Time to get out the calendar, a sharpened pencil and the GPS. This season’s expos and conferences will begin before you know it.

Time to get out the calendar, a sharpened pencil and the GPS. This season’s expos and conferences will begin before you know it.

Just when you thought it was safe to put the carry-on bags away for a while, another season of events looms large on your schedule. We begin this month and don’t slow down until April, with January so jam-packed with conferences and trade shows you’d have to defy basic laws of physics to make an appearance at all of them. Luckily, we have the glories of technology at our disposal-but nothing beats a handshake and a hands-on demonstration. So pack your bags and go.

Great Southern Tree Conference

Date: Nov. 30

Location: Gainesville, Fla.

Sponsors: Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association

Contact: Linda Reindl, (800) 375-3642 or (407) 295-7994; e-mail lreindl@fngla.org; www.fngla.org

Admission/registration: Information available at www.fngla.org

Highlights: For 2013, the conference will shift gears to include more than trees. The Great Southern Tree Conference Field Day, taking place November 30 in Gainesville, will be a culmination of 11 years of research and findings. You can get a complete overview all in one day by attending!

Oregon Landscape Expo

Date: Dec. 12

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Portland

Sponsors: Oregon Landscape Contractors Association

Contact: (503) 253-9091 or (800) 505-8105; e-mail info@oregonlandscape.org; www.oregonlandscape.org

Admission/registration: Visit www.oregonlandscape.org for information

Highlights: Trade show and educational seminars

Tennessee Green Industry Expo

Date: Jan. 3 to 4, 2013

Location: Nashville Convention Center, Nashville

Sponsors: Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association

Contact: (931) 472-3951; e-mail louree@tnla.com or pam@tnla.com; www.tngie.com

Admission/registration: Information available from show contacts

National Green Centre

Date: Jan. 6 and 7

Location: America’s Center, St. Louis

Sponsors: Western Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: Sarah Woody Bibens, (888) 233-1876; e-mail exhibits@nationalgreencentre.org; www.nationalgreencentre.org

Admission/registration: Members $50 per person; Nonmembers $100; students free, retired Western Nursery & Landscape Association members free; information available at www.nationalgreencentre.org

Highlights: Two days of trade show, learning centers, roundtable discussions, keynotes by Dr. Mike Dirr, Coach Dooley and Dr. Peter Raven, Horticulture in 2063 panel, fashion show, networking & beer

Great Lakes Trade Expo

Date: Jan. 7 to 9

Location: DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Sponsors: Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: Amy Frankmann, (800) 879-6652 or (517) 381-0437; e-mail amyf@mnla.org; www.glte.org

Admission/registration: Information available at www.glte.org

Highlights: Visit www.glte.org for information

Landscape Ontario’s Congress Trade Show and Conference

Date: Jan. 8 to 10

Location: Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Sponsors: Produced by Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association

Contact: (800) 265-5656, ext. 2353

Admission/registration: Three-day trade show pass $25 for Landscape Ontario members, $30 for nonmembers

Highlights: Landscape Ontario’s 40th year

Montana Green Expo

Date: Jan. 9 and 10

Location: Holiday Inn Grand Montana, Billings

Sponsors: Montana Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: www.plantingmontana.com

Admission/registration: Information available at www.plantingmontana.com

Highlights: Visit www.plantingmontana.com for information

Indiana Green Expo

Date: Jan. 9 to 11

Location: Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis

Sponsors: Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association and the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation with Purdue University

Contact: Donna Sheets, (317) 889-2382; e-mail info@inla1.org; www.indianagreenexpo.com

Admission/registration: $99 to $179 for attendees; $475 and up for exhibit booths

Highlights: Indiana’s most comprehensive green industry trade show and educational opportunity.

Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS)

Date: Jan. 9 to 11

Location: Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore

Sponsors: The Nursery and Landscape Associations of Maryland (MNLA), Virginia (VNLA) and West Virginia (WVNLA)

Contact: Vanessa A. Finney, (410) 296-6959; e-mail mantsinc@aol.com; www.mants.com

Admission/registration: Online registration available until Jan. 11 at www.mants.com; $10 prepaid before Friday, Nov. 30, $15 thereafter

Highlights: One of the largest private green industry trade shows on the East Coast with over 300,000 square feet of exhibit space; interactive floor plan

Northern Green Expo

Date: Jan. 9 to 11

Location: Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis

Sponsors: Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association; Minnesota Turf & Grounds Foundation

Contact: Mary Dunn, (651) 633-4987 or (888) 886-6652; www.northerngreenexpo.org

Admission/registration: Advanced registration for one-day education and trade show $74; three-day education and trade show $99; trade show only $25

Highlights: Featured speakers will include: Charles Vander Kooi, Vander Kooi and Associates; Adrian Bloom, Blooms Nurseries Ltd; Erik Christiansen, EC Design Group; Michael Glassman, Michael Glassman & Associates; John Kennedy, John Kennedy Consulting; and many more!

Orlando Brainstorming Meeting

Date: Jan. 13 to 15

Location: Marriott Village, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Sponsors: J.R. Huston Consulting

Contact: Tiffany Huston, e-mail tiffany@jrhuston.biz; www.jrhuston.biz

Admission/registration: $695 for existing clients and $995 for nonclient attendees; attendance is limited

Highlights: Three days of interaction with up to 20 noncompetitive green industry companies; located near Disney World and Universal Studios with plenty to do for the whole family

CENTS 2013/Ohio State University Short Course

Date: Jan. 14 to 16 for trade show; Jan. 13 to 16 for short course

Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus

Sponsors: Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association; The Ohio State University; The Ohio State University Extension

Contact: Tracie Zody, (800) 825-5062; e-mail info@onla.org; www.centshow.org

Admission/registration: Available online in November

Highlights: Keynote speaker Dr. Michael Dirr

Green & Growin’ Show

Date: Jan. 14 to 16 for education; 17 to 18 for trade show

Location: Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel & Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.

Sponsors: North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association

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

Admission/registration: Register at www.ncnla.com or (919) 816-9119

Highlights: Trade show, continuing education and certification, industry association meetings, networking kick-off party, games/prizes and more

ProGreen Expo

Date: Jan. 15 to 18

Location: Colorado Convention Center, Denver

Sponsors: Presenting Partners: Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado, Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association, Garden Centers of Colorado in cooperation with: American Society of Landscape Architects/Colorado Chapter; Colorado Association of Lawncare Professionals, International Society of Arboriculture/Rocky Mountain Chapter, Rocky Mountain Sod Growers Association, Colorado Weed Management Association, Colorado State University

Contact: Mary Guess, seminar manager, (720) 748-4872; Vikki Anderies, exhibit sales manager, (303) 756-1079; Karen Hone, show manager, (303) 756-1079 ; e-mail info@progreenexpo.com; www.progreenexpo.com

Admission/registration: Registration Packages: 4-day, 2-day, 1-day, ranging in price from $100 to $380, depending on if you are a member or non-member of the sponsoring associations. Trade Show only admission free if you pre-register, $10 at the door

Highlights: Seminars by nationally known speakers, including Susan Cohan, Elizabeth Fain LaBombard, Dr. Chris Luley, Mr. Marco Palma, Dr. Bryant Scharenbroch, Brent Mecham. 600 exhibit booths with green industry vendors showing plant material, equipment and myriad products and services for the industry

Mid America Horticultural Trade Show (Mid Am)

Date: Jan. 16 to 18

Location: Navy Pier, Chicago

Sponsors: Illinois Green Industry Association; Illinois Landscape Contractors Association; Wisconsin Green Industry Federation

Contact: (800) 300-6103; e-mail mail@midam.org; www.midam.org

Admission/registration: Full conference early bird $300 (before Nov. 30), $325 thereafter; sliding fees for individual days; trade show only early bird $30, $35 thereafter

Highlights: New floor plan arranges exhibitors by category; interactive map found at www.midam.org; preconference workshops; midwinter conference; mentoring roundtables

Gulf States Horticultural Expo (GSHE)

Date: Jan. 18 to 20

Location: Mobile Outlaw Convention Center, Mobile, Ala.

Sponsors: Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association; Louisiana Nursery & Landscape Association; Mississippi Nursery & Landscape Association Inc.

Contact: James Harwell, (334) 502-7777; e-mail info@gshe.org; www.gshe.org

Admission/registration: Information available at www.gshe.org

Highlights: Visit www.gshe.org for information

NJ Plants – Professional Landscape & Nursery

Trade Show

Date: Jan. 22 and 23

Location: New Jersey Convention Center, Edison

Sponsors: Endorsed by the New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association; Jersey Grown, Rutgers – New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture

Contact: Kevin McLaughlin, (732) 449-4004, ext. 116; e-mail kevin@MacEvents.com; www.NJPlantShow.com

Admission/registration: All inclusive registration fee includes full access to classes and seminars, trade show and pesticide courses. Online registration opens Nov. 1

Highlights: NJ Plants – Professional Landscape and Nursery Trade Show serves as a Green Industry catalyst for New Jersey and the Greater New York metro area. It brings together all segments of the Landscape and Nursery Industry for two days of education, seminars, new product release, and business-to-business networking

Joint Garden Center Symposium and Midwest Perennial Conference

Date: Jan. 23 and 24

Location: Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center, Waukesha, Wis.

Sponsors: Garden Center Symposium

Contact: Eileen Nelson, (608) 265-5283; e-mail eonelson@gardencentersymposium.com; www.gardencentersymposium.com

Admission/registration: $195 for two days, six speakers, trade show and meals; $125 for Wednesday including meals; $100 for Thursday including meals; $40 student rate per day

Highlights: Speakers include Anna Ball, Bridget Behe, Dan Heims, Stan Pohmer, Bobbie Schwartz and Linda Zoerb

Idaho Hort Expo 2013

Date: Jan. 23 to 25

Location: Boise Center on the Grove, Boise

Sponsors: Idaho Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: Ann Bates, (208) 681-4769; e-mail abates@inlagrow.org; www.inlagrow.org

Admission/registration: $110 for INLA members before Jan. 11; $155 for nonmembers. $145 for INLA members after Jan. 11; $195 for nonmembers

Highlights: Returning due to popular demand: Green Collar College, High School Program, Green Industry Gathering and Breakfast for Success. Also featuring speakers Charles Vander Kooi; Kelly D. Norris; Guy Meilleur; Edward Snyder; Brian French and Damien Care; and Jonathan Matteson

Kentucky Landscape Industries Winter Conference & Expo

Date: Jan. 23 to 25

Location: Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville

Sponsors: Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association

Contact: Betsie A. Taylor, (502) 320-3733; e-mail mail.knla@gmail.com; www.knla.org

Admission/registration: Information available at www.knla.org

Highlights: Winter education conference runs Jan. 23 to 25; expo held Jan. 24 and 25

Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE)

Date: Jan. 23 to 25

Location: Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Sponsors: Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA)

Contact: Sabrina Haines, e-mail shaines@fngla.org; www.fngla.org/TPIE

Admission/registration: $15 preregistration; $30 onsite

Highlights: Short course, TPIE Happy Hour

Wintergreen 2013

Date: Jan. 23 to 25

Location: Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga.

Sponsors: Georgia Green Industry Association

Contact: GGIA (706) 632-0100; e-mail sherry@ggia.org; www.ggia.org

Admission/registration: Registration $15 per day trade show; educational cost varies

Highlights: Georgia’s premier horticulture show featuring 275 booths of the region’s best growers and allied vendors along with a 3-day educational conference

Mid States Horticultural Expo

Date: Jan. 27 and 28

Location: Kentucky International Convention Center, Downtown Louisville

Sponsors: Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association; Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association

Contact: Louree Walker or Pam Stern, (931) 473-3951; e-mail louree@tnla.com or pam@tnla.com; www.mshe.org

Admission/registration: Information available at www.mshe.org

New Jersey ASLA Annual Meeting & Exhibition

Date: Jan. 27 to 29

Location: Trump Taj Mahal Casino & Resort, Atlantic

City, N.J.

Sponsors: New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

Contact: Patricia J. Brewster, (609) 393-7500, ext. 1133; e-mail pbrewster@njpsi.com; www.njalsa.org

Admission/registration: Fees vary, based on registration package

Highlights: Featured presentations include Multicultural and Social Equity Dimensions of Landscape Designs; Designing Healthy Communities; and keynote speakers James Corner and Topher Delaney

Winter Park Brainstorming Meeting

Date: Jan. 27 to 29

Location: Iron Horse Resort, Winter Park, Colo.

Sponsors: J.R. Huston Consulting

Contact: Tiffany Huston, e-mail tiffany@jrhuston.biz; www.jrhuston.biz

Admission/registration: $695 for existing clients and $995 for nonclient attendees; attendance is limited

Highlights: Three days of interaction with up to 20 noncompetitive green industry companies at one of Colorado’s premier ski resorts; great skiing and winter activities with plenty to do for the whole family

The Next Level

Date: Jan. 31 to Feb. 2

Location: Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville

Sponsors: OFA-The Association of Horticulture Professionals and American Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: Michelle Gaston, (614) 487-1117; mgaston@ofa.org; www.YourNextLevel.org

Admission/registration: $499 per person before Dec. 20; $599 thereafter. OFA and ANLA members pay $399 per person after first two registrations

Highlights: Designed to help participants answer “What’s Next?” for themselves and for their business. Surrounded by a supportive community of like-minded colleagues, you will leave Nashville with your next level identified; the insights, ideas, and network to help achieve it; and a draft action plan

Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course

Date: Feb. 4 to 7

Location: Marriott at City Center, Newport News, Va.

Sponsors: Virginia Horticultural Foundation

Contact: (757) 523-4734; e-mail info@vahort.org; www.mahsc.org

Admission/registration: Early bird registration is $95 per day until Jan. 13; an additional $75 will be added to each registration received thereafter

Highlights: Hundreds of continuing education credits for more than a dozen professional organizations; four-day conference with eight tracks featuring national and regional speakers; hands-on workshops

New England Grows

Date: Feb. 6 to 8

Location: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston

Sponsors: New England Nursery Association, Massachusetts Arborists Association, Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals, Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association; and a network of 40 allied green industry organizations

Contact: Angela Malick, (508) 653-3009; e-mail AMalick@NewEnglandGrows.org; www.NewEngandGrows.org

Admission/registration: Early bird registration $49 for all three days before Jan. 15; $45 per person before Jan. 15 when four or more people from the same company register together

Highlights: Speakers include Bruce Allis, Kirk Armstrong, Kip Creel, Richard Hawke, Dan Heims, Michael Raupp and Cass Turnbull. “Garden Center Success,” an exciting daylong seminar aimed directly at today’s independent garden center, is back by popular demand on Wednesday, Feb. 6

South Carolina Horticulture Industry Trade Show

and Seminars

Date: Feb. 6 to 8

Location: Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Sponsors: South Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association (SCHI)

Contact: Donna Foster, (803) 743-4284; e-mail scplant@bellsouth.net; www.scnla.com

Admission/registration: $10 for early birds; $15 after Jan. 22

Highlights: Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina Pesticide Applicators’ recertification credits; sporting clays tournament, golf tournament

Nebraska Great Plains Conference

Date: Feb. 18 to 19

Location: Cornhusker Hotel, Lincoln

Sponsors: Nebraska Nursery and Landscape Association, Nebraska Arborists Association

Contact: Kathleen Dolezal, (402) 390-7101; e-mail kdolezal@kisseles.com; www.nnla.org

Admission/registration: Not determined at press time

Highlights: Keynote speakers; education sessions; trade show; networking opportunities

Salon du Végétal

Date: Feb. 19 to 21

Location: Angers, France

Sponsors: Bureau Horticole Regional de Pays de la Loire

Contact: Telephone + 33 (0)2 41 79 14 17; e-mail salon@bhr-vegetal.com; www.salon-du-vegetal.com

Admission/registration: Information available at www.salon-du-vegetal.com

Highlights: Theme is “Let’s Be Audacious”; competition for plant novelties; green spaces and landscaping area, training seminars

MGIA Trade Show & Convention

Date: March 5 and 6

Location: Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Mich.

Sponsors: Michigan Green Industry Association

Contact: Diane Andrews, (248) 646-4992; e-mail dandrews@landscape.org; www.landscape.org

Admission/registration: Information available at www.landscape.org

Highlights: More than 150 exhibitors showcasing products and services for the green industry; two full days of educational offerings, featuring national speakers

Flora India 2013

Date: March 29 to 31

Location: Bombay Convention Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai, India

Sponsors: ProExhibition Events Pvt. Ltd.

Contact: +91-99 307 11 797, +91-22-64 59 00 47; e-mail floraindia@floraindia.co.in; www.floraindia.co.in

Admission/registration: Information available at www.floraindia.co.in/pdf/Application%20Form%20FloraIndia%202013.pdf

Highlights: More than 200 global exhibitors and up to 10,000 visitors expected

California Spring Trials

Date: April 6 to 11

Location: Various locations throughout the state

Sponsors: Participating nurseries; coordinated by OFA-The Association of Horticulture Professionals

Contact: No central contact; for specific information, contact participating facilities; www.ofa.org/springtrials

Admission/registration: No registration fee; it’s recommended that reservations be made with each host company (addresses available on website)

Highlights: Week-long “open-house” at 16 sites in northern, central and southern regions of California; considered the launching ground for new varieties, signage and packaging products