Landscape and Lawn Care Industry Events & Education


PLANET strives for the highest level of professionalism through education, best practices, and certification.

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Green Industry Conference (GIC ): Louisville — October 22–24, 2014
Timely, industry-specific educational sessions along with cutting-edge technology make for the biggest green industry event of the year—the Green Industry Conference (GIC) held in conjunction with the GIE+EXPO and Hardscape North America in Louisville, KY. Learn from industry experts, network with your peers, and test drive some of the latest industry equipment, tools, and supplies. MORE>>

Great Escape: Bahamas — February 25–28, 2015

The Great Escape is an annual destination meeting for upper-level management, owners, and key personnel. Attendees participate in educational sessions, small group discussions, and networking events, while enjoying a chance to relax, have fun, and recharge their batteries for the season ahead. This is not your ordinary conference. MORE>>

Build-a-Better-Landscape-Business Workshops: Regional — Year-round

These regional, two-day workshops turn great landscape contractors into great landscape business owners. Taught by actual landscape contractors, these hands-on classroom events help landscape companies build the systems they need to create a more predictable, more profitable future. In partnership with Landscape Management Network and hosted by Caterpillar. MORE>>

PLANET Consultant Members
With decades of experience behind them, these industry experts are ready to take a deep-dive into the businesses of landscape contractors and put their area of expertise to work. MORE>>

PLANET Peer Groups
Peer groups are self-governing, long-term strategic alliances of company leaders who share skills, strategies, and best practices in a confidential setting. PLANET peer groups are facilitated by industry experts Bruce K. Wilson and Thomas L. Oyler. Peer group members foster engagement among each other as they build trust and create lasting relationships in a noncompetitive environment. Participation in a peer group can lead to discovering new ideas, receiving feedback on concerns and issues, collective trouble-shooting, improvement of leadership and management skills, and action-oriented growth. MORE>>

Trailblazers, Trailblazers On Call
Honored, industry leaders known as the PLANET Trailblazers are considered the leading industry experts in their field. They contribute their expertise to multiple facets of the Trailblazer program. The traditional Trailblazer program gives PLANET members the opportunity to spend a day, one-on-one with a Trailblazer who examines the member’s business and provides advice for operating efficiencies. The Trailblazers On Call program allows members to ask tough business or technical questions and get answers from Trailblazers within 24 hours either by phone or email. The Trailblazer Facility Tours give members a chance for a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of some of the leading companies in the industry. MORE>>

PLANET’s educational programs are approved for Landscape Industry Certified recertification at 1 CEU per hour of instruction.

Lawn Care Summit: Tampa — December 3–5, 2014

The education provided at this national forum is based on current trends and future developments in lawn care. Dual-tracked sessions offer both technical and management sessions for owners, managers, and top-line lawn care technicians. MORE>>

Student Career Days: North Carolina State University — March 12–15, 2015

Student Career Days is an annual three-day event for horticulture and landscape students to showcase their skills to and meet potential employers through competitive events, a career fair, and networking opportunities. MORE>>

Interior Plantscape Symposium: Longwood Gardens — April 9, 2015

This one-day, dual-tracked educational event offers practical training for the front line as well as business education for owners and managers. Interiorscapers will walk away with knowledge and cutting-edge techniques that make them more efficient and innovative on the job. MORE>>

Design/Build/Installation Symposium — August 13–15, 2015
This three-day symposium features practical applications and how-to sessions for the landscape designer. Exceptionally informative, thought provoking, and relevant to today’s growing design/build firms, this symposium is a unique educational offering for companies looking to become more established in today’s design/build marketplace. MORE>>

Choose from seven certification programs to earn the distinguished Landscape Industry Certified status. Business and technical, exterior and interior, PLANET certification programs are self-study, self pace for your busy schedule with recommended resources found at PLANET member and group discounts are available. MORE>>

Harvest Way Academy

This comprehensive online center includes tools and advice to grow your landscape company. Gain access to monthly training videos on key business topics led by the Head Harvesters, lesson outlines and guidebooks to help you grow and train your people, downloadable tools to help you set monthly personal and business goals, and an online peer community forum. MORE>>

Landscape Safety Training Systems

This comprehensive online safety training system provides your crew with 20+ online videos complete with exams and field checklists, an HR tool to organize your grounds staff and unify your message, online employee record storage, multi-branch and multidepartment reporting, health and safety tools, and tools to track employee training. MORE>>

PLANET Universe

This is the online search engine for all resources and information pertaining to the industry. Search among the major topic areas, such as administration, management, marketing, operations, safety, and training, or perform a key-word search to find the matching resources in the form of whitepapers, articles, models, samples, case studies, newsletters, publications, and Web 2.0. With new additions daily and a comprehensive industry calendar of events, this is the go-to online portal. MORE>>


Organized by the topical areas of business, certification, design/specifications/estimating, plants, safety/training, sales/marketing, and Spanish resources, these publications are hand-picked for the landscape professional and competitively priced. MORE>>


Online how-to training videos demonstrate the proper procedures and techniques to perform common tasks. From learning how to aerate turf to maintaining equipment, these videos show step-by-step instructions for the visual learner. MORE>>


Take learning virtual with these live presentations over the Internet. Industry experts speak on topics such as marketing and branding, safety and training, legal and HR issues, public relations, and other general business subjects. PLANET webinars are FREE for members and are archived to view on demand at your leisure. MORE>>