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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“Having exposure to new products and marketing programs in July allows us time to add them in our production plan the following spring. This can reduce the time to bring new plants and program to market by a year.”
“Columbus has first-class restaurants, accommodations, and area attractions that are family friendly yet are affordable! THE place to visit in Columbus – Jeni’s Ice Cream, of course. I recommend the Poached Pear Riesling sorbet!”
“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.”
“The education program always includes progressive approaches to improving production results. We have implemented a number of new ideas learned at this event into our perennial production processes. These changes make us more efficient and profitable.”
“Columbus in July is about as nice as it gets for a show. With plenty of great restaurants and fun hangouts within walking distance, it’s an ideal location. My favorite dinner spot for small or large groups is Elevator Brewery and I try to eat there at least once every year – never had a bad meal at Elevator!”