We’re not expecting another Polar Vortex this year; which means there’s no excuse for missing these events!

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Gimme a ticket for an airplane; ain’t got time to take a fast train. Certainly not in mid-January, when there are a number of events scheduled for the same days.

Like every other “off” season, this winter promises to keep you just as busy as ever, shuttling from trade show to conference and back again. Our weather sources predict that travel won’t be as challenging as it was last year, although our lodging sources tell us that accommodations are filling up fast.

So check out what’s available, grab your iPad and make those reservations. You don’t want to miss any of the opportunities available during the upcoming show season.

  • ASLA 2014 Annual Meeting & Expo
  • CENTS (Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show)
  • Great Lakes Trade Expo
  • Green & Growin’
  • Gulf States Horticultural Expo (GSHE)
  • Idaho Horticulture Expo
  • iLandscape (The Illinois+Wisconsin Landscape Show)
  • Indiana Green Expo
  • Garden Center Symposium and Midwest Perennial Conference
  • Kentucky Landscape Industries Winter Conference & Expo
  • Landscape Ontario’s Congress Trade Show and Conference
  • MANTS (Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show)
  • MGIA Trade Show & Convention
  • Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course
  • Montana Green Expo
  • Nebraska Great Plains Conference
  • New England Grows
  • NJ Plants – Professional Landscape & Nursery Trade Show
  • Northern Green Expo
  • Northwest Landscape Expo
  • ProGreen Expo
  • South Carolina Horticulture Industry Trade Show (SCHI)
  • The Next Level
  • The Western Trade Show
  • TPIE (Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition)
  • Wintergreen 2015

ASLA 2014 Annual Meeting & Expo

Date: November 21 to 24

Location: Colorado Convention Center, Denver

Sponsor: American Society of Landscape Architects

Contact: Karen Grajales, ktgrajales@asla.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.aslameeting2014.com for details

Highlights: 130 education sessions, trade show, tours, networking opportunities

Northwest Landscape Expo

Date: December 10

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Portland

Sponsor: Oregon Landscape Contractors Association

Contact: E-mail info@oregonlandscape.org; http://www.oregonlandscape.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.oregonlandscape.org for details

The Western Trade Show & Education

Date: January 3 to 5

Location: Crown Center Exhibit Hall, Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, Kansas City

Sponsor: Western Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.wnla.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.wnla.org for details

Highlights: It’s the Western’s 125th Anniversary! Event features learning centers, roundtable discussions, plus the 5th Annual Fashion Show

2015 Green & Growin’ Show

Date: January 5 to 9

Location: Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel and Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina

Sponsor: North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: Kaley Jacobs, (919) 816-9119; kjacobs@ncnla.com

Admission/registration: Depends on days and registration package; trade show only is $15; visit http://www.ncnla.com for details

Highlights: The Green & Growin’ Trade Show is the largest industry event in the Southeast. The trade show includes over 430 exhibitors featuring nursery and greenhouse plants, equipment and allied supplies and includes new plants and innovative products available for 2015. The three-day education conference will once again highlight classes for all segments of the green industry presented by top industry educators and includes a Hispanic education track. This year’s keynote speaker is John Kennedy, Kennedy Consulting.

Landscape Ontario’s Congress Trade Show and Conference

Date: January 6 to 8

Location: Toronto Congress Centre, South Building, Toronto, Ontario

Sponsor: Landscape Ontario

Contact: E-mail showinfo@locongress.com; http://www.locongress.com Admission/registration: Trade show only, $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers; Full conference, $295 for members and $370 for nonmembers

Highlights: 50th Anniversary IPM Symposium; landscape designer conference, Peers Helping Peers Workshop; Cultivate & Connect Event; daily keynotes; irrigation conference; owners-only workshop; New Products Showcase

Montana Green Expo

Date: January 7 to 8

Location: Holiday Inn Grand Montana, Billings

Sponsor: Montana Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.plantingmontana.com

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.plantingmontana.com for details

CENTS 2015

Dates: January 7 to 9

Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio

Sponsor: Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: Amy Eldridge, CENTS manager, (800) 825-5062

Admission/registration: See http://www.centsmarketplace.com for details

Highlights: CENTS Marketplace & CENTS University are built strong from the ground up by you: the people who make it the largest convention of its kind in the Midwest with 430+ exhibitors and over 130 hours of education. CENTS brings thousands of green industry professionals together each year to learn, to experience, and to grow. From the newest plant species to the most exciting business trends to the freshest ideas to ignite your customers’ interest-it’s all here, because we grew it that way, together. Deep roots, broad reach, lasting fruit, year after year.

ProGreen Expo 2015

Dates: January 13 to 16

Location: Colorado Convention Center, Denver

Sponsors: Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado; Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association; Garden Centers of Colorado;

Contact: E-mail progreen@kinsleymeetings.com; http://www.progreenexpo.com

Admission/registration: Early registration starts at $185 for members

Highlights: ProGreen EXPO is the only Green Industry conference in the Rocky Mountain Region. More than 4,500 green industry professionals gather every year in Denver to gain vital knowledge and skills to improve business, educate employees and discover the latest information for the upcoming season. Inside the EXPO attendees get a hands-on look at the latest green technology and products from over 400 exhibitors. From irrigation and business services to garden centers, large power equipment and more, the ProGreen EXPO is the green industry event to see all of this under one roof!

MANTS (Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show)

Date: January 14 to 16

Location: Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore

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

Contact: mantsinc@aol.com; http://www.mants.com

Admission/registration: Register online at http://www.mants.com

Northern Green Expo

Date: January 14 to 16

Location: Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis

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

Contact: http://www.northerngreenexpo.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.northerngreenexpo.org for details

Nebraska Great Plains Conference

Date: January 20 to 21

Location: Ramada Plaza, Omaha

Sponsor: Nebraska Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: http://ww.nnla.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.nnla.org for information

Kentucky Landscape Industries Expo and Winter Education Conference

Dates: January 20 to 22

Location: Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville

Sponsors: Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association, Kentucky Arborists’ Association, Kentuckiana Greenhouse Association and University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service

Contact: Betsie A. Tayor, (503) 320-3733l e-mail mail.knla@ http://gmail.com

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.KNLA.com for details

Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course

Dates: January 20 to 23

Location: Newport News Marriott at City Center, Newport News, Virginia

Sponsor: Virginia Horticultural Foundation

Contact: E-mail info@mahsc.org; http://www.mahsc.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.mahsc.org for details

Highlights: Education sneak peek at http://conta.cc/1rtyGW2

Garden Center Symposium and Midwest Perennial Conference

Date: January 21 to 22

Location: Country Springs Hotel & Conference Center, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Sponsor: The Garden Center Symposium

Contact: (608) 265-5283; eonelson@wisc.edu

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.gardencentersymposium.com for details

Highlights: Speakers include Steve Bailey, Mark Dwyer, Carol Miller and Lloyd Traven

Indiana Green Expo

Dates: January 21 to 23

Location: Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis

Sponsors: Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association and Midwest Regional Turf Foundation

Contact: Donna Sheets, (317) 889-2382; e-mail dsheets02@gmail. com; http://www.indianagreenexpo.com

Admission/registration: $99 for members, $139 for nonmembers who pregister by January 1; exhibit space still available

Highlights: Indiana’s most comprehensive green industry education and trade show

2015 Idaho Hort Expo

Date: January 21 to 23

Location: Boise Centre on the Grove, Boise

Sponsor: Idaho Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.inlagrow.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.inlagrow.org for information

Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE)

Dates: January 21 to 23

Location: Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Sponsor: Florida Nursery Growers & Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.fngla.org/TPIE; http://www.fngla.org

Admission/Registration: Visit http://www.fngla.org/TPIE for details

Wintergreen 2015

Dates: January 21 to 23

Location: Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia

Sponsor: Georgia Green Industries Association

Contact: E-mail Jennifer@ggia.org; http://www.ggia.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.ggia.org for details

Highlights: More than 250 booths; Lunch & Learn sessions; networking opportunities

Great Lakes Trade Expo

Date: January 26 to 28

Location: Lansing Center, Lansing, Michigan

Sponsor: Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.mnla.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.mnla.org for information

Highlights: Green Industry Education Conference, trade show

NJ Plants – Professional Landscape & Nursery Trade

Date: January 27 to 28

Location: New Jersey Convention Center, Edison

Sponsors: Endorsed by New Jersey Nursery & LandscapeAssociation, Jersey Grown, Rutgers New Jersey AgriculturalExperiment Station and New Jersey Department of Agriculture

Contact: http://www.njplantshow.com

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.njplantshow.com for details

Gulf States Horticultural Expo

Date: January 28 to 30

Location: Mobile Outlaw Convention Center, Mobile, Ala.

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

Contact: http://www.gshe.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.gshe.org for details

Highlights: Educational program January 28; trade show January 29 to 30

The Next Level

Date: February 3 to 5

Location: Hyatt Pier 66, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Sponsor: AmericanHort

Contact: http://www.yournextlevel.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.ncnla.com for details

New England Grows

Date: February 4 to 6

Location: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Sponsors: Partners New England Nursery Association; Massachusetts Arborists Association; Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals; Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association

Contact: http://www.newenglandgrows.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.newenglandgrows.org for details

SCHI 2015 Trade Show and Seminars

Dates: February 4 to 6

Location: Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Sponsor: South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association

Contact: E-mail scplant@bellsouth.net; http://www.scnla.com

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.scnla.com for details

iLandscape (The Illinois+Wisconsin Landscape Show)

Dates: February 25 to 27

Location: Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg, Illinois

Sponsor: Illinois Landscape Contractors Association

Contact: information@ilca.net

Admission/registration: $25 for tradeshow only before Jan. 30, 2015; $35 thereafter. Education pass $79 before Jan. 30; $99 thereafter

Highlights: Educational sessions, “Wandering Roy’s Walkabout” with Roy Diblik

MGIA Annual Trade Show & Convention

Dates: March 3 to 4

Location: Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan

Sponsor: Michigan Green Industry Association

Contact: (248) 348-5600; http://www.landscape.org

Admission/registration: Visit http://www.landscape.org for details