Pull out your calendar, sharpen that pencil and get ready to make your reservations for conferences, trade shows and other exciting industry events this spring and fall.

The times, they are a’changin’ indeed. Skype conferences, “virtual” meetings, Tweeting, texting, Facebook-ing all have had an effect on trade show planning and attendance. Not to mention, of course, the exorbitant cost of travel. With gasoline prices at bank-breaking highs and airlines duking it out for the most add-on fees, it’s a wonder anyone gets around anymore.

This year, the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) is leading the charge in this new wave of events by providing critical legislative information without asking attendees to converge en masse upon D.C. The organization’s traditional, biennial Legislative Conference this year will become “a more flexible series of fly-outs and fly-ins,” according to ANLA’s Executive Vice President, Bob Dolibois. Fly-outs will take ANLA’s legislative and regulatory team to various locations around the country to provide briefings, and fly-ins will be scheduled if and when “critical moments” are at hand, such as a key vote.

Still, there’s nothing like a face-to-face with your colleagues to invigorate industry spirit. A handshake is still important in this age of beeps and boops and hash tags, and this season’s events give you the opportunity to put a face with a name and a firm grip with a hearty “nice doing business with you.”

So get out your carry-on bags and bring your smartphone – there’s business to be done.

20th Annual Desert Horticulture

Conference

Date: May 20

Location: Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, Ariz.

Sponsors: Arizona Cooperative Extension; various industry organizations

Contact: Ursula Schuch (520) 621-1060; e-mail ukschuch@ag.arizona.edu; http: //ag.arizona.edu/deserthort

Admission/registration: $100

Highlights: Program available online

California Grown Show and Nursery

Mart

Date: June 8

Location: Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, Calif.

Sponsor: California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers

Contact: Stephanie Rodgers srodgers@cangc.org; www.CANGC.org

Admission/registration: Free registration and not open to the public

Highlights: The popular California Grown Show, an exclusive showcase for California-based growers displaying a wide variety of product grown in California soil; and The Nursery Mart, showcasing products that range from growing and decorative containers to garden giftware, statuary, tools, garden amendments and accessories

Garden Centers of America Summer

Tour

Date: June 13 to 16

Location: Various locations, New Jersey

Sponsor: Garden Centers of America

Contact: Info@gardencentersofamerica.org

Admission / Registration: Early bird for members (before June 3), $550; early bird for nonmembers, $750

Highlights: Visits to 14 independent garden centers in New Jersey

Mid South Green Industry

Conference

Date: June 22 and 23

Location: Eagle Ridge Conference Center, Raymond, Miss.

Sponsors: Mississippi Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: (601) 919-8111; www.msnla.org

Admission/registration: $125 before June 1; $150 thereafter

2011 APGA Annual Conference

Date: June 21 to 25

Location: Loews Hotel, Philadelphia, Pa.

Sponsors: American Public Gardens Association

Contact: Sharon Malgire (610) 708-3008; smalgire@publicgardens.org; www.publicgardens.org

Admission/registration: Full conference $749 for members; $649 for student members; $849 for nonmembers before June 15; $849, $749 and $949, respectively, onsite

Highlights: Optional garden and arboretum tours; five days of educational sessions

14th Annual Snow & Ice Symposium

and Trade Show

Date: June 22 to 25

Location: Renaissance Hotel & Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg, Ill.

Sponsor: Snow & Ice Management Association

Contact: Jennifer Hallett, jennifer@sima.org; www.SIMASnowShow.com

Admission/registration: Visit www.SIMAS nowShow.com for details

Highlights: More than 100 exhibitors of snow and ice equipment, supplies, software, programs and services; over 20 educational sessions; Snow Efficiency Workshop; network with your peers from all over the U.S. and Canada

MNLA Summer Field Day

Date: June 23

Location: Priapi Gardens, Cecilton, Md.

Sponsor: Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association

Contact: E-mail mnacma@aol.com; www.mnlaonline.org

Admission/registration: Visit www.mnlaonline.org for details

American Hosta Society National

Convention

Date: June 23 to 25

Location: Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough, Mass.

Sponsors: American Hosta Society; hosted by the New England Hosta Society

Contact: Donna Lane (781) 769-3854; donnamlane@verizon.net; www.hosta2011.org/index.htm

Admission/registration: $225 early full registration (before May 1); $300 after May 1

Highlights: Theme is “Hostas & Heritage”; hosta show; optional tours; educational and networking opportunities

Seeley Conference 2011

Date: June 27 to 29

Location: Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

Sponsor: Cornell University Department of Horticulture

Contact: Dolores Higareda, (607) 255-1789; seeleyconferrence@cornell.edu, www.hort.cornell.edu/seeleyconference/

Admission / Registration: $800

Highlights: Theme is Floriculture’s Biggest Opportunity: Creating Consumer MindShare

OFA Short Course

Date: July 9 to 12

Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center; Columbus, Ohio

Sponsor: OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals

Contact: ofa@ofa.org; www.ofa.org

Admission / Registration: OFA members receive a discount on registration. By special arrangement, ANLA members will also receive the member discount.

Highlights: 1,500-booth trade show for all segments of the industry; 130 sessions, tours, and workshops; interactive learning opportunities; networking activities

CNLA Summer Field Day

Date: July 13

Location: Veterans Park & Planters Choice Nursery, Watertown, Conn.

Sponsor: Connecticut Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: Bob Heffernan, ConnNrsry@aol.com; www.FlowersPlantsInCT.com

Highlights: Outdoor large equipment and trade show; educational programs

Perennial Plant Symposium

Date: July 18 to 23

Location: Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga.

Sponsor: Perennial Plant Association

Contact: Steven Still (614) 771-8431; e-mail ppa@perennialplant.org; www.perennialplant.org

Admission/registration: Member and nonmember prices available on Web site

Highlights: Seminar; concurrent lectures and trade show; optional tours

All-Horticulture Field Day

Date: July 19

Location: Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station, Gilbert, Iowa

Sponsors: Iowa State University

Contact: Barb Osborn (515) 294-5624; baosborn@iastate.edu; www.hort.iastate.edu

Admission/registration: $30; $10 for students

27th Annual Cullowhee Native Plant

Conference

Date: July 26 to 30

Location: Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, N.C.

Contact: Hensley@wcu.edu, http: //nativeplantconference.wcu.edu

Admission/registration: $125

Highlights: Optional field trips and on-campus accommodations. More than a dozen field-trip options and multiple sessions over 3½ days. New for 2011 – Saturday home gardening workshop

PANTS (Penn Atlantic Nursery Trade

Show)

Date: Aug. 2 to 4

Location: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Pa.

Sponsor: Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association

Contact: Sally O’Shea (800) 898-3411, ext. 106; e-mail soshea@PLNA.com; www.pantsshow.com

Admission / Registration: Online registration opens May 1

Highlights: Available online

American Conifer Society National

Meeting

Date: Aug. 4 to 6

Location: The Oregon Garden Resort, Silverton, Ore.

Sponsor: American Conifer Society

Contact: John Martin (336) 945-0483; e-mail nationaloffice@conifersociety.org; www.conifersociety.org

Admission / Registration: Available June 1

Highlights: Theme is “Best of the West: Classic Conifer Collections of Oregon”; optional, post-conference tour

MSU Horticulture Garden Day

Date: Aug. 5

Location: Plant and Soil Sciences Building, Michigan State University Campus, East Lansing, Mich.

Sponsor: Michigan State University; Elzinga and Hoeksema Greenhouse LLC; Michigan Hosta Society; Apol’s Landscaping Co.

Contact: Jennifer Sweet (517) 355-5191, ext. 1339; e-mail hgardens@msu.edu; www.hrt.msu.edu/2011-garden-day/

Admission / Registration: $85; $75 for members

Highlights: Keynote speakers Allan Armitage and Rufus Isaacs; 11 workshops; Green Garden Marketplace; evening reception and garden walk with Allan Armitage

NGLCO Annual Summer Field Day

Date: Aug. 9

Location: Rusty Oak Nursery, Valley City, Ohio

Sponsor: Nursery Growers of Lake County Ohio Inc.

Contact: Annette Howard (440) 231-7969; e-mail info@nglco.com; www.nglco.com

Admission / Registration: Not available at press time

Wisconsin Nursery Association’s

40th Annual Summer Field Day & Trade

Show

Date: Aug. 11

Location: The West Madison Agricultural Research Station, Verona, Wis. (8 miles from the UW-Madison campus)

Sponsors: Co-hosted by The Bruce Company of Wisconsin, and held in conjunction with the Field Day of the Commercial Flower Growers of Wisconsin

Contact: Jill Fennimore, editor@toriiphillips.com; www.wgif.net

Admission / Registration: Admission is free for attendees. To register or to exhibit, email editor@toriiphillips.com

Highlights: More than 60 green industry companies exhibiting; free raffle; Day-of-Show specials; the WNA Scholarship, Education and Research Auction; tours of The Bruce Company and of the Agricultural Research Station, including their trial of more than 100 yellow and purple vegetative petunia varieties and many new bedding plants varieties and species, as well as field-grown cut flowers

Southwest Horticulture Annual Day

of Education (SHADE)

Date: Aug. 12

Location: Renaissance Hotel, Glendale, Ariz.

Sponsor: Arizona Nursery Association

Contact: aworthington@azna.org

Admission / Registration: $88 per person

Highlights: All day educational seminar with marketplace for vendors; five tracks with five sessions each; CEUs available

Independent Garden Center Show

Date: Aug. 16 to 18

Location: Navy Pier, Chicago

Sponsors: Garden Chic; Nursery Retailer

Contact: (866) 391-6220; e-mail info@igcshow.com; www.igcshow.com

Admission / Registration: Free with preregistration; $25 onsite; IGC Conference Passport $420 if preregistered or $520 onsite

Highlights: Available online

Summer Green Road Show

Date: Aug. 17 to 19

Location: Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, N.C.

Sponsors: Garden Chic; Nursery Retailer

Contact: (919) 816-9119; e-mail info@ncnla.com; www.ncnla.com

Admission / Registration: Not available at press time

Highlights: Networking dinner at JC Raulston Arboretum; educational sessions, road tours

Nursery/Landscape Expo

Date: Education Conference, Aug. 18; Trade Show, Aug. 19 to 21

Location: Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, TX

Sponsor: Texas Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: Amy Prenger, amy@tnlaonline.org; www.nurserylandscapeexpo.org.

Admission/registration: Trade show $15 advance, $20 onsite; education conference $195 advance / $235 onsite for members, $235 Advance / $275 onsite for nonmembers

Highlights: Friday and Saturday morning Pre-Trade Show General Session Keynote Speakers, complimentary with trade show badge

Farwest Show

Date: Aug. 25 to 27

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Ore.

Sponsor: Produced by Oregon Association of Nurseries

Contact: www.FarwestShow.com

Admission / Registration: Early bird pricing (registration before 7/31): Expo only (3-day pass) $10; Expo+Seminars 3-day pass $95 (one-day passes available for $65 and special pricing for students and teachers); Nursery & New Ideas Tours $75/person; Retail Merchandising Tour $50

Highlights: Show features include Nursery, New Ideas and Retail Merchandising Tours (Aug. 23 and 24); Garden Center Pavilion featuring items for garden center gift departments and free mini workshops; New Varieties Showcase featuring new plants and garden center merchandising ideas; New Products Showcase; seminars, demonstrations and hands-on workshops

Plantscape Industry Expo 2011

Date: Aug. 30 to Sept. 1

Location: South Point Hotel, Las Vegas

Sponsors: Plantscape Industry Alliance

Contact: (707) 462-2276; e-mail pia@piagrows.org; www.piagrows.org

Admission/registration: Information available online in June

Highlights: The only national conference and trade show dedicated to the interiorscape industry

GLEE

Date: Sept. 19 to 21

Location: National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England

Sponsor: Emap Connect

Contact: Phone +44 (0)20 7728 4659; e-mail glee@emap.com; www.gleebirmingham.com

Admission / Registration: Available soon on website

Highlights: Available soon on website

IPPS – Western Region Annual

Meeting

Date: Sept. 21 to 24

Location: Radisson Hotel, Sacramento, Calif.

Sponsor: International Plant Propagators’ Society, Western Region

Contact: E-mail ippswrlee@sbcglobal.net; www.ippswr.org

Admission / Registration: Available soon on website

Highlights: Available soon on web site

2011 ASHS Annual Conference

Date: Sept. 25 to 28

Location: Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa, Hawii

Sponsors: American Society for Horticultural Science

Contact: (703) 836-4606 ; e-mail meetings@asha.org; www.ashs.org

Admission/registration: $450 for members; $610 for nonmembers before July 15; $500 and $660, respectively, thereafter. Other registration categories available online

Highlights: Colloquia, workshops, poster and oral presentations; optional tours

CanWest Horticulture Show

Date: Sept. 28 and 29

Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC

Sponsors: BC Landscape & Nursery Association

Contact: Karen DeJong (604) 574-7772, ext. 112; e-mail kdejong@bclna.com; www.canwesthortshow.com

Admission/registration: Information available online in June

Highlights: Theme is “The Wild West”

The Landscape Show

Date: Sept. 29 to Oct. 1

Location: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.

Sponsor: Florida Nursery Growers & Landscape Association Inc.

Contact: Sabrina Haines, shaines@fngla.org; www.fngla.org or www.thelandscapeshow.org

Admission / Registration: $15 preregistration; $30 onsite

Highlights: Short Course; Opening Night Reception: Outdoor Equipment Demo Area

MTNA Trade Show

Date: Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

Location: McMinnville Civic Center, McMinnville, Tenn.

Sponsor: Middle Tennessee Nursery Association

Contact: (931) 507-7322; e-mail mtna@blomand.net; www.mtna.com

Admission / Registration: Trade show $5 until Sept. 15, $7 thereafter; education sessions $30 (includes trade show badge)

Highlights: Educational sessions; nursery tours

EXPO 2011

Date: Oct. 19 and 20

Location: Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto

Sponsors: Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association

Contact: Lorraine Ivanoff (800) 265-5656, ext. 366; e-mail showinfo@gardeninfo.com; www.gardenexpo.ca

Admission/registration: Information available online

Highlights: Program available online

Be a Front Runner! The 61st

Annual Meeting of the IPPS Eastern

Region

Date: Oct. 19 to 22

Location: Seelbach Hilton Hotel, Louisville, Ky.

Sponsor: International Plant Propagators’ Society, Eastern Region

Contact: Margot Bridgen, (631) 765-9638; ippser@gmail.com; www.ipps.org/easternna

Highlights: Plant production conference with educational program keynote speaker Dr. Charlie Hall; tours to local plant hot spots; poster session; BBQ with bluegrass band, plant auctions and more!

IPPS – Southern Region Annual Conference

Date: Oct. 23 to 26

Location: Rainwater Conference Center, Valdosta, Ga.

Sponsor: International Plant Propagators’ Society, Southern Region

Contact: Donna Foster, scplant@bellsouth.net, www.ipps.org/southernna/

Admission / Registration: $175 to $500

Highlights: Two days of industry tours; 15+ speakers

GIE+EXPO

Date: Oct. 27 to 29

Location: Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky.

Sponsors: Outdoor Power Equipment Institute; Professional Grounds Management Society; Professional Landcare Network

Contact: info@gie-expo.com; Polly Moter or Tracy Keller, (502) 562-1969

Admission/registration: Early bird $10 (until Sept. 14); preregistration $25; onsite $50.

Highlights: Held in conjunction with Hardscape North America; 19-acre outdoor demonstration area; 750 indoor exhibits; new products arena; educational opportunities

TCI Expo

Date: Nov. 3 to 5

Location: Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Conn.

Sponsor: Tree Care Industry Association

Contact: www.tcia.org

Admission / Registration: Information available on website

Highlights: TCI EXPO is the world’s largest tree care industry trade show and conference. TCI EXPO brings together the unparalleled value of first class conference education combined with endless networking opportunities with colleagues, vendors, manufacturers, and the industry’s top thought-leaders in business, safety and best practices in arboriculture. You can also compare equipment, evaluate products, meet with tree care professionals, gain knowledge, and more

Irrigation Show 2011

Date: Nov. 6-8, 2011

Location: San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, Calif.

Sponsor: Irrigation Association

Contact: Denise Stone (703) 536-7080; e-mail denise@irrigation.org; www.irrigationshow.org

Admission / Registration: Opens in the fall

Highlights: The only national trade show for irrigation industry professionals. Over 5,000 attendees and nearly 300 exhibitors expected. In addition to the expo, the show offers education classes and a technical conference