Summer Outing 2018!

  • 13 Sep 2018
  • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • City Place, 112 S 1st Avenue, La Grange, KY 40031


  • KNLA Member Attendee for education and expo
  • Non-Member attendee to education and expo.
  • KNLA Member Exhibitor, 10 x 10 booth space, table, 2 chairs. Access to education and lunch for up to 2 people.
  • Non-Member Exhibitor Registration, 10 x 10 space, table, 2 chairs, access to education and lunch for 2 people.
  • Lunch Only - No CEUs for training provided
  • Provides coffee for the morning prior to education.
  • Sponsor cookies and brownies for dessert! Be the most popular sponsor of the day :)
  • Sponsor Ice and Cold Beverages for our attendees.
  • Sponsor Lunch supplied by Big R & Shannon's BBQ.
  • Sponsor our morning and afternoon education sessions! We've got a great lineup in store for our attendees!
  • Sponsor the CityPlace venue! We can't wait for you to see this beautiful space!

Registration is closed

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 13th, for what we plan to be a great day for everyone! This year, we have selected CityPlace in LaGrange, KY, to host our event. For those of you unfamiliar with CityPlace, it used to be the old Southern States on HWY 53 right in the heart of town. The Rawlings Foundation purchased the location a few years ago and boy do you need to see what magic they have created! We’ll have two buildings providing plenty of space for training and the expo, and we will also have a beautiful courtyard at our disposal throughout our event. We’re even going to close the side road to make room for more fun!  

We are getting back to the basics a little bit this year and bringing in some speakers and exhibitors that can really help you in your day-to-day business. There will be something for everyone, from the landscaper, grower, designer, to billing specialist, fleet manager, etc. Everyone is welcome and we’ll be sure to have something new and valuable for them to learn.  

Also, in the spirit of supporting local businesses, we will be serving amazing BBQ from a restaurant right across the street and wonderful deserts from the bakery next door to them. You will not leave hungry, and odds are you’ll be back to eat again with your families!!

We are excited to have Proven Winners as a sponsor again for this year's Summer Outing and we are also welcoming Listerman & Associates, McHutchison, Dayton Bag & Burlap, and of course The University of KY's Horticulture Program who is always helping plan the education portion and provide so many wonderful speakers.  Thank you so much for taking a lead on the Sponsorship opportunities!





You can sign up to either exhibit or attend our show online at We can’t wait to see you all there! 

Education - Please see the list of classes available below...and we have what I think are a bunch of CEUs!

CEUs Available - 3 General, 1 Specific and 3 Arborist and 2 LA!!!

Registration Begins 7:30 - 8:30 AM




 8:30 - 9:30  Designing the Modern Landscape Garden Tom Smarr

“Green” is important in all parts of our lives—from supplying food to nourish, beauty to observe, space to recreate, and protecting the air we breathe. As gardeners, we get to choose how to shape our small-to-large lands, often deciding whether they are to be ornamental gardens or ecologically fit landscapes. However, both horticulture and conservation values can be utilized in our livable landscapes. Learn about the design methods, plant selection, and management techniques used in various public landscapes, and how these principles are translatable to residential gardens. Examples derive from the gardens on the High Line, Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, and The Parklands of Floyds Fork—each being a part of the modern public park movement shaping our modern landscape gardens. 

 9:35 - 10:35 

2018 Plant Problem Trends from the UK Diagnostic Lab

Nicole Ward Gauthier, PhD

The UK Diagnostic Lab receives samples from around the state related to disease, insect, weed, etc. problems on landscape plants. Each year there are changes in the samples received, and we will discuss the 2018 observations and sources for controls.


 10:40-11:30  CMV Safety Related to Landscape Enterprises  Sgt. Jason Morris, KSP 

A general overview of CMV laws and regulations, with a focus on how they apply to landscaping related businesses. Topics covered will include: general applicability, vehicle registration, driver licensing, credentials, hours of service, and load securement. Vehicles will be present for inspection and discussion. An open Q&A will follow!

 11:30-1:20  LUNCH  AND  VENDOR TIME

Weed Control Basics – Different Crops, Same Concepts

Travis Legleiter, PhD

Weed control and management basics remain the same despite differences in crops and cropping systems. Essential weed control principles will be discussed from an Agronomic point of view and also that of landscape and nursery system

2:25 - 3:25

Important Changes to the Tax Law Effective July 1st

Tim Bennett, KY Dept of Tax and Use

Effective for services provided on or after July 1, 2018, Kentucky tax law (KRS 139.200) applies the 6% sales tax to charges for landscaping services, including but not limited to lawn care and maintenance services; tree trimming, pruning or removal services; landscape design and installation services; and snow plowing and removal services. All providers of these services will be required to register to charge and collect Kentucky sales tax from their customers.  At this point, a couple months in, you will have had time to change your billing processes and likely have questions about the particulars; here is an opportunity to ask questions directly to those enforcing the new law. We can help!  

 3:30 - 4:30 

How Selections are Determined For Sale to the Landscape Industry

Josh Miller, New Product Development Mgr, Four Star Greenhouse

This presentation will focus on the process of working with plant breeders to select products for our catalog referenced against input from our sales, marketing and growing team.  Our brands (Proven Winners and Proven Selections) are consumer-facing brands that yield direct feedback to help guide our effort.  This helps us move quickly and identify plants that will make consumers successful.

Kentucky Nursery & Landscape Association
P.O. Box 5006
Frankfort, KY 40602
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