From Pennsylvania to Hawaii and all points in between, green industry groups are meeting to swap product information and professional tips.
Crisscrossing the country in search of the perfect plant or that critical piece of equipment is more than a little time consuming. We’ve all got access to Google and Bing: Why risk the expense of ever-increasing airline fees? Why risk losing your baggage – or your patience – just to attend yet another industry trade show?
Why? Because you should. Trade shows and conferences and field days and tours all offer irreplaceable opportunities to strengthen the community that is the green industry. Yes, you’ll find outstanding equipment and supplies – probably exactly what you need to make your job just that much easier. Yes, you’ll find exceptional plants – probably exactly what you need to round out that perfect garden design. Yes, you’ll hear the latest information from top experts in everything from propagation techniques to labor concerns to critter control.
Underlying all that, though, are the invaluable opportunities to meet with your colleagues and your suppliers, your customers and your vendors. Swap some advice. Find new friends. Renew your dedication to your job, your business and your industry.
Trade shows are exhausting. But they’re among the most energizing, invigorating and motivating ways to spend your time. To help you make the most of that valuable time, we’ve rounded up events beginning with this month and ending in November – when we’ll present the next round for the colder season.
Start making those travel plans now!
22nd Annual Desert Horticulture Conference
Date: May 17
Location: Casino del Sol Resort Conference Center, Tucson, Ariz.
Sponsors: Arizona Cooperative Extension; various industry organizations
Highlights: Concurrent educational sessions include Plants and Landscapes, Plant Health and Hands-on Workshops; student poster presentations; continuing education units offered
The Garden Evolution Conference
Dates: May 20 to 24
Location: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch, Ariz.
Sponsors: American Public Gardens Association
Admission/Registration: APGA member fee $689 before April 12; $789 from April 12 to May 10; $889 thereafter. Student and nonmember fees also available
Highlights: Speakers include Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; Dr. Cristian Samper, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS); and HRH Princess Basma bint Ali of Jordan, the Founder of the Royal Botanic Garden in Jordan.
2013 American Hosta Society Convention
Dates: June 13 to 15
Location: Quality Inn, Brookfield, Wis.
Sponsor: American Hosta Society
Admission/registration: $139 before May 15; $189 thereafter
Highlights: Speakers Dave Wanninger and Rich Eyre; garden tours
Mid South Green Industry Conference
Dates: June 18 and 19
Location: Muse Center, Pearl, Miss.
Sponsors: Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association; Arkansas Green Industry Association; Louisiana Nursery & Landscape Association; Mississippi Nursery & Landscape Association
Contact: http://msnla.org/msnla/green- industry-conf/
Admission/Registration: $100 before June 1; add $15 thereafter
Highlights: Educational seminars; new product information; exhibitors; bus trip to view the trials at the MSU Truck Crops Experiment Station in Crystal Springs, Miss., and Natchez Trace Greenhouses in Kosciusko, Miss.
16th Annual Snow & Ice Symposium
Dates: June 19 to 22
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Sponsors: Snow & Ice Management Association
Admission/registration: Register online at www.sima.org/show
Highlights: This June, join the Snow & Ice Management Association and snow and ice professionals from around the world for the Best Show in Snow & Ice Management. The 2013 Symposium features two days of snow-specific trade show; more than 21 education sessions; Snack & Chat Roundtable discussions; Peer-to-Peer networking; Snow & Ice Industry awards & recognition night
GCA Summer Tour
Dates: June 23 to 26
Location: Various locations in Ohio
Sponsor: Garden Centers of America
Admission/Registration: GCA members $595; nonmember early bird (through June 3) $795
Highlights: Tour begins in Cleveland and visits independent garden centers in greater Cleveland, Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus
OFA Short Course
Dates: July 13 to 16
Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio
Sponsor: OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals
Contact Info: Visit www.ofashortcourse.org for details. OFA and ANLA members receive significant discounts
Highlights: Largest horticulture trade show in North America; exceptional educational and networking opportunities; tours
CNLA Summer Field Day
Date: July 17
Location: Summer Hill Nursery, Madison CT
Sponsor: Connecticut Nursery & Landscape Association
Cullowhee Native Plant Conference
Dates: July 17 to 20
Location: Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, N.C.
Sponsors: New Moon Nursery; Mt. Cuba Center Inc., North Carolina Native Plant Society
Admission/Registration: Conference $125; optional field trips $75
Highlights: Educational sessions; all-day field trips; workshops, walks and half-day trips
Perennial Plant Symposium
Dates: July 21 to 27
Location: Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia
Sponsor: Perennial Plant Association
Admission/Registration: Varies with activities: 3-day program of lectures and professional tour is $450
Highlights: Three lecture days and eight professional tour opportunities
ASHS Annual Conference
Dates: July 22 to 25
Location: J.W. Marriott Desert Springs, Palm Desert, Calif.
Sponsor: America Society for Horticultural Science
Contact: Visit www.ashs.org
Admission/registration: Members $475 before June 15 and $525 thereafter; nonmembers $635 before June 15 and $685 thereafterhttp://planttour.hrt.msu.edu for tour details
Highlights: 10th annual free coordinated open house; participating companies include C. Raker & Sons, Four Star Greenhouse, Mast Young Plants, Michigan State University, Pell Greenhouses, Spring Meadow Nursery and Walters Gardens
PANTS13 – Penn Atlantic Nursery Trade Show
Dates: July 31 to August 1
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center
Sponsors: Master Nursery Garden Centers and produced in partnership with the Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association and endorsed by the New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association
Contact: Kevin McLaughlin, Kevin@Mac ; www.PantShow.com
Admission/Registration: See website (www.PantShow.com) for details
Highlights: PANTS – Penn-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show is the midsummer “must see” horticultural marketplace event in Eastern Pennsylvania. PANTS creates a unique opportunity for those in the green industry to meet midyear and get the first look at new product lines, varieties and cultivars. The education delivered at PANTS promises to keep those informed of the up-to-the-moment trends, as well as the look ahead to next year’s hot topics.
Dates: August 5 to 8
Location: Georgia International Convention Center, Atlanta
Sponsor: Southern Nursery Association
Admission/Registration: $10 before July 15; $20 thereafter and onsite.
Highlights: Southern Plant Conference; SNA Research Conference; SNA 2013 Marketplace; SNA Day at AmericasMart
NCNLA Summer Green Road Show
Dates: August 7 to 9
Location: Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, N.C.
WNA Summer Field Day & Trade Show
Date: August 8
Location: Dheinsville Park, Germantown, Wis.
Sponsor: Wisconsin Nursery Association
Admission/registration: Attendance is free
Highlights: Tours to the nurseries of co-hosts W. & E. Radtke Inc. and Lammscapes; vendor exhibits; Day-of-Show specials, WNA Scholarship, Education & Research Fund Auction
American Conifer Society National Meeting
Dates: August 8 to 11
Location: Holiday Inn, Mt. Kisco, N.Y.
Sponsor: American Conifer Society
Admission/registration: Visit www.conifersociety.org
Highlights: Garden tours include Quaker Hill Gardens, The Steinhardt Garden, Bartlett Arboretum Gardens, The Larned Garden
NGLCO Summer Field Day
Date: August 13
Location: Holden Arboretum, Kirtland, Ohio
Sponsor: Nursery Growers of Lake County Ohio Inc.
Contact: Annette Howard, email@example.com
Admission/Registration: Visit www.nglco.com/fieldday.html
Highlights: Walking tours of the Holden Arboretum’s new Rhododendron Garden; equipment demonstration
Plantscape Industry Expo
Dates: August 13 to 15
Location: South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, Las Vegas
Sponsor: Plantscape Industry Alliance
Admission/Registration: Online registration begins in May
Highlights: Plantscape Industry Expo is the conference and trade show dedicated to the interior plantscape industry. It features three days of educational sessions, networking events and tours, and a two-day Exhibitor Showcase filled with products and resources in demand by companies providing professional interiorscape, patio, green roof, living wall, holiday and floral services. Plantscape Industry Expo 2013 will be the 23rd consecutive event.
Dates: August 15 to 17
Location: Dallas Convention Center, Dallas
Sponsors: Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
Admission/Registration: Visit http://nurserylandscapeexpo.org
Highlights: Trade show; educational opportunities; awards dinner
Independent Garden Center Show (IGC)
Dates: August 20 to 22
Location: Navy Pier, Chicago
Sponsors: IGC Retailer; Garden Chic; Garden Centers of America
Contact Info: www.igcshow.com
Admission/Registration Free exhibit hall admission if registered before show date; $25 onsite.
Highlights: IGC Know2Grow Conference; IGC Garden Center Tour
MTNA Trade Show
Dates: August 21 and 22
Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Sponsor: Middle Tennessee Nursery Association
Admission/Registration: Visit http://mtna.com/Registration.aspx
Dates: August 22 to 24
Location: Oregon Convention Center, Portland
Sponsor: Oregon Association of Nurseries
Highlights: Nursery tours; Professional Development Seminars; New Varieties Showcase, New Products Showcase; networking events
The Landscape Show
Dates: September 10-11
Location: Orange County Convention Center, North Concourse (new Hall), Orlando, FL
Sponsor: Florida Nursery Growers & Landscape Association (FNGLA)
Admission/Registration: $15 preregistration; $30 onsite
Highlights: Opening Night Reception; Knowledge College, Opening Session
CanWest Hort Show
Dates: September 18 and 19
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Sponsor: BC Landscape & Nursery Association
Contact Info: www.CanWestHortShow.com
Admission/Registration: Preregistration is $12 member / $15 nonmember; $20 after September 6
Highlights: 350+ Booths; Pre-Show Clinics, Seminar Program, New Product Showcase, Container Competition
2013 IPPS Western Region Annual Meeting
Dates: October 2 to 4
Location: Portland Airport Embassy Suites, Portland, Ore.
Sponsor: International Plant Propagators Society Western Region
Contact: Lee Dempsey, ippswrlee@ ; www.ippswr.org
Admission/Registration: Contact Lee Dempsey or visit www.ippswr.org
Highlights: Pre-conference tour on October 1
IPPS Chicago: From the Cutting Bench to the Cutting Edge!
Dates: October 8 to 11
Location: Chicago Marriott, Naperville, Ill.
Sponsor: Visit www.ippseastern.org
Admission/Registration: Visit www.ippseastern.org
Highlights: The 63rd Annual Meeting of the IPPS Eastern Region. Educational sessions, two full-day tours, plant auctions, poster session. Attend the IPPS Eastern Region conference for a fresh take on the nuts and bolts of plant production plus the latest innovations trending in the industry!
GIE+EXPO (Green Industry & Equipment Expo)
Dates: October 23-25, 2013
Location: Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville
Sponsors: OPEI, PLANET, PGMS
Admission/Registration: $10 through September 11; $25 from September 11 through October 23; $50 onsite
Highlights: 750 exhibits indoors and out; Dealer Day on Wednesday; Outdoor Demo Area Thursday and Friday; free concerts; education for dealers; landscapers; rental dealers
11th Annual Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii’s Educational Conference and Tradeshow
Date: October 10
Location: Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, Island of Oahu
Sponsor: Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii
Admission/Registration: Visit www.landscapehawaii.org
38th Annual Meeting of the IPPS Southern Region
Dates: November 2 to 6
Location: Athens, Ga.
Sponsor: International Plant Propagators Society Southern Region
Admission/Registration: Visit www.ipps-srna.org
2013 Irrigation Show & Education Conference
Dates: November 4 to 8
Location: Austin, Texas
Sponsors: The Irrigation Association in partnership with International Professional Pond Companies Association and American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association
Admission/Registration: Information available online
Highlights: Trade show and educational sessions; full schedule of events available in June
Dates: November 14 to 16
Location: Charlotte, N.C.
Sponsor: Tree Care Industry Association
Admission/Registration: Information available online