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Amanda Thomson, AKA Kiss My Aster. Big, loud and fun. She has worked in landscape and garden retail the last 20 years during the day and , blogs and writes by night. . Her book, Kiss My Aster, is a choose-your-own-adventure book of home landscaping. She lives in Chicago with her family in a pup tent in the parking lot of the Chicago Botanic Garden, loves fudge, thrift shopping and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

Mike Conway, Sales & territory representative Upstate NY, Techo Bloc
Brian Eshenaur, NYS IPM Program, provides technical resources for Ornamental and Community IPM extension activities.
Demi Fortuna, Director of Product Information Atlantic Water Gardens
Pat MacRae, Cornell Urban Horticulture Institute technician. Research focus on the empirical validation of soil volume requirement calculations for street trees and a David Austin rose evaluation.
Walt Nelson, Horticulturist Cornell Cooperative Extension, Monroe County
Ted Karnath, member of the Irrigation Association, Certified Irrigation Contractor, and CNLP, with 21 years, as an Irrigation Specialist in upstate New York.
Jason Rupp, product support Empire Distributing
Chris Wainwright, Pesticide Control Specialist, NYS DEC discussing the new data base of pesticides registered in NYS and its uses
Brett Welch, Cornell Turf and Landscape Research Center, turf field supervisor with Frank Rossi for the last 11 years
Dave Witzel, owner, B Square Web Internet Inc.
Amy Hatfield NYS DOL Shared Work Program in Western NY

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Motivational speaker David R. Mellor is best known as the Director of Grounds for the Boston Red Sox Baseball team at Fenway Park where he oversees everything that involves the playing field. This includes anything from games and events, to field maintenance.

As one of the leading innovators of elaborate patterns used on athletic turf, articles about David’s work have been published in the New York Times and USA Today and he has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including ESPN’s E60, the TODAY show, CBS Sunday Morning, and WEEI Sports Radio. His mowing patterns have been featured in the American Folk Art Museum and an international art exhibit. Dave has published two books on gardening and horticulture, Picture Perfect: Mowing Techniques for Lawns, Landscapes, and Sports, and The Lawn Bible: How to Keep It Green, Groomed, and Growing Every Season of the Year, both of which continue to be best- sellers in’s Home & Garden category. He has co- authored or contributed to eleven other titles.

David has cared for some of the greenest lawns in the nation—the ballparks used by the California Angels, San Francisco Giants, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, and of course, the Boston Red Sox. He has thirty-one seasons of Major League Baseball experience during which he also worked eight years for the Green Bay Packers games at Milwaukee’s County Stadium.

David considers himself one of the luckiest people in the world, living by the old baseball saying, “one base at a time.” He buys a lottery ticket anytime the jackpot rises over one hundred million dollars as the statistics of winning millions of dollars is more likely than the chance of being hit by two different cars in two different cities.


Exhibitors / Vendors

Reasons for your participation as an exhibitor at this conference:

Constant traffic on exhibitor space, ensuring high visibility

Trade show time morning, noon hour and afternoon break

Exhibitor recognition in Association newsletter, website, program announcements, seminars and conference program

Quality education sessions drawing clients to the event

Monday February 6

4:00 – 7:00 PM tentative exhibitor setup

Tuesday February 7

6:00 AM Exhibitor set up, complete by 7:00

7:00 Trade show, continental breakfast, onsite attendee registration & silent auction

8:00 Welcome & sponsor recognition

8:30—9:30 Keynote David Mellor, Boston Red Sox

9:30 trade show & silent auction

10:00 seminars continue

Noon – 1 PM Lunch, Trade Show & silent auction

1:00 PM Seminars continue

2:00 PM trade show & final silent auction bids

2:30 PM Seminars continue (trade show closes)

4:30 PM Social mixer, silent auction results, program evaluation

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Upcoming Events:
2/7/2017 – Ed Day

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