Founded in 1993 by green industry professionals for green industry professionals, the New England GROWS educational conference and expo gives participants unique access to targeted, industry-specific products, information, education and connections. The New England Nursery Association, Massachusetts Arborists Association, Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals and Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association are the organization’s founding partners.

WHEN: Nov. 30-Dec. 2

WHERE: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (Boston, Massachusetts)

PHONE: 508-653-3009

EMAIL: info@NewEnglandGROWS.org

ON THE WEB: NewEnglandGROWS.org

FACEBOOK: New England GROWS

TWITTER: NewEnglandGROWS

ON THE GO: Download the GROWS app on iTunes or Google Play stores

EXPO HOURS:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 30: 9 a.m.— 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 1: 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 2: 9 a.m. — 3 p.m.

GROWS Speaker Lineup

At New England GROWS, some of the brightest minds in horticulture, landscape and tree care come together to share their insight and advice with green industry colleagues. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of design, technology, consumer trends and business best practices. From new plant introductions and disease management strategies, to employee recruitment and eco-friendly landscapes, New England GROWS covers a wide range of topics.

Acclaimed authors, influential environmentalists and successful entrepreneurs are among the speakers at the conference. Educational highlights include:

  • Tracy DiSabato-Aust – internationally acclaimed landscape designer, horticulturist and best-selling author – will speak on “Designing with Color, Texture and Form” as well as “High-Impact, Low-Care Plants.” DiSabato-Aust will also autograph copies of her popular books at the show.
  • As landscape contractor for the award-winning television series “This Old House,” Roger Cook inspires millions with expert advice learned over the course of a lifetime in landscaping. He’ll share his expertise in “Using Natural Stone Construction in the Landscape.”
  • What consumer trends will be game changers in the green industry? Trend spotters Suzi McCoy and Katie McCoy Dubow of the Garden Media Group will unveil their predictions for trends to watch in 2017.
  • Popular entomologist and speaker Michael Raupp, Ph.D. dives deep in a thought-provoking presentation
  • “Can Insect Pests Be Managed Organically?” and addresses world-wide concern in “Mosquito Smackdown: What You Can do to Stop the Bite.”
  • In all, conference participants may choose from more than 30 educational sessions over the course of three days. Continuing Education Credits from several professional organizations is available at many sessions.
  • The GROWS exposition is packed with 400 leading industry suppliers ready to make deals, including special GROWS-only offers from select vendors. Green industry professionals can check out the latest solutions, view demos and get hands-on access to the tools, plants and technology they need to grow their business.

In addition to in-depth conference sessions, interactive educational opportunities are available throughout the show on the expo floor. Attendees can pick up quick information hits at 15-minute Sprint Sessions, take in a training session at the new Safety Arena, check out an emerging trends vignette or challenge themselves at the plant ID contest.

Additional seminars of interest for tree care professionals include:

  • “New Management Strategies and Planting Practices in the Urban Forest” Richard Harper, Extension Assistant Professor, Urban & Community Forestry, University of Massachusetts
  • “Restoration Pruning After Storms” Ed Gilman, Ph.D., Professor, Urban Trees & Landscape Plants, University of Florida
  • “Climate Change and the Impact on Tree-Insect Interactions” Daniel A. Herms, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Entomology, Ohio State University
  • “How to Hire and Keep Good People” Jason Cupp, Kolbe Certified Growth Consultant, Kincaide, LTD.
  • “Treehouse Design and Construction: A Modern Trend” Dan Wright, ISA-Certified Arborist, Founder of Tree Top Builders, Inc.
  • “Understanding and Developing Your Latino Workforce” Ellen Ely, President, Landscape Training Solutions
  • “What’s Ahead in Insect Pest Management” Richard Casagrande, Ph.D., Professor of Entomology, University of Rhode Island