New England GROWS wrapped up on December 4 after three days of seminars and hands-on learning, combined with an exhibition showcasing the latest innovations from hundreds of leading industry exhibitors.
Opening day saw record-breaking attendance and overall the event attracted nearly 9000 green industry professionals to Boston. Renowned authors, respected educators, influential environmentalists and successful entrepreneurs were among the many experts at the conference who addressed nearly every aspect of the green industry including sustainable landscape design, pest management, safe chain saw handling, hardscaping techniques, worker safety, diverse workforce management, giant tree propagation, proper plant selection, organic turf care, nursery management, successful marketing and more.
Previously scheduled in mid-February, this is the first New England GROWS conference held the week following Thanksgiving. For attendees it was an opportunity to absorb new ideas and prepare to implement them well in advance of spring operations. In his session on “Proven Strategies for Achieving Business Success,” speaker Dan Foley of DHCC Management Corporation addressed the advantages of the new dates:
“I feel that New England GROWS has provided a real gift to each of you… It is the gift of leverage and time, as you now have 109 days until your spring operations launch to implement the ideas that you take away from GROWS. That’s 55-60 full business days to act and make a real difference in your business!”
During the show New England GROWS debuted a new video – now available to everyone in the green industry – which highlights the advantages of a career in commercial horticulture and arboriculture. Finding Your Place in the Green Industry is available on YouTube and already has had more than 1100 views since its launch in early December.
The next New England GROWS will be held November 30 – December 2, 2016 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.