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New England Grows! 2014 Preview

Boston Mass., February 5-7


Since its inception in 1993, New England Grows has become the most well-attended green industry event in the Northeast. It is known for its world-class educational seminars and exposition that showcases the most cutting-edge products and services available.

For complete show information, go to http://www.newenglandgrows.org.

Schedule

Wednesday, February 5

Seminars: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Exposition: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday, February 6

Seminars: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Exposition: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday, February 7

Seminars: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Exposition: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Education Sessions

New England Grows is an authorized provider of CEUs and professional development credits for many green industry accreditation programs and associations nationwide. Please note that schedule and session titles are subject to change.

Wednesday, February 5

7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration Open

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Garden Center Success! at New England Grows - "Garden Center 3.0" featuring Keynote Speakers: Alison Kenney Paul, vice chairman and U.S. retail & distribution leader at Deloitte, LLP, Chicago, Ill.; and Anna Ball, CEO, Ball Horticultural Co., Inc., West Chicago, Ill.

9 - 10 a.m.

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exposition Open

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

2 - 3 p.m.

5 p.m. Exposition Closes

Thursday, February 6

7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration Open

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exposition Open

9 - 10 a.m.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Idea Swap

In the famous words of business guru Bill Taylor, "Nobody is as smart as everybody." Take advantage of collective wisdom when you join colleagues for a quick idea swap on the Common during lunch. Make new connections, introduce ideas to your professional community, and come collaborate in a whole new way.

2 - 3 p.m.

5 p.m. Exposition Closes

Friday, February 7

7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Registration Open

8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Exposition Open

9 - 10 a.m.

Grows Mobile App

Introducing a brand-new customized New England Grows App created specifically to help you navigate the show and plan each day for maximum ROI. Be one of the first to download the New England Grows App from iTunes or Google Play and be entered to win a $500 VISA card! Then take it to another level with Grows' new Evergreen Geo- Game that takes you on a hot-spot hunt through the exposition with a fabulous grand prize for the winner.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

2 - 3 p.m.

3 p.m. Conference & Exposition Closes

Learning Opportunities

Educational Pods

Watch for association-sponsored educational opportunities throughout the conference and on the tradeshow floor. Check out the ICPI certification and paver display; take the pollinator protection pledge and help increase awareness; test-drive the latest mobile apps recommended by your colleagues; or try your hand at tying arborists knots for climbing and rigging.

Sprint Sessions

Pick up tons of trends, tips and techniques right on the tradeshow floor. Popular Sprint Sessions presented by extension experts and solution-based learning from top suppliers will be offered in 15-minute, rapid-fire updates presented on the new and exciting Common Ground stage.

Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI)

Two-day course: Feb. 4 -5 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Sponsored by Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals, with support from Techo-Block

Earn credentials that help differentiate you from the competition and learn ways to improve installation efficiency, resulting in greater profits. Landscape contractors involved in the residential and commercial installation of interlocking concrete pavements with a year or more experience should attend this course. Content includes job planning and layout, soil characteristics, compaction, base materials, edge restraints, bedding and joint sands, installation and maintenance of concrete pavers and estimating.

Registration fees range from $350-$280 per person and include two days of classroom training, student manual and examination. Participants who attend the full course and earn a passing grade on the exam receive an ICPI Certificate of Completion.

To register go to http://www.icpi.org/boston or call 703-657-6900.

Arborists Knots for Climbing & Rigging

A well-executed knot is the key to safe and successful climbing and rigging for the professional arborist. Stop by and check out the ISA's new video featuring ArborMaster trainers and International Tree Climbing Champions Ken Palmer, Rip Tompkins and Sean Gere who explain and demonstrate the knots commonly used in climbing and rigging. Then try your hand at tying knots with help from our professional arborist volunteers.

Tech Hub/App Bar

Confused by the thousands of apps and websites that claim they will help you get business done? Curious about which ones actually work for the green industry? Well here's your chance to check out the apps recommended the most by your industry colleagues. You'll walk away with a list of useful mobile tools and resources to put to work right away.

Pollinator Protection: Building Awareness

A global debate is raging about what is happening to our pollinators. Many factors and variables are contributing to bee die-off around the world and it is incumbent upon all of us, as green industry professionals, to educate ourselves on this critical topic. Stop by and check out a plethora of resources available to help build your knowledge base and educate your customers. Talk to experts, as well as everyday people, who are making a real difference and sign the pledge to do the same!

Opportunities

Dining with the Speakers: An Inspired Gathering

Ever wish you could spend quality time with some of the outstanding speakers that present at New England Grows every year? Now's your chance! Join a select group of speakers and colleagues for a special evening of good food and great conversation. This is sure to be a sold out dinner party, so sign up early to reserve your spot at this very exclusive event.

Choose one of the following speakers with whom you wish to dine: Mark Bradley, landscape industry business consultant; Dale Hendricks, new plant guru; Jane Knight, Eden Project's landscape architect & change agent; Glyn Jones, horticultural historian & preservationist; and Nadlini Nadkarni, queen of the forest canopy.

Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to 10 guests per table. To check availability, contact Anne Franks at 508-653-3009 or afranks@newenglandgrows.org. Confirmation will be made by email following the receipt of payment and the completed form (available on the NE Grows website). Once confirmed, reservations may not be cancelled or refunded. Please submit a separate reservation form for each guest.

Ask Extension

Here's your change for some valuable one-on-one time with extension personnel from across New England. Extension experts will be on-hand to answer your green industry questions, so bring your toughest business challenge and get the answers to you need to move ahead.

NiceMeetings

New England Grows' educational sessions are so popular you can sit in on a seminar with 1,000-plus of your industry colleagues. We're test driving new technology in select educational seminars that will enhance your learning experience. "NiceMeetings" brings the speaker's presentation right into the palm of your hand via your mobile device. Look for the "NiceMeetings" icon to find out which seminars are offering this cutting-edge technology.

What's New & Entertainment

Common Ground Stage

This year's expo will be hopping with educational and entertaining activities on the new Common Ground Stage. From ergonomics to entomology, from soils to Rhythm Room ... there's always something happening on the Common Ground stage!

The Rhythm Room is a totally original band that delivers a unique show of high-energy music wrapped in world rhythms. Percussion and dynamic vocals combine with traditional and non-traditional instruments to create a rich, full-flavored sound and a visually stimulating experience for everyone. We'll kick off Grows 2014 in style and get you charged up for an evening of "Grows After Dark" socializing.

"Grows After Dark" Gathering Spots

Wednesday and Thursday after 5 p.m.-Where are my people? The answer is easy this year with industry-specific gathering spots designated for "Grows After Dark" socializing. Right after the show closes, hang out with friends (old and new) as you enjoy local fare and wait for rush hour to subside! All gathering spots are within easy walking distance of the BCEC, or jump the shuttle at the Westin Waterfront Hotel. Spend the early evening at one place, or move from spot to spot. Either way, it's a great way to catch a Celtics or Bruins game and kick back with friends.

Save 10 percent on appetizers and food after 5 p.m. at any of these Grows After Dark gathering spots when you show your Grows badge.

  • Landscape: Jerry Remy's
  • Nursery & Retail: Temazcal Cantina
  • Tree Care: Whiskey Priest

Idea Swap

In the famous words of business guru Bill Taylor, "Nobody is as smart as everybody." Take advantage of collective wisdom when you join colleagues for a quick idea swap on the Common during lunch. Make new connections, introduce ideas to your professional community, and come collaborate in a whole new way.

Recharging Station

New England Grows is a big and busy event. Take a break from the hustle and bustle at one of the new Recharging Stations on the Common. Rest, relax and recharge your mind, body and mobile device at this refreshing new venue.

Table Tennis Courts

Game on! Table tennis is all the rage right now and New England Grows' new courts are sure to be a hit. You can't be all business, all the time, so take a quick break and play a round, or two, of table tennis before you head back out onto the tradeshow floor.

Brew Garden

Connect with your peers as you kick back and enjoy your favorite beverage - hot or cold - at the New England Grows Brew Garden located on the Common in the center of the tradeshow floor.