Association News


GGIA to Host Annual Conference & Trade Show

The Georgia Green Industry Association will host its annual conference and trade show, WINTERgreen 2012, at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., Jan. 25-27. The event will feature workshops and seminars on the latest in landscaping, nursery practices, water management and marketing. Over 260 booths will offer a broad selection of plants, equipment and essential supplies for all aspects of the green industry. The event will also include pesticide recertification credit hours, Irrigation Association classes, silent auction and annual awards presentations. Visit for more information.

IA Volunteers Participate in Renewal & Remembrance

A team of 28 Irrigation Association and other volunteers came together on July 25 to improve and enhance the efficiency of irrigation systems at the nation’s most prominent military cemetery. Representing 11 companies and joined by IA staff, the IA team worked at Arlington National Cemetery as part of the Professional Landcare Network’s annual Renewal & Remembrance event. IA was an official event partner. In addition to IA’s team, PLANET irrigation efforts were led by John Eggleston, a member of PLANET and IA.

Phelps Appointed to PLANET AEF Board

Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for Stihl, Inc., was named to the Professional Landcare Network’s Academic Excellence Foundation board of directors. Stihl is a founding partner of PLANET AEF, which was formed to provide academic assistance to promising students hoping to pursue a career in the green industry. A Navy veteran, Phelps joined Stihl in 2001 as the company’s event marketing specialist.