PGMS to Host 2005 School of Grounds Management in Orlando

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) has recently announced its faculty and curriculum for the 2005 School of Professional Grounds Management, scheduled for Nov. 2-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The School is held in conjunction with the Green Industry Expo and the Professional Landcare Network’s (PLANET) annual conference allowing attendees to choose from over 60 educational sessions.

Targeted at in-house grounds managers overseeing an assortment of facilities ranging from universities to cemeteries to municipalities, attendees will also have access to exhibits from 360 Green Industry suppliers as well as a hands-on Product Field Day featuring over 100 cutting edge products and services.

This year’s warm-weather destination will allow grounds professionals from across North America to plan for a little rest and relaxation while also sharpening their skills during first-rate education programs offered by a faculty of green industry experts. Reflecting the multiple skills needed by a quality grounds professional, courses at the 2005 School of Professional Grounds Management will cover a diverse assortment of topics including turf, arbor care, horticulture, irrigation, stormwater management, erosion control, and leadership.

“With a faculty of first class educators and a wide offering of courses ranging from irrigation to management to horticulture, the School offers grounds superintendents and landscaping professionals a great opportunity to further their professional development,” said Mike Mongon, CGM, education chair.

Considered the premiere educational event for grounds management professionals, this year’s School of Professional Grounds Management features over a dozen courses, a separate irrigation track, a Pre-Conference Field Trip, Business Over Breakfast programs, and other social and educational opportunities. Participants will also receive a certificate of completion.

In addition to this dynamic curriculum, tuition for the PGMS School of Professional Grounds Management also includes free admission to the 16th Annual Green Industry Expo (GIE). GIE features more than 360 indoor exhibits, a product field day with over 110 hands-on demonstrations, and networking with over 6,000 industry professionals.

Additional information, such as online registration, informational brochures, a full schedule of events, list of faculty, and hotel registration materials are available online at

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