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Two Days. One Ticket

The MGIX Member Summit has just one ticket price. That means all attendees and sponsors will enjoy two days of Breakout Sessions, the Keynote and Awards Celebration, Roundtable Discussions, access to sponsor displays, and coffee, breakfast, lunch, and snacks.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018


Plant Trends &
Best Selection
Business &
Landscape Design &
Pests &
7:00–8:00 am Registration & Coffee
8:00–9:15 am Keynote: Terri McEnaney, President, Bailey Nurseries
9:30–10:30 am

The Role of Public Gardens in Evaluating and Documenting the Spread of Invasive Ornamental Plants
Led by Shana Byrd, Theresa Culley

It's Okay to Show Off! The Power of Professional Photography
Led by Jason Cromley and Gail Reinhart

The Green Potential of the Urban Core
Led by Scott Beurlein
Weeds Away: Control in Ornamental Beds
Led by David Gardner
10:45–11:45 am Extremely Low-Maintenance, High-Impact Perennials by Season
Led by Kerry Ann Mendez
What Your Accountant Isn't Telling You
Led by Tom Shay
Creation of a Children's Garden
Led by Barb Arnold
Practical Pesticide Labels: What You Need to Know and Understand
Led by Joe Boggs
12:00–1:15 pm Networking Lunch
1:30–2:30 pm The Right-Size Flower Garden: Exceptional Plants and Design Solutions for Busy Gardeners
Led by Kerry Ann Mendez
Requirements to Participate in the H2A and H2B Programs
Led by Steven Paciorek
Landscape Lighting
Led by Chuck Watterson
What’s Bugging the Perennial and Annuals: Pests of Herbaceous Plants
Led by Pamela Bennett
2:45–3:45 pm Topical Roundtable Discussions
3:45–4:15 pm Sponsor Mingle & Snack Break
4:15–5:15 pm Best Plants for Pollinators
Led by Steve Foltz
Be an Undercover Boss
Led by Anne Obarski
Gardening on the Verge (of Success!)
Led by Kirk Ryan Brown
Practical Scouting in the Field: When and How to Look for Pests
Led by Tom DeHass and Tim Malinich
5:30–6:30 pm

Believe Nothing That You See and Only Half of What You Read
Led by David Listerman

Growing Your Employees: Panel Discussion
Led by Jim Funai, Lori Zatroch, Chris Ahlum, and Devon Stanley
Integrating Universal Design and Green Building Practices Into a Thriving Landscape
Led by Rosemarie Rossetti, Bill Gerhardt
The Browning of Evergreens: Conifer Diseases
Led by Curtis Young
8:00–9:30 pm Wise Women Wednesday networking event



Thursday, December 13, 2018


Plant Trends &
Best Selection
Business &
Landscape Design &
Pests &
7:00–8:15 am ONLA Awards Celebration & Breakfast
8:30–9:30 am John Bartram Talks Native American Trees
Led by Kirk Ryan Brown
Horticulture & Trucking: How 2018 will help us plan for 2019
Led by Andy Bruney
This One's For The Birds: Landscaping to Attract Wildlife
Led by Bryce Lane
Diseases on Trees and Shrubs: A Plant Path Update
Led by Jim Chatfield and Carrie Jagger
9:45–10:45 am Unlocking the 2019 Garden Trends
Led by Katie Dubow
The Four P's to Corporate Success
Led by Jeffrey Ling
Environmental Requirements: What You Need to Know
Led by Daniel Sowry
Insects and Mites on Trees and Shrubs: An Insect Update
Led by David Shetlar
11:00 am–12:00 pm New Plant Round Up
Led by Maria Zampini
In Pursuit of Leadership: Cultivating Leaders in Your Company
Led by Bryce Lane
The Path Toward Sustainability
Led by Daniel Sowry
Conservation of Pollinators in Urban Landscapes: What You Need to Know to Protect Pollinators
Led by David Shetlar
12:00–1:15 pm Networking Lunch
1:15–1:45 pm Dessert Mingle
2:00–3:00 pm

An Ounce of Prevention: Avoiding Pest and Disease Issues in the Greenhouse
Led by Bart Hayes

5 Ways (or Maybe 8) to Improve Your Social Media Marketing
Led by Maria Zampini
Safety Pays - Accidents Cost
Daniel Sowry
Led by Dean Bortz
Deer Management: Managing the Four-Legged Eating Machines
Led by Marne Titchenell
3:15–4:15 pm New Annuals for 2019 and Beyond
Led by Bart Hayes
The Only Four Ways to Grow a Business
Led by Jeffrey Ling
Sustainable Irrigation in Residential and Commercial Projects
Led by Jeff Muhlbach
Invasive Species Update: Insects, Diseases, and Plants, Oh My!
Led by Erik Draper, Kathy Smith, and Amy Stone
4:30–5:30 pm Closing General Session
Education Retrospective Workshop featuring Anne Obarski


Schedule subject to change. Refer to the on-site program.

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