Location

Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Gardens at Elm Bank

900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

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Preliminary Schedule

7:30 a.m.
Vendor Set Up

8:00 a.m.
Registration, Continental Breakfast, Visit with Commercial Partners

8:30 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks

8:45 a.m.                                    
Educational Seminar

9:45 a.m.
Visit with Commercial Partners

11:00 a.m.    
Educational Seminar

12:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch
Visit with Commercial Partners

1:30 p.m.    
Educational Seminar - Pesticide CEU

2:45 p.m.
Gardens of Elm Bank Tour (optional)

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Registration starts at just $79

Before July 19

$79 NESTMA Members
$109 Non Members

After July 19

$99 NESTMA Members
$129 Non Members

Sports Turf Managers, Athletic Directors, Business/Operations Managers, Facilities Directors are encouraged to attend
this great program.

Education Committee

Ian Lacy
Tom Irwin, Inc.

Matt McDonnell
The Governor’s Academy

Ed Olsen
Town of Needham Parks & Forestry 

Jason Puopolo
Clark University

Andrew Walsh
Pine Banks Park

Our Host Site

As America’s oldest organized horticultural society, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society (MHS) celebrates horticulture for the public good.  Located on the banks of the Charles River in Wellesley, Massachusetts the MHS steward The Gardens at Elm Bank, a blend of historic and contemporary gardens that demonstrate how plants and design are an integral part of everyday life. The MHS gardens and adjacent soccer fields highlight sustainable design, interpret cultural practices, and foster delight.

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NESTMA's Summer Field & Turf Education Day will be held rain or shine.

Interesting in sponsoring this event? Learn more here.

Modern Sports Turf Management: 
Adapting to Change

Hosted by the Town of Natick
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 • 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Gardens at Elm Bank
Wellesley, MA

Join Us


NESTMA’s Summer Field & Turf Education Day has long been recognized as one of the profession’s leading learning opportunities. This is where industry thought-leaders, researchers, and trend-setting suppliers address the unique opportunities and challenges of managing sports turf in New England.

You will take away powerful new connections, sure-fire solutions, and a fresh perspective on best practices and proven strategies for success – all while enjoying a summer day at one of our region’s foremost horticultural gems.

Program Highlights

8:45 a.m. - The Fields at Elm Bank: A Fine Balance

To say Bob Dill has his work cut out for him is an understatement. The athletic fields he oversees at Elm Bank are owned by the Massachusetts Department of Conversation & Recreation; leased by the busy Natick and Wellesley Soccer Clubs; and share space with the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Key to his maintaining healthy turf within a tight budget are client education, strong communication channels, solid traffic rotation plans and creative field layouts. Learn how he balances consistent playability with state bureaucracy, youth soccer volunteers, and master gardeners!

Robert W. Dill

Turf Specialist
Bartlett Tree Experts
Ashland, MA

Bob’s turf resume includes positions at Franconia Golf Course, as well as Ludlow and Hopedale Country Clubs as Golf Course Superintendent where he was involved in many projects ranging from tree management and planting programs, sand trap and golf tee reconstruction, and putting green construction. In 1997, Bob joined Cedar Lawn Tree & Landscape to manage the Turf Division. In addition to his turf expertise, Bob has many years of experience as an arborist with an emphasis on climbing, pruning and Plant Health Care. In 2014, Bartlett Tree Experts acquired Cedar Lawn and Bob recently celebrated his 22nd anniversary between both companies. His strong passion for the turf profession has enabled him to share his expertise and provide top quality service to clients throughout the years.

11:00 a.m. - Enhancing Athlete Field Safety

Performance testing of sports fields is necessary to quantify surface properties such as hardness and traction. Enhancements in sensor/sampling technology and increased concern for athlete safety and field performance has driven interest. Spatial maps created from sensors/samplers can depict variability of soil and plant parameters that directly impact turfgrass health, field playability, and player safety. Information generated from sensors/samplers can be used to adjust irrigation systems, implement site-specific management, rotate fields, determine optimal playing conditions, justify equipment use/purchase, and better understand the influence of field conditions on player safety.

Gerald Henry, Ph.D.

Professor, Environmental Turfgrass Science
Athletic Association Endowed Professor
University of Georgia

Gerald Henry, Ph.D. is an Athletic Association Endowed Professor at the University of Georgia. His research program focuses on environmental turfgrass science with an emphasis on plant/pest/environment interactions. Within that discipline, he conducts research in a wide range of subjects, including physiology, ecology, weed science, fertility and management. Dr. Henry earned his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s and master's degree from Rutgers University.

1:30 p.m. - The Science of Climate Change & Its Impact on Sports Turf

For years, Art DeGaetano, Ph.D. has been gathering evidence of how our climate is changing and its influence on biological systems. Climate change is reflected in rising temperatures, more intense precipitation, and the spread of destructive pests and diseases – all of which increase stresses on turfgrass.  From soil health and water management to weed, pest and disease control, turfgrass professionals must adapt their practices to address the ongoing effects of climate change. Dr. DeGaetano’s in-depth knowledge and practical advice will help you maintain healthy and resilient turfgrass in light of global warming.

PESTICIDE CEU APPROVED

Art DeGaetano, Ph.D.

Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Director, NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center
Cornell University

For years, Art DeGaetano, Ph.D. has been gathering evidence of how our climate is changing and its influence on biological systems. Climate change is reflected in rising temperatures, more intense precipitation, and the spread of destructive pests and diseases – all of which increase stresses on turfgrass.  From soil health and water management to weed, pest and disease control, turfgrass professionals must adapt their practices to address the ongoing effects of climate change. Dr. DeGaetano’s in-depth knowledge and practical advice will help you maintain healthy and resilient turfgrass in light of global warming.


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Registration starts at just $79

Before July 19

$79 NESTMA Members | $109 Non Members

After July 19

$99 NESTMA Members | $129 Non Members


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