Record Number of Attendees Celebrate the Industry at Cutivate'14
Cultivate'14, the largest all-industry horticulture exposition and convention in North America, concluded Tuesday with more than 10,000 attendees. This is the event's best attendance in more than a decade. The event is not-for-profit and proceeds are used to further industry programs.
Participants came from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and more than 22 other countries representing Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, and South America. The event gathered professionals from all aspects of the horticulture industry, including garden and floral retailing, greenhouse and nursery production, plant breeding, landscaping, interior plantscaping, research and education, and manufacturers and providers of products and services. Formerly known as the OFA Short Course, it was the 86th edition of the event that was rebranded this year as "Cultivate."
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“The Interior vendor showcase is great for us to see products and especially plants grown especially for interiorscapers. Sometimes, we even get to bring them home.”
“We send most of our staff as it is a great learning tool and keeps everyone up to date on the industry. What a great event for anyone who wants to succeed in our business!”
Wilson's Garden Center
“I NEED to go to see what is new, to connect with other people in the industry, to learn new ways to look at my business, to learn what is happening in the entire horticulture industry. ”
“There are always reporters willing to give the tidbit of advice gleaned from a workshop, or who snap a picture of a creative display at a booth. While these are helpful for those who simply can't attend, being immersed in the point of the talk or display has a much bigger impact on my memory. Sometimes you must hear the same idea repeated several ways or understand the back story behind it to fully realize its implications.”
Bemis Farms Nursery
“The trade show floor is the only place in the U.S. where you can see all of the major players when it comes to the new varieties, greenhouse equipment, structures, and other new products.”