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American Nurseryman Magazine - Horticulture Magazine and Horticulture Books - May, 2014

FEATURES

Summer Events Preview

Put down that smartphone and pack your bags-it's travel season again.


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Every year it's the same old thing. Crowded airline terminals, crowded planes, crowded trade show floors. We tolerate the first, hate the second and thrill to the third.

Exhibitors need those aisles filled with prospective buyers. Speakers and instructors need those conference rooms packed to the rafters with eager learners. And attendees? Happy to see familiar faces among the throngs and grateful to meet new industry friends and colleagues. Whether you're traveling this season to find new suppliers or customers, or to hone your business skills and learn how others are finding success, your choice of any of the events listed here is bound to bring benefits.

  • 20th Annual National Lawn & Garden Show... 25
  • 2014 Annual IWGS Symposium... 26
  • 2014 Irrigation Show & Education Conference... 27
  • 2014 Michigan Garden Plant Tour... 26
  • 2014 PIA@IGC... 26
  • AAS Summer Summit/Road Trip... 25
  • American Conifer Society National Meeting... 25
  • American Hosta Society Convention... 25
  • ASHS '14... 25
  • Cullowhee Native Plant Conference... 25
  • Cultivate '14... 25
  • Everyday Magic: The Transformative Nature of Public Gardens... 25
  • Farwest Show... 27
  • GCA Summer Tour 2014... 25
  • GIE+EXPO... 27
  • Independent Garden Center Show (IGC) Chicago... 26
  • Independent Garden Center Show (IGC) East... 26
  • IPPS Eastern Region 2014 Annual Conference... 27
  • Landscape Ontario's Garden & Floral Expo... 27
  • NGLCO 47th Annual Summer Field Day... 26
  • Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo... 27
  • Nursery/Landscape Expo... 26
  • PANTS14 - Penn Atlantic Nursery Trade Show... 26
  • Perennial Plant Symposium... 26
  • SNA 2014... 25
  • Southern Plant Conference... 25
  • Summer Green Road Show... 26
  • The Landscape Show... 27
  • WNA Summer Field Day & Trade Show... 26

20th Annual National Lawn & Garden Show

Dates: June 10 to 12

Location: Crowne Plaza, Denver International Airport

Sponsor: National Lawn & Garden Show

Contact: nlginfo@nlgshow.com; http://www.nlgshow.com

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.nlgshow.com

Highlights: Appointment format visits with select vendors; expanded pet products division

American Hosta Society Convention

Dates: June 11 to 14

Location: Marriott Cedar Rapids Hotel, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Sponsor: American Hosta Society

Contact: http://harshbargerhostasociety.weebly.com

Admission/registration: $175 per person

Highlights: Garden tours; hosta leaf show; venders selling plants; banquets; speakers

American Conifer Society National Meeting

Dates: June 12 to 14

Location: Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Convention Center, Atlanta

Sponsor: American Conifer Society

Contact: http://www.conifersociety.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.conifersociety.org for info

AAS Summer Summit/Road Trip

Dates: June 16 to 19

Location: Charlotte & Asheville, N.C.

Sponsor: All-America Selections

Contact: http://www.all-americaselections.org

Admission/registration: $410 to $450, depending on chosen activity for last day; $550 after May 16. Single-day options available

Highlights: Theme is "Healthy Plants, Healthy You!" Visit various sites in western North Carolina, including the North Carolina Research Center, Metrolina Greenhouses, Mountain Crops Research Station and North Carolina Arboretum

GCA Summer Tour 2014

Dates: June 22 to 25

Location: San Francisco, Calif.

Sponsor: Garden Centers of America

Contact: http://www.gardencentersofamerica.org

Admission/registration: Members $595; nonmembers early bird through May 31, $795

Highlights: Tour garden centers in San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose, including five or more stops each day

Everyday Magic: The Transformative Nature of Public Gardens

Dates: June 23 to 27

Location: Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, in partnership with The Gardens of Spring Creek, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Sponsor: American Public Gardens Association

Contact: http://www.publicgardens.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.2014.publicgardens.org for info

Highlights: Seven conference tracks, tours

Cultivate '14

Dates: July 12 to 15

Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio

Sponsor: AmericanHort

Contact: http://www.AmericanHort.org/Cultivate; Hello@AmericanHort.org

Admission/registration: Varies

Highlights: Largest all-industry horticulture trade show in North America; 175 educational sessions for all segments of the industry

Cullowhee Native Plant Conference

Dates: July 15 to 20

Location: Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, N.C.

Sponsors: North Carolina Native Plant Society and others

Contact: http://www.wcu.edu/academics/edoutreach/conted/conferences-and-community-classes/the-cullowhee-native-plant-conference/2013-cullowhee-native-plant-conference/

Admission/registration: Visit website for info

Highlights: Workshops, educational sessions, walks and field trips

Southern Plant Conference

Date: July 22

Location: Georgia International Convention Center

Sponsor: Southern Nursery Association

Contact: http://www.sna.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.sna.org for info

Highlights: Held in conjunction with SNA 2014

SNA 2014

Dates: July 22 to 24

Location: Georgia International Convention Center

Sponsor: Southern Nursery Association

Contact: http://www.sna.org

Admission/registration: Trade show only, $20 before July 18; $30 on-site. Extra fees for educational sessions.

Highlights: Southern Plant Conference held July 22

ASHS '14

Dates: July 28 to 31

Location: Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, Fla.

Sponsor: American Society for Horticultural Science

Contact: http://www.ashs.org

Admission/registration: ASHS members $425 before April 1, $475 between April 2 and June 15, $525 thereafter. For other rates, visit http://www.ashs.org

Highlights: Horticultural tours, technical program, student poster competition

Perennial Plant Symposium

Dates: July 28 to August 1

Location: Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati

Sponsor: Perennial Plant Association

Contact: ppa@perennialplant.org; http://www.perennialplant.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.perennialplant.org for info

Highlights: Optional tours, lectures and trade show

2014 Michigan Garden Plant Tour

Dates: July 28 to August 8

Location: Michigan State University and various locations

Sponsors: Michigan State University and Michigan growers

Contact: Jennifer Sweet, hgardens@msu.edu; Erik Runkle, runkleer@msu.edu

Admission/registration: Free; visit http://www.planttour.hrt.msu.edu for details

Highlights: MSU Plant Trial Field Day at MSU Horticulture Gardens on August 5; coordinated open house of participating growers throughout the state

PANTS14 - Penn Atlantic Nursery Trade Show

Dates: July 30 to 31

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia

Sponsors: Master Nursery Garden Centers and produced in partnership with Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association; endorsed by New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: Kevin@MacEvents.com

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.pantshow.com for details

Highlights: Green education sessions, Master Nursery Garden Centers Conclave

IGC East

Dates: August 5 to 7

Location: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Md.

Sponsors: IGC Retailer; Garden Chic; Garden Centers of America

Contact: http://www.igcshow.com

Admission/registration: Exhibit hall admission, keynotes and concert free before April 30; $25 on-site. IGC Retail Conference Passport $295 before April 30; $395 thereafter until show date; $495 on-site. IGC East Garden Center Tour $155 before April 30; $190 thereafter

Highlights: Keynote speakers include Corey Bordine, Willie Degel and Peter Shankman; garden center tour

NGLCO 47th Annual Summer Field Day

Date: August 12

Location: Herman Losely & Son Nursery, Perry, Ohio

Sponsors: Nursery Growers of Lake County Ohio, Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association, Ohio Landscape Association, OSU Extension

Contact: Annette Howard, (440) 241-7969; info@nglco.com

Admission/registration: Call for details

Highlights: Come see all the NE Ohio growers in one place; lots of exhibits, tours and demonstrations; price includes a great BBQ lunch

Summer Green Road Show

Dates: August 13 to 15

Location: Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, N.C.

Sponsor: North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.ncnla.com

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.ncnla.com for info

WNA Summer Field Day & Trade Show

Dates: August 14

Location: Evergreen Nursery Company, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

Sponsor: Wisconsin Nursery Association

Contact: http://www.wgif.net

Admission/registration: Admission free for green industry professionals

Highlights: Host Evergreen Nursery observes its 150th year of business

2014 Annual IWGS Symposium

Dates: August 14 to 16

Location: Denver Botanic Gardens and other Colorado locations

Sponsor: International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society

Contact: tamara.kilbane@botanicgardens.org

Admission/registration: Early bird symposium $399 (prior to July 13); early bird daily $200 by July 13; separate events

Highlights: Seminars; Colorado Water Garden Society Water Blossom Festival; optional tours

Nursery/Landscape Expo

Dates: August 14 to 16

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas

Sponsor: Texas Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.nurserylandscapeexpo.org

Admission/registration: Trade show only, $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers prior to July 25; $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers on-site; education fees extra

Highlights: Trade show, seminars, Gift & Garden Marketplace

IGC Chicago

Dates: August 19 to 21

Location: Navy Pier, Chicago

Sponsors: IGC Retailer; Garden Chic; Garden Centers of America

Contact: http://www.igcshow.com

Admission/registration: Exhibit hall admission, keynotes and concert free before April 30; $25 on-site. IGC Retail Conference Passport $295 before April 30; $395 thereafter until show date; $495 onsite. IGC Chicago Garden Center Tour $155 before April 30; $190 thereafter

Highlights: Keynote speakers include Martha Stewart, Corey Bordine and Henry Hutcheson; garden center tour

2014 PIA@IGC

Dates: August 19 to 21

Location: Navy Pier, Chicago

Sponsor: Plantscape Institute of America

Contact: www.piagrows.org

Admission/registration: Visit www.piagrows.org for info

Highlights: Held in conjunction with IGC Chicago

Farwest Show

Dates: August 21 to 23

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Portland

Sponsor: Oregon Association of Nurseries

Contact: www.farwestshow.com

Admission/registration: Discount pricing available until July 31; visit http://www.farwestshow.com for info

Highlights: Nursery tours, seminars

IPPS Eastern Region 2014 Annual Conference

Dates: September 17 to 20

Location: Crowne Plaza Fallsview, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Sponsor: International Plant Propagators Society Eastern Region

Contact: http://www.ippseastern.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.ippseastern.org for info

Highlights: Preconference tours, educational sessions

The Landscape Show

Dates: September 25 to 27

Location: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.

Sponsor: Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association

Contact: shaines@fngla.org; http://www.thelandscapeshow.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.thelandscapeshow.org for info

Highlights: Nearly 450 exhibitors; educational programs

Landscape Ontario's Garden and Floral Expo

Dates: October 22 to 23

Location: North Building, Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Sponsor: Landscape Ontario

Contact: showinfo@loexpo.ca

Admission/registration: Trade show: $15 for members; $20 for nonmembers. Conference and special events: visit www.loexpo.com for information

Highlights: Garden & Floral Expo is Canada's fall trade show for the garden and floral industry. Flora, fauna and exquisitely merchandised displays capture delegate imaginations and provide retail inspiration that can be executed on store floors.

Educational sessions, interactive workshops, social and networking events offer industry professionals the opportunity to improve their retail knowledge and business best practices.

GIE+Expo

Dates: October 23 to 24

Location: Kentucky Expo Center, Louisville, Ky.

Sponsors: OPEI, PGMS and PLANET

Contact: info@gie-expo.com

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.gie-expo.com for details

Highlights: 750+ exhibitors; new products showcase; outdoor demonstration area; Hardscape North America; educational sessions

Northeast Greenhouse Conference

and Expo

Dates: November 5 and 6

Location: Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, Mass.

Sponsor: New England Floriculture Inc.

Contact: http://negreenhouse.org

Admission/registration: Two day registration $110 before Sept. 21, $135 onsite; trade show only $20 before Sept. 21, $25 onsite

Highlights: Four tracks of seminar topics; pesticide recertification credits; holiday display competition

2014 Irrigation Show and Education

Conference

Dates: November 17 to 21

Location: Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix

Sponsor: Irrigation Association

Contact: info@irrigation.org

Admission/registration: Registration opens late June 2014; visit http://www.irrigationshow.org to register

Highlights: The Irrigation Show and Education Conference is where the irrigation industry conducts business. Don't miss this opportunity to investigate the latest the industry has to offer across agricultural, landscape and golf irrigation products, technologies and services and talk one-on-one with product experts. The Phoenix show will showcase the New Product Contest, a pond and waterscape pavilion and BackStage presentations where industry professionals gather to learn about emerging trends, industry issues and smart business practices. The 2014 Irrigation Show also offers education classes, technical sessions and seminars that provide industry professionals continuous learning opportunities through technical training classes, idea and research sharing forums, and how-to seminars. All IA certification exams are offered on-site, making it easy for those who hope to gain a competitive edge to get certified.