TOCA Talk – Winter 2019

This edition of TOCA Talk is proudly sponsored by Advanced Turf Solutions, an independent and employee-owned green industry distributor. Thank you, members of the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association, for supporting this industry through your information, education, and outreach. The President’s CornerBy Scott Hollister, TOCA Board President “Just when I thought I was out, they […]

GIE Horticultural Group 2018 Media Kit – Gardner Award Winner

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‘Down But Not Out’

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A New Dawn: Dawn Rigby Joins TOCA Board

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TurfNet to Host TOCA Intern in Ireland this Summer

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Syngenta Divanem Nematicide Launch

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Project EverGreen to Host TOCA Intern

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.19.14″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.19.14″][et_pb_column type=”3_5″ _builder_version=”3.19.14″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.19.14″] By Cindy CodeProject EverGreen   Non-profit Project EverGreen is pleased to once again host the 2019 TOCA marketing communications intern. Internships are a great way for students to learn more about a particular career focus and gain hands-on professional experience to get them ready for their post-graduation careers. […]

Third Annual TOCA Silent Auction

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Get Ready for Spring Running!

[et_pb_section fb_built="1" _builder_version="3.19.14"][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.19.14"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="3.19.14"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.19.14"]By Dan Gardner, TOCA Special Running Correspondent For those of us who live in melting snow-weather states, running regularly in the spring is sometimes as much a challenge as running in winter. There are numerous running publications that can help you “survive” the wet surfaces. To save you some research time, here are some quick tips from running ace and personal trainer Ashley Crossman: If your running regimen was light for the winter, ramp up your miles very slowly – 10 percent, at most, each week. Be sure your shoes are ready for the spring and if not, buy yourself a new pair. You should replace your shoes every 300-500 miles. (Seriously, who runs that much a year. Just kidding!) Work toward a goal. If you are new to this running thing, try running for 20 minutes without stopping. Make sure you have proper gear, including a water-resistant jacket. Springs can result in very wet running surfaces. If you have seasonal allergies, consider running indoors until the allergy season dissipates. For those new at the running game and needing a pair of running shoes, don’t try to do this solo. Go to a running specialty store and have an expert salesperson fit you. This is a must because that person will determine what type of foot you have and then get you into the proper type of shoe. For those of you into running half marathons, here are some spring runs in the United States: Pride Run Phoenix Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, Phoenix, March 23; Salt Lake City Half Marathon, Salt Lake City, April 13; Flying Pirate Half Marathon, Kitty Hawk, N.C., April 14; New Prague Half Marathon, New Prague, Minn., May 4 (I’ll be running in this again – well, maybe NOT); Maine Coast Half Marathon, Biddeford, Maine, May 11; and Grandma’s Half Marathon, Duluth, Minn., June 22. Finally, as always, be thinking while you run/walk about all the ways to make TOCA the best membership association it can be and planning your trip to Charlotte, N.C., for the annual meeting. And don’t forget to sign up for the 5K fun

Registration Open for TOCA’s 30th Annual Meeting in Charlotte

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The President’s Corner

By Scott Hollister, TOCA Board President For those of us who have been a part of TOCA for more than a few years, the fact that the upcoming annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C., April 30-May 2, will be the organization’s 30th such gathering is pretty hard to fathom. The organization’s first annual meeting in 1989 […]

Washington Association of Landscape Professionals

Northwest Landscape Professional is the official magazine of WALP. With over 1,500 copies distributed with each publication it reaches every member plus a broad number of industry professionals on a quarterly basis, offering companies a unique opportunity to target the Landscape Industry throughout Washington State. The Magazine is published March, June (annual directory issue), September […]

Digital & Social Media Consultant

Gardner & Gardner Communications, an association management group, seeks an experienced digital and social media consultant to develop and execute digital and social media strategy for association clients. Will turn needs into a strategy and then execute high value social media campaigns. You will be directly responsible for measuring social media effectiveness for creating brand […]

Gardner Award Winner for Writing – Publishing Series – Two or more articles

‘When the Creek Rises’ Gardner Award Winner for Writing – Publishing Series – Two or more articles Golf Course Industry by Debbie Clayton We asked Guy Cipriano, Golf Course Industry magazine senior editor, the following questions about his series “When the Creek Rises.” Please briefly describe your winning project. “When the creek rises” was a three-part […]