You + Professional Development =
 A stronger career, a better business


Dive deeper into what others are doing to flourish while networking with some of the best professionals the industry has to offer.

GREENHOUSE FLORICULTURE TOUR

SATURDAY, JULY 15

Explore three distinct greenhouse operations that are all leveraging opportunity with innovation: bulb production and marketing at Dutch Mill Greenhouse, wholesale floriculture production for the 21st century at Timbuk Farms, and profitable cut flower production at Sunny Meadows Flower Farm. See everything they’re doing to expand their markets, increase profit margins, and evolve for the future.

PLANT PRODUCTION & NURSERY RESEARCH LEARNING TOUR

SATURDAY, JULY 15

Nurseries today are stronger, leaner, and more innovative. Learn how new technologies can improve nursery production efficiency from the USDA-ARS Application Technology Research Unit (ATRU), which is located in The Ohio State University’s OARDC campus. In addition, learn how Eagle Creek Wholesale Nursery approaches growing a resilient business based on sound economics and fundamental plant practices.

RETAIL TOUR

SATURDAY, JULY 15

Join other retailers to uncover best practices for engaging consumers, promoting plants, and growing the bottom line by visiting Columbus-area retailers who haven’t been afraid to think outside the box -- and reap the rewards. Over the course of a day (that includes lunch!) visit Oakland Nursery (New Albany), Wilson's Garden Center, and Fisher's Gardens to see what they're doing to stay relevant and successful.

URBAN AGRICULTURE TOUR

SATURDAY, JULY 15

Visit the innovative operations that are making the most of this new frontier and creating a niche for themselves with consumers and new markets. Visit St. Stephen’s Project Aquastar and see how urban agriculture is being used to eliminate the food insecurity epidemic. Also explore the Swainway Urban Farm, which is focusing on methodology that makes urban farming a career builder, community contributor, and profitable business venture.

BIOCONTROLS HANDS-ON WORKSHOP

SATURDAY, JULY 15

A powerpoint presentation is one thing, but this workshop actually takes you into the greenhouse to experience and learn the correct and most effective ways to utilize biocontrols as an effective pest control and management measure. This workshop will cover how to apply each of the different biocontrol agents correctly with hands-on demonstrations. Also get great tips on unpacking the shipping boxes, storage, and application -- with first-hand demonstrations.

CAREERUP: DEFINE YOUR FUTURE

SATURDAY, JULY 15

Connect with other young professionals who are ambitious about growing their careers and are passionate about revolutionizing the way we promote horticulture as a career, hobby, and life necessity. This one-day workshop + inspiration series is tailored to emerging horticulture professionals to help you expand your skills, define your future, and navigate the green industry career ladder. Learn more.

SUCCESSION PLANNING WORKSHOP

SATURDAY, JULY 15

Tailored to business leaders, this day-long workshop will help you identify and systematically develop new leaders within your company. Craft the perfect exit strategy while confident that your legacy will continue successfully.

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