2017 Eastern Region Annual Conference: Grand Rapids, Michigan

11 October 2017 - 14 October 2017

Being successful in the nursery industry takes more than plant production knowledge, it takes a solid background in business as well as a knowledge of environmental costs and benefits.  Join us in Grand Rapids for great talks by leading growers and business professionals on how to: KEEP IT GREEN! 

The four day conference consists of behind-the-scenes-tours to local nurseries & botanic gardens as well as an educational session that conveniently breaks into three types of green we care about: the Green Environment, Green Profits, & Green Plants. A poster session, plant auctions & time to socialize round out the event.

Pre-Conference Tour, Oct 11

The Pre-Conference Tour will depart from the Holiday Inn Downtown in Grand Rapids and head south for a full day tour that will visit Rosebay Nursery,  Midwest Groundcovers, Blue Horizon Nursery,  and finally the serene and beautiful Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden, the latest addition to the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. We will return to the hotel in time to make the short walk to the nearby Eberhard Center for our kick-off event, the Welcome Reception. 

Conference Tour, Oct 12:

Join us as we tour three large scale nurseries based in West Michigan: Walters GardensHortech and Spring Meadow Nursery. Enjoy a full day of behind the scenes tours while networking with colleagues old and new throughout the day. After the nursery tours, Spring Meadow’s owner, Dale Deppe, welcomes you to his home garden along the picturesque Grand River. A tour of the grounds, which includes the largest collection of hydrangeas in the Midwest, will be followed by a fabulous dinner along the river. 

Educational Sessions

Program Chair Brian Maynard, Plant Science Professor at the University of Rhode Island, has drawn on the wealth of horticultural knowledge at Michigan State University as well as the wealth of experience in the Michigan green industry and beyond to develop an educational program that will help you “Keep It Green”. Check it out HERE

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