There’s more to this plant growing business than sowing seeds and watering seedlings. During this time of the year is when we are out and about meeting new people and introducing them to New Moon Nursery.
It can be a tough decision to make. Do we leave the farm, where seeds are being sown and even new greenhouses are being installed and spend precious time traveling and setting up a booth in a conference center someplace? Yes, we think it is important to do these things. We are big proponents of the power of a face-to-face meeting and a handshake.
We also take this time to see what other people are up to and catch up with friends in the field. Sometimes we get so busy these trade shows and conferences are one of the few opportunities we have to check in with fellow nurseryman who otherwise are as busy as we are.
Here’s where you can find us during the busy winter trade show and conference season.
MANTS – The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show
. In its 46th year and presented in cooperation by the State Nursery and Landscape Associations of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia last year this trade show saw more than 11,000 people enter its doors. 964 companies from around the world spent the January weekend at the Baltimore Convention Center and we are hoping for the same type of crow this year.
Stop by and say hello: Baltimore, MD • January 6 – 8, Booth 413
CENTS – The Central Environment Nursery Trade Show
We have many customers in the midwest and this is a great opportunity to meet them. CENTS also offers educational programming as well as botanic garden and nursery tours. presented by the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association and billed as the midwest’s premier green industry convention, this show has been happening for more than 100 years and is happening at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
We are looking forward to meeting you: Columbus, OH • January 11 – 13, Booth 2209
We do not miss this conference each year and this year we are especially excited because one of the educational sessions is about Carex. And by now you know how excited we are about Carex (After all, James is even crowned the Carex King in this plant description on Pleasant Run Nursery’s website, though the description isn’t about a Carex.). Sponsored by Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania and New Directions in the American Landscape (developed by Larry Weaner Landscape Associates) and co-sponsored by the PA/DE Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects this program takes place in two different locations. We will be at the event in Blue Bell PA. In its 27th year, the New Directions in the American Landscape “advances the art and science of natural landscape design by collaborating with design, horticulture, and environmental organizations across the United States to provide innovative, high-quality programming for landscape practitioners.” This year’s theme “Zooming In/Zooming Out : Native Design from the Intricate to the Expansive will explore crucial aspects of the native design process, beginning at the scale of individual species, and gradually zooming out to include plant community design, ecological master planning, and methods for creating sophisticated ecological designs within the context of current as well as emerging landscape practices.”
Blue Bell, PA • January 14 & 15
Celebrating its 20th year, this one-day horticultural trade show, symposium and job fair is hosted by the Metro Hort Group and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This event features ti-state (NY, NJ, CT) green industry companies promoting plants, products, and services to horticultural professionals in the region.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden • January 26
We will have a booth at this event featuring educational sessions for regional landscape architects and other green industry professionals presented in Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center.
Atlantic City, NJ • February 21 – 23
Presented by the Pennsylvania Delaware Chapter of the American Society and hosted in the Lancaster Convention Center and Marriott in Penn’s Square.
Lancaster, PA • April 8 – 9
With a mission to “increase interest in and knowledge of propagating and preserving native southeastern plant species in the landscape” experts from all over the region flock to Western Carolina University for educational sessions, tours and sharing stories.
The details for the 2016 conference are still being ironed out and registration will begin in April. We will be there.
Cullowhee, NC • July 20-23
Undergoing some transition but still planned for 2016. Keep an eye out on their website for details. We are still planning to be there!
Millersville, PA • Stay Tuned
Connecticut Recreation & Parks Association Conference
The details are still in the works for this year’s conference but we are planning to be there.
Uncasville, CT • November
If you are trying to find out where we are during this busy networking season be sure to check out our Facebook page.
What conferences do you always attend? Where might we meet you?