Special to GTA Construction Report
Garden & Floral Expo will celebrate its 15th anniversary this October, Building on more than a decade and a half of success, the show continues to thrive and serve the Canadian floriculture and horticulture communities. “Mark the dates October 22 to 23, 2014 in your calendar; Garden Expo takes place at the Toronto Congress Centre, North Building,” a news release says. “Optimally timed, Garden & Floral Expo attracts top horticultural decision makers who come to explore new product offerings, meet vendors, learn about trends, socialize and share ideas with their peers and retail experts. Plan to exhibit or visit the show.”
Back in 2000, Landscape Ontario launched the first and only trade show specializing in satisfying the needs of horticulture purchasing professionals. In the inaugural event, Garden Expo attracted close to 2,000 attendees, as 155 exhibitors presented new products.
“It was a tense time, with apprehension over the Y2K threat and the speed of technological change,” the news release said. “However, those in the floriculture and horticulture industry live with hope. Their leadership, based on patience, responsibility, stewardship, positive work ethics and environmental beautification, makes their businesses succeed, generation by generation.”
A few years later, the show expanded by adding a show-within-a-show, Florist Expo, offering fresh-cut flowers and tropical plants for floral retailers and interior plantscapers. The show has continued to flourish in serving the needs of green industry professionals.
The retail products, floral displays and living plant material always made Garden & Floral Expo a lovely show, the news release says. “In 2011 it got even more beautiful, with implementation of a Euro-style lighting strategy; products and show highlights pop forward, thanks to an understated background and strategic spotlighting.”
Today, Landscape Ontario remains committed to setting the standard and meeting thechanging needs of these industry sectors. The association’s heritage commitment, event partners and sponsors strive to find the resources, the ways and the means to promote prosperity.
Members, event partners and sponsors share the vision to strengthen individuals and businesses by creating an environment where industry professionals can source plants and products, renew friendships, network with colleagues, exchange ideas, learnabout best business practices and ‘connect’ with those who will help grow horticultural businesses.
Show highlights include:
· Brand-name vendors who have served the industry since the show’s inception 15 years ago
· New vendors showcasing their products for the first time
· Hundreds of new and green products to excite customers for the 2015 spring season
· Dynamic speakers presenting Top Ten Tips for business growth
· Workshops on the how to boost profits from containers, holidayscaping and making brands matter.
· Launch of Inspired – Design Day featuring accredited floral designers demonstrating innovative designs to make businesses blossom
· Landscape Ontario’s Awards of Excellence Ceremony for garden centres and growers.
Show Dates and Times:
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
650 Dixon Rd., Toronto, Ontario M9W 1J1
Additional information onGarden & Floral Expo can be found at: www.loexpo.ca
About EXPO 2014,Landscape Ontario and strategic partners:
Garden & Floral Expo is Canada’s fall show for the garden and floral industry.Between 1,500 – 2,000 horticulture and floriculture retailers, designers and buyers will attend the trade show, which showcases new products, recent plant and floral introductions and product demonstrations. Information is available at http://www.loexpo.ca
Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association, one of the most vibrant associations of its kind, is comprised of over 2,000 member companies, ten sector groups and nine local chapters. Its trade mission is to promote the horticulture industry in Ontario, and its public mission, Green for Life, promotes the joys and benefits of plants and greenspaces.