Winter Events Planner

Grab your suitcase and a notepad, because trade show season is upon us.

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Looks like a busy winter is approaching, and it just may be a challenging one at that. If we believe in the wisdom of the Farmers' Almanac - which has a reputation for being spot-on when it comes to predicting the weather - much of the country is in for a real winter: colder than "normal," whatever that is these days, and lots of snow.

It's a good time to settle in with a cup of hot cocoa. Dream on, eh? It's an even better time to get together with colleagues and customers; to see what's new and what's different; to take in a seminar or two. Check out your options, then make those travel plans before flights and hotel rooms are booked!

Great Southern Landscape Field Days

Date: November 20 to 22

Location: Gainesville, Fla.

Sponsor: Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association

Contact: Linda Reindl; e-mail lreindl@fngla.org; http://www.fngla.org

Admission/registration: $305 for complete program or $159 for one day for members; $360 for complete program or $189 for one day for nonmembers

Oregon Landscape Expo

Date: December 11

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Portland

Sponsor: Oregon Landscape Contractors Association

Contact: E-mail info@oregonlandscape.org; http://www.oregonlandscape.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.oregonlandscape.org for information

The Western Trade Show & Education

Date: January 5 to 6

Location: Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, Kan.

Sponsor: Western Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.nationalgreencentre.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.nationalgreencentre.org for information

Great Lakes Trade Expo

Date: January 6 to 8

Location: DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Sponsor: Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.mnla.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.mnla.org for information

Landscape Ontario's Congress Trade Show and Conference

Date: January 7 to 9

Location: Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Sponsor: Landscape Ontario

Contact: E-mail showinfo@locongress.com; http://www.locongress.com

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.locongress.com for information

Montana Green Expo

Date: January 8 to 9

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula

Sponsor: Montana Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.plantingmontana.com

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.plantingmontana.com for information

Indiana Green Expo

Dates: January 8 to 10

Location: Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis

Sponsors: Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association and Midwest Regional Turf Foundation

Contact: Donna Sheets; e-mail dsheets@inla1.org; http://www.indianagreenexpo.com

Admission/registration: Fees range from $99 to $139 by Dec. 21, 2013

MANTS (Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show)

Date: January 8 to 10

Location: Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore

Sponsors: The Nursery and Landscape Associations of Maryland (MNLA), Virginia (VNLA) and West Virginia (WVNLA)

Contact: Vanessa Finney; mantsinc@aol.com; http://www.mants.com

Admission/registration: Register online at http://www.mants.com; online registration open 24/7 until January 10; $12 per person before Friday, Dec. 6, and $15 thereafter

Northern Green Expo

Date: January 8 to 10

Location: Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minn.

Sponsors: Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association and Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation

Contact: http://www.northerngreenexpo.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.northerngreenexpo.org for information

CENTS (Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show)

Dates: January 13 to 15

Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio

Sponsor: Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.centsmarketplace.com

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.centsmarketplace.com for information

Green & Growin' Show

Date: January 13 to 15

Location: Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel and Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.

Sponsor: North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: E-mail info@ncnla.com; http://www.ncnla.com

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

Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course

Dates: January 13 to 16

Location: Marriott at City Center, Newport News, Va.

Sponsor: Virginia Horticultural Foundation

Contact: E-mail info@mahsc.org; http://www.mahsc.org

Admission/registration: Registration starts at $115 per day

Nebraska Great Plains Conference

Date: January 16 to 17

Location: Cornhusker Hotel, Lincoln

Sponsor: Nebraska Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.nnla.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.nnla.org for information

Tennessee Green Industry Expo

Dates: January 17 to 18

Location: Music City Center, Nashville, Tenn.

Sponsor: Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: Donna Foster; e-mail scplant@bellsouth.net; http://www.scnla.com

Admission/registration: $10 to $75

NJ Plants Professional Landscape & Nursery Trade Show

Date: January 21 to 22

Location: New Jersey Convention Center, Edison

Sponsors: Endorsed by New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association, Jersey Grown, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and New Jersey Department of Agriculture

Contact: http://www.njplantshow.com

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.njplantshow.com for information

Garden Center Symposium and Midwest Perennial Conference

Date: January 22 to 23

Location: Country Springs Hotel & Conference Center, Waukesha, Wis.

Sponsor: The Garden Center Symposium

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.gardencentersymposium.com for information

Idaho Hort Expo

Date: January 22 to 24

Location: Boise Centre on the Grove, Boise

Sponsor: Idaho Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.inlagrow.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.inlagrow.org for information

Kentucky Landscape Industries Expo and Winter Education Conference

Dates: January 22 to 24

Location: Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, Ky.

Sponsors: Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association, Kentucky Arborists' Association, Kentuckiana Greenhouse Association and University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service

Contact: Betsie A. Tayor; e-mail mail.knla@gmail.com; http://www.KNLA.com

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.KNLA.com for information

Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE)

Dates: January 22 to 24

Location: Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Sponsor: Florida Nursery Growers & Landscape Association

Contact: Sabrina Haines, shaines@fngla.org or Clay Archey, carchey@fngla.org; http://www.thelandscapeshow.org; http://www.fngla.org

Admission/Registration: $15 preregistration; $30 onsite

Wintergreen 2014

Dates: January 22 to 24

Location: Gwinnett Center, Duluty, Ga.

Sponsor: Georgia Green Industries Association

Contact: E-mail Jennifer@ggia.org; http://www.ggia.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.ggia.org for information

NJASLA Annual Meeting

Date: January 26 to 28

Location: Trump Taj Mahal Casino and Resort, Atlantic City, N.J.

Sponsor: New Jersey Chapter, American Society of Landscape Architects

Contact: http://www.njasla.net

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.njasla.net for information

Gulf States Horticultural Expo

Date: January 29 to 31

Location: Mobile Outlaw Convention Center, Mobile, Ala.

Sponsors: Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association; Louisiana Nursery & Landscape Association; Mississippi Nursery & Landscape Association Inc.

Contact: http://www.gshe.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.gshe.org for information


Date: February 5 to 7

Location: Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg, Ill.

Sponsors: Illinois Landscape Contractors Association

Contact: E-mail information@ilca.net; http://www.ilandscapeshow.com

Admission/registration: Visit www. http://www.ilandscapeshow.com for information

The Next Level

Date: January 29 to 31

Location: Sheraton New Orleans, New Orleans

Sponsor: AmericanHort

Contact: whttp://ww.yournextlevel.org

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

New England Grows

Date: February 5 to 7

Location: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Sponsors: Partners New England Nursery Association; Massachusetts Arborists Association; Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals; Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.newenglandgrows.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.newenglandgrows.org for information

South Carolina Horticulture Industry Trade Show and Seminars

Dates: February 5 to 7

Location: Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Sponsor: South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association

Contact: Donna Foster; e-mail scplant@bellsouth.net; http://www.scnla.com

Admission/registration: $10 to $75

ProGreen Expo 2014

Dates: February 11 to 14

Location: Colorado Convention Center, Denver

Sponsors: Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado; Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association; Garden Centers of Colorado; ASLA; ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter; Colorado State University Extension

Contact: E-mail progreen@kinsleymeetings.com; http://www.progreenexpo.com

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.progreenexpo.com for information

MGIA Annual Trade Show & Convention

Date: March 4 to 5

Location: Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Mich.

Sponsor: Michigan Green Industry Association

Contact: http://www.landscape.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.landscape.org for information