Here at winter is still time for work and planning but also a time for family, rest, relaxation, and most definitely it’s a time for having fun!

Family Time!

Family time is really the very best time and probably Chris and Marlee's most favorite part of winter! In December, Chris and Marlee's niece, Maggie married her longtime best friend Zach. A celebration that the entire family will cherish for a lifetime. Then came January with the snow... all of the snow and all of the fun! The cherry on top for sure is Chris and Marlee's much-needed tropical beach vacation! Palm trees anyone?

***Check out the video slide show below to see all the fun!***

A Bit of Learning!


Winter is a great time for events like InVigorateU, where we in the green industry can connect, learn and *grow*!


Day 1 Highlights:

Gary Watson, lead scientist at The Morton Arboretum gave an in-depth lecture on root health research and proper planting depth.

While Angela Treadwell-Palmer, known for naming THE Knock Out® Rose, brought her charismatic personality to the stage when she talked about growing sales and reaching generation X with simpler use of our industry language, without reducing the content length in her lecture, “Are We Speaking the Same Language.” 

Nancy Buley, Director of Communications at J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. talked about trees for today and the future, mentioning many trees that are grown right here at SGN!!!

J. Frank Schmidt

Melissa Custic, Coordinator of Chicago RTI focused on replanting the Illinois Oak Tree Canopy, the importance of planting a diverse selection of trees not just in public areas but in residential areas as well. She highlighted new tools, and resources available for educating our customers on these topics and really making that a focus for the future. In short- Plant more Oak Trees!

Day 2 Highlights:

Business Sessions with Jeffrey Scott:

Marlee really enjoyed Jeffrey's sessions and her main takeaways were from his course topics, Establish a Culture of Excellence, Benchmarking for Profit Improvement and Landscape Business Owners Panel. Major goal setting going on here!

Read SGN's InVigorateU takeaway here:

In and Around the Office!

In the office- We work on updating the website and our availability… blog writing and planning!

Around the office- The crew stays busy maintaining the truck & tree planting equipment. Can you spot our Crew Manager, Kyle in the picture below?


Before we know it, spring will be here! The crew will be preparing the holding-yard, helping the nursery to plant and dig trees and in office, we'll be getting orders lined up and ready for spring planting!

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