coaches and walk through an innovative 'out of the box' evaluation tool for YOUR performance as a manager of other people and of your business. Have frank discussions on seven key areas a top manager/leader is really accountable for, and learn eight crucial yet seldom-considered skills that top managers need to be successful. Leave this seminar having filled out your own evaluation form, creating a road map for your next steps to improve your leadership performance.

Date & Time

Date: 8:15am, Thursday September 26, 2019

End Date: 9:45am, Thursday September 26, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Evaluating the Boss’s Performance

Speaker:Jacki Hart

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Renovation Pruning of an Old Garden

General Sessions
An orderly garden over time can become a wild crowd of trees and shrubs, especially if initially over-planted or left unpruned for some time. However, all is not lost. Often removal or moving of plants can help, but pruning is essential when renovating an old garden. Keep in mind that it took time to create the chaos, and it will take time to renovate it properly. Pruning techniques for size reduction, thinning and plant definition will be discussed, as well as how and when to do more radical renovation.

Date & Time

Date: 8:30am, Thursday September 26, 2019

End Date: 10:00am, Thursday September 26, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Renovation Pruning of an Old Garden

Renovation Pruning of an Old Garden

Speaker:Bess Bronstein

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50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants: Tough But Beautiful Plants Anyone Can Grow

General Sessions
Are you searching for plants that will be high-impact but low-care? Plants that will fit sustainable landscape goals? Learn from a 42-year veteran gardening expert about what will look amazing without hours of work! Discover dynamic, artistic, outstanding plants that are also have qualities such as being long-lived, being tolerant of heat, humidity and cold, being non-invasive, as well as being drought-, disease- and deer-resistant, and low-maintenance too - not requiring frequent pruning, deadheading or division, staking and heavy feeding to perform their best.

Date & Time

Date: 8:30am, Thursday September 26, 2019

End Date: 10:00am, Thursday September 26, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • 50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants: Tough But Beautiful Plants Anyone Can Grow

Speaker:Tracy DiSabato

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Garden Zombies: Horticultural Myths That Refuse to Die

General Sessions
No matter how much scientific evidence to the contrary, there are certain “garden miracles” that just won’t go away. Landscape professionals can quickly lose their credibility – and cause damage to plants and soil - when they end up promoting products and practices that aren’t based on reputable science. In this seminar, we will discuss several of these products and practices that have no underlying science to support them. At the end, we’ll examine some evidence-based alternatives to use in gardens and landscapes.  Handouts will be provided.

Date & Time

Date: 10:30am, Thursday September 26, 2019

End Date: 12:00pm, Thursday September 26, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Garden Zombies: Horticultural Myths That Refuse to Die

Speaker:Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott

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10 Bugs Retailers Should Know How to Identify

General Sessions
In this session, learn about the ten most common insect and mite pests found in the retail environment and how to identify and manage these infestations. This will be done though photos of the pests and the damage they cause; how to manage these pests will also be covered.

Date & Time

Date: 10:30am, Thursday September 26, 2019

End Date: 12:00pm, Thursday September 26, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • 10 Bugs Retailers Should Know How to Identify

Speaker:Suzanne Wainwright-Evans

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The New Garden Centre

General Sessions
Garden centres were once just about selling plants, but today they're also about building experiences and community. In this session, Frankie Flowers of Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery (voted Canada’s Best Garden Centre in 2016) shares his insights on what makes a garden centre great.

Date & Time

Date: 10:30am, Thursday September 26, 2019

End Date: 12:00pm, Thursday September 26, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • The New Garden Centre

Speaker:Frankie Flowers

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Feeding the Garden from the Garden

General Sessions
Have you ever thought about just how big your tomatoes really need to be? This presentation will explore the relationship between our gardening practices and the perceived health of our gardens. Join Paul as he examines the importance of rethinking some of these habits and shifting our focus to feeding the soil in the garden in order to nourish its plants.

Date & Time

Date: 10:45am, Thursday September 26, 2019

End Date: 12:15pm, Thursday September 26, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Feeding the Garden from the Garden

Feeding the Garden from the Garden

Speaker:Paul Zammit

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The New Well-Designed Mixed Garden: Building Borders with Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals & Bulbs

General Sessions
This interesting and informative lecture discusses the design fundamentals of border building using a wide palette of plant material. How do we effectively combine the plethora of woody and herbaceous plants available today? Design steps, color, texture, form, design principles of order, unity, and rhythm, garden art, maintenance of the mixed garden, as well as mixed garden designs, vignettes, and combinations will be highlighted in this session. Learn from an artist and keen plantswoman about creating gorgeous and environmentally sound mixed gardens.

Date & Time

Date: 10:45am, Thursday September 26, 2019

End Date: 12:15pm, Thursday September 26, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • The New Well-Designed Mixed Garden: Building Borders with Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals & Bulbs

The New Well-Designed Mixed Garden: Building Borders with Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals & Bulbs

Speaker:Tracy DiSabato

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The Top 10 Answers You Need to Know When Selling Edible Plants and How to Build Consumer Trust

General Sessions
Vegetables, herbs, fruits and berries: everyone seems to be interested in growing their own food these days, but what questions do you and your staff need to be able to answer in order to sell them? Learn what you need to sell edible plants to a discerning clientele and keep customers for life with honest product knowledge: Frankie Flowers, author of the best-selling book "Food to Grow," gives you his insights into the world of those who love growing what they eat.

Date & Time

Date: 1:00pm, Thursday September 26, 2019

End Date: 2:30pm, Thursday September 26, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • The Top 10 Answers You Need to Know When Selling Edible Plants and How to Build Consumer Trust

Speaker:Frankie Flowers

See Speaker Bio

Designing with Houseplants: Make Your Houseplants Sell Themselves

General Sessions
This class will prepare you and your merchandisers for the creation of interior foliage-scapes that will inspire your customers to buy and design. After attending this class, you'll have a thorough understanding of key design elements that will turn your houseplant department into a self-selling cornucopia of visual and artistic stimulation.

Date & Time

Date: 1:00pm, Thursday September 26, 2019

End Date: 2:30pm, Thursday September 26, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Designing with Houseplants: Make Your Houseplants Sell Themselves

Speaker:Ra Gaad

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Pruning Fruit Trees for Health, Production and Structure

General Sessions
Healthy fruit trees generally require regular pruning to increase fruit production, to enhance light and air circulation, to decrease disease and pest problems, and to train the tree to fit into a desired space. Young fruit trees require a period of years to train so that they can be structurally strong, and very old fruit trees may require renovation pruning so that they can continue to be productive. Topics covered will include timing, types of training systems, pruning techniques for specific fruit types (apples, pears/Asian pears, cherries, plums/prunes, peaches, apricots and figs), and renovating old overgrown or neglected trees.

Date & Time

Date: 1:15pm, Thursday September 26, 2019

End Date: 2:45pm, Thursday September 26, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Pruning Fruit Trees for Health, Production and Structure

Pruning Fruit Trees for Health, Production and Structure

Speaker:Bess Bronstein

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Designing With Color, Texture and Form for Visionary Effect

General Sessions
In a well-designed border, we often notice the beauty of the combinations of plants more than the individual plants themselves. To achieve this sense of interplay, it’s useful to think about an artistic approach to color and visual texture: the patterns created by the lines and forms of combined leaves, branches, and flowers. Instead of using threads or yarns to weave texture, gardeners can stitch together the varied colors and patterns of plants to create living tapestries. Join us for this dynamic and creative discussion on the use of color, texture, and form in the garden that will elevate your designs to visionary status.

Date & Time

Date: 1:15pm, Thursday September 26, 2019

End Date: 2:45pm, Thursday September 26, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $65 ($30 for students)

Non Member Early Bird: $75

Member Regular: $85

Non Member Regular: $85

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Designing With Color, Texture and Form for Visionary Effect

Designing With Color, Texture and Form for Visionary Effect

Speaker:Tracy DiSabato

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Landscape Designers Symposium: “Designing Landscape in 3D Using SketchUp”

Symposiums
Advance your SketchUp 3D modeling skills for landscape design in this eight-hour dynamic training course! This one-day course is about dealing with complex site grading for 3D modelling of landscape projects using SketchUp. It is suitable for landscape designers and architects who want to learn effective landscape modelling skills as well as techniques in using SketchUp as an interactive 3D design tool, minimizing mistakes and saving time early in the design process. Mansoor developed this course based on his twenty years of design communication and landscape architectural experience. Bring your laptop and follow along as Mansoor demonstrates digital landscape project design techniques from start to finish via a large projection screen. Participants will be further enriched by Mansoor's demonstrations and by short lectures on specific topics and beyond.

Teaching and Learning Modes

This workshop involves both theoretical and technical skills training, including hands-on training. The use of a video camera and projector ensures that students can see and follow the demonstrations efficiently and effectively. Participants are expected to attend the full 8-hour workshop to get great results.

“Follow Along” Topics covered during the workshop

  • Import design sketch of master plan into SketchUp
  • Creating the base model
  • Terrain and grading creation: transforming your site into 3D
  • Designing, editing site grading and design elements in 3D
  • Assigning materials and techniques
  • Placing vegetation, people and furniture
  • Use of camera, light and shadows for engaging storytelling

Prerequisites

This course is for landscape designers/architects with a minimum of one year's experience using SketchUp.

Date & Time

Date: 9:00am, Tuesday September 24, 2019

End Date: 5:00pm, Tuesday September 24, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Sessions

  • Designing Landscape in 3D Using SketchUp

Designing Landscape in 3D Using SketchUp

Speaker:Mansoor Ma

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Urban Foresters Symposium: Tree Planting & Installation (Session 1)

Symposiums
Root structure is the important part of the tree that we often don’t see. How this structure is managed in production is important to the final outcome of the tree’s growth and health. In this session we will cover the pros and cons of bare rooting caliper trees, the importance of planting depth, the creation of hydrophobic zones between the soil of the root ball and the local planting substrate, and how the success of the planting is affected by root ball tampering.

Date & Time

Date: 9:00am, Wednesday September 25, 2019

End Date: 3:00pm, Wednesday September 25, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Sessions

  • Tree Planting & Installation

Tree Planting & Installation

Speaker:Sandy Howkins

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Urban Foresters Symposium: Common Decay, Fungi and Tree Rot Affecting PNW Trees (Session 2)

Symposiums
This session will focus on fungal decay diseases that affect many of our native tree species in the Pacific Northwest. We will look at a combination of decay symptoms and fungal signs to identify common diseases. Specific diseases covered include annosus root rot (Heterobasidion occidentale), armillaria root rot (Armillaria ostoyae), laminated root rot (Phellinus sulphurascens), velvet top fungus (Phaeolus schweinitzii), red ring rot (Porodaedalea pini), artist conk (Ganoderma applanatum), brittle cinder (Kretzschmaria deusta) and madrona canker (Neofusicoccum arbuti). When assessing tree health and structure, proper identification of these pathogens is essential in order to determine appropriate management methods.

Date & Time

Date: 9:00am, Wednesday September 25, 2019

End Date: 3:00pm, Wednesday September 25, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Sessions

  • Common Decay, Fungi and Tree Rot Affecting PNW Trees

Common Decay, Fungi and Tree Rot Affecting PNW Trees

Speaker:Bess Bronstein

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Urban Foresters Symposium: Modern Climbing (Session 3)

Symposiums
Are you interested in understanding the nuances between moving rope and stationary rope systems? Would you like to learn how moving rope systems and stationary rope systems interact to create a balanced work climb experience? Are you interested in understanding how to implement and perform the techniques of modern tree climbing? This symposium presentation will introduce the use of specialized equipment and techniques employed in both Moving Rope Systems (MRS) and Stationary Rope Systems (SRS). Safe work procedures for popular technical work at height systems will be discussed. Participants will be introduced to an understanding of the advantages and limitations of MRS and SRS while maintaining and following industry accepted safe work practices (ANSI, ISA, CSA) pertaining to fall protection. The presenter will touch on reactive forces of anchor points, re-directs and tie-off methods for these rope access systems.

Date & Time

Date: 9:00pm, Wednesday September 25, 2019

End Date: 3:00pm, Wednesday September 25, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Sessions

  • Modern Climbing

Modern Climbing

Speaker:Kyle Larden

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Build A Fusion™ Garden

Half Day Workshops
This is a hands-on workshop to create a beautiful landscape, folding xeriscaping and "rainscaping" together into what’s known as a Fusion™ Garden. The design will use drought- and flood-tolerant plants while using water harvested from the building. Sean will discuss the design before giving workshop participants the opportunity to build a landscape from scratch together.

Date & Time

Date: 8:00am, Wednesday September 25, 2019

End Date: 12:00pm, Wednesday September 25, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $125 (Member/Student Rate)

Non Member Early Bird: $150

Member Regular: $150 (Member/Student Rate)

Non Member Regular: $175

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Build A Fusion™ Garden

Speaker:Sean James

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Nutrient Deficiencies and Fertilization of Ornamental Plants

Half Day Workshops
Why are the leaves yellow?  Which fertilizer would help get a healthier plant? If these questions are important to you, join us for an in-depth session designed for professionals working in the horticulture industry.  We will examine symptoms of nutrient deficiencies that are common on plants growing in the region – ornamentals, conifers and fruit trees - as well as methods to correct those problems. All nutrients will be covered from nitrogen to iron to zinc, along with picture samples.  As a bonus, we will discuss how to read the laboratory reports of leaf samples. Expect to leave the session with new ideas for your operation.

Date & Time

Date: 8:30am, Wednesday September 25, 2019

End Date: 12:00pm, Wednesday September 25, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $125 (Member/Student Rate)

Non Member Early Bird: $150

Member Regular: $150 (Member/Student Rate)

Non Member Regular: $175

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Nutrient Deficiencies and Fertilization of Ornamental Plants

Speaker:Mario Lanthier

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Biocontrol for Cannabis

Half Day Workshops
Cannabis is not like any other crop. Many pests love to feed on the leaves, stems and roots but growers are very limited in how they can control these problems. In this workshop, attendees will learn to identify the most common pests found on cannabis plants, covering not only the different life stages of the pests but also the kinds of damage they cause and ways to scout for them. Management tools from biological control agents, approved pesticides and cultural practices will be covered.  This will be a very applied session with tools growers can take back to their facility and implement right away.

Date & Time

Date: 1:00pm, Wednesday September 25, 2019

End Date: 4:00pm, Wednesday September 25, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $125 (Member/Student Rate)

Non Member Early Bird: $150

Member Regular: $150 (Member/Student Rate)

Non Member Regular: $175

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Bio-Control for Cannabis

Bio-Control for Cannabis

Speaker:Suzanne Wainwright-Evans

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Fountainscaping

Half Day Workshops
Add a splash of water to your next landscape project! This workshop will equip you with the necessary tools and resources to bid and build custom water features while participating in a hands-on demonstration. You will learn how to install a Spillway Bowl and Basin creating an impressive, recirculating fountain.

Date & Time

Date: 9:00am, Thursday September 26, 2019

End Date: 12:00pm, Thursday September 26, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $125 (Member/Student Rate)

Non Member Early Bird: $150

Member Regular: $150 (Member/Student Rate)

Non Member Regular: $175

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Fountainscaping

Speaker:Gord Szolnyanszky

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Pest Management for Lawn Care

Half Day Workshops
Can we maintain lawns without using toxic pesticides?  The answer is “yes”, but a successful program requires a sound understanding of many cultural practices.  Join us as we discuss these questions and review the important requirements for specific pest problems, especially the common weeds.  Expect to leave with ideas you can implement immediately. This workshop will be of interest to commercial landscapers and gardeners wanting in-depth information on the management of weeds and other turf pests. Part of the workshop will be hands-on, centering on identification and management of common weeds, insects and diseases in BC.  There will also be a review of the new IPM guide for turf managers, published by BC's golf course associations.

Date & Time

Date: 1:00pm, Thursday September 26, 2019

End Date: 4:00pm, Thursday September 26, 2019

Continuing Education Units

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $125 (Member/Student Rate)

Non Member Early Bird: $150

Member Regular: $150 (Member/Student Rate)

Non Member Regular: $175

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019

Sessions

  • Pest Management for Lawn Care

Speaker:Mario Lanthier

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