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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“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
“What I see is an amazing amount of great color, more varieties than I could ever imagine, and more innovative ideas than any other show. We have really taken to the Suntory Collection of plants. They are wonderful and provide us with more options than we have had before. I look forward to the show now every year, and we plan to send several of our managers.”
“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
“The knowledge base and networking opportunities are incredible and reach around the globe. I leave educated with fresh ideas and inspired to do more for horticulture. ”
North Carolina State University
“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!”