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Whether you are a Boston Red Sox fan or really, really excited to get back to mowing your lawn, an upcoming event might be just the spot for you on a winter day.

The 2017 Plant gflx Education Day features a person who combines working for one of the storied Major League Baseball franchises—the Red Sox—and maintaining lawn at one of the most famous U.S. sports stadiums.

Motivational speaker David Mellor is best known as the director of grounds for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. He oversees everything that involves the playing field. That ranges from games and events to field maintenance.

He is serving as keynote speaker at the Education Day and leading the sport track at the event. The event is slated for Feb. 7 at the DoubleTree Hotel-Rochester in Henrietta. Plant gflx is the Professional Landscape & Nursery Trades, Genesee and Finger Lakes Region 5.

David is one of the leading innovators of elaborate patterns used on athletic turf, Plant gflx officials say. Articles about his work have been published nationally and he has appeared on numerous television and radio programs.

His mowing patterns have been featured in the American Folk Art Museum and an international art exhibit. His books include: “Picture Perfect: Mowing Techniques for Lawns, Landscapes and Sports” and “The Lawn Bible: How to Keep It Green, Groomed and Growing Every Season of the Year.”

He has cared for some of the greenest lawns in the nation: the ballparks used by the California Angels, San Francisco Giants, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers as well as the Red Sox. He has 32 seasons of Major League Baseball experience, during which he also worked eight years for the Green Bay Packers games at Milwaukee’s County Stadium.

You think the clay, drainage and other conditions you face with your lawn are tough to work with? Try growing grass in the area best known for “the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field.”

David considers himself one of the luckiest people in the world, living by the old baseball saying, “one base at a time.” And that outlook is amazing considering, according to published reports, he has had more than 40 surgeries, including after being hit by a car, and he suffered from post traumatic stress disorder for years before obtaining treatment.

He is scheduled to give two presentations at the event: “The Other Side of the Fence: Highlights of 32-year MLB Career, On and Off the Field,” and “Rounding the Bases: Steps for Taking Care of Your Field.”

Additional information on the event is available at plantgflx.com.

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