landscape operations tour

hosted by AmericanHort

Kansas City, KS

This program is designed for landscape professionals from all areas of the landscape industry. From small in-design to large multi-million-dollar operations that primarily do install and build projects. This tour provides an up-close, behind-the-scenes view of leading operations in the Kansas City area. Learn best practices around morning roll out routings, use of innovative software and other technologies and tools, see equipment demonstrations and walk away with new ideas to enhance your own company’s bottom line. You will meet industry peers and build your professional network during the two days of tours.

Tour stops include the following businesses:

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Tour Schedule

Monday October 24

6:00 AM Board Bus

7:00 AM Tour Next to Nature Landscape
-Watch morning roll out procedures
-Experience their innovative equipment check-in and check-out system
-Learn about their tracking software
-Dive into their use of H-2B labor

8:30 AM Tour an active commercial build site by Next to Nature Landscape

10:00 AM Tour Belgard/Old Castle
– Get an insider’s view into their production silos
– Learn about Belgard’s history

12:00 PM Lunch and Networking at Suburban Lawn & Garden

1:00 PM Tour Suburban Lawn & Garden
– Explore their Yard Waste Recycling Center
– See the organization of their full-service landscape buildings and facilities

3:00 PM Tour Colonial Gardens
– Learn about their landscape division’s unique PlantRight system focusing on healthy soil to grow colorful plants
– Hear from their landscape designer on incorporating native plants in suburban locations

5:00 PM Networking Reception at Colonial Gardens

7:00 PM Return to hotel

Tuesday October 25

6:30 AM Board Bus

7:00 AM Tour RYAN Lawn and Tree
– Get a wholistic, behind-the-scenes view of RYAN’s facilities, buildings, equipment, and processes
– Watch their morning roll out procedures

9:00 AM Tour Rosehill Gardens
– Learn about the vertical integration of a landscape, distribution, retail, and growing business
– See how a century-old facility continues growing and innovating

11:00 AM Tour Loma Vista Nursery
– Experience acres of nursery-grown crops
– Learn about their growing practices and plant material standards

12:00 PM Lunch and Networking at Loma Vista Nursery

2:30 PM Return to Hotel

Tour Stops

Next to Nature Landscape

Next To Nature Landscape Landscape Operations Tour Logo

Belgard® / Oldcastle

Suburban Lawn & Garden / KC Mulch


The official hotel of the AmericanHort Landscape Operations Tour is the Embassy Suites Kansas City/Overland Park, located at 10601 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66212.

Room Rates


per room per night and includes a hot breakfast, evening reception, and wi-fi in guest rooms and lobby area.

*Does not include the occupancy and room tax

Tour Registration

Member Pricing


Registration includes bus transportation, lunch each day and a networking reception.  

Non-Member Pricing


Registration includes bus transportation, lunch each day and a networking reception.