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

Contact: Kathryn Hahne (520) 626-5161; e-mail;

Admission/registration: $100

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

Contact: Tom Micheletti, Tom@hosta ; Jack Barta,;

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: 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

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 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

Contact: Bob Heffernan,; Admission/Registration: Visit

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

Contact: Steven Still,;

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

Admission/registration: Members $475 before June 15 and $525 thereafter; nonmembers $635 before June 15 and $685 thereafter 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 ;

Admission/Registration: See website ( 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.

SNA 2013

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.

Sponsor: North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association to register

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

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,

Admission/Registration: Visit

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

Contact: Mary Golden or Susan Gates;;

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.

Nursery/Landscape Expo

Dates: August 15 to 17

Location: Dallas Convention Center, Dallas

Sponsors: Texas Nursery & Landscape Association


Admission/Registration: Visit

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:

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

Farwest Show

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)

Contact: Sabrina Haines, or Clay Archey,; or

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:

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@ ;

Admission/Registration: Contact Lee Dempsey or visit

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

Contact: Margot Bridgen,,

Admission/Registration: Visit

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



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

Garden & Floral

Highlights: Trade show; educational opportunities

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

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

TCI Expo

Dates: November 14 to 16

Location: Charlotte, N.C.

Sponsor: Tree Care Industry Association


Admission/Registration: Information available online