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. Three tours with three unique focuses. Whether you are looking for the latest on innovations in design, interior maintenance/pest management; wanting to touch, feel and soak-in South Florida's tropical gardens; or looking to enhance your garden center, plan now to secure your seat on the bus!

Now Better than Ever: TPIE offers Education on the Go!

Tuesday, January 19, 2015

Choose from one of three creatively designed tours with both classroom instruction and on-the-go training. Attendees will start their experience in the classroom to the tour. The groups will then board the bus for a fun-filled and educational adventure. Ticket is required and lunch or dinner will be included in the tours. Register before the January 8 deadline for $120 for the day. After January 8, tickets are $150.

It’s the “Bug” Bus

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
It’s time to spend the day working out all of the “bugs” in your company’s pest management program. Whether in an interior or exterior landscape, creating the ideal mix of biological and chemical controls for managing pests is key. This year’s TPIE Road Show’s “bug” bus will not only provide classroom instruction identifying specific pest threats and symptoms to look for but will also provide key maintenance techniques to minimize outbreaks on the job site. Attendees will then take to the bus for a trip to Homestead where they will have a hands-on opportunity to evaluate the use of biocontrols vs. traditional spray programs and participate in the correct release of beneficials on plants. Learn simple steps that will shave costs from your pesticide programs and provide your customers with a pest-free environment. Stops include Butler’s Foliage and Farm Life Tropical Foliage.

>> Access the "Bug" tour's itinerary

Trends In the Marketplace Tour

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Take an inside look at what industry producers are doing in response to consumer trends and buying habits to make their plants and products relevant and enticing to the end customer. Industry marketing experts will be on board to share ways retail garden centers can increase their tropical foliage sales by taking advantage of current trends and marketplace intelligence. Now's the time to reserve your seat. Stops include: Farm Life Tropical Foliage, Silver Vase, Plants In Design, Costa Farms, My Too Sprouts and Deleon’s Bromeliads.

>> Access the Trends tour's itinerary

Garden & Design Tour

12:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Looking for innovative landscape designs that will inspire you to reach to new levels? Immerse yourself in South Florida’s array of tropicals! Breaking from the traditional time frame, TPIE Road Show’s Garden and Design tour is thrilled to offer a full tour of both botanic and private gardens. Attendee will spend an afternoon and evening seeing some of South Florida’s finest landscape designs along with first-time stops featuring nightscapes. Stops include Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, The Kampong and several private gardens.

>> Access the Botanical Garden & Design tour's itinerary

Please note that hotel shuttle transportation will not available on Tuesday, January 19. 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.

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:
  • PLANET Certifications
  • Pesticide Applicator License
  • Landscape Inspector's Association of Florida
  • Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)

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