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The 2019 NALP Field Trip was a great success, with landscape pros traveling from all over the country—as well as British Columbia and Guam!—to learn directly from LandCare CEO Mike Bogan and his extraordinary team.

We are busy bow planning 2020 and will update this page as soon as we have details.

August 6–7, 2019
San Diego, California

Fasten your seatbelts for this fun-filled, idea-packed adventure with some of the best in the business.

There is no better—or faster—way to move your business or career forward than taking an in-depth tour of a winning company and seeing, up close and in person, how they execute and operate. And with Frank Mariani, CEO of one of the largest privately held landscaping companies in the country, and Marty, CEO of Grunder Landscaping Co. and a leading consultant and speaker, at the wheel, you’re in for an amazing ride.

Tour the San Diego Branch of LandCare

This year we’re heading to sunny southern California to go behind the scenes of the San Diego branch of LandCare, a top provider of commercial landscape maintenance services. Led by CEO Mike Bogan, LandCare is a national powerhouse with a local focus. We’ll learn about the systems and processes they’ve honed to succeed on a broad scale while still allowing for autonomy and innovation on the branch level.

Whether you’re a small company or a large operator, you will leave with practical tactics you can implement to advance your business and improve your bottom line. And you’ll have some fun, too!

Best event I’ve ever attended. I left with three pages of takeaways to improve our company.
— Jesse Brough, Blessing Landscapes, Portland, OR

If you want to see what’s possible for your business, you need to go on Frank & Marty’s Excellent Adventure.
— Michael Pope, Pope Landscape & Irrigation Co., Garner, NC

Tour an Industry Powerhouse and Drill Down on Tactics in Focused Educational Sessions

The tour will take you through every department of the San Diego branch of LandCare, where you’ll hear directly from their team how they do what they do.

In addition to the tour, this two-day program will feature interactive educational sessions on:

  • How LandCare changed its culture and came out on top by putting their people first  

  • Knowing your costs and getting paid your worth 

  • Finding and keeping dedicated workers 

  • Training your teams for hard skills and soft 

  • And winning with efficiency

Smart companies know training is an investment, not an expense. This event is a wonderful opportunity for you to reward your team, develop their skills, and grow the value of your business. 

This event is an information firehose for improving your business.
— Barry Burkholder, Burkholder Landscaping, Malvern, PA

Event Sponsors


MONday, August 5

5–7 p.m.  

Registration at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, Grand Foyer, Ballroom Level

7–8 p.m.  

Pre-Event Reception at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, Poolside


8–9 A.M. 

Registration and Check-In at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, Grand Foyer, Ballroom Level

8 A.M.


9 A.M.

Welcoming Address, Aventine Ballroom ABCG, Ballroom Level

10 A.M.

The LandCare Story: Putting the Who before the What

11 A.M.


11:15 A.M.

What’s Your Story?: Assessing Your Company’s Strengths and Weaknesses

12:15 P.M.


1:30 P.M.

Finding and Keeping Dedicated Workers

2:45 P.M.


3 P.M.

Getting the Business Side of Your Business Right

4:15 P.M.

Setting The Scene: What You’ll See Tomorrow at LandCare

5 P.M.

Close of Day

5:45 p.m.

Buses Depart Hotel for VIP Dinner at Mike Bogan’s Home (Ticketed Event)

6:30 P.M.

Dine-Around Attendees Meet in Hotel Lobby

8:30 p.m.

Buses Depart from VIP Dinner and Return to Hotel

WEDNESday, August 7

6:30 A.M.

Grab-and-Go Breakfast, Hotel Lobby

7 A.M.

Buses Depart Hotel for LandCare

7:30 a.m.

Tour of LandCare
5151 Shoreham Place, Suite 1040
San Diego, CA


Buses Depart for Hotel

12:30 P.M.

Lunch, Grand Foyer

1:45 P.M.

Constructive Critique: What Would You Start, Stop, and Keep?

3 P.M.

The Wrap-Up

4 P.M.

Close of Event

Event Details


August 6–7. For those arriving on Monday, August 5, we’re hosting a pre-event cocktail reception from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. Come early and get to know your fellow attendees.


Hyatt Regency La Jolla
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92122

We have secured a block of rooms at the special rate of $199/night, available until July 26. Make your reservation online here.


The nearest airport, San Diego International Airport (SAN), is 14 miles from the hotel. View ground transportation options from the airport to the Hyatt Regency La Jolla here.


The dress code is business casual.


  • Standard Ticket: $795 for NALP Members; $995 for Non-Members

  • VIP Ticket: $995 for NALP Members; $1,195 for Non-Members

VIP attendees will enjoy a special dinner at the home of LandCare CEO MikeBogan, together with members of the LandCare management team, Frank and Marty, and industry leaders. Kick back, relax, and talk shop with some of the smartest minds in the business. 

See you in sunny San Diego!

Questions? We’re happy to answer them. E-mail grow@growgroupinc.com, or call us at 1.866.478.6337.