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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:                                      time of the year again to ready your entries for the PGMS    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.
                                         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 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

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.

     • 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.

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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)


                                  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

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.
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
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 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

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

                         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

 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

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 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
                                                  518-225-1155 or or visit PGMS online at

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.

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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?
                                                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      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             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
                                                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

                          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

 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

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), or visit                                           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.

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:

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)
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)
                                                               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:

                        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.

 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

Sustainability. Professionalism. Networking.

    & 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
  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.
       * 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 for More Information!

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.

                                                      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)                                               
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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