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Landscape Operations Industry Tour

September 30 – October 1, 2019
Chicago, IL

AmericanHort’s 2019 Landscape Operations Tour will be taking place September 30 - October 1 in beautiful Chicago, IL. Mark your calendars and get ready to network with other leaders in the landscaping industry while touring seven world-class landscaping companies and covering topics like sustainability, specialization, operation efficiency, and so much more!

Register Now for the Landscape Operations Tour

Reserve your hotel room now
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Acres Group
Acres Group
Acres Group hires hundreds of seasonal laborers every year for snow removal, landscape maintenance, and installations. With so many seasonal employees, they have perfected their own unique management structure and have unique ways to source labor - from utilizing the H-2B program to an internal internship training program.
Mariani Landscape
Mariani Landscape
Specializing in extremely high-end residential clients, Mariani Landscape is the largest privately owned landscape company in the United States, and they take customer service to the next level. With relentless energy and attention to detail, Mariani Landscape strives to create the best customer experience throughout the entire landscaping process; from maintenance to annual color, huge installations to individual plant selections.
Lurvey provides quality landscape products to both landscapers and retail customers as well as landscape design and distribution services. They saw a need to connect their retail customers to landscape professionals, so they created Lurvey Connect where landscapers can not only get referrals, but also bring clients into the garden center and create an entire customer experience.
Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden
The Chicago Botanic Garden boasts beautiful landscapes to be inspired by, yet maintaining it all is not an easy job. Their horticulturalists and landscapers have had to overcome the challenges of taking care of an extensive property filled with high-management landscapes in a public space.
Midwest Groundcovers
Midwest Groundcovers
Midwest Groundcovers is an industry leader in the propagation, growing and wholesale distribution of quality container nursery stock. They operate over 700 acres including an extensive trial garden where landscapers can see how the plants Midwest Groundcovers offers perform in the landscape.
Sebert Landscape
Sebert Landscape
Sebert Landscape is a full-service, commercial landscape contractor with a unique, sustainable approach. Everything from their creation of LEED® certified designs to their low-emission equipment to their use of indigenous plants are carefully curated to let them create functional, ecologically-thriving, and beautiful landscapes.
Cornerstone Partners
Cornerstone Partners
Cornerstone Partners provides an array of horticultural and snow/ice management services to fit both commercial and residential environments. They credit their high employee and client retention rates on their investing in their employees and training them on horticultural best practices, as well as focusing on educating their customers about plants and services – so that the job is done right the first time and with the long-term effect in mind.


Hotel Accommodations
Hotel Accommodations

Hotel accommodations for the Landscape Operations Tour are available at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg, IL.


 Join us to learn innovative ideas for landscape operation efficiency and sustainability while networking with other leaders in the landscaping industry.





Member Price $449     |     Non-Member Price $499   

Register Now for the Landscape Operations Tour



Sunday, September 29:

Registration:  3 PM - 5 PM 
Hyatt Regency, Schaumburg, IL 
*Registration is also available Monday morning

Meet & Greet:  5 PM - 7 PM 
Hyatt Regency Hotel Bar, Schaumburg, IL
*For those arriving on Sunday, AmericanHort will be hosting a casual Meet & Greet at the hotel bar.

Monday, September 30:

Registration: 6:30 AM – 7:45 AM
Hyatt Regency, Schaumburg, IL

Board the Bus: 8 AM
Bus boards at the Hyatt Regency

Tour: 8 AM – 6 PM

  • Acres Group 
    Tour & Topics: We will discuss labor solutions like their internship training program and utilizing H-2B as well as their unique project management structure while touring their facility - including their full-service mechanics shop.
  • Mariani Landscape
    Tours & Topics: We will tour their construction facility and the yard/staging area while discussing customer service strategies for high-end clients as well as an overview of why client and employee education in important to them. Lunch will be onsite.
  • Lurvey Landscape Supply
    Tours & Topics: We will tour the retail center and the wholesale facility while discussing Lurvey Connect, and the benefits of partnering with your local garden center as well as get ideas on how to move traffic quickly through a small footprint to help manage morning roll-out.
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
    Tours & Topics: We will take a tram ride through the botanical garden and be inspired by their landscape designs while hearing about challenges and solutions for high-management landscapes in a public space. Networking Reception Onsite.

Bus Returns: 6 PM – The bus will arrive back at the Hyatt Regency

Tuesday, October 1:

Board the Bus: 8 AM
Bus boards from the Hyatt Regency

Tour: 8 AM – 3:15 PM

  • Midwest Groundcovers 
    Tours & Topics: Choose between a tour of their production nursery or a yard Lean Flow demonstration.  We will also have time to walk through their perennial garden bed where you can see how every perennial they grow performs in the landscape – in alphabetical order. 
  • Sebert Landscaping
    Tours & Topics: We will tour their beautiful, LEED® certified headquarters while discussing sustainability in landscaping such as using low-emission equipment and indigenous plants. Lunch Provided by Sebert Landscaping.
  • Cornerstone Partners 
    Tours & Topics: While touring their brand-new facility, we will discuss horticultural best practices for client and crew education, sustainable snow and ice operations, and crew management technology.

Bus Returns to hotel: 3:15 PM – The bus will arrive back at the Hyatt Regency





Hyatt Regency - Schaumburg, Chicago

1800 E. Golf Road, 
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 605-1234

Room rates: $129 plus tax, per night
*Includes Breakfast Voucher

 Reserve your hotel room now

AmericanHort has secured special rates for your hotel stay. If you’d like to take advantage of these exclusive rates, you must make reservations with the hotel by September 9, 2019. 

Cancellation of an individual reservation must be completed 48 hours prior to arrival (4 PM, 2 days prior to arrival) to avoid and fees or charges.
Transportation from Airport to the Hotel
The Hyatt Regency is located 13 miles from O'Hare International Airport (ORD). 
Transportation options:
  • Taxi
  • Uber
  • Car rental at the airport.


Thank You to Our Sponsors


                Willoway Nurseries Inc.


Interested in Sponsoring the Landscape Operations Tour? Contact Sherry Johnson at 614-884-1144 or via email