We are very excited to finally announce our Summer Outing coming up Thursday, September 5th at the Gheens Foundation Lodge at Beckley Creek Park in the Parklands. We are trying for something a little different this year by having demonstrations in the morning...hoping for a great day, and dry weather! In addition, there will be speaker sessions and CEUs will be available for the day. We are really looking forward to a great time and hoping for a large crowd like last year! Please come and see what fun we have planned!
Pneumatic Tools and their ground-breaking benefits!!!
Terry Raby, Airtech Tools
Join us for a hands-on demonstration of Airtech Tools, LLC. Come watch, listen and learn about the ground-breaking information that is shaking up and improving the Tree and Plant Health Care Industry. Whether you’re rescuing a grove of Dutch elms after a long drought or planting a row of red maples along a busy city median, Airtech’s feeding, digging and pruning systems cut job times by up to 80% over conventional methods. Since Airtech Tools is based in Knoxville, Tennessee, we know all about red clay . . . and backaches! Our pneumatic lances and spades cut through even the most compacted soil. Whether you’re feeding a spruce, or pruning a runaway river birch, just squeeze a trigger and let Airtech do all the dirty work.
Native Meadows at the Parklands of Floyds Fork
Robert W Hoffman, Roundstone Native Seed
The presentation will provide a brief summary of the establishment of the native prairies and meadows in the parklands focusing specifically on the Beckley Creek Park planting. We will discuss different goals that you can have for a project and how that will affect what you plant as well as your management and maintenance strategies. Participants will learn some of these strategies and how they may change over time as the planting matures.
The commercialized version of the USDA developed Intelligent Spray Control System.
Steve Booher, Smart Guided Systems
With over 10-years in development by the USDA and leading universities, the LIDAR based Intelligent Spray Control System is commercially available and saving growers 47-73% on chemicals. A Smart Guided representative will explain how the system works, and how it can be retro-fit onto any existing Air Blast sprayer. Attendees will see a working demo if conditions allow.
Larry Goodin, Bryan Equipment Sales
Larry will have equipment onsite for us to try and for him to demonstrate. Larry will focus on safety of using such tools/equipment such as chainsaws, blowers, trimmers, mowers etc. Some of the items that Larry will focus on will be: Engine maintenance, Importance of leaving the Deflector plate on, Dangers of Leaving the String too long on trimmers, etc. He will also discuss the differences and benefits of the new "battery push" line of equipment which includes mowers, blowers, etc.
Demonstration of Vermeer Mini Skid Steer, and Yanmar Mini Excavator
Lance King, Vermeer Heartland
Lance will have equipment set up and will be doing walk arounds and answering any questions that you have about the equipment and how it can benefit you and your business
Hostas and Their Shady Friends
Bob Iiames, Lange Estate
Bob will guide you through the culture, care and many uses of hosta. We will also discuss the many and varied shady friends that hang out with hosta. We will separate myth from fact, how much sun they need, and show some great hosta and companion plants to use in your landscapes.
How do you successfully design, implement and manage great landscapes? By designing in reverse!
Zeke Cooper, Zeke Cooper Landscape Architect
To create a great landscape, it is imperative to reverse engineer what we’ve always been taught. Through years of consulting with and creating resort landscapes, Zeke has created a foolproof system that will help your next project thrive for decades to come. By designing in reverse, you too can create landscapes that are beautiful, sustainable and able to be cared for effortlessly.
Weed Control in Turf
Gregg Munshaw, University of Kentucky
This presentation discusses cultural and chemical weed control in turf.
Speaker Biographies in Alpha Order
Steve Booher, Smart Guided Systems, Indianapolis, Indiana
An entrepreneurial leader with a track record of success, Steve Booher’s most recent company Smart Guided® Systems LLC headquartered in Indianapolis, IN develops precision-guided solutions for the ground’s maintenance and horticulture markets. Smart Guided Systems began with an Alliance Agreement with Kubota Tractor Corporation for the industry first Android tablet based Autosteer system. In spring of 2018 Smart Guided introduced the industry first Android tablet based GPS-precision spraying add-on kit that adapts to existing boom sprayers. In the fall of 2018, Smart Guided was chosen by the USDA exclusively, to commercialize the LIDAR based Intelligent Spray Control System. Mr. Booher earned an associate degree in design at Vincennes University and a bachelor of science degree in business from Indiana Wesleyan. He has launched and sold several ventures in his 30-year career, Productive Resources, Auburn Clutch, NetPage USA, and CAD Design Inc. He has received the prestigious Growth 100 award from the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, part of Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business, an unprecedented 11 times for four different companies. Mr. Booher was selected as Ernst & Young’s Northern Indiana Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000; and in 2007, 2008 and 2009, Productive Resources was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the “Fastest Growing Companies in America.” Mr. Booher served on the AG Sector board of directors of AEM (Association of Equipment Manufactures) for six years; was past Chairman of its Associate Member’s Group and served on many committees. Mr. Booher also served as Chairman of the Board of non-profit Lakeview Ministries for five years, where he oversaw the fundraising and building of the new camp “Lakeview Villages” where over 800 kids per summer enjoy camp. Mr. Booher enjoys family time at home or at his cabin Brown County Indiana, his hobby is operating heavy equipment.
Zeke C. Cooper, Zeke Cooper Landscape Architect, Cherokee, North Carolina
Over the course of his career, Zeke has worked alongside and learned from notable individuals and companies, such as Tom Fazio Golf Course Designers, ValleyCrest Landscape Development, Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, and Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort.
As a Cherokee native and entrepreneur at heart, Zeke is one of the Principals and Founders of Aniwaya Design & Planning. An EBCI TERO Certified Business, Aniwaya Design & Planning has completed numerous master planning and design projects for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; and for other organizations that work to preserve the Cherokee Culture and History throughout the Southeastern United States. Some of his notable projects include: Nikwasi & Cowee Mounds Rehabilitation & Protection Master Plans, Cherokee Fire Mountain Trail System, Junaluska Museum Master Plan, Cherokee Senior Athletic Center, The Greenbrier Resort Landscape Designs, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Landscape Designs; among many others. Zeke has been fortunate to have worked on a variety of projects for high profile clients, been part of numerous National Award-Winning teams and projects, while being invited to speak at numerous Green Industry Events. Within a short time, he has become a Thought Leader, Expert and Problem Solver throughout the Green Industry. He is the proud recipient of National & State Awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, National Association of Landscape Professionals & Professional Grounds Management Society. In 2018, Zeke was awarded the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Zeke joined the DreamCatcher Hotels team in January of 2018, as the Director of Business Development, while also serving as the onsite Project Manager for the new Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Hotel and Convention Center expansion project. All of this said, Zeke's greatest accomplishments are being a husband to Krysta and father to their beautiful little girl, Granby Hattan.
Amy Fulcher, Ph.D.,
Dr. Amy Fulcher works with Extension agents and nursery producers to optimize production practices and improve the economic and environmental sustainability of nursery production. Her research and extension programming focus on using technology to advance nursery production and landscape management through Integrated Pest Management, primarily spray application technology, and irrigation technology. She is the founder of the Southern Nursery IPM Working Group (SNIPM) and is co–editor and co-author of IPM of Select Deciduous Trees in Southeastern U.S. Nursery Production, the first iBooks on IPM for the US nursery industry. Dr. Fulcher is part of a multi-disciplinary team testing laser-guided intelligent spray systems, which is helping nursery growers, orchardists, and grape producers reduce the volume of pesticides applied. She is also part of a statewide team studying crop and livestock water use and irrigation technology. Dr. Fulcher and coauthors recently published nationally award winning publications: Nursery Irrigation: A Guide to Reducing Risk and Improving Production and a series on Hydrangea Production. Dr. Fulcher earned a B.S. from Western Kentucky University, M.S. from NCSU, and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and was a certified arborist for 15 years. Prior to joining the University of Tennessee, she was an extension agent and extension associate for the University of Kentucky working with new and established nursery producers and the UK nursery extension team, cherished experience that continues to shape her career!
Larry Goodin, Territory Manager, Bryan Equipment Sales, Loveland, Ohio
Larry has been involved with Bryan Equipment for 24 years. Eleven years working in the dealership handling Stihl and 13 as a Stihl Territory Manager in the field. A part of my job is the training of new dealers. I am Gold certified which is the highest technical achievement available thru Stihl. As part of my job I am also required to do safety trainings for the state, dealers and landscapers when needed. Larry is married and the parent to three children.
Robert W Hoffman, Roundstone Native Seed, Upton, KY
Robert is the Restoration Ecologist for Roundstone Native Seed. He travels the eastern United States promoting the use of native species and consulting with clients on the proper installation and management techniques for native species for a wide variety of land uses and goals. He also performs project management for dozens of projects annually giving him real-world exposure to best management practices. Robert has a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resource Management from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a Master’s of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida. When he is not working, he is enjoying time with his wife, Ashley, and children.
Bob Iiames, Lange Estate, Ludlow Falls, Ohio
Bob is a groundskeeper at the 173-acre Lange Estate in Ludlow Falls, Ohio. He is a member of the American Conifer Society, Ohio Valley North American Rock Garden Society, and is current president of the Miami Valley Hosta Society. He received the ACS Central Region 2018 Distinguished Service Award. He lives in Englewood with his wife Karen. As you might imagine, his favorite pastime is gardening. His passion is dwarf and unusual conifers and currently he has more than 400. The gardens also showcase more than 400 hostas, 250 daylilies, rock garden plants, and many other rare and unusual perennials. He hosts Bob’s Garden Fair, a sale of rare and unusual conifers, trees, perennials and handmade garden art, each year on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. In 2018, there were 18 vendors from five states. Bob has provided continuing education for Ohio’s Miami, Montgomery, and Greene Counties and Hendricks County, Indiana, Master Gardener Volunteers, as well as Miami Valley Green Industry Professionals. He has spoken to numerous garden clubs, plant societies, the Great Lakes Region Hardy Plant Society, the Federation of Garden Clubs, Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, local garden centers, plus he has presented at Hosta College.
Lance King, Vermeer Heartland, Elizabethtown, KY
Lance is an energetic Environmental Market Specialist, and consistent team player who has been part of the Vermeer Heartland family for 6 years. Lance’s knowledge of the Landscaping and Tree industries is only enhanced by his vast work experience, which enables him to understand each of his customer’s unique needs and helps him choose the best equipment for them, optimizing their production practices. Having grown up in the area gives his customers a higher comfort level knowing he had a greater comprehension of specialized issues in this area. In his free time he is an avid outdoorsman, especially enjoying kayaking and fishing.
Gregg C. Munshaw, Ph.D., Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences, Univ. of Kentucky
Gregg is an Associate Professor & Extension Specialist. He is a native of western Canada, specializes in improving sports surfaces, including golf courses, athletic fields, and horse racing tracks. Gregg received his B.S. (1997) and M.S. (2000) degrees from the University of Kentucky. He is the author of 22 refereed publications, 23 extension publications, and 10 YouTube videos. Prior to joining the UK faculty in 2012, Gregg was an assistant and associate professor at Mississippi State University where he was awarded two teaching awards for his work with plant science students.
Terry Raby, Airtech Tools, Knoxville, TN
Terry is a lifelong resident of Tennessee, but he is no stranger to other parts of the United States and the world. He is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and has also spent quite a bit of time in the beautiful state of Oregon. However, it was growing up on a farm in East Tennessee and near the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains where Terry learned two things: 1) how to fix anything that was broken and 2) to appreciate anything “green”. He drew upon his mechanical skills and love of nature to develop Airtech Tools, llc. After years of research, passion and grit, Terry has streamlined Airtech Tools, llc into a developer of truly “ground-breaking” tree care systems which are ideal for the tree, horticulture, landscape and plant health care industries. It was important to Terry that Airtech Tools systems not only promote plant health, but also protect the health of the operators by providing a more timely, effective and less physically demanding alternative to traditional methods. When he is not in his shop working out ways to make his Airtech Tools systems faster, easier, or lighter, Terry is either out in the field with his trusty companion, Molly, his 15 year old Australian Shephard or home with his wife, Tammy, and whoever else may happen to stop by for some front porch sitting or a home cooked meal!