Thrive ’15 unites several popular Landscape Ontario events for retailers, growers, contractors and more, Landscape Ontario says in a news release.
The re-imagined Thrive takes place Sept. 16-17 at the Ancaster Fairgrounds. Thrive’s anchor is Garden Expo, a sold-out, two-day trade show for retailers to explore new products, meet vendors, discover trends, and connect with peers and experts alike.
Retail guru Judy Sharpton headlines the Retailers Keynote Breakfast at Thrive. She will challenge retailers to move beyond old thinking, such as the ubiquitous black plastic pots, and into a new era of customer appreciation.
Snowposium Snow and Ice Conference and Expo runs alongside, offering professional development and a trade show for the snow and ice management industry. The Industry Auction, set for Sept. 17, features Awards of Excellence judging on quality plant material from Ontario’s top nursery growers. The plants are then auctioned to the highest bidders; proceeds support research and scholarships.
Networking and social opportunities are key trade-event draws. Thrive attendees are invited to lunch in the Buds ‘n’ Suds tent both days, and many of the special, ticketed events include hospitality as well. Plus, Landscape Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe Chapter Chicken Roast has joined Thrive, offering relaxed family fun on the evening of Sept. 16.
“We are overwhelmed by the positive response from all industry sectors, vendors and members to our idea for Thrive,” says show manager Heather MacRae. “Everyone in the industry is invited. There’s so much to see, to do, to eat, to drink and connect within our industry community. There are lots of products, vendors, social and business events; literally something for everyone.”
Trade show registration is free until August 28; to register for Thrive/Garden Expo or one of its associated events, visit LOthrive.com.