September 15, 2012
Expo no longer just a trade show
There are some exciting new additions to this year’s Expo.
Calling all retailers, interior plantscapers, designers and floral markets. Not to be missed are the exciting new features at next month’s Expo, Oct. 17 and 18, at the Toronto Congress Centre, North Building.

No longer just a trade show, Expo has become a destination to see what is trending with the retail market, and what new and exciting products are available. After a strong 2012 season, inspired by a warm spring and summer, Ontario’s garden, floral and outdoor living retail industry is preparing to turn its attention to next year.

New for 2012 is the Destination Inspiration Theatre, which will feature daily demos  free to all attendees. Containers and urns are the talk of the town for the 2012 fall and winter season and will be featured on the stage during the Urn Your Profits sessions.

Take a load off for 30 minutes and be seated at the stage and watch noted floral and design guru Neville Mackay direct a competition between two designers — one arranging a potted plant arrangement and the other cut-florals. Now that’s entertainment!

Which container to use for your interior plants? Which plant combinations work? Learn how to enhance and increase the value of your plant installation during the Contain-er Your Tropicals sessions with Sue Blaney and Jill Jensen.

Expo is truly an ideal venue for professionals from the floriculture and horticulture industry to gather to find inspiration, creative merchandising concepts, and participate in professional development programs that will enhance their knowledge and career opportunities. They will meet and get advice from leading industry experts and vendors who offer innovative ideas, fresh approaches, new products, tools and connections that will help grow a business.

The schedule is full with stage demonstrations and special events that are beneficial for any business in garden, floral and nursery businesses.

Heather MacRae, director of events and trade shows at Landscape Ontario, says, “For those in our industry, it is a perfect opportunity to open their businesses to new markets and opportunities.”

“Expo strives to be better than it has ever been before, just like the industry it is here to benefit,” says MacRae. “Our top-notch exhibitors, innovative new products and a show floor packed with all the products, plants and services help garden and floral retailers make their stores interesting destinations for their customers.”

Over 2,500 buyers will attend Expo. Early bird pricing for ticketed events and trade show admission ends on Oct. 1, so register today to save money and your chance to win an iPad.

Details and registration are available at