5 Things You Don’t Want to Miss at this Year’s 2016 TPIE Show

This year’s Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE) is fast approaching. Scheduled to take place January 20-22 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this event showcases all the latest trends in foliage, floral and tropical.

With over 400 exhibiting companies and a great deal of educational sessions, you probably won’t have time to do all there is to do. So as you set your agenda for this industry trade show, here are a few things you won’t want to miss.


TPIE’s Opening Session

Wednesday, January 20, 9-10am

Christine Boland, international trends analyst, has been invited back to host the Opening Session for the second year in a row. She will be discussing large, societal shifts and trends, applying those trends to your everyday business practices, and how to design products and services to capitalize on those shifts. The Opening Sessions is scheduled on Wednesday, Jan 20th from 9-10am and is free with your TPIE badge. Come early for a chance to get a seat. Last year’s session was standing room only.


Green Plants for Green Buildings Training Sessions

Thursday, January 21, 8am-12pm


Joe Zazzera, President of Green Plants for Green Buildings, will be hosting two seminars. The first, The Economic of Biophilic Design, discusses how biophlic design affects the well-being of humans in the built environment, how to recognize biophilic design patterns, and the economic values of incorporating biophilic design into the built environment. While the second seminar, Advanced Living Wall Case Studies, will focus on the different types of green wall systems available, design considerations, and the positive effects and performance results of living walls.

The seminars are scheduled on Thursday, Jan 21st at 8am-12pm and will provide architects, interior designers, building managers / owners, and LEED APs with Continuing Education Credits. These sessions are not included with your TPIE registration. For more information and to register for this event, visit greenplantsforgreenbuildings.org.


Interior Design Showrooms

Tuesday, January 20 – Friday, January 22

With biophilic design leading architectural and interior design trends for 2016, don’t forget to head to Lobby A to see a special showcase featuring the work of four different interior designers. Each has been tasked to pair plants with interiors to create breathtaking displays that focus on specific styles such as modern, repurposed / reclaimed, mid-century modern, and children’s spaces.


TPIE Road Show

Tuesday, January 19


Arriving early? Check out the TPIE Road Show scheduled for Tuesday, Jan 19th. You can choose from three tours targeting interiorscapers, landscapers, garden center professionals, landscape designers, and garden communicators looking to gain knowledge in pest control and interior maintenance, the latest trends in design, or increasing sales in a retail garden center. Each tour includes both classroom instruction as well as on-the-go training. A ticket is required for this event and lunch or dinner will be included in the tour. For more information on the tours’ itineraries and to register, visit fngla.org.


Booth 2521

Tuesday, January 20 – Friday, January 22

Modern Plantscaper Magazine

Be sure to stop by NewPro’s booth #2521 and pick up your free print copy of the brand new industry magazine, Modern Plantscaper. The first volume focuses largely on another 2016 interior design trend, green walls, in addition to topics like sub-irrigation, the WELL building standard, and plant symptoms that often stump interiorscapers. Jeremy Dearringer and Prish Miller will be in attendance and would love the opportunity to connect with new and old friends, discuss the exciting new products available this year, and answer any questions you may have.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to return home with an abundance of ideas, knowledge, and profitable connections. If you haven’t already, be sure to register for the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition. We look forward to seeing you there!


Melanie is a plant enthusiast and expert contributor at Bromeliads.info and OrchidPlantCare.info. Melanie's experience in internet marketing, business management, and horticulture allows her to bring a unique perspective to the community. Melanie received a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership from Purdue University and is the Marketing Director at NewPro Containers.

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