Pick up that smartphone and start making plans—it’s travel season again.

Ready to hit the road? It’s that time again, when bonus miles are earned and redeemed, CEUs are earned and filed, and the trust in business relationships is earned and cemented. Time to map your strategy for trade shows, conferences, symposia and field days. Check out the listing here and make your plans today!

24th Annual Desert Horticulture Conference

Date: June 5

Location: JW Marriott Starr Pass, Tucson, Arizona

Sponsors: University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Contact info: http://cals.arizona.edu/deserthort/

Admission/registration: $75 per person before May 22; $65 per person if three or more from the same company/organization register; $100 per person after May 22

Highlights: Speakers and hands-on workshops; continuing education units offered

National Lawn & Garden Show

Dates: June 9 to 11

Location: Embassy Suites, Dallas, Texas

Sponsors: NLGS

Contact info: http://www.nlgshow.com, info@nlgshow.com

Admission/registration: $3,895 includes 30 to 40 guaranteed, pre-set scheduled appoints with buyers, display space and most meals

Highlights: 30 to 40 guaranteed appointments with qualified, decision-making buyers, no booth set-up or fees; time and cost-efficient, meet new buyers and solidify relationship with current contacts at one location over 2.5 days; vendor is in control, you choose which buyers you want to see and we schedule your appointments for you

American Hosta Society Annual Convention

Dates: June 18 to 20

Location: Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown, Raleigh, North Carolina

Sponsor: American Hosta Society; Bob and Nancy Solberg, hosts

Contact info: Cindy Tomashek; prestonplants@aol.com

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.2015ahsconvention.com/2015RegistrationForm.pdf

Highlights: Garden tours, accredited hosta show, vendors, live auction

GCA Summer Tour 2015

Date: June 21

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Sponsors: Garden Centers of America

Contact info: http://www.gardencentersofamerica.org

Admission/registration: $595 for GCA members; $795 for nonmember garden centers through May 31

Highlights: Tour garden centers in Milwaukee area, including five or more stops each day

18th Annual Snow & Ice Symposium

Dates: June 24 to 27

Location: Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center, Schaumburg, Illinois

Sponsors: Snow & Ice Management Association

Contact info: http://www.sima.org

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

Highlights: Trade show; preconference workshops; educational sessions


Dates: July 11 to 14

Location: Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio

Sponsor: AmericanHort

Contact info: hello@americanhort.org

Admission/registration: Varies; visit http://www.AmericanHort.org/Cultivate

Highlights: 1,500-booth, all-industry trade show; 130 educational sessions, tours, and networking and social events

Cullowhee Native Plant Conference

Dates: July 15 to 18

Location: Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina

Sponsor: Western Carolina University

Contact info: http://www.wcu.edu

Admission/registration: $125; $75 for optional field trips

Highlights: Education sessions and workshops; field trips

SNA 2015

Dates: July 21 to 23

Location: Georgia International Convention Center, Atlanta

Sponsors: Southern Nursery Association

Contact info: http://www.sna.org

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

Highlights: SNA is a fusion of the Southern Plant Conference, the SNA Research Conference and the SNA Regional Marketplace; keynote speaker Dr. Charlie Hall

Perennial Plant Symposium

Dates: July 27 to August 1

Location: Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland

Sponsors: Perennial Plant Association

Contact info: Steven Still, (614) 771-8431; pap@perennialplant.org

Admission/registration: $450 for three-day program of lectures, trade show and professional tour

Highlights: Keynote speakers include Cassian Schmidt, Hermannshof Gardens, Weinheim, Germany, and Patrick Cullina, New York; concurrent sessions for growers, retailers and landscape designers; choice of seven professional tours, plus the New Plant Forum


2015 Michigan Garden Plant Tour

Dates: July 27 to August 7

Location: Various tour stops throughout Michigan

Sponsors: Various plant producers and Michigan State University

Contact info: Jennifer Sweet, (517) 353-0443; Erik Runkle, (517) 353-0350; http://planttour.hrt.msu.edu/

Admission/registration: Free admission; no registration necessary

Highlights: Free, coordinated open house of leading young plant producers and Michigan State University; objective of tour is to educate growers and industry professionals about new and existing plant selections and how they perform in different settings; greenhouse growers, landscapers, garden center operators and nurserymen are invited to visit each of the participating tour sites (C. Raker and Sons, Four Star Greenhouse, Mast Young Plants, Michigan State University, Pell Greenhouses, Walters Gardens) during the two-week period

IGC East

Dates: August 4 to 6

Location: Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland

Sponsors: IGC Retailer; Garden Centers of America

Contact info: http://www.igcshow.com

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

Highlights: Trade show, IGC Retail Conference; IGC Maryland store tour; keynote speakers

ASHS-2015 Annual Conference

Dates: August 4 to 7

Location: Sheraton New Orleans

Sponsors: American Society for Horticultural Science

Contact info: http://www.ashs.org; nmahdavian@ashs.org

Admission/registration: Varies; visit http://www.ashs.org for details

Highlights: Specialty topic workshops & symposia; peer networking; professional development; student and

Nursery Growers of Lake County Ohio Summer Field Day

Date: August 11

Location: Chalet Debonne Vineyards, Madison, Ohio

Sponsors: Nursery Growers of Lake County Ohio

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

Admission/registration: $20 preregistration; $25 at the door

Highlights: Full-filled day of exhibits, demonstrations, live music, tours and networking with those in the nursery industry

Summer Green Road Show

Dates: August 12 to 14

Location: Hickory Metro Convention Center, Hickory, North Carolina

Sponsor: North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.ncnla.com

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

Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association’s Summer Field Day and Trade Show

Date: August 13

Location: Agrecol Native Nursery, Evansville, Wisconsin

Sponsors: Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association

Contact info: http://www.wgif.net

Admission/registration: $36

Highlights: One-day event will include a trade show, educational opportunities, tours of Agrecol, lunch plus refreshments all day, plus the popular WNLA Scholarship, Education, and Research Fund Auction

Nursery/Landscape Expo 15

Dates: August 13 to 15

Location: Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, Texas

Sponsor: Texas Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.nurserylandscapeexpo.org

Admission/registration: Varies; visit http://www.nurserylandscapeexpo.org for details

Highlights: Trade show, seminars, Gift & Garden Marketplace

IGC Chicago

Dates: August 18 to 20

Location: Navy Pier, Chicago

Sponsors: IGC Retailer; Garden Centers of America

Contact info: http://www.igcshow.com

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

Highlights: Trade show, IGC Retail Conference; IGC Chicago tour; keynote speakers


Farwest Show

Dates: August 27 to 29

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Portland

Sponsor: Oregon Association of Nurseries

Contact info: http://www.FarwestShow.com

Admission/registration: Early bird pricing available until July 31; visit http://www.FarwestShow.com for info

Highlights: Largest green industry show in the West. Nursery country tours; retail tours; equipment field demos; seminars; New Varieties Showcase; Growers Showcase; New Products Showcase; pub crawl; trade show, and the 2015 International Trials Conference

CanWest Hort Expo

Dates: September 9 and 10

Location: Tradex Exhibition Centre, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Sponsor: BC Landscape & Nursery Association

Contact info: Suvan Breen; sbreen@bclna.com

Admission/registration: Registration opens in June; early bird rate $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers; after August 21, $20

Highlights: CanWest is Western Canada’s premier landscape and nursery trade show, featuring industry-focused clinics; hands-on workshops; new product showcase; local nursery tours; food trucks; tailgate party and networking. New for 2015 – outdoor demo zone for small and large equipment. 2,000+ industry professionals; 300+ booths

American Conifer Society National Meeting

Dates: September 10 to 12

Location: Sonoma County, California

Sponsor: American Conifer Society

Contact info: Sara Malone; webeditor@conifersociety.org

Admission/registration: $425

Highlights: Keynote speaker Humboldt State University Professor Stephen Sillett; private estate visits; tour of Sonoma County; visits to Armstrong Woods State Reserve, Quarryhill Botanical Garden and San Francisco Botanical Garden

Landscape Ontario’s Garden Expo

Dates: September 16 and 17

Location: Ancaster Fairgrounds, Jerseyville, Ontario, Canada

Sponsors: Landscape Ontario

Contact info: http://www.loexpo.com

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

Tennessee Green Industry Expo

Dates: September 17 and 18

Location: New Music City Center, Nashville

Sponsors: Middle Tennessee Nursery Association

Contact info: http://www.tngie.com; mtna@mtna.com

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

The Landscape Show

Dates: September 24 to 26

Location: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

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

65th Annual Conference of the IPPS Eastern


Dates: September 25 to 28

Location: Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio

Sponsors: International Plant Propagators’ Society Eastern Region

Contact info: http://www.ippseastern.org; ippser@gmail.com

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

Cover Photo courtesy of Michigan State University