Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Grow your skills as a green industry professional and attend one of the excellent full-day Northern Green Master Classes on Tuesday.


Develop your skills as a green industry professional by attending one of the Northern Green Master Classes (formerly Super Tuesday) on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

2018 Master Classes

Low Voltage Landscape Lighting Design and Irrigation Technology – PLT Relicensure

Instructed by Dick Johnson, PLT Services, Inc., and Gerry De La Vega, TerraDek Lighting, Inc.

Pending DOLI approval, this class satisfies eight hours of continuing education requirements for the Power Limited Training Licensure, including 2 hours of code and 6 hours of technical training. The information provided during this class is orientated specifically towards the landscape industry, and will focus on principles of landscape lighting design and irrigation technology.

7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Pesticide Recertification (Categories A, E, F or P)

This workshop meets MDA’s Commercial Pesticide Applicator requirements for category A (Core) and E (Turf and Ornamentals). Recertification for optional Categories F (Aquatics) and P (Vertebrate Pest) will also be offered as part of this workshop.

This workshop has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Licensed applicators with Categories A and E who last attended a recertification workshop in 2016, and new-licensed pesticide applicators in 2017, must attend an MDA-approved workshop by 12/31/2018. By attending the Pesticide Recertification track and completing the on-site attendance documentation, applicators will obtain recertification credit.

For licensed applicators to receive credit for Category F – Aquatics or Category P – Vertebrate Pest, they must attend the entire Pesticide Recertification track (Category A and E, and F or P) and complete on-site attendance documentation.

Category F and P (Choose One): 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Categories A and E: 9:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Revolution in Planting Design | a master class with Thomas Rainer and Larry Weaner

Presented by Thomas Rainer, Grounded Design and Larry Weaner, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates

Spend a day learning from two nationally known landscape design professionals: Thomas Rainer and Larry Weaner. Rainer is a specialist in applying innovative planting concepts to create ecologically-functional designed landscapes. His recent work focuses on the artful interpretation of wild plant communities into designed plantings that thrive in the context of towns and cities. Weaner is nationally recognized for combining environmental science with the rich artistic traditions of landscape design. His firm assesses a site’s ecology to determine a plant palette that provides visually compelling compositions and meets their client’s functional needs. His designs are patterned after naturally occurring plant communities, with species selected for their functions as well as their ornamental qualities, resulting in dynamic, resilient landscapes that thrive with a minimum of care.

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Addressing Environmental Concerns While Maintaining Sustainable Turf

Presented by:
Dr. Brian Horgan, University of Minnesota
Dr. Eric Watkins, University of Minnesota
Sam Bauer, University of Minnesota
Dr. Jon Trappe, University of Minnesota
Andrew Hollman, University of Minnesota
Dr. Dominic Petrella, University of Minnesota
Dr. Paul Koch, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The MTGF Master Class will be a Turfgrass Short Course with possible certification. Those taking care of parks, playfields, golf courses and school grounds will benefit from the training provided by this Turfgrass Short Course.

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


The Great Game of Business & The Great Game of Landscaping

Presented by Dave Scholten, The Great Game of Business, and Jason Rathe, Field Outdoor Spaces

Learn about the theory of The Great Game of Business: The best, most efficient, most profitable way to operate a business is to give everybody in the company a voice in saying how the company is run and a stake in the financial outcome, good or bad.

Workshop attendees will spend the morning gaining a basic understanding of the origins and application of open-book management and learn how to create a custom, ready-to-implement incentive program that can be implemented in any type of organization.

In the afternoon, the Great Game of Landscaping will be presented by Jason Rathe. Rathe will share his company’s 5-year effort to utilize open-book management. He will describe their use of project “Scorecards” and a cumulative “Scoreboard” to help them know how they are doing at any given time, motivate and create competition between crews, and provide incentives. Rathe will share lessons learned and difficulties encountered when taking on this project.

9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.