Who’s heading to Cultivate’17 in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend (July 15-18)? If so, you should hop on my bus for AmericanHort’s Garden Retail Tour Saturday.
We’ll be stopping at Oakland Nursery (in New Albany), Wilson’s Garden Center and Fisher’s Gardens. Head to www.cultivate17.org for more information.
Also, if you’re headed to the trade show, The Garden Center Group needs your help choosing Retailer’s Choice Awards. Explore Cultivate’17 at your own pace and then join Danny Summers and Sid Raisch at 4 p.m. Sunday to share what you discovered.
The awards will be presented on Monday at 3:15 p.m. at the Cultivate’17 Live Stage. If you can’t attend, I’ll make sure to share the top awards with everyone afterward!
What 2018 Will Bring
We’re only halfway through 2017, give or take, but the National Garden Bureau (NGB) is already planning for the 2018 gardening season — as I’m sure you are as well.
NGB has named four plant classes for its “Year of” program. For the bulb crop, 2018 will be the Year of the Tulip. For annuals, 2018 will be the Year of the Calibrachoa. For vegetables/edibles, 2018 will be the Year of the Beet. For perennials, 2018 will be the Year of the Coreopsis.
What do you think of the choices? Are these hot crops that you plan to up your production of next year? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, head over to www.ngb.org where between now and mid-November, NGB will add complimentary fact sheets, flyers, handouts, signage, etc., for you to use in marketing these plants.