The winter events calendar will see quite a few changes this year, but that’s to be expected. Trade shows evolve, and at-your-fingertips technology makes it easier not to travel. But we still have that desire to meet and greet.

Perhaps the biggest change this season is that New England Grows has moved from February to the first week of December. Taking the leap back two months is no small feat, involving the planning and staging of two major events within the same calendar year. Kudos to the tireless staff and volunteers.

Grab your day planner and start making travel plans. The first shows are right around the corner!

  • CENTS (Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show) … 21
  • GGIA WinterGreen Tradeshow & Conference … 22
  • Great Lakes Trade Expo … 22
  • Green & Growin’ … 21
  • Gulf States Horticultural Expo (GSHE) … 22
  • Idaho Horticulture Expo … 22
  • iLandscape (The Illinois+Wisconsin Landscape Show) … 23
  • Indiana Green Expo … 21
  • Garden Center Symposium and Midwest Perennial Conference … 22
  • Kentucky Landscape Industries Winter Conference & Expo … 22
  • Landscape Ontario’s Congress Trade Show and Conference … 21
  • MANTS (Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show) … 21
  • MGIA Trade Show & Convention … 23
  • Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course … 22
  • Montana Green Expo … 21
  • Nebraska Great Plains Conference … 21
  • New England Grows … 21
  • NJ Plants … Professional Landscape & Nursery Trade Show … 23
  • Northern Green Expo … 21
  • Northwest Landscape Expo … 21
  • OTF Conference & Show and OSU Green Industry Short Course … 21
  • Progreen Expo … 23
  • South Carolina Horticulture Industry Trade Show (SCHI) … 22
  • The Next Level … 22
  • The Western Trade Show … 22
  • TPIE (Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition) … 22

New England Grows

Dates: December 2 to 4

Location: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, Massachusetts

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

Contact: info@NewEnglandGrows.org

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

OTF Conference & Show and OSU Green Industry Short Course

Dates: December 7 to 10

Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio

Sponsors: Ohio Turfgrass Foundation; The Ohio State University

Contact: info@ohioturf.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.ohioturfgrass.org for details

Northwest Landscape Expo

Dates: December 9

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Portland

Sponsor: Oregon Landscape Contractors Association

Contact: http://www.oregonlandscape.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.oregonlandscape.org/nw-landscape-expo for details

Montana Green Expo

Dates: January 6 to 7

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula, Montana

Sponsor: Montana Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: Jyl Story, ed@plantingmontana.com

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

Highlights: Keynote speaker Ian Baldwin

Indiana Green Expo

Dates: January 6 to 8

Location: Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis

Sponsors: Indiana Nursery & Landscape Association; Midwest Regional Turf Foundation

Contact: http://www.indianagreenexpo.com

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

MANTS 2016 (Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show)

Dates: January 6 to 8

Location: Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland

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

Contact: http://www.mants.com

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

CENTS 2016

Dates: January 11 to 13

Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio

Sponsor: Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: amy@onla.org; http://www.cents16.com

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.cents16.com

for details

Highlights: Trade show offers more than 400 suppliers; more than 120 educational opportunities

Green & Growin’ Education Conference and Marketplace

Dates: January 11 to 15

Locations: Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel and Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina

Sponsor: North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.greenandgrowin.com

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

Landscape Ontario’s Congress Conference and Trade Show

Dates: January 12 to 14

Location: Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sponsor: Landscape Ontario

Contact: Heather MacRae, (800) 265-5656, ext. 323; showinfo@LOcongress.com

Admission/registration: $25 for members; $30 for nonmembers

Highlights: More than 13,000 participants

Northern Green Expo

Dates: January 13 to 15

Location: Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis

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

Contact: http://www.northerngreenexpo.org

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

Nebraska Great Plains Conference

Dates: January 18 to 19

Location: Ramada Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska

Sponsor: Nebraska Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: (402) 761-2216; tfougeron@youraam.com

Admission/registration: $190 for members; $350 for nonmembers; visit http://www.nnla.org for details

Highlights: Olympic medalist Curtis Tomasevicz, perennial plant expert Roy Diblik, design charrette

The Next Level

Dates: January 18 to 20

Location: Hyatt Pier Sixty-Six, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Sponsor: AmericanHort

Contact: http://www.YourNextLevel.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.YourNextLevel.org for details

2016 Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course

Dates: January 19 to 22

Location: Founders Inn & Spa, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Sponsor: Virginia Horticultural Foundation

Contact: Dawn Alleman, (757) 523-4734; http://www.MAHSC.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.MAHSC.org for details

2016 Garden Center Symposium

Dates: January 20 to 21

Location: Country Springs Hotel, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Sponsor: The Garden Center Symposium

Contact: http://www.gardencentersymposium.com

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

Highlights: Theme is “Grow Your Income Stream”; speakers include Tina Bemis, Mark Dwyer, Dean Engelman, Dan Heider, Leslie Halleck and Leonard Perry

Idaho Horticulture Expo

Dates: January 20 to 22

Location: Boise Centre on the Grove, Boise, Idaho

Sponsor: Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association

Contact: Ann Bates, (208) 681-4769; website is http://inlagrow.org

Admission/registration: Seminar registration rages from $125 to $200

Highlights: One full day and two half days of educational seminars, many of which qualify for recertification credits; also features a 120+ booth trade show

TPIE

Dates: January 20 to 22

Location: Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Sponsor: Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.fngla.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.fngla.org/TPIE for details

Gulf States Horticultural Expo

Dates: January 20 to 22

Location: Mobile Outlaw Convention Center, Mobile, Alabama

Sponsors: Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association; Louisiana Nursery & Landscape Association; Mississippi Nursery & Lan

The Western Trade Show

Dates: January 21 to 22

Location: Crown Center Exhibit Hall, Kansas City, Missouri

Sponsor: Western Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: sarah@wnla.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.wnla.org/western for details

SCHI 2016 Trade Show & Seminars

Dates: January 21 to 23

Location: Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Sponsor: South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association

Contact: (803) 743-4284; scplant@bellsouth.net; http://www.scnla.com Admission/registration: $10 to $75

Highlights: 20 seminars; golf and sporting clays tournaments; buffet lunch on the trade show floor

Great Lakes Trade Exposition (GLTE) 2016

Dates: January 25 to 27

Location: Lansing Center, Lansing, Michigan

Sponsors: Michigan Horticulture Industries Self-Insured Workers’ Compensation Fund, Regency Group and Capital Area Landscape and Nurseryman’s Association

Contact: Amy Frankmann, (517) 381-0437; amyf@mnla.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://GLTE.org for registration information

Highlights: Noted speakers; trade show walkabout with Allan Armitage

GGIA WinterGreen Tradeshow & Conference

Dates: January 27 and 28

Location: Infinite Energy Center (formerly Gwinnett Center), Duluth, Georgia

Sponsors: Georgia Green Industry Association; AGNGA, Classic Groundcovers and http://PlantSomethingGA.com

Contact: chris@ggia.org

Admission/registration: Full agenda available November 1; email chris@ggia.org to included on the mailing list

KNLA’s Spring Training & Showplace

Dates: January 27 to 29

Location: Ramada Plaza Louisville Hotel and Conference Center, Louisville

Sponsor: Kentucky Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.knla.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.knla.org for details

iLandscape Show

Dates: February 3 to 5

Location: Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, Schaumburg, Illinois

Sponsor: Illinois Landscape Contractors Association

Contact: Terre Houte, thoute@ilca.net; http://www.ilca.net; http://www.ilandscapeshow.com

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

Highlights: More than 200 exhibitors; education tracks, Excellence in Landscape Awards program

Progreen Expo

Dates: February 9 to 12

Location: Colorado Convention Center, Denver

Sponsors: Partners Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado, Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association, Garden Centers of Colorado

Contact: progreen@kinsleymeetings.com

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

NJ Plants

Dates: February 25 to 26

Location: New Jersey Convention Center, Edison, New Jersey

Sponsors: Storr Tractor Company, Clayton, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, http://GardenerNews.com, The Perennial Farm, Gellman images; endorsed by New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association, New Jersey Grown and New Jersey Department of Agriculture

Contact: (848) 221-8074

Admission/registration: $35

MGIA Annual Trade Show & Convention

Dates: March 1 to 2

Location: Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan

Sponsor: Michigan Green Industry Association

Contact: (248) 646-4992; http://www.landscape.org

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

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