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Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition Set to Showcase Trends & Exceed Expectations

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Article by: Greenline

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As eyes turn toward the ripe opportunities of the New Year, TPIE offers something for those in the foliage industry and beyond to begin 2017 on the right path. 

“If you wish to get a jump on what 2017’s trends will be, then connect with industry insiders from all over the world and surround yourself with hundreds of booths filled with tropical plants, incredible orchids and innovative products. Or take your career to the next level by learning about FNGLA’s professional certifications. TPIE is the place” said Linda Adams, FNGLA’s chief operating officer. “And be sure to take advantage of the many learning opportunities with the Create Theater, the TPIE Road Show, and two informative general sessions.”

Attendees will be treated to 400 exhibiting companies in more than 800 booths - all showcasing their brightest and best-selling plants, products and services. 

Shining a bright light on consumer trends and shifting perspectives, interior designer and trend-spotter Jane Lockhart leads the opening session “Where Plants and Lifestyle Connect.” Lockhart highlights ways to pair plants with interior spaces to integrate beauty, wellness and nature.

Lockhart is the principal designer of Toronto-based Jane Lockhart Interior Design, which she founded in 1997. An award-winning designer, TV personality and author, she is well-known for her expertise in interior design and color. Lockhart is a fresh voice on consumer spending and millennials!  This one hour session takes place at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18.

Plants are at the heart of a repurpose project converting an abandoned trolley line on Manhattan’s east side into an underground public space. Mark Mini and Andrew Engel of John Mini Distinctive Landscapes will present “The Lowline Lab & Subterranean Parks: How, Why and What It Means for Our Industry’s Future.” This is TPIE 2017’s Exceeding Expectations session! Sponsored by the National Foliage Foundation (NFF), this session takes place at 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 19.

Admission to both the Lockhart and Mini/Engel general sessions is included with your TPIE show badge!

Slated to take place on Wednesday and Thursday at TPIE are the Create Theater workshops where floral designers from the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) impart new and novel ways to merchandise plants using themes from the latest floral design trends.

The popular TPIE Road Show takes place on Tuesday, January 17. One tours foliage production facilities while the other tours local gardens.  There are also workshops on pest management, as well as trends and garden center merchandising.

Throughout the three-day event inside the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, three interior design showrooms are on display accentuating plants in different decors.  At high noon on both Wednesday and Thursday, celebrated interior designer Anya Cesar offers a walk-about session explaining the design concepts and plant selections.

Another popular way to gain the inside track on emerging trends is to tap into the TPIE Cool Products Awards. They spotlight the top 15 retail and interiorscape plants and products as voted by TPIE show buyers themselves!  The TPIE Cool Products Awards are presented on Thursday, January 19 at 3 p.m.

You have an excellent opportunity to sharpen your professional skill sets while on the TPIE show floor. Visit FNGLA’s Certification Showcase where FNGLA’s Director of Certifications Merry Mott can explain the five available certifications for eager professionals - including the FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer.  

Abundant opportunities to be inspired and create meaningful connections continue when the tradeshow ends its first day with the TPIE Happy Hour. It offers a relaxing tropical atmosphere to share casual conversation and great ideas (and a cocktail) with fellow industry insiders and thought-leaders. 

Register for TPIE for just $30. The best hotel rates and availability are secured when you go through TPIE’s housing company, Eventsphere.  Use TPIE’s online housing reservation for up-to-date availability and pricing. Shuttle buses run from most TPIE host hotels to the convention center on all three show days.

For more information about TPIE, visit www.tpie.org or call FNGLA at 800-375-3642.  TPIE is a signature event produced by FNGLA and its members with event proceeds used to serve the industry.

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