September/October 2021
Reunited … By Teresa McPherson

The team at AmericanHort succeeded in organizing a safe and productive face-to-face event with Cultivate'21.

…. and it felt so good! For the first time in two years, the green industry convened in Columbus, Ohio, for AmericanHort’s Cultivate’21.

After being forced to go virtual in 2020, the team at AmericanHort succeeded in organizing a safe and productive face-to-face event. The morning keynotes were standing room only, the education tracks well attended, and the trade show aisles buzzed with activity throughout the show.

This industry is about people as much as it is about plants, and everyone seemed happy to be back together in person. Talk on the show floor inevitably touched on various aspects of the pandemic — from personal experiences to the new business it generated thanks to stay-at-home orders to the supply chain and labor issues.

AmericanHort Cultivate'21 display hosesBut conversations also took place around new technologies, process and plants at the show. One of my favorite things about Cultivate is wandering the aisles and marveling at the new (and new-to-me) varieties being shown — and how they’re displayed. I shared snapshots of some of those here and on our social media channels — check them out at @LGRmag on Facebook and Instagram.

AmericanHort Cultivate'21 display garden artWere you able to attend Cultivate this year? What were your favorite things about the event? Drop me a line at [email protected].

Teresa McPherson

Teresa McPherson is the managing editor of Lawn & Garden Retailer. Contact her at [email protected].


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