Plantscape Industry Events You Won’t Want To Miss

While many business owners hesitate to take themselves or their employees away from the office for a few days to attend an industry event, being active in the plantscaping trade association has many benefits.

Conferences, trade shows, conventions, and symposiums offer the opportunity to gain valuable experience (some meeting continuing education requirements), meet new vendors and suppliers, network with other industry professionals, and research your competition. Actively engaging in these types of events will also help to establish you and your company as a trusted source for a particular product, service, initiative, or program.

Here are a few of the plantscaping industry events scheduled this year.


Interior Plantscape Symposium

When: April 8-9, 2015
Where: Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA

The Interior Plantscape Symposium, hosted by PLANET and AmericanHort, offers practical training to both plantscape managers and technicians. Take advantage of this opportunity to fine tune your skills while earning continuing education units.


The Native Plant Show

When: April 9-10, 2015
Where: Osceola Heritage Park Exhibition Building, Kissimmee, FL

The Native Plant Show is a wholesale trade show hosted by Florida’s Association of Native Nurseries (FANN). Showcasing native landscape plants and green products, this event also hosts continuing education courses for landscape architects, designers, inspectors, contractors, and arborists.



When: July 11-15, 2015
Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH

Cultivate is the largest horticultural industry event in North America offering educational sessions, two large trade show halls, and more.


Independent Garden Center (IGC) Show

IGC East
When: August 4-6, 2015
Where: Baltimore Conventions Center, Baltimore, MD

IGC Chicago
When: August 18-20, 2015
Where: Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

The IGC Show is the world’s largest independent garden center trade show and conference. In addition to a massive trade show hall, IGC offers more than 30 seminars, workshops, tours, and keynotes presented by industry thought leaders.


Green Industry Conference (GIC)

When: October 21-23, 2015
Where: Louisville, KY

Thousands of landscape industry professionals gather to take advantage of the Green Industry Conference and its unrivaled educational and networking opportunities. GIC makes it easy to stay up to date on new technology, products, services, and trends that are hitting the market.


Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE)

When: January 20-22, 2016 (for those of you who like to plan well in advance)
Where: Broward County Convention Center, Ft Lauderdale, FL

Discover the latest trends in tropical planters at this 200,000 square foot trade show. TPIE offers educational programs in addition to the opportunity to personally connect with over 400 vendors.


Local Events

Don’t forget to check with your state specific associations for a list of local events. For those of you in the Midwest, the Indiana Green Expo and The Purdue Turf and Landscape Field Day are both great events offering a mixture of educational workshops, seminars, and relevant exhibitors.


Are you attending an event that isn’t on our list? Please let us know in the comments below!

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