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 & Technology – PLT Relicensure (DOLI Course #20170641)

Instructed by Dick Johnson, PLT Services, Inc.; Gerry De La Vega, TerraDek Lighting, Inc.; and Tim Malooly, Water in Motion

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.

Sponsored by:

Supported by: Hunter/FXLuminaire

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

Presented by Thomas Rainer, Phyto Studio and Larry Weaner, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates

Learn from these national planting design professionals and become a part of this revolution.
Thomas Rainer | The Social Networks of Plants: Creating Designed Plant Communities
This groundbreaking talk presents a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture—designed plantings that function like naturally-occurring plant communities. Join Thomas Rainer, a leading voice in ecological landscape design, to learn how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create landscapes that are resilient, beautiful, and diverse. As practical as it is inspiring, this talk explores a new synthesis of ecology and horticulture–resulting in an intentionally designed and managed community where population dynamics are encouraged within an aesthetic framework.
Larry Weaner | The Liberated Landscape: Integrating Ecological Processes into Landscape Design
All too often we treat our gardens and landscapes as static compositions of carefully placed and managed plants. But our approach can be more dynamic—and arguably more rewarding—by working with ecological processes and patterns of change over time. Learn how Larry Weaner combines basic design principles and practical management techniques with an understanding of ecological patterns and processes to create ever-evolving landscapes that bring new meaning to the idea of partnering with nature. Using examples from diverse meadow, shrubland, and woodland projects, Weaner will share how this give-and-take approach can result in low-maintenance, aesthetically compelling landscapes.

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Urban Turfgrass: Benefits, Management, Environmental Issues

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 focus on the benefits, management, and environmental issues surrounding turfgrass management in the urban environment. Our world-renowned educators and researchers from the University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin-Madison will provide in-depth information surrounding sustainable turfgrass management. The discussion will include topics of:

  • Sustainable Turfgrass Systems
  • Choosing Turfgrasses for Urban Sites
  • Water Mangement
  • Urban Turfgrass Nutrition and Fate
  • 21st Century Mowing
  • Turfgrass Physiology for the Practitioner
  • Pesticide Management and Environmental Issues

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

The Great Game of Business was developed to help close one of the biggest gaps in business: the gap between managers and employees. What lies at the heart of The Game is a very simple proposition: 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.
Dave Scholten, Great Game of Business (GGOB) coach and practitioner, will spend the morning providing attendees with a basic understanding of the origins of The Game, and application of open-book management.
In the afternoon, attendees will get a detailed description of how one company, Field Outdoor Spaces, has implemented the concepts for a 25-employee seasonal landscape design-build company in Minneapolis. Field has been implementing and evolving the concepts of the Great Game of Business for six years. This session is intended to openly share challenges, failures, missteps and ultimate successes in their journey to be a Great Game company. As part of the Q&A session, Field will have employees from multiple levels of the company talk about their experiences with The Game so far.

9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.