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Summer Area Meeting

Summer Area Meeting

12 Apr 2024 - 26 Jul 2024

Summer Area Meeting

Join us for an enriching day of learning and networking at our Area Meeting on July 26th, starting at 9 am. The event will kick off with an exclusive tour of Pizzo Native Plant Nursery, where you'll gain insights into progressive planting techniques from industry experts. Following the tour, we'll head to Morton Arboretum for informative talks and a tour.

This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with fellow industry professionals, learn from experts in the field, and explore innovative planting methods firsthand. Plus, Pizzo Native Plant Nursery will graciously host lunch, allowing you to fuel up and network in a relaxed setting. Capacity for this event is limited, so Register Now! Click here to reserve your ticket today!


  • 9:00 AM – Registration
    Start your day with coffee and refreshments as you check in and network with fellow attendees.
  • 9:15 AM – Presentation and Overview of Pizzo Native Plant Nursery
    Kyle Banas, Nursery Manager, will provide an in-depth overview of the nursery's operations and mission.
  • 9:30 AM – Foamstream Demo by Russo Power Equipment
    Witness the innovative Foamstream technology in action, utilizing boiling water and foam to effectively control vegetation, algae, and moss.
  • 10:30 AM – Pizzo Nursery Tour
    • Explore the nursery and discover its key features and projects:
      • Native Seed Collection and Propagation Techniques
  • Hoop House Construction and Expansion Project
  • New Shipping Building and Automated Shipping Lines
  • Plant Trial Gardens and Living Wall Display
  • Prairie, Woodland, and Wetland Plant Production
  • 11:30 AM – Presentation by Nate and Morton Arb
    Details on this presentation will be announced soon.
  • 12:15 PM – Lunch Provided 
    Enjoy a complimentary lunch while networking with industry peers.
  • 1:00 PM – Depart for Morton Arb
    We will conclude our visit to Pizzo Native Plant Nursery and head to the Morton Arboretum for further exploration and learning.

Russo Foamstream Demo Highlights

As the sole distributor in the Midwest, Russo Power Equipment will be demoing Foamstream, an herbicide-free weed control product for IPPS. Foamstream has a proven track record of killing weeds down to the root after 1-3 applications, with a noticeable difference after 48 hours of the first treatment. This works because hot water, insulated by foam, literally cooks the weeds, and leaves them unable to thrive. Foamstream doesn’t require special certification like many other weed control applications, it works in the wind and rain, and is completely safe for kids and animals.

Check us out in action:  https://youtu.be/L2wHIu7v6xg?si=5AP7oBYjOvw54h75

Pizzo Nursery Tour Highlights

  • Native Seed Collection and Propagation Techniques: Learn about the processes and methods used for collecting and propagating native seeds.
  • Hoop House Construction and Expansion Project: Get insights into the latest construction and expansion initiatives.
  • New Shipping Building and Automated Shipping Lines: Discover the advancements in automated shipping at Pizzo Nursery.
  • Plant Trial Gardens and Living Wall Display: Explore the trial gardens and see the living wall display in action.
  • Prairie, Woodland, and Wetland Plant Production: Understand the comprehensive plant production process for different ecosystems.
  • Foamstream Demo by Russo Power Equipment: Watch a live demo of Foamstream technology, which uses boiling water and foam to control unwanted vegetation.

Event Details

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