FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lisa Schaumann
Contact: Heather Finney
PLANET RELEASES 2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
HERNDON, Va., December 5, 2012 — The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the national trade association for landscape professionals, hosts the largest education program in the landscape industry. It offers more than 50 webinars annually as well as conferences and workshops held around the country on business development topics for the lawn care, landscape design/build/install, interior plant design, and irrigation and water management specialties. Following is a list of events scheduled for 2013:
Lawn Care Summit 2013—Jan. 7–9, Orlando
The Lawn Care Summit features the latest research and trends in the lawn care industry. The conference offers education tracks for technicians, as well as for owners and managers. Programming, developed by leaders in the lawn care field, brings respected experts from national firms to share their thoughts on what the future holds and seasoned veterans to offer practical advice on how they are responding to current issues in the field.
TPIE Short Course—Jan. 23–25, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Produced in partnership with FNGLA, PLANET, and OFA the TPIE Short Course, held in conjunction with FNGLA's Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition, is a national educational conference created specifically for interiorscapers.
LMN Business Management Workshop—Feb. 14–15, Portland, Ore.; Feb. 18–19, Bloomingburg, N.Y. (NYC area)
The LMN Business Management Workshops are organized by PLANET and Landscape Management Network (LMN), and hosted by Caterpillar Equipment. These two-day hands-on workshops help contractors build the systems their companies need to create a more predictable, more profitable future. Landscape contractors from some of the industry’s best landscape companies will lead the workshops.
Green Industry Great Escape—Feb. 21–23, Las Vegas
The Green Industry 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 but also have time to relax and bond with colleagues.
Student Career Days—March 7–10, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.
Student Career Days, “The National Collegiate Landscape Competition,” is the nation’s largest competition and Career Fair for students studying horticulture, landscaping, and lawn care. Over the course of three days, some 900 students get to interact with industry leaders, network, participate in real-world competitive events, and interview for job opportunities with top industry companies.
Interior Plantscape Symposium—April 11, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pa.
The Interior Plantscape Symposium offers practical training for frontline staff 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.
PLANET Day of Service — April 22, Nationwide
The 5th annual PLANET Day of Service will take place Monday, April 22. This grassroots effort allows industry professionals to create volunteer lawn care and landscape projects in their own communities and also helps to raise awareness about the importance of caring for green spaces. In the past four years, nearly 900 projects have been conducted in communities across the country.
Legislative Day on the Hill, Renewal & Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery, July 22–23, Washington, D.C.
During the annual Legislative Day on the Hill, PLANET members from across the country converge on Capitol Hill to meet with legislators and discuss issues important to the industry. Prior to their meetings on the Hill, many of them participate in the largest single service event in the industry, Renewal & Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery.
Green Industry Conference—Oct. 23–25, Louisville Marriott Downtown & Kentucky Expo Center, Louisville, Ky.
Timely, industry-specific educational sessions along with cutting-edge technology make for the biggest industry event of the year—the Green Industry Conference (GIC), held in conjunction with the GIE+EXPO and Hardscape North America in Louisville. Learn from leading industry experts and take advantage of the opportunity to test drive some of the latest equipment in the largest outdoor demonstration area, and to examine tools and supplies indoors.
PLANET conducts more than 50 webinars each year on a variety of topics that help contractors grow and improve their businesses. Webinars are free for PLANET members. For a schedule of webinars, visit www.landcarenetwork.org/events/webinars.cfm.
PLANET is the national trade association representing more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, who create and maintain healthy, green living spaces for communities across America. PLANET members are committed to the highest standards in industry education, best practices and business professionalism. Many of PLANET’s professionals have attained the status of becoming Landscape Industry Certified, achieving the greatest level of industry expertise and knowledge. Visit PLANET at www.landcarenetwork.org.