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CareerUP at Cultivate’17
AmericanHort this summer is launching a first-ever event for young, skilled green industry professionals: The organization’s “CareerUp Workshop + Inspiration Series” will premiere at Cultivate’17 in Columbus. Developed by academics and the AmericanHort GenNext Community, the series will focus on building the skills deemed essential to young professionals’ success.

CareerUP at Cultivate’17 is designed to build skills in “High Stakes Communication,” focusing on those important dialogues with key customers or suppliers, issue resolution inside the organization, or discussing concerns with company leaders. The workshop will not only help participants understand required communication skills and identify their areas for improvement, but together they will also practice and develop strategies for overall effective communication. 

Lunch will be provided and will be followed by a series of “TED talk” style case studies presented by respected industry professionals with unique and pertinent experiences. These personal stories will inspire and empower participants to better understand the skills needed to achieve their highest personal and professional potential.   

2017 Maine Flower Show Launches March 29 at Thompson’s Point
The Maine Landscape & Nursery Association (MELNA) to launch the Maine Flower Show on March 29 as the first event hosted at Thompson’s Point’s newest building “Brick South.” Running from March 29 through April 2, The Maine Flower Show offers 16 display gardens, 37,000 square feet of display gardens and exhibits, four days of workshops and over 100 exhibitors, showcasing plants, hardscape, arbor and garden supplies. 

Costa Farms Acquires Leading Foliage Company Delray Plants
Costa Farms announced the acquisition of Delray Plants. Founded in 1968 by Jake Koornneef, the Koornneef and Gilde families and the Delray team have built a rich legacy. Delray Plants recently was recognized as the 14th largest grower in the United States.