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May/June 2008 Volume 32, Number 3 Bell Gardens, Calif., Bell Gardens Sports Center A beneficiary of a recent $10 million renovation, the city of Bell Garden’s Sports Center has been recoginized as a PGMS Green Star Honor Award recipient in the Athletic Fields category. This and four other Honor Award winners are profiled in this issue of PGMS Forum. (See page 6 for more details on these 2007 Green Star Award recipients) Greg Nichols President’s Message Make it a Summer Worth Remembering The Forum Newsletter is published I hope that April’s showers have brought you May flowers. This is especially true for our brethren at schools, colleges and universities who are either taking a deep breath six times a year by the after graduation ceremonies or making final preparations on Professional Grounds their campus. It’s a busy time for these individuals, but also Management Society a tremendous opportunity for their grounds to shine among 720 Light Street students, visitors, and especially administrators. Baltimore, MD 21230 410-223-2861 / Fax 410-752-8295 Speaking of showing off your grounds program, it’s that Email: email@example.com time of the year again to ready your entries for the PGMS www.PGMS.org g Green Star Awards competition. In the past few years the Green Stars program has expanded greatly. In addition to the Board of Directors: raw number of entries, the breadth of categories receiving President Greg Nichols entries has also grown. But there is still room for improvement and participation. President-Elect Gene Pouly, CGM For instance, we haven’t had a winning cemetery or shopping facility in several years Vice Pres. Monica Higgins, CGM – I know there are several members overseeing award-worthy grounds programs in these areas. With increased coverage of Green Star winners in recent years, it’s a Treasurer Joseph Jackson, CGM tremendous opportunity for winning grounds managers to garner additional support Past Pres. Michael Mongon, CGM within their organization. Directors With the coming of summer and talk of Green Stars, it is also time to get those travel Walter Bonvell and education funding requests for the PGMS School of Grounds Management & Donald Bottger, CGM GIE+EXPO. Taking place October 22-25 in Louisville, this program is designed for John Burns grounds professionals seeking the latest information and practices in sustainability. Kevin Harvey, CGM Michael Loftus, CGM We truly have a dynamic group of speakers and education programs lined up for Jock Robertson the School highlighted by one of America’s most entertaining and knowledgeable Ken Stanton, CGM garden writers and professional speakers - Tracy DiSabato-Aust. In her two- John Van Etten, CGM part presentation, “Sustainable Design of the Mixed Garden,” Tracy will rely on her Anthony Williams, CGM experience at such locations as Longwood Gardens in the U.S., the Montreal Botanical Garden in Canada, the Kalmthout Arboretum in Belgium, and Knightshayes Court Staff in England to give attendees a broad-ranged look at best practices from around the Thomas C. Shaner, CAE globe. Tracy is just the start to an amazing lineup of education programs focusing on Executive Director sustainability. Jenny Smith As a former DC Branch member, I am also happy to announce that PGMS’ Regional Society Coordinator Grounds Management Seminar & Site Visitations series is coming to our Monica Shaner nation’s capital on July 17-18. The seminars look like they will be first-class, and the Financial Manager slate of hands-on tours is an impressive one with visits to the Smithsonian Institute and historic Mount Vernon among the list. I would also like to express my thanks to Eric Grammer seminar sponsor, Bartlett Tree Experts; their support is making it possible to host an Communications Manager unforgettable dinner event at George Washington’s riverside estate. This is a program you won’t want to miss. And what better way to advance your career than to combine Opinions expressed in PGMS Forum this program with a family vacation in Washington. PGMS has arranged a great hotel are the opinions of the authors and do rate at the Days Inn Connecticut Avenue, a great location from which to see D.C.’s not necessarily express the opinions sights and sounds. Visit www.pgms.org/2008regionaldc.htm for more information. or policies of the PGMS Board and its membership. No part of this newslet- Make it a summer worth remembering! ter may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permis- sion. Greg Nichols PGMS President 2 The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) will be coming to Washington, DC on July 17-18 as part of our 2008 Regional Grounds Management Seminars & Site Visitations Series. This is a great chance to enjoy a family vacation in the nation’s capital, while also taking advantage of the tremendous opportunity to get your career on the right track. Sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts, the program is designed to provide grounds managers with the hard-to-find opportunity to gain knowledge, ask questions, and network with their peers, this interactive program will feature education seminars on must-know topics as well as behind-the-scenes tours of area grounds management programs. INCLUDES: • Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Diverse Grounds Programs - Take an insider’s look at best practices at American University, the Smithsonian Institution, historic Mt. Vernon, and more! • Education Seminars on crucial grounds management topics, such as maintaining sustainable landscapes, green roofs, creating a supervisor training program, and more will provide you with valuable ideas for your grounds operation and help you improve your management skills. • Valuable Networking Events - meet other grounds professionals who face the same issues. FURTHER INFORMATION AVAILABLE ONLINE AT www.pgms.org/2008regionaldc.htm REGISTER NOW! Name: Address: City: State: Zip: Phone: Email: Credit Card # Exp.: Circle Type: Visa | MC | Amex Cvv Code: (last 3 numbers on the back of the card) Signature: Registration Option (please circle one): PGMS Member Seminar Only - $125 Others Seminar Only - $165 PGMS Member Seminar and DC Branch Field Day - $165 Special note: An optional event is planned for Thursday morning at American University 7:30 a.m. - noon. The DC Branch of PGMS is offering optional registra- tion for PGMS members to its Green Industry Field Day and Trade Show (1/2 day registration fee for PGMS members attending the Regional Meeting $40) PLEASE FAX OR MAIL FORM TO 410-752-8295 OR 720 LIGHT STREET, BALTIMORE, MD 21230 3 Cutting Edge Professionals Join Us in Welcoming Our Newest Members John Austin Green Gardens, Inc. Clarksburg, MD Kim Barber Estes Environmental, Inc. Sykesville, MD Bob Bauer University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH Introducing.... Barbara Brooks Scott Heren Henry Ford Village Dearborn, MI Groundskeeper/Gardener Providence Catholic High School, New Lenox, IL David L. Cathcart Bethel University Responsibilities: I maintain a 45-acre campus including the high Arden Hill, MN school and our preschool plus 2 soccer fields, 3 baseball, 2 softball, and 1 football stadium. We also have 7 statues and shrines. I oversee Andrew Chapman everything outdoors including flowers, tree planting, pruning, and Cincinnati State Techinical & removal, the landscape beds, new projects and snow removal. Community College Florence, KY Greatest Challenge: Time to do everything I want to accomplish. Thankfully, for me, our president loves to add and continually Lee Crawford improve our campus. I am lucky to have the resources and support Paris, TX of everyone here to always upgrade our facility. John Ebrecht His Thoughts on Professionalism: It is representing your facililty Northwest Missouri State Univ. in the best possible way, dealing with your peers in a helpful manner. Maryville, MO It is also performing your job with safety, pride, and the awareness of what needs to be done and getting it done. Anthony Faoro The Care of Trees Gaithersburg, MD Raul Matinata Tyrone Walton Matinata Landscape Cincinnati State Techinical & Thomas F. Giambrone Las Vegas, NV Community College City of Corning Cincinnati, OH Corning, NY Andy McMullen Cincinnati State Techinical & Sydney F. Weybrew Danton C. Green Community College Northwest Missouri State Northwest Missouri State Univ. Cincinati, OH University Marysville, MO Maryville, MO Jason Sigman Ted Gregory St. Joseph Cemetery Christopher Whittemore Armed Forces Retirement Home Dracut, MA Champion Hills Club Washington, DC Henderson, NC Adam L. Stone Chris Klee Northwest Missouri State Univ. Nick Winn Aramark Maryville, MO WynneCrest, LLC Joliet, IL Franklin, TN 4 PGMS BRANCH Update North East Ohio PGMS Branch Gets Revitalized Thanks to the hard work of several motivated In addition to these presentations, the Branch also Society members, the North East Ohio Branch of elected the following officers: Brian Smith of Progres- PGMS is back as evidenced by it recent meeting sive’s corporate headquarters in Mayfield Village, Ohio on March 11 at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. as president; Andrew Pratt of the Cleveland Botani- About two dozen green industry professionals at- cal Garden as vice president; and Beau Mastrine of tended this event marking this Branch’s renewal. College of Wooster (Ohio) as secretary/treasurer. In addition to an update on PGMS’ national activi- The Branch’s next meeting will be held at College of ties and presentation on PGMS’ Green Star Awards Wooster and Ohio State University’s Seacrest Arboretum program, the meeting also featured Power Point on August 11. For more information on the Branch or the Cleveland Botanical presentations on the grounds operations of Cleveland Garden hosted the August program contact Brian Smith at 440-446-4874 or Botanical Garden and Biltmore Estate. Greg Suver March 11 program. firstname.lastname@example.org. also presented a program on Plant Health. Greater Cincinnati Branch Shows Off a Green Star The Greater Cincinnati Branch held its spring meeting at the University of Cincin- nati. An extensive walking tour on a beau- tiful spring morning was lead by members of the Facilities - Grounds, Moving and Transportation Department’s management team: Mary Gratsch, Bob Bauer, Greg Miller and Lonnie Springs. The University of Cincinnati (UC) is Ohio’s premier urban research university and traces its origins to 1819. The campus has grown considerably since then and now boasts a nationally acclaimed blend of historic and modern architecture and greenspaces. The mission of Facilities Management is to provide safe, healthy, and comfortable services and environments, using service excellence to support the advancement of Wooster, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. management. It was obvious to all why the the university. The grounds management Member organizations attending included: University of Cincinnati is a two-time win- team is responsible for over 200 acres of Spring Grove Cemetery, Xavier University, ner of the PGMS Green Star Award. highly developed, highly used land divided Children’s Hospital, Cedarville University, on two urban campus areas. UC’s grounds Cincinnati State and Technical College, The Board and members of the Cincinnati staff consists of between 40 and 60 Davey Resource Group, University of Branch heartily thank Bob, Mary, Greg and employees, including gardeners, horticul- Dayton, Paul Brown Stadium/Bengals, City Lonnie for sharing their knowledge, extending turalists, athletic field specialists, irrigation of Dublin Parks, Ohio State University, their hospitality by hosting this tour and spon- specialists, certified arborists, mowing JFNew, Southwest Landmark, and Wooster soring lunch. It was a truly memorable tour. crews, and equipment operators. College. For more information on these programs The tour of UC’s campus was one of the Everyone attending the educational or the activities of the Greater Cincinnati Cincinnati Branch’s most popular events program was impressed with the qual- Branch, check the PGMS Web site for in recent history. Over 40 members ity and quantity of ground management program announcements and details, or and guests attended from as far away as work accomplished by UC’s crews and call Branch President Jenny Gulick at 859- 384-8258 (email at email@example.com). 5 PGMS Recognizes Honor in Athletic Field, LEFT: Pomona College’s Merritt Field not only serves as the football team’s playing field, but also its practice field. The field takes a heavy pounding day in and day out and usually by the second game the grounds staff is over-seeding with a blend of perennials/annual rye seed. ABOVE: Organized baseball dates back to 1890 at Pomona College. Here the team can be seen taking batting practice in preparation for the regional championships. The field is shared with teams from several other area colleges. ecognizing North America’s finest grounds operations 20 Honor Awards — in 14 categories of competition. and personnel, the 2007 PGMS Green Star Award winners were announced during ceremonies held This year’s awards committee consisted of: Donald at the 2007 PGMS School of Grounds Management Bottger, CGM of Viejas Casino in Alpine, Calif.; Michael & Inaugural GIE+EXPO on the evening of Saturday, Mongon, CGM; Jock Robertson of E.G. Reinsch in October 27 in Louisville, Ky. Arlington, Va.; and George Van Haasteren, CGM of the The Green Star Awards Dwight Englewood School in Engelwood, N.J. program brings national recognition to grounds More in-depth information and photos of each winner maintained with a high are provided online at www.pgms.org/2007greenstar. In degree of excellence. The this issue of PGMS Grounds Management Forum, we take program complements a look at the Honor Award winners in the Athletic Fields other national landscape category: Pomona (Calif.) College, Bell Gardens (Calif.) Sports award programs that rec- Center, and Arroyo Grande Complex in Henderson, Nev. We ognize outstanding land- also take a look at Honor Award winners in the Golf Course and scape design and construc- School categories: Bell Gardens (Calif.) Golf Course and Gwin- tion by honoring the grounds superintendent responsible nett Technical College. for maintaining a well-manicured landscape year round. This year’s program acknowledged the nation’s top grounds ATHLETIC FIELDS in settings ranging from parks to apartment complexes to Honor Award universities. Overall, PGMS presented a record total of 39 Pomona College awards — 19 Grand Awards, its highest honor, as well as 6 Award Sites Golf and School Categories ABOVE: Grounds Supervisor Kevin Quanstrom pictured at one of Pomona College’s jewels, Marston Quad. The Quad is considered to be the center of campus. RIGHT: Set up for Class Day Dinner on Pomona College’s Merritt Field. This set up is for 2,000 guests, 400 students, professors and dignitaries. The Dinner features presen- tation of honor and merit awards for exceptional students. The grounds staff assists with the set-up, clean-up and tear-down. This all-day event starts around 6 a.m. and wraps up around 9 p.m. Claremont, Calif. problems and solutions,” he said. Employees: 5 full-time, 1 seasonal On Pomona’s campus, Quanstrom leads a grounds crew Budget: $249.842 of five people with four crew Acres Maintained: 12.3 members solely dedicated to maintaining the athletic fields. Pomona College is a small, private residential institution “They are responsible for located 35 miles east of Los Angeles in Claremont, Calif. that mowing, fertilizing, edging, is home to 12.3 acres of athletic fields serving 13 collegiate weed control and helping varsity sports teams and various intramural and club teams. with irrigation,” Quanstrom explained. Aside from these Pomona College is unique in that it is part of what the college daily activities, the grounds calls the five C’s, a program in which the college shares their crew also maintains the tennis fields with four other surrounding colleges. “All five colleges courts, tracks and volleyball share the same fields that are used for both varsity and club pits and they staff all sporting sports. We even share club sports where anyone from the events. Installation of new spray irrigation sys- five colleges can join the club team, so as you can imagine we tem along the field perimeter at Strehle have an increased amount of field use,” Kevin Quanstrom, As any groundskeeper knows, Track. This new system is replacing a grounds supervisor at Pomona College explained. All of the the secret to healthy turf and non-functioning drip irrigation system athletic fields experience a high amount of traffic and use fields is quality irrigation and that was installed in the early 1990’s because of his program and in turn, produce a lot of work that’s just what you’ll find for all of the grounds crews at the participating schools. “We all work together and communicate back and forth as to continued on page 8 7 Green Star Awards continued from page 7 LEFT: The synthetic turf allows continual play and is lined by drought tolerant vegetation. ABOVE: The $10 million Bell Gardens Sports Center is an investment in the children, families and community as a whole. at Pomona College. With two irrigation techs on the grounds The mini weather station installed on the campus helps to limit crew, Quanstrom has completed a number of irrigation system the amount of irrigation to only what is necessary, helping to upgrades in the last few years. “When I first got here five years conserve water and serving as a sustainable practice. Quanstrom ago the athletic crew was manually watering the fields and the has made this and other sustainable practice changes part of his irrigation systems were non-functioning. I knew then it was a grounds program since he has been at the college. One practice high priority to install new systems,” he said. Since then, the Quanstrom calls “the biggest” is one most people don’t think college has installed new irrigation systems on the baseball fields about. “We evaluate construction site plans for the campus; and the track. “Every year the systems get better and we are see what trees are affected and which ones can be saved. We trying to stay as sustainable as possible,” he said. then consult an arborist and relocate the trees so they can be planted elsewhere,” he said. Recently, the grounds crew was The irrigation systems on campus are controlled at “irrigation able to save 25 palms that will be reinstalled in other locations central” which includes five sites controlled by 50 satellites. One on campus in the coming weeks. Quanstrom also has plans to main computer controls the five sites on campus by phone and radio. start a completely organic program. “We are looking at organic So far, the system has worked very well on the sprawling campus fertilizers for athletic fields,” he explained. Other sustainable and has only needed a few upgrades in the last few years. “There practices include using tree trimmings for mulching in planters, have been a lot of renovations on campus and the new buildings can non-irrigated areas and converting planters to drip irrigation. sometimes interrupt data lines. Since the first installation in 1992 we have done upgrades every year,” Quanstrom said. The Pomona College grounds crew certainly has their hands full caring for athletic fields and facilities that are used by five As part of its irrigation central, the system has a mini weather different colleges but by employing best practices and the latest station that serves as the base of the irrigation systems. This equipment, this college’s campus landscape is up to par and station is controlled by a computer that twice daily gathers wind, suitable for a 2007 Green Star Award. rain, humidity and temperature data and reports this information back to the central computer. The weather station then uses this data to determine the amount of irrigation that needs to be ATHLETIC FIELDS & done that particular day. When the conditions on the campus are consistent with the data in the computer, the system automatically GOLF COURSE CATEGORIES shuts down. Although this system is run by a central computer, City of Bell Gardens Quanstrom and his crew must consistently monitor it. “It is such Bell Gardens, Calif. a critical system that you can’t just walk away from it. You have to Employees: golf course: 2 full-time, 1 seasonal; monitor the system to make sure it runs smoothly,” he explained. sports center: 3 full-time, 3 part-time 8 ABOVE: Sports Center’s field crew grooms the synthetic turf. RIGHT: This overview illustrates the attractive elements (shade sails, landscaping, well-maintained pathways and stamped concrete) which complement the playing fields. Budget: golf course: $330,000; sports center: $458,000 Bermuda turf and synthetic turf were installed onto the playing fields Acres Maintained: golf course: 26; sports center:10 providing for a variety of playing surfaces. Other sustainable upgrades to the center included an irrigation system that has all of the valves Although the City of Bell Gardens in the southeast area of Los Angeles connected to a computer that can be turned off automatically to only covers 2.4 square miles, it is called home by 44,000 residents. In conserve water and most recently a $190,000 grant to install brand the last few years the city has been involved in two successful projects new conservation friendly toilets in all of the restrooms. to develop a safe and fun learning environment for the residents of Bell Gardens to enjoy: a 10 million dollar renovation of a sports center On a daily basis the grounds crew keeps busy with mowing, watering and the renovation of its golf course. and irrigating the hybrid Bermuda turf fields, brushing and keeping after the synthetic turf fields and removing trash throughout the park. The City of Bell Gardens Recreation and Community Services Department’s vision to create community through people, parks and Challenges and obstacles are unavoidable whenever a facilty is programs sparked the $10 million renovation of their Sports Center undergoing such a large renovation and the sports center was which now sees over 200,000 people a year with the summer months no different. The grounds crew confronted numerous hurdles being the most popular time to visit the sports center. throughout the process including the amount of money it was costing, angry residents and diseased fields. “We had to close the facility for The new sports center includes soccer fields, baseball and softball two years in order to complete this renovation and this made the diamonds, playground equipment and concession stands and is City of Bell Garden’s residents very angry,” Yugar explained. Also, predominantly used for league sports, especially soccer. “Our when the renovations began it became apparent the sod on the fields population is 94% Latino and soccer is a very large part of the was diseased. “Because the sod was dormant when we began the Hispanic culture. The city felt it was important to create a sports renovation we didn’t realize it was diseased until after we started center dedicated to the passion and heritage that is so important to renovating and that is when we found the entire field to be diseased,” our culture,” said Pamela Yugar, Bell Garden’s director of recreation she said. These challenges have since been overcome as the residents and community services. are now extremely happy with the new center and brand new turf replaced the diseased sod. The $10 million renovation included various updates to the landscape throughout the park, most notably an $180,000 grant to incorporate One of the main challenges the grounds crew faced with the sports all California native plants into the landscaping plans. These native center before the renovation was the amount of vandalism that plants are both aesthetically pleasing and efficient at conserving water, a sustainable practice the grounds crew is very proud of. Both hybrid continued on page 16 9 PGMS Centennial Approaching We Need Your Help in Recognizing Impressive Milestone PGMS has a special centennial birthday coming in 2011! We will we can do an interview to be included in the Forum or at some be celebrating with year long festivities to mark this enviable other centennial event. As we look to grow and prosper in the milestone including historical columns in each issue of the Forum future it is important to recognize our past and honor members published in 2011. who started this successful society. To assist with this, Centennial In addition to Newell, the Cen- Celebration Chair Ellen New- tennial Celebration Committee is ell, CGM is asking members, made up of the Past Presidents. especially those with many Please feel free to contact any of years in the society, to look for these individuals if you have any any old PGMS material they questions, ideas, or stories. may have in their files, attics, or back closets. We could use pic- Please send your copies or origi- tures, old articles, or any other nal documents to the Professional ephemera from the past years. Grounds Management Society, atten. Centennial Celebration, Branch Presidents, does your 720 Light Street, Baltimore, MD branch keep a history that we 21230. You can also contact can share? Let’s see who has Centennial Chair Ellen Newell, the oldest copy of the Forum CGM at firstname.lastname@example.org or for a prize. If you send originals 480-965-2682. we will be sure to send them back. If you have some good stories from the early years please notify one of the Past Presidents so Receiving Questions A Great Way to Reach Out to Students! About Synthetic Fields? Anne Seaman Memorial Scholarship A Great Reason to Offered on an annual basis the Have Your Email on Anne Seaman Memorial Scholar- ship provides financial aid to stu- File With PGMS dents currently studying landscape and grounds management, turf Do you have your email address on file with management, irrigation technology PGMS? You should. or a closely related field. PGMS often emails out exclusive offers and The program is a great PGMS important updates via email. member benefit. Since an appli- cant must have a PGMS member One recent instance of this was in reaction endorsement, it is a great recruit- to April media reports on the high lead levels ing tool to attract student interns found in three synthetic fields in New Jersey. to your crews. For those who rely PGMS sent out an email to members with on large numbers of interns, it is links to current articles on the top as well as also a great motivational tool. The information from the Synthetic Turf Coun- scholarship is also a great way to advance Grounds Management as a profession by cil, in order for them to give an educated attracting future professionals. response to questions from administrators and end users of their fields. If you haven’t Please note that this year the application deadline has been moved from the tradi- received this email or other recent PGMS tional July date in order to attract students while they are in school. Scholarship ap- updates, please contact Membership Coor- plications are now ONLY accepted between August 1 to September 15 of every year. dinator Lynn Morton at 410-223-2861 or For more information, contact Scholarship Chair John Van Etten, CGM at email@example.com. 518-225-1155 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit PGMS online at www.pgms.org/seamanscholarship.htm. 11 12 MemberProfile by John Van Etten, CGM MemberProfile has been part of past issues of the Forum for a All staff are provided opportunities to learn and grow with our number of years, most recently hosted by George Van Haas- organization. teren Jr., CGM who did an excellent job. It’s been a while since it has graced these pages and certainly long over due to JVE: Kevin, how do you make the most of the PGMS School be resurrected! of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO and PGMS’ Regional Seminar series? PGMS MemberProfile’s goal is to highlight active members of KH: Getting to know other people and the way they deal with our society. The biggest benefit of membership is the ability similar problems at their job. I have taken a wealth of informa- to network and interact with fellow members, by profiling tion home and put it to use from these events. the societies most active members we want you to feel more comfortable networking and meeting these members. JVE: Kevin, do you feel being In this issue of PGMS Forum we profile Kevin Harvey, CGM, an active PGMS operations manager at St. Augustine – St. Johns County Airport member allows Authority in St. Augustine Florida. A member of PGMS for the you to grow pro- past seven years, A Certified Grounds Manager (CGM), Kevin fessionally? currenly serves on the PGMS Board of Directors as director-at KH: Absolutely! –large. Being a part of an organization that JVE: Kevin, what is your specific job at the Airport Authority? has so many tal- KH: I am responsible for all airside and landside activities on ented and knowl- the airport. edgeable individu- als, involvement JVE: How did you choose this profession? can only be an KH: I owned a landscape and maintenance company for over advantage person- 20 years prior to working for the Airport Authority. I was hired ally and profes- as the head groundskeeper eight years ago, then promoted to sionally. Now a leading figure in the grounds man- maintenance supervisor and now operations manager. agement profession, Kevin Harvey, CGM, JVE: As a Certi- once had aspirations of a career in opera. JVE: Kevin, how does PGMS enable you to grow in your fied Grounds If you know Kevin, you know he made the profession? Manager, can right choice. KH: By learning new ways of dealing with today’s changing you describe the and challenging work environment and by communicating with process and your others dealing with the same issues. personal experience with this certification program? KH: The process taught me so much more about my own JVE: Kevin, what advice would you give a student or new hire facility than I would have imagined. It also exposed me to areas for having a successful career in our industry? of grounds management that I was deficient in and needed to KH: Pay close attention to detail. It can be the smallest thing learn. I am very proud to be a CGM and the advantage that that separates a good job from a great job. comes with that. JVE: What grounds/environment issues have emerged to be JVE: Kevin, tell me some fun things about you – things you most important at your facility? enjoy, your family, special talents, etc… KH: Water quality. Being that the airport is on the intracoastal KH: I love to go camping with my family. I am a rabid Univer- waterway means being sensitive to storm-water run-off. Also, sity of Florida Gator fan. I was a singer in the Opera Depart- with water shortages being a problem for our state, ground ment in College (no snickers please!). water contamination and excessive use have also become central issues. JVE: Thank you for your time! I think I need to hear more about the opera experience. I will tell you about the famous JVE: We all know the role of a strong staff in being an effec- opera singer I met, she showed me how a snapdragon can sing tive grounds manager. What role does continuing education, – that will be for another time…. professional training and conferences play with you and your KH: You are welcome! staff’s development? KH: I would not have moved along as quickly here at the airport without the benefit of all three playing a pivotal role. 13 Help Advance Professionalism in Grounds Management Sign Up Now to Take Advantage of This Valuable Member Benefit Have YOU signed up for the PGMS List Serv? Help your colleagues and help advance the grounds management profession by joining the list and responding to members. Nearly KUDOS TO PGMS E-FORUM 150 PGMS members have already signed Q: We are currently installing a football practice field with plans for another in the up and began sharing their questions and works. Information indicates two recently installed sand based natural grass fields will answers and many have commented on the be next in the planning process. After attending the STMA conference in January the competitive advantage it offers. Have a ques- manager who oversees the athletic fields returned and commented that many college tion on sustainability benchmarks or on the and pro facilities were in the process of removing artificial surfaces. To date none have durability a specific piece of equipment. The been identified. Does any one have experience or knowledge of artificial - especially E-Forum is your perfect source of firsthand infill-systems being removed and returned to honest-to-God grass? knowledge. Mike Loftus If you haven’t joined, what are you waiting Assistant Director, Facilities for? TO JOIN THE LIST, simply send an email University of Delaware, Newark, DE with “Subscribe me to PGMS E-Forum” in the subject line to email@example.com. A: I heard a similiar comment while at the STMA too but I don’t know which Please include your name in the e-mail, so we facilities they are referring to. I may have been visiting with your manager when can confirm your membership. the comment was made. We had Turf University a couple of weeks ago. There were several long standing STMA members there. I brought up the comment and We are hoping that all members will join this asked where that is happening. The comment I got was, “Perhaps synthetic and list to provide a broad support network and natural are part of cycle like we saw with astroturf.” Apparently, this person did knowledge base for members and potential not know of the comment or where. I trust this source. members. After a hot start, the E-Forum has slowed down quite a bit within the last few There has been a discussion for some time to go to synthetic turf on our stadium. months. Assuming that you have as many The project is part of a capital campaign but has not been supported very strongly questions now as you did six months ago, as of yet. Meanwhile, I continue to research synthetic turf and maintenance of it. If this raises the question, “WHAT ARE YOU there is information on maintenance of synthetic turf which is in a constant learning WAITING FOR?” Your colleagues are ready and documenting phase, I would be very interested in researching. I am particularly and waiting to share their knowledge and interested in snow removal of synthetic turf. If anyone has cost analysis and answer your questions. Send those questions maintenance information on synthetic turf, I would enjoy reading. I am in the process to firstname.lastname@example.org. of a cost analysis for synthetic turf/natural grass for Carroll College. My alma mater is going to synthetic turf this spring. It is amazing how this is a hurry up Further information is available at and get done process rather than planning and taking the time to research. The grounds www.pgms.org/members/eforum.htm. dept. is very concerned about snow removal as they get about twice as much snow as I. Unfortunately, MSU Grounds is being left out of the decision and construction process. Gerald Landby Director of Grounds Carroll College, Helena, MT 14 15 Green Star Awards continued from page 9 LEFT: A member of the Bell Gardens Golf Course mows the fairways. ABOVE: Early morning pressure washing keeps this entry path at the Bell Gardens Golf Course invit- ing to golfers. occurred. To combat this the grounds crew has made a conscience city. People in the city didn’t even know we had a golf course,” effort to overstaff each event, installed a camera system, and hired a she explained. Yugar created a marketing program that targeted security guard to patrol the park overnight. So far, so good reported local children and adults and has since received a grant from the Yugar. “Our community has embraced the new park and they don’t U.S. Golf Association that will pay for free golf lessons from a pro want to see it destroyed,” she said, indicating the lack of vandalism for the children of the city. “Instead of being an eye sore, the golf problems they have had since the new center has opened. “Something course is now the gem of the community,” Yugar exclaimed. like this facility doesn’t happen in a community like ours very often. Projects like this park are making the community better,” Yugar said The city contracted Valley Crest Landscape Maintenance with pride. Company to do many of the renovations to the course. The city even recruited two individuals from Valley Crest that had specific For many years, the City of Bell Gardens Golf Course was contracted training in golf course landscape management to maintain the to an outside vendor and for the most part the land was ignored and course on a full-time basis. In addition to this 2-person grounds poorly maintained. In 2004, the city took notice of this opportunity, crew, the entire golf course staff of 12 people work together to created a plan to enhance and renovate this once neglected and poorly keep the golf course running smoothly and in tip top shape. maintained golf course, took back ownership and in one year was able to turn the dilapidated golf course into a beautiful highly utilized Daily maintenance tasks include mowing, tree trimming, cleaning public facility. Today, the golf course sees up to 100 golfers on a regular up leaves and other litter and keeping the fairways spotless. “It’s weekday and double that amount on weekends. a really nice collaboration between private and public sectors. The partnership is great, it’s like they are part of the Bell Gardens When the city took over the golf course in 2004, the grounds crew family, we have a really nice team,” Yugar exclaimed. knew they had their work cut out for them. “We had to shut down the golf course for three months for maintenance which was quite Besides this partnership, the golf course has another unique scary because the city council had to put a lot of faith into us to heal attribute that is quite uncommon. Everything on the golf course, a lot of things to get back to the basics,” Yugar said. Maintenance including the benches, chairs, signs and patio equipment, all upgrades included replacing the putting greens that were diseased and comes from recycled materials. “We received a transportation aerating turf that hadn’t been aerated in over 20 years, among other grant and with this money we purchased all recycled equipment,” things. Yugar said. Quite a sustainable practice for a small city. Yugar also realized that need for a whole new marketing With all of the major projects completed, Yugar is looking campaign to promote the golf course to the community. “Most forward to getting some of the smaller projects finished. In the of the regulars were people who weren’t even residents of the next few weeks the grounds crew will install a large fountain in 16 ABOVE: Arroyo Grande Sports Complex is a 20-acre Little League baseball field complex in Henderson, Nev. RIGHT: Little League tournament game in progress. Constant use and extreme tempera- tures puts a strain on the turf as well as Arroyo Grande grounds staff. the middle of a roundabout in front of the golf course just to “add in pristine conditions all the time because we have baseball games a bit more beauty.” Installation of a new sand trap is also in the every night,” explained Park Manager Douglas Guild. plans for the coming year. Keeping the complex in tip top shape is no small task for the “The renovation and beautification of the golf course has elevated maintenance crew of five. The complex includes four baseball the city to new heights and created a safe place for children and fields, a bleacher compound, snack bar, parking facilities, families to recreate,” Yugar said. The City of Bell Gardens has restroom and a playground and Little League games are played proven with their new golf course that on the fields 10 months out of the year. Maintaining “doing more with less” is possible and this complex includes deep cleaning the bleachers, the city is quite proud they can now vacuuming the complex area, aerating the turf, add 2007 Green Star Award Winner to raking, fertilizing and general maintenance of the their list of accomplishments. baseball fields just to name a few tasks. A computerized system that is based on ET rates is used to water turf and helps cut down on the ATHLETIC FIELDS amount of water used. Although the crew members Arroyo Grande Sports Complex don’t have any specific training in baseball field Henderson, Nev. management, their experience speaks for itself and Employees: 1 full-time, 1 The Arroyo Grande Sports Com- Guild is always encouraging the crew members to plex grounds crew is all about the attend training programs. “We provide them with seasonal details. Note the freshly painted horticulture training, current methods of irrigation Budget: $175,000 fair pole. training and we send them to sports turf maintenance Acres Maintained: 20 seminars,” he explained. The City of Henderson, Nev. is home to a 20-acre Little League Maintaining this amount of space at a high quality with a minimal baseball field complex that recently hosted the District 2 Little crew poses several challenges, first and foremost being the League Regional Baseball Championships. The Arroyo Grande weather. “In the summertime, we experience extreme high Sports Complex, nestled in the middle of the Nevada desert, is temps where it can reach 115 during the day and 80 at night. It a private facility only open for baseball leagues and tournaments. just doesn’t cool down,” Guild said. With games being played “Unlike other sports complexes in the City of Henderson, we keep Arroyo closed to the public so that we can keep the fields continued on page 20 17 36th Annual Grounds Management You are invited to enter the 36th Annual Grounds Management Green Star Awards program sponsored by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS). This program salutes the grounds superintendent responsible for maintaining a well-manicured landscape year round in 15 different categories. HOW TO ENTER All Entries MUST Include: ENTRY CATEGORIES 1. A PowerPoint presentation featuring 26 digital photos, shot with a 1: Small Site (commercial or primary work site with 3 megapixel digital camera or higher (please set camera settings to a budget under $80,000) largest photo size) - 15 photos showing the overall beauty of the 2: Residential Landscape (single residence or estate owner) total landscape project, 5 photos showing your crew at work, 5 3: Public Works Site (includes parkways, greenways, photos showing challenges you face in maintaining your site and 1 photo of yourself as the person in charge is REQUIRED. Entries and intersections) containing less than, or more than, 26 digital photos will be REJECTED. 4: Shopping Area 2. Furnish a descriptive caption for digital photos, on a separate sheet of 5: Hospital or Institution paper, in the order of which they were submitted. DO NOT USE 6: Government Building or Complex POSED SHOTS. DO NOT USE ENHANCED OR ALTERED PHOTOS. 7: Cemetery or Memorial Park 3. Send three CDs of your digital photos entry. Two discs should feature 8: Industrial, Commercial Site, or Office Park the PowerPoint presentation and 1 disc should just include the 26 digital photos as .jpg or .tiff files with a 300 dpi resolution. 9: Park, Recreation Area, or Playground 4. Include a brief description of your site. 10: Multiple Sites under Management Company 5. All entries must include a COVER LETTER releasing the material for 11: Condominium or Apartment Complex publication at the discretion of PGMS or use for other purposes as 12: Hotel, Motel, or Resort deemed appropriate by PGMS. 13: Amusement Park, Theme Park, or Zoo 6. Enclose a check for the ENTRY FEE: $150 for PGMS members or $225 14: A) Athletic Fields - baseball, football, lacrosse, for others. For a reduced rate of $275, non-members may join PGMS soccer (high school, collegiate, semi-pro) and enter the contest. There is no limit to the number of categories an organization may enter. Each entry, accompanied by the entry fee, B) Professional Fields - baseball, football, soccer, tennis must be sent in a separate envelope. C) Golf Course 7. All elements of the entry must be COMPLETE in one three-ring binder. 15: A) School Grounds (kindergarten - high school, 8. If you have any questions call 410-223-2861, e-mail technical school, community colleges) PGMS@assnhqtrs.com, or visit www.PGMS.org. B) University and College Grounds 9. Entries must be received no later than Friday, August 1, 2008. any entry was submitted in a design or construction award competition AWARDS are eligible in the PGMS Green Star Awards, even if the project won There will be 2 classes of awards: Grand Awards and Honor Awards. The an award, because maintenance is the criterion upon which an entry is judges may grant as many Grand and Honor Awards as deemed deserving judged in this award program. and may also decide no entries are deserving in a given category. Awards Grand Award-winning projects are ineligible to re-enter the will be presented during the PGMS School of Professional Grounds program for a period of 2 years. For example, 2006 Grand Award- Management held in conjunction with the 2008 GIE EXPO in Louisville, winning projects are ineligible until 2009. Ky., from October 22-25, 2008. Any size landscape for which the entrant has the main responsibility for the maintenance and beauty may be entered. The ELIGIBILITY judges will consider the quality, challenge, operating budget, and An entrant must be professionally engaged in, and responsible for, the performance in maintenance of grounds for a period of at least 2 maintenance of grounds described in entry CATEGORIES. Projects for which years, beginning at least 2 years after construction. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT PGMS ONLINE AT: www.PGMS.org/greenstars 18 2008 Grounds Management Green Star Awards Official Entry Form and Fact Sheet Please PRINT CLEARLY or type the information requested Total budget for this site including salaries: below. Check for accuracy. This information will be used for Equipment: publicity purchases and awards. Each entry must include this completed form and the entry fee: PGMS members $150; Chemicals and fertilizers: combination PGMS membership and entry fee - $275; non- Seed and plant material: members - $225. Please make checks payable to Professional Grounds Management Society. Special maintenance challenges: Send complete entry and fee to: Grounds Management Green Star Awards Professional Grounds Management Society 720 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 Phone: (410) 223-2861 Name of site: (Name to be used on placque) Special projects completed in the last two years: State: Entry Category#: Name of company or agency owning this landscape: Address: City: State: Zip: If selected as a winner, I request that the Award read: Signature of the company or agency official consenting to this entry and a release for publicity: Name of Site: (please print) Signature: Title: Important: please provide the name of the person who will be accepting the award at the banquet: Who is responsible for maintaining this landscape? In-house staff Outside contractor (please print) Address: I certify that all of the information provided on this form City: State: Zip: and in the accompanying entry is accurate to the best of my Telephone: knowledge. I understand that no materials will be returned and that all material may be used for publication by PGMS or Year site was built: for other purposes deemed appropriate. I also certify that Years I have maintained this site: all photographic images are true representations of the site and have not been altered in any way. I understand that any Total Acres Maintained award submissions that the judges have determined to be Acres of turf: altered will be returned to the entrant and the entry will be deemed ineligible. I further understand that all decisions Acres of display beds: of the judges are final. Total paved area: Number of Employees (Signature of entrant) Date Full time (year round): Seasonal: ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY AUGUST 1, 2008 Other (please specify): Licensed Pesticide Applicators: Total labor hrs per week: Annual expenditures: 19 Green Star Awards continued from page 17 LEFT: The Grande Arroyo Sports Complex grounds crew is mowing one of several fields with Jacobsen reel mower. ABOVE: Parkway area between fields at the Grand Arroyo Sports Complex in Henderson, Nev. every night and all day Saturday, the crew performs their duties that is needed for the fields. during the day when they experience the hottest temperatures. Another challenge is finding trees, shrubs and flowers to use in Guild and his crew have put an immense amount of effort into the landscape that can handle the hot summers and the cold creating a baseball complex that includes beautiful fields and winters. “We use specific trees and plants that do very well in immaculate turf that did not go unnoticed during the Little the desert heat and the winter that use minimum water including League Championship last year. “The players, coaches and district Texas Ranger shrubs, chaste trees, cassia shrubs and yuccas,” administrators all agreed that these fields were the best that they Guild said. had played on all year,” Guild said. PGMS agreed and commended Arroyo Complex with a 2007 Green Star Honor Award. With a combination of high temperatures, irrigation and the use of fertilizer, Guild and his crew often have to deal with fungus. “It is our number one turf problem because it can completely SCHOOL GROUNDS wipe out the turf so as soon as we see it, we decrease irrigation Gwinnett Technical College times and the amount of fertilizing and we immediately apply a Lawrenceville, GA fungicide,” Guild explained. Another challenge the crew faces Employees: 4 full-time, 1 intern is vandalism and wire theft. In the last 18 months the complex has been hit hard with over $30,000 in damages in wire theft Budget: $241,000 alone. Guild and his crew worked with the local community and Acres Maintained: 87 police department to come up with solutions. They placed one ton boulders over all of the electrical boxes, installed a “copper In the past few years drought restrictions and conditions have keeper” that screws the wires in place so you can not remove become almost as common in the southern states of the U.S. as them and the local police monitor the complex once an hour boiled peanut vendors. Because of these conditions, maintaining every night. “I am proud to report we have only had one problem a landscape of any size can be quite an undertaking. Gwinnett since January. We have had great success,” he said. Technical College in Lawrenceville, Ga. has found a creative solution to keeping their landscape looking healthy and appealing In keeping up with the recent trends, Guild has implemented all season long despite water restrictions. several sustainable practices into the grounds program at Arroyo Sports Complex. A keyhole style pitching mound was installed on When budget cuts hit the College’s Grounds department, the baseball fields that reduces the amount of wear on the turf. Grounds Manager Gail Zorn decided it was time to start thinking Guild removed all turf that wasn’t in fair territory because it’s not outside of the box to free the facility from the costs associated essential. This cuts down on the amount of water and fertilizer with county supplied water. 20 ABOVE: Once home to overflow trailers, this area is an outdoor dining and meditative space for faculty, staff and students. RIGHT: “The Calendar Gardent” begins in January with Lenten Rose and terminates in November with the final flowering of Swamp Sunflower. “Working within this water budget we quickly decided that we The solution to the problem? Well site irrigation. After consulting with must minimize turf for these three buildings and install or convert to a hydrologist whose speculation was that the well location would drip systems,” Zorn explained. Other ways the Gwinnett Technical yield a substantial volume of water Gwinnett Technical College forged College crew has dealt with these challenges is to downsize on ahead with the project. This entailed having a well site located and planting plans, and by using plants that are ‘water-thrifty’ and more then contracting to have a well drilled. The end result was a well site adaptable to the characteristics of the site. that yielded substantially less water than projected and that was amended to include “Water, and the function of delivering water to two tanks that hold a maximum of 10,000 the landscape, has become a project that occupies gallons of water to supply the irrigation a substantial portion of our available labor hours,” water to the landscape of the three newest Zorn said. building additions on campus. The grounds crew was more than prepared to So far the well site irrigation project has take on this project because they have had access been a success, However, as with any to various training opportunities. “My goal is to landscape project there are benefits grow my staff professionally at all times,” proudly and challenges. “We are able to use this claimed Zorn. “I am pleased to say we now have These tanks, holding 10,000 gallons of water without being subject to drought two Irrigation Association certified irrigation water are the end result of a well drilling restrictions, enabling us to support more contractors and one International Society of project intended to supplement Gwinnett key areas on campus as well as to supply Arborists certified arborist on staff.” Technical College’s water demands. water to the teaching gardens that are part of the Horticulture department,” Zorn Well aware of the importance of sustainable explained. She said one of the biggest challenges with this project practices in enriching the landscape, Zorn and her crew have focused has been the trial and error of getting the right equipment in the on incorporating these practices in their operation. The crew does right areas along the distribution line to manage ‘water hammer’ and not bag clippings from mowing the grass, drip irrigation is installed filtration issues. throughout the campus, they use mulch and pine straw in the ornamental beds campus wide and they make every attempt to match The crew also faced the challenge of adapting to less water than plants to the specific site. originally expected. It was originally estimated the effective volume of the tanks would be 10,000 gallons. Because of pump placement within the tanks, the effective volume ended up being 7,000 gallons. continued on page 24 21 Sustainability. Professionalism. Networking. SCHOOL OF GROUNDS MANAGEMENT & GIE+EXPO October 22-25, 2008. Galt House. Louisville, Ky. YOU SPOKE. WE LISTENED. Based upon your feedback, PGMS is focusing this year’s education lineup on the omnipresent topic of SUSTAINABILITY. As always the PGMS SCHOOL OF GROUNDS MANAGEMENT will provide attendees with an outstanding multidisciplinary education schedule that is a must for the grounds management profession as well as outstanding networking programs and in- valuable insider looks at local grounds operations. HIGHLIGHTS: * Behind-the-scenes tours of Louisville’s Department of Parks and Recreation and Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby * Education focus on Sustainability and Management Skills Sustainability topics include: Sustainable Maintenance of Perennials and Shrubs, Managing Sustainable Landscapes, Managing Green Roofs, Preserving Trees and the latest information from the Sustainable Sites Initiative Management topics include: Taking the Mystery Out of Managing and Motivating Employees, Leading Change From the Front Line, Project Management for “Accidental” Project Managers, Building A Customer Service Culture, Effective Management of Snow and Ice Sidewalk Crews * Invaluable Networking Programs and Free Concerts for Attendees * Check www.PGMS.org for More Information! 22 38 Special and LoneStar Headline FREE Concerts at PGMS School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO Top-notch performers are set to entertain at the 2008 School her heart can be mesmerized by “Amazed,” which marked the of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO. Get ready for a rockin’ group’s transition from a “country” band to a group of musicians good time as 38 Special and LoneStar hit the stage during two who appeal to music lovers of all genres. LoneStar still consid- FREE concerts held at 4th Street Live! in downtown Louisville, ers themselves a Ky. country band first and foremost, but Thursday, October 23 they have become Be sure to be on hand as 38 Special takes the stage at 8 p.m. so much more. Formed in 1975 by a group of neighborhood friends, 38 Special, Their awards are which has earned the reputation of being one of the hardest countless: one triple working bands in the USA, is still playing more than 100 shows platinum album per year. And at every one of them, thousands of audience (“Lonely Girl”), members are completely blindsided by the power and muscle of one platinum (“I’m the band’s performance. Among 38 Special’s best-known songs Already There”), and two golds LoneStar has amassed a total of 27 singles are No. 1 Billboard hits “Caught Up In You,” “If I’d Been the One” and “Second Chance.” Other hit singles include “Hold on (“Crazy Nights” and on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Loosely” and “Back Where You Belong.” “Lonestar”); eight No. 1 singles; four awards from the Academy of Country Music, Friday, October 24 two from BMI, two Billboard Music Awards and five Grammy LoneStar will headline the Friday night concert starting at 8:30 nominations. And the list goes on. p.m. Their unique ability to connect with American audiences has been the signature of LoneStar. “I’m Already There” has GIE+EXPO Show Director Warren Sellers is thrilled about become a theme song for men and women in the military and the concerts. “High-caliber entertainment like this brings a lot of their families. And, anyone who has ever been led by his or energy to the show,” he said. Encourage Your Suppliers to Join the List of PGMS Supplier Members Commercial organizations, such as equipment and plant materials producers and suppli- ers are encouraged to become supplier members. This enhanced membership program provides an opportunity for leading suppliers to further demonstrate their commitment to the grounds management profession and to develop stronger relationships with PGMS members. Ninety-nine percent of our members are either the people who make final decisions on purchasing or make final recommendations. The average site is 570 acres with full-time pro- fessional staff. Seventy percent have an annual budget of $500,000 or more with 10 percent having an annual budget of $7 million and above. Supplier members are eligible to become PGMS Partners in Professionalism. This en- hanced membership program provides an opportunity for leading suppliers to further demonstrate their commitment to grounds professionals. Current Partners in Educa- tion include John Deere Company (Gold Partner), Bartlett Tree Experts and Davey Tree Expert Company (Silver Partner), and Toro (Bronze Partner). Contact PGMS for further details or let your suppliers know how they can support the grounds management pro- fession and increase their market. 23 Working together to come up with viable solutions is a practice the grounds crew feels strongly about and because of this the crew has formed an informal partnership with the horticulture department. The Gateway City’s benefits of this partnership include shared equipment and resources. “This Jamie Frank partnership has allowed both parties to benef Achieves CGM PGMS recently announced that Jamie Frank, of the City of St. Louis Forestry Division, has Up until 2000, Gwinnett Technical College had no seasonal color program. The become the 112th grounds management campus’ seasonal color beds and containers are now a campus staple with each professional to successfully complete its subsequent year adding life, color and spirit to the landscape through effective Certified Grounds Manager program. plant combinations. Upon hearing of his accoplishment Frank, an urban forester said, “I am very excited and Green Star Awards continued from page 21 honored to have sucessfully completed the certification process and to now be a Certified Grounds Manager.” Working together to come up with viable Developed and offered by PGMS, the CGM solutions is a practice the grounds crew feels program is the first and premiere certification strongly about and because of this the crew of its type in the Green Industry. With such has formed an informal partnership with the certification, your presentations, requests for horticulture department. The benefits of this funds and equipment, and recommendations partnership include shared equipment and carry more weight. More information on these resources. “This partnership has allowed both certifications is available online at parties to benefit . We (the grounds crew) www.pgms.org/pgmscertification.htm. have served as teaching assistants, showing the students how to use equipment and providing basic information on landscape management and pest control,” Zorn explained. The grounds crew has also partnered with the Gwinnett Branch of the Georgia Iris Society, This landscape has presented strengthening its bonds with the local community multiple obstacles such as outside of the campus. “We have such a untenable slopes, poorly draining wonderful campus so it was a pleasure to create areas, abysmal soils and even a a space for the Iris Society,” said Zorn. “They buried asphalt parking lot! have developed an iris trial garden that serves as education and entertainment for the community, and is an important focus of their annual show, hosted on campus, at the end of April.” Beauty, community, sustainability. All important words for the grounds crew at Gwinnett Technical College, a well deserving 2007 Green Star Award winner. In the next issue of Forum we will feature our Honor Award winners in the University and College Grounds category: University of Virginia; Texas Tech University; Texas Woman’s University; and Penn State Brandywine.
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