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GGIA Announces Complete Wintergreen Itinerary and Opening of Online Registration
The Georgia Green Industry Association’s Wintergreen Horticultural Trade Show and Conference will be held January 24-26 at the Infinite Energy Forum (Formerly the Gwinnett Center) in Duluth, Georgia. The annual event is Georgia’s only multi-day trade show and education conference for the horticulture and landscape industries. Three full days of education tracts feature classes on landscapes design, new plants, industry trends, finance and accounting, pest and disease treatments, irrigation technology, invasive plants, horticultural research and much more. Many classes offer CEU’s for pesticide applicators, irrigation contractors and arborists. All sessions are taught by recognized leaders from the industry and experts from UGA’s Cooperative Extension Service. Certification instruction and exams are available for plant, landscape and irrigation professionals. The complete event brochure is available online and will provide detailed descriptions of the education tracts, trade show exhibitors, hotel and travel information

2018 Plug & Cutting Conference
Plug & Cutting is a event for young plant producers and growers from across the country. In the world of plugs and cuttings, even the smallest changes in strategy, technology, and technique can mean huge impacts on your bottom line. It will take place September 17 – 19, 2018 at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour two diverse and unique North Carolina greenhouses – Metrolina Greenhouses and Rockwell Farms. Metrolina Greenhouses is a family-owned wholesale plant and services company. They are the largest single-site heated greenhouse in the United States at 162 acres under roof. In addition, they have approximately 15 acres of outdoor growing space and aren’t stopping there. Rockwell Farms is a family-owned and operated commercial greenhouse. With 36 acres of modern greenhouses, they have been recognized by Greenhouse Grower Magazine as a Top 100 Grower in the United States. Registration will open in January.

Free Promotional Materials Available for National Garden Bureau’s 2018 “Year of the” Crops
Inspire consumer interest with the “Year of the” program from the National Garden Bureau! The “Year of the” promotion is ready to help growers, garden retailers (both on-line and brick-and-mortar) and garden communicators encourage consumers to discover and embrace four exciting crops per year. Promotional materials for the four 2018 “Year of the” crops are available now. Resources are available on National Garden Bureau’s website. Each year the National Garden Bureau (NGB), the non-profit organization that promotes gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry and its members, promotes the use of selected crops for its “Year of the” program. For 2018, those crops include:

Cultivate’18 Early Bird Registration
Register anytime between February 12-23 as an Early Bird and receive an assigned day to book your hotel room(s) based on membership or exhibitor status.