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Cultivate’17: An Amazing Horticulture Experience

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to attend a horticulture industry trade show, here’s a recap of the time I just spent at Cultivate’17 presented by AmericanHort. For plant nerds like me,  it is like a chocoholic spending three days in a chocolate factory.

A display at the airport lets you know your horticulture experience is beginning.

The show begins with a keynote speaker. This year, Jon Gordon, author of the Energy Bus, speaks about positive leadership.

There are more than 125 educational sessions offered. Here is Katie Dubow of Garden Media Group demonstrating how easy it is to do Facebook Live. (Get ready, everyone, I will be going live!)

When you walk the trade show that covers nearly 8 acres, new products for growers, landscapers, and garden centers are everywhere!

This new stack trellis system caught my eye.

And these new planting bags put those plastic ones to shame.

I am getting samples of both of these products and can’t wait to test them. I will let you know how they perform.

The displays are inspiring.

Horticulture goes high fashion.

Don’t you want to sit down with a good book?

Bloomstruck hydrangeas spill from a van.

Many displays offer ideas gardeners can use at home.

And, of course, there are plants…everywhere!


Lilies. Oh, they smell so good.



Cultivate’17 is often the first place many see 1,600 new varieties for 2018.

New varieties of fruit and vegetables…

And annuals and perennials…

Begonia ‘Holiday Snowflake’
Coleus ‘Main Street La Rambla’
Geranium ‘Calliope Large Salmon’
Leucanthemum ‘Coconut’
Helichrysum ‘Hello Orange’
Lantana ‘Bloomify Red’
Phlox ‘Popstars Rose with Eye’
Salvia ‘Ember’s Wish’
Sunflower ‘Surfinity’ – a reblooming sunflower!
This little silvery-foliaged plant named ‘Bedhead’ is one of my favorites. It will be fun spilling over the edges of containers.

Combinations of plants offer ideas for folks who love pastel partnerships and bold blends.

And if all that isn’t enough, there are opportunities for field trips.

The Franklin Park Conservatory is an amazing place. Look for a blog post about the gardens – inside and out – coming soon!

The Ohio State University features trial gardens, the Steven Still Garden, a rooftop garden, and more. (Another blog post coming!)

After three days of reconnecting with industry friends, making new friends, and experiencing the best of horticulture, I am ready to head home. My suitcase is full of catalogs and my head is spinning with new ideas for The Planter’s Palette and my own garden. Garden with me!






2 thoughts on “Cultivate’17: An Amazing Horticulture Experience

  1. I can imagine that you must have been in heaven. You’re definitely saw some beautiful plants. I just love it when they’re all in the same place like that. I don’t want to go and green houses because I want one of everything. Glad you’re having fun. Although I do think that you would’ve made an absolutely fantastic teacher, I think you have found an even better career.

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