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 atmosphere in the convention center is stunning and Columbus has great restaurants in a walkable environment. It’s always fun to set up the “who, when, and where” of after-hours at the show. Lots of good lively conversation at the Big Bar on 2 at the Hyatt Regency. Tough to beat Mitchell’s Steakhouse for a great meal and Buca di Beppo as a spot for a big, fun group to gather.”
“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 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.”
“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. ”
“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!”