CENTS Show 2009

Be Careful What You Wish For!

Well it’s finally happened, I have spoken at conferences, workshops, and events all over the U.S., (and Canada I might add), and will finally be speaking in the state I live in . . . Ohio, Go Bucks!

CENTS Show, 2009

The folks at OSU have broken down, or have been besieged by my “fans” and have asked me to not only speak at the Short Course, (the 2009 schedule is not up yet)* but to get involved in something entirely new . . . Sunday 3 hour workshops. That’s right, 3 hour workshops, some in-depth time on a subject.

On Monday morning I am going to do one of those <1 hour talks; my topic, Selling High End Design/Build Projects. I might also add that this very same topic was done a couple of years ago and I was pretty critical of the speaker and the format.

Which means I have really opened myself up for becoming cannon fodder. What have I gotten myself into?

The Workshop

As I mentioned, the Sunday workshops are a new thing for the Short Course. I am going to talk about and we will discuss stone for 3 hours; Working with Stone: the Entire Process. I am going to guess we are going to do a little sketching for stone design, and how to use quick rendering suggesting to clients . . . possibilities,

I would also think I would show a case study or two, including using a 100-ton crane to install boulders up to 17-19 tons.

For me, workshops entail a lot of give and take so there’ll be no sitting around for 3 hours.

Too tough

It should be some fun, and I am going to ask that the enrollment be limited to somewhere between 30-40, I haven’t quite decide yet on the exact number. I was thinking an even lower number (25?). Heck, the way guys are getting away from stone (I guess it’s too tough for most folks), it may be a small crowd anyway.

Did I just say stone was too tough for most?


January 25th-28th, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.

As usual the show will be at the Columbus Convention Center. The difference is the Sunday workshops (25th). The Monday through Wednesday format is the same. With the gigantic CENTS Show thrown in.

Even if you don’t attend any short courses, the trade show is one of the, if not THE finest in the country.


Addendum: * Speakers have been asked to send in the paperwork by August 22nd so they are a ways from finalizing the schedule. Heck this post is probably the 1st concerning the 2009 show anywhere on the internet . . . Hey! A scoop on my part!

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

1 comment

  1. It’s been a number of years since I made it to the Garden Show- but I will try to manage it this year and hope to attend the Sunday workshop.

    Thanks, we are going to put a limit on the number of attendees so look for the notice and sign up early.

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