Monica D. Higgins

Certified Grounds Manager


Professional Memberships and Offices

          Professional Grounds Management Society,

Past President, Professional Grounds Management Society Executive Committee

President, Professional Grounds Management Society Executive Committee, 2010

President-elect, Professional Grounds Management Society Executive Committee, 2009
Vice-President, Professional Grounds Management Society Executive Committee, 2008

Treasurer, Professional Grounds Management Society Executive Committee, 2007

Chairperson, PGMS Certified Grounds Manager Committee, 2007-2009

Director, South-Central Region, Professional Grounds Management Society Board 2004-2006


GCSAA, Associate Member, 2011 


Garden Center Association of Greater Kansas City

President, Garden Center Association of Kansas City 2001-2004

Chairman, Garden Center Association Communications Committee 1999-2000

Chairman, Kansas City Garden Symposium 2000 planning committee

Kansas City Garden Symposium 2006 planning committee


American Orchid Society

Naples Orchid Society

Florida Native Plant Society

Naples Chapter, Native Plant Society, Newsletter Editor 2010-2011

Naples Botanical Garden – member and volunteer

Conservancy of Southwest Florida


Recent Projects (click here)

Lectures and Presentations

CGM Certification – Pathway to Success, PGMS School of Grounds Management, 10/2008
TLC for the Urban Forest – APWA Congress, 09/10/2006

2005 Green Star Award – Shadow Glen Golf Club, 02/2006

Spring Color – Johnson County Garden Club, 05/12/2004

Habitat of Course – MVTA, 12/04/2001

10 Steps to Basic Garden Design – GCA, 01/17/2000

PGMS Landscape Management Award 1999 – Greater Kansas City PGMS Branch, 02/08/2000

Color in Containers – Blue Hills Country Club Garden Seminar, April 20, 1999



“Keeping Wildlife on Course” Grounds Management Magazine 08/01/2001

§         “Birdies Above Par On This Course” July 2001

GCA newsletter articles

§         “A Flower Grows in Kansas” August 2004

§         “A Tale of Two Tails”  May 2004

§         “To Mulch or Not to Mulch? – That Is the Question” July 2003

§         “Mums for Heat Relief” September 2003

§         “No Warm Winter Fires Here” January 2003

§         Tropicals versus Frost” October 2002

§         “Timely Tips for Your Garden” May 2002

§         “Danger in the Wild” November 2001

§         “A Prairie Garden Restoration”  May 1999



          Certified Grounds Manager – PGMS

          Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator – Florida

          Certificate in Urban Pest Management – University of Florida, 2010

          School of Grounds Management – PGMS, 2011

          Hazardous Materials Operations/OSHA Level II - 2011            


Awards and Accolades

PGMS Green Star Award - The annual Professional Grounds Management Awards Program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence. The program complements other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding landscape design and construction. This program will salute the grounds superintendent responsible for maintaining a well-manicured landscape year round.

Grand and Honor Awards are offered in 15 categories, covering all types of private, public commercial and industrial landscapes. To qualify for entry, a landscape must be at least two years old and under your continuous maintenance for at least two years.


1999 – Honor Award – Blue Hills Country Club

2005 – Grand Award – Shadow Glen the Golf Club



2006 -2011 Audubon Steward, Audubon International

2004 PGMS President’s Award

2000 Top 20 Leading Grounds Organizations, Landscape Management Magazine


Contact Information:


6215 Parkers Hammock Rd

Naples, Florida 34112

239-404-5211 cell