celebration+ is just two days away! We are looking forward to daytime events including a sold out Field Session, two Education Sessions and the main event - the Awards Program! ILASLA is pleased to announce that Todd C. Jacobsen, current head of Horticulture at the Morton Arboretum will be our emcee for the evening festivities!
Todd is a certified arborist and a member of IDA, PPA, APGA and also serves as President for Perennials in Focus, a group of green industry professionals who comprise a volunteer evaluation team for new and underused herbaceous perennials in the Chicagoland region.
On a daily basis at the Morton Arboretum, Todd oversees a staff of 12 horticulturists, 3 certified arborists, 3 lawn care technicians, and 30 seasonal staff, who are all responsible for maintaining various areas on the Arboretum grounds. Other areas of responsibility include managing a 1.6 million dollar budget, securing & coordinating contractor work, landscape design, plant selection/sourcing, managing snow removal operations, hiring staff, teaching, and lecturing.
ILASLA couldn't be happier to have such an esteemed member of the Landscape and Horticultural industry, and are looking forward to an wonderful evening to honor our winners and celebrate excellence in Landscape Architecture!