TPIE Road Show: It's Education on the Go!

Held in conjunction with FNGLA's Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE) each January, TPIE's Road Show offers on-the-go training for industry professional seeking top-quality educational programs while experiencing firsthand what South Florida has to offer.

2017 brings two morning sessions, a full-day "Education on the Go!" classroom session and two afternoon tours.

Pick-Two Combo: Start Your Morning with Your Choice of Learning

Pick One Workshop
Pest Management or Trends & Garden Center Merchandising

Pick One Tour
Production Facilites or Garden & Design

Production Facilities (11:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.)
Put on your walking shoes for a Tuesday afternoon adventure. From a beautiful variety of Bromeliads to a wide array of tropical foliage, attendees will take a tour through three production facilities in Homestead, FL. The three stops included in Tuesday afternoon’s tour are:

12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Bullis Bromeliads has been a family owned and operated nursery since 1977. Bullis Bromeliads resides and continues to grow on over 25 acres of land with over 18 acres of shade houses and 2.5 acres of greenhouses. Founded by the late Harvey R. Bullis II, Harvey III and Patricia Bullis now run this wholesale company with their two sons, nephews Rick and Thomas G., and brother Eugenio. Now, the 4th generation, Harvey IV and Thomas Bullis, have joined the company for growing and hybridization. Family traditions still run strong in the business.

2 - 3 p.m.
Island Tropical Foliage is a 30-acre nursery owned and operated by Larry Barr, located in Homestead, Florida. Island Tropical Foliage has a wide variety of customers in the U.S. and Caribbean and provides wholesale plants, trees, and nursery supplies to retail garden centers, landscapers and landscape architects, home builders, commercial and residential builders, developers, hotels and resorts, and plant brokers. They pride themselves on a nursery built for high quality and excellent customer service.

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Costa Farms is a third-generation family-owned grower that operates on more than 2,000 acres in Florida (with additional farms in North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Dominican Republic). The company’s diverse team offers a wealth of solutions for retail customers of all levels, including bringing new varieties to market via its research and development wing and consumer-oriented branding programs via its marketing department. Get a unique view of Costa Farms with this tour, which starts by highlighting the company’s full range of product offerings (including indoor foliage, bonsai, orchids, outdoor tropicals), then moves to the field so you can see how the company grows its product.


Who Should Attend?

Interiorscapers, landscape professionals, retail garden centers, landscape designers, garden communicators: Whether looking to either gain insight on the latest trends and innovations in design, sharpen skills in pest management and interior maintenance; or increase sales in a retail garden center, one of the three tours is sure to be the right fit.

Continuing Education Units

  • FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional (FCHP)
  • FNGLA Certified Landscape Contractor, Technician & Designer (FCLC, FCLT, FCLMT, FCLD)

CEU's are generally applied for from the following programs:

  • National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) Certifications
  • Pesticide Applicator License
  • Landscape Inspector's Association of Florida
  • Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)

Please note that hotel shuttle transportation will not be available on Tuesday, January 17. If you would like to attend the tour and are without ground transportation, we recommend that you stay at the following hotels which are a short walking distance from the convention center: Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale - 17th Street; Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina; Holiday Inn Express, Hyatt Place and Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port.

For more details on the TPIE Road Show, contact FNGLA's Linda Reindl or call 800.375.3642.