Prepare to be inspired at The 2018 Landscape Show as this year’s theme, “Color Your World” places a palette of ideas in the hands of attendees.
More than 7,000 nursery and landscape professionals head to Orlando to network, showcase products and take part in more than two dozen educational workshops and idea-sharing sessions.
Attendees can also expect to get the inside track on real-time plant availability and connect with industry insiders from more than 400 exhibiting companies in 800+ booth spaces during the three-day event which kicks off October 4 in the South Building of the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando.
“At a time when horticulture products and services are in bigger demand than ever, the timing of The Landscape Show is ideal to bring buyers and sellers together,” says Linda Adams, FNGLA’s chief operating officer.
“Buyers can learn accurate product availability, experience the latest technology and learn from colleagues who have similar challenges and smart solutions.”
At the center of the show will be the TLS Connection Zone, home to many of The Landscape Show’s featured events.
A living wall will serve as the backdrop for several planned “Ideas Sharing Sessions” throughout the show where attendees can collaborate with others in the industry on topics including hops production, water garden plants, agri-tourism, container gardens, and outdoor kitchen planning.
“The Ideas-Sharing Sessions are an informal time and place to come together to talk about something in which people have a joint interest,” says Adams.
The Exhibitor Showcase will serve as the location for the Cool Products Awards presentation. For this event, a team of industry buyers select 15 unique products from exhibits at the show which they consider especially noteworthy. The winning items will be presented from 2-3 p.m. Friday by Danny Summers, president of The Garden Center Group.
During this three-day industry event, numerous learning opportunities take place through FNGLA’s Knowledge College. More than two dozen workshops take place on topics including drafting and design; color trends; edible landscaping; and innovation. FNGLA CEUs are available by attending these programs, and additional industry CEUs are available for selected sessions.
For more information on CEUs, visit FNGLA’s booth #1085.
The FNGLA Certification Showcase will include mock testing stations from FNGLA’s landscape certification exam, including a plant identification station for people to test their plant ID skills. Staff and volunteers are on hand to give guidance and preparation tips related to FNGLA’s various certification exams.
The Rosen Centre Hotel is this year’s headquarters hotel, and hosts the show’s Opening Day Reception (courtesy of TreeTown USA).
Tapped In, a networking reception for the young professional crowd, takes place at 5 p.m. Friday at the Orange County Convention Center’s Southside Restaurant.
Both events are free for attendees.
Those planning to be in town a day early for the show have the chance to compete in a golf tournament to benefit the FNGLA Endowed Research Fund, SHARE/UF, a program which supports agricultural research and education through the University of Florida.
“The Landscape Show is more than a marketplace. It is a place of inspiration, know-how and connections,” says Adams.
The cost to attend the Landscape Show is $30 and tickets can be purchased online at www.thelandscapeshow.org. •