NEW! Master Classes to occur in February and March, 2021. Master Class attendance is NOT part of Northern Green Virtual registration packages. Separate registration for these classes is available below. Note: Whether online or in-person, Master Classes will NOT be recorded for availability afterwards.

2021 Master Classes generously supported by:


1. Online Event: Technology and the Green Industry

Speakers from University of Minnesota:

Maggie Reiter, Extension Educator in Turfgrass
Chad Giblin, Dept. of Forest Resources
Eric North, Extension Dept. of Forest Resources
Speaker from Texas A&M Turfgrass Management:
Chase Straw, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences

Date: February 10

There have been tremendous strides in user friendly technology all throughout the green industry. Gone are the days of putting a terra cotta worm in a pot to determine water needs. Now there is an abundance of moisture sensors and meters to easily capture that data and enhance irrigation efficiency. Coming to an end are the days of cutting down a tree to determine its health. Through the use of 21st century tools such as tomography a.k.a. “tree sonar” and resistograph in combination with more traditional methods, the ability to assess tree defects without cutting it down are becoming possible. This online class will focus on the technology available to industry practitioners and how it can benefit you and your career.

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2. Online Event: Favorite Plants for Minnesota Gardens

Dates: February 15 & 22

What are the best performing plants for Minnesota gardens and landscapes? Spend 1 or 2 half days with us as we present a plethora of plants – from woody trees, shrubs and conifers, to herbaceous perennials, annuals and even houseplants – your speakers are all as cold hardy as the plants and each will cover their top ten favorite performing plants in their category.

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3. Online Event: Going from Good to Great: Hardscape Efficiency Boot Camp

Date: February 17

Instructor: Frank Bourque

Great companies use key performance indicators (KPIs) to gauge and compare performance for meeting strategic and operational goals. However, the hardscape industry as a whole lacks objective benchmarks or a way to measure excellence across the industry.

The aim of this seminar is to outline simple KPIs that companies of all sizes can start capturing today by using systems, processes, and technology that digitizes this information and collects it in a central area. The comprehensive analysis of this data will help improve processes and lead to better performance and project delivery.

In this online Boot Camp, you will learn 7 key KPIs to track in your business to motivate your teams and significantly increase your business efficiency and profits.

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4. Online Event: Pesticide Recertification Zoom Workshop – Categories A & E, and P

Date: February 26

Pending approval by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, this workshop meets Commercial Pesticide Applicator Requirements for Category A (Core) and Category E (Turf and Ornamentals). Recertification for optional Category P (Vertebrate Pest) will also be offered as part of this workshop.

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5. Electrical Troubleshooting and Advanced Wiring: PLT Relicensure

Date: March 4
Location: Lost Spur Golf & Event Center, 2750 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Eagan, MN 55121

Pending Minnesota Dept. of Labor & Industry approval, this class satisfies eight hours of continuing education requirements for the Power Limited Training Licensure, including two hours of code and six hours of technical training oriented specifically toward the landscape industry.

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