Check out the Buzz for NJ Plants - The Region’s Professional Landscape & Nursery Trade Show & Conference – Fourth Year of Expansion
SPRING LAKE, NJ – The growing season is cooling off, but the buzz surrounding the Fourth Annual NJ PLANTS, an upcoming trade show for horticultural industries, is definitely heating up. Scheduled Jan. 21 and 22 at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, the exposition has already attracted an impressive array of companies that do business in the region’s green trades.
The show will draw together landscape professionals, garden center owners, nursery growers, suppliers and commercial groundskeepers to exchange ideas and develop connections that could make the season ahead more profitable.
“We’ve set out to make this a destination for everyone in the industry with not only unparalleled business-to-business networking, but also a wide-ranging and relevant program of educational seminars,” says Kevin McLaughlin, of MAC Events, the show’s producer. “This is the annual forum giving professionals and businesses a competitive boost for the coming season.”
Plant pros who work dawn to dusk most of the year often find it hard to network. The exhibition presented by MAC Events of Spring Lake is designed to pack opportunities to find valuable business allies into two short days at one convenient location.
Landscape contractors and designers will have a chance to preview the spring inventories of more than three dozen wholesale nurseries, many with useful specialties. Pinelands Nursery from Columbus focuses on native plants and stream stabilization supplies; Pleasant Run Nursery in Allentown specializes in new plant introductions and unusual woody ornamentals and Blue Sterling in Bridgeton has an expansive catalog of unique conifers.
Although commercial horticulture leads the state’s agricultural sector, the show’s regional reach stretches beyond just New Jersey. The Perennial Farm, with locations in six Northeast states, has a huge inventory and a “Custom Grow” program to give designers exactly what they want.
Snow removal, for instance, is a major off-season revenue generator for many landscape professionals. Independent garden centers are also a big focus of the show since these businesses are where retail consumers often look first for plants, landscape supplies and expert advice.
“Industry professionals can come to this event and find everything they need in one place,” McLaughlin says, stating a primary goal of NJ PLANTS.
Full-service landscape firms that install patios, decks and other hardscaping are always looking for competitive suppliers. They’ll see samples of new modular paving and wall blocks from Cambridge Pavers, the latest in heavy equipment from Garden State Bobcat & Binder Machinery and irrigation equipment from Lee Rain and Aquarius Irrigation. Don’t forget the bulk material – Britton Industries is Central Jersey’s largest supplier of mulch, stone and top soil.
For landscape maintenance crews and public works departments, there will be dealers representing the leading names in mowers, including TORO, Exmark, Walker, BadBoy Scag Bob Cat and many others. Plus, everything needed to deal with winter’s worst with equipment from Sno-Way and Blizzard snow plows and accessories among many others.
Retail garden centers owners and managers can expect to find well-grown plants in quantity to help inventory fly off the racks in spring and early summer. Plus, top quality seasonal products and supplies for their retail customers annual needs.
Knowledge is a powerful tool, too. MAC Events is partnering with the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association (NJNLA) to put together an outstanding roster of educational seminars and talks. Highlighted speakers for all segments of the industry will be covering topics on small business management skills, landscape design and construction, sales and marketing, employee management, internet marketing and more. Presenters include Lloyd Traven, Ed Laflamme, Kathryn Dagar, Bill Wilson and Terri Coldreck, and many more. Over 50 presentations will take place during the 2-days of NJ Plants.
“When you can tell people how to make more money, they listen,” says McLaughlin. “Our seminars have multiple tracks that tackle a wide range of business issues, everything from attracting more customers to your garden center to understanding turf grass pests and mastering permeable paving techniques.
Also provided will be continuing education classes and certification training for pesticide applicators for New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Delaware. Recertification credits will cover PLANET, Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional (CNLP), Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), Certified Public Works Manager (CPWM), NJ Fertilizer and more.
There’s something for everyone in this show, which is dedicated to helping green businesses grow. In a changing climate, where the economic outlook is as challenging as the weather, the industry can only benefit from a strong and united presence. This is one event no one in the trade can afford to miss.
MAC Events of Spring Lake has been producing trade and consumer shows for more than 40 years, including home shows and flower and garden shows in New Jersey and Virginia. For more information on NJ PLANTS, visit www.NJ PlantShow.com or call (732) 449-4004.
NJ Plants is owned and produced by MAC Events, L.L.C.. Located in Spring Lake New Jersey, MAC Events has been producing trade shows
throughout the United States for over 40 years.