At New England GROWS, December 2-4 in Boston, green industry professionals come together for three days of conference sessions, hands-on learning and the expo. Six special programs, co-hosted by leading organizations, teach new skills and provide opportunities to network with colleagues.

  • Essentials of Plant ID Clinic
  • TCIA’s Electrical Hazard Awareness Program (EHAP)
  • National Hispanic Alliance Seminars
  • Women in Horticulture Networking Luncheon
  • Massachusetts Hoisting License Continuing Education
  • Interlocking Concrete Paving Institute (ICPI) advanced residential paver technician course

Essentials of Plant ID Clinic

From botanical terminology to plant characteristics and features, Kate Watson leads a review of plant identification. This clinic is a good primer to help prepare for industry-related certification exams.

TCIA’s Electrical Hazard Awareness Program (EHAP)

Safety expert Dr. John Ball addresses electrical hazard recognition, hazard avoidance and additional topics in a course that earns attendees CTSP, ISA, MCA and MCLP Safety Credits.

National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA) seminars

The NHLA hosts a new series of seminars for Spanish-speaking landscape professionals and those who work closely with them. Topics include team accountability, managing customers, and career growth.

Women in Horticulture Networking Luncheon

For the second time in a year, women will come together over lunch at GROWS to network, learn and be inspired by the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of their colleagues in horticulture. This year’s guest speaker at the Women in Horticulture event is Elizabeth Farnsworth, senior research ecologist at the New England Wild Flower Society, and author of the landmark report, State of the Plants of New England. Industry veteran Monique Allen, owner of the Garden Continuum, will lead a conversation with Dr. Farnsworth about the implications of the report for horticulture professionals who want to protect and enhance New England’s diverse and vibrant flora.

Massachusetts Hoisting License Continuing Education

This program is designed for hoisting license-holders who need to re-certify to maintain their skills, as per state regulations. Topics include, hydraulic theory, proper equipment setup, inspection parameters and much more.

ICPI’s Advanced Residential Paver Technician Course

Participants can earn ICPI credits in this course on residential paver installation. Learn how to install pavers more efficiently and cost effectively in a variety of outdoor settings, addressing the latest trends and equipment. Led by John Welch, certified ICPI instructor.