2014: TPIE’s Opening Session
Wednesday, January 21; 9 – 10 a.m. Free with your show badge!
Trends & Mindsets – Creating Success Today by Anticipating tomorrow’s Consumer Trends and Needs
Take advantage of the rich consumer information offered by the international trend analyst Christine Boland. Understanding and applying society trends in everyday business is easy, accessible and inspiring. Staying in tune with what is going on in the world today can help us see what the marketplace will look like tomorrow. Christine Boland’s presentation will not only focus on such social, fashion, and retail trends, but it will show how to use them in our specific industry.
Christine uses exciting visual storytelling to inspire original thinking and bridge the present to the future. This translates into creative product design, better business development and in-depth consumer understanding. Wherever your company fits in the horticulture industry, from production to retail, you’ll leave this session with specific information to make your business products and services more relevant, and consequently more valuable, to the buying public.
Christine Boland is a leading international trend watcher and analyst. Using Amsterdam as her home base, she has been identifying and translating trends in the consumer market for more than twenty years: from fashion trends, retail trends and consumer trends in general. She works closely with companies as a creative compass, which provides insight and helps with strategic decision-making and innovation. Her clients include some of most innovative horticulture producers and retailers in Europe and some of the giant consumer-goods companies in the USA.
Sponsored by Live Trends Design Group and SK/Soendgen Keramik.
TPIE’s Happy Hour
Wednesday, January 21; 5 – 6 p.m. Free with your show badge!
It’s always a surprise what will happen at TPIE’s Happy Hour! In 2014, a flash mob of local horticulture students took center stage in the courtyard and wowed everyone with their dance moves. End the first day of the show on a high note, don’t miss this year’s Happy Hour: share stories and a drink, continue business deals and enjoy special entertainment.
All compliments of Suntory.
TPIE Welcome Orientation
Wednesday, January 21, 8 a.m.
Get the most from attending TPIE by attending this informative pre-show session as show staff and volunteers review show details and information on the various programs being offered. Free coffee!
TPIE Create Theater, presented by the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD)
The TPIE Create Theater offers an experience on the show floor to encourage creative thinking when it comes to new sales opportunities for foliage and tropical plants. AIFD floral designers will provide two workshops each day based on market trends.
Wednesday – Plant Design Trends!
AIFD designers are at the forefront of consumer trends. Wednesday’s two sessions will focus on how to incorporate the upcoming trends into the world of tropical plants, leading to increased demand and sales.
Thursday – Plants with A RePurpose!
Itâ€™s one of the hottest trends in all aspects of design: Reusing and repurposing to create new and beautiful products and spaces. Attend Thursday morning and afternoon sessions to see the creative repurposing ideas the designers offer for tropical and interior plants.
Friday – The Art of Plants
Whether for sales or merchandising, showcasing plants as art and in artistic ways attracts a new audience of plant buyers. Take advantage of the artistic forms the AIFD designers create with plants to refine and implement as part of your company’s style, services or product line.
TPIE’s Innovation Lounge & the Exhibitor Showcase of Products
Get recharged at TPIE’s Innovation Lounge where you’ll find a showcase of the newest and coolest plants and products in the industry as well as power outlets to recharge your phone and tablets. Lounge seating makes this a perfect place to meet up with colleagues and make new business connections.
Sponsor of TPIE Exhibitor Showcase:
TPIE Interiorscape Awards Showcase
Thursday, January 22, 11:30 a.m.
With TPIE as a favorite event for interiorscapers from across the continent, it’s the perfect place to showcase the top Interiorscape Award winners from the various industry award programs, including PLANET, PIA and I-Plants Magazine. Take notes to see what makes a winning project and add to the applause for the winners.
Cool Stuff at TPIE
Thursday, January 22, 2:00 p.m.
See what the buyers say are the coolest products at the TPIE! Facilitated by The Garden Center Group, this session showcases the top 15 cool plants and products voted on by buyers at the show. Exhibitors with winning products will share more information about the items during this session. It’s a quick and lively way to see what’s trending at TPIE.
FNGLA Horticulture Career Fair
Friday, January 23, 10 –11 a.m.
FNGLA reaches out to tomorrow's leaders by hosting a Horticulture Career Fair at TPIE. This interactive program brings together high school students, industry educators and potential employers in a high-energy environment. Following this educational and competitive event, students are invited to tour the TPIE show floor to learn more about the vast scope of Florida's nursery and landscape industry. Learn more about the FNGLA Horticulture Career Fair.