Collinsville, Ill. - The Gateway Green Industry Conference is now taking registrations for the 2020 conference being held on Wednesday, March 4 at the Gateway Convention Center, Collinsville. 

The educational program has a track for sports turf, landscape, arborist, plantscape, parks and recreation as well as green industry.  If you work in lawn care, landscaping, nursery, a garden center, golf course or any other grounds-related industry, you can get new ideas and research-based information at the Gateway Green Industry Conference. This conference is open to anyone interested in learning more in these categories.  Registration remains a great bargain at $80. There is a discounted rate for full-time students and active Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists.

 Sessions will include:

  • Up and Coming Perennial Stars; Martha Smith, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator
  • What’s Ailing My Tree? Common Pests and Diseases of Trees and Shrubs in Illinois  – Ken Johnson, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator
  • Illinois’ Rarest Trees and The Green Pathway to Invasion: Ornamental Invasive Plants – Chris Evans, Forestry Extension and Research Specialist, University of Illinois Extension
  • Aquatic Management of Lakes and Ponds  - Fred Cronin, Fisheries Biologist, IDNR
  • Right-Sized Native Gardens: Having Success at Home and in Your Community - Scott Woodbury, Shaw Nature Reserve
  • New Invasive Pathogens and Annual Updates from the University of Illinois Plant Clinic  – Diane Plewa, Plant Diagnostic Outreach Specialist, U of I Plant Clinic
  • Other featured classes include: Alternative Tools Used in Woody Invasive Control, Living Carpets: Ground Covers, Hardscaping Basics, and The Red Oak Rain Garden Experience.

Continuing education units to maintain a variety of certifications are available, too. This event is open to the general public.

For more information, refer to the brochureOnline registration is also available.

Questions can be directed to Patty Stanton at 618-344-4230.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to attend this event, please call 618-344-4230.