UpGrade your Experience

Enrich your Cultivate experience with these exclusive opportunities to dive deeper into specific subjects and explore area businesses.


Garden Retail Tour

Saturday, July 13, Cost: $125
Join other retailers to uncover best practices for engaging consumers, promoting plants, and growing the bottom line when we tour White Oak Gardens(voted a top 100 garden center), Delhi Gardens, and Berns Garden Center. Over the course of a day, (that includes lunch!) we'll visit each garden center to see what they're doing to stay relevant and successful. See how each store manages individualized products, specialties, and different customer bases.


Greenhouse Production Tour

Saturday, July 13, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Cost:  $125

On this tour, you will see two large production facilities in the Cleveland, Ohio area. At Corso's Perennials, we will tour a large production facility that supplies box stores like Lowe's and Home Depot with a variety of perennials. Green Circle Growers is an industry leader whose Just Add Ice Orchids are well-known across the nation. You will get a glimpse into their highly-technological orchid and ornamental production facilities.

Nursery Production Tour

Saturday, July 13, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Cost: $125

The first stop on this tour is the Ohio Agricultural and Research Development Center in Wooster, Ohio where you will see a demonstration of a new, cutting-edge water and fertilizer injection system for nurseries. From there we will go to Willoway Nursery where you will see how the injector system has been integrated into their operations.  We will also tour the grounds at both Willoway Nursery and Davis Tree Farm and Nursery where we will learn more about their tree and shrub production

Creating A Modern Garden Center Workshop

Saturday, July 13, 7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Cost:  $165

What makes a garden center modern? How do you keep up with new trends and the ever-changing customer?  

Join a panel of creative and ambitious leaders in the garden retail industry, who will share their tips for getting inspired and staying innovative when it comes to creating the modern garden center.

During this full-day, peer-to-peer workshop, top retail experts from around the world will share their inspiration, plans, hurdles, and how they stay relevant to today's consumer. You will leave with the plans and inspiration to implement similar ideas in your own garden center and will also have the opportunity to share your ideas with other attendees! This workshop will conclude with a networking session (with a mixology class!) in the gardens at the beautiful Franklin Park Conservatory.   

Biocontrols Workshop: The How-To's of Quality Control and Application Methods

Saturday, July 13, Cost: $165

Have you ever wondered how many mites are really in that bottle? Do you wonder if those nematodes can really kill fly larva? Come learn how to count, test, sex and many other useful skills in this biocontrol workshop. Attendees will learn skills in a classroom setting that can be used back at the greenhouse, making their biocontrol programs stronger. Kits will be provided with the tools needed to do the testing.  We will also head offsite to a greenhouse to learn more about applying beneficials and other real-world skills.

Research and Innovation Tour

Saturday, July 13, 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.| $65

Scotts Miracle-Gro is the world leader in consumer lawn & garden and was founded right here in the greater Columbus area. With more than 150 years of experience, over 5800 employees and a dozen + industry leading brands the Scotts Miracle-Gro mission is to help consumers express themselves on their own piece of the Earth. This is accomplished by providing innovative products and solutions to create beautiful and healthy lawns and gardens, and their products are designed to meet consumers unique needs - whether its natural & organic solutions for indoor and urban gardening, or smart lawn irrigation. During this tour you will see four areas:

  1. An overview of R&D at Scotts Miracle-Gro where you learn about the science that is done to ensure best in class performance of the SMG portfolio of retail lawn, garden and control products. 
  2. You will learn about the benefits of compost for consumer gardening. Amending soils with compost provides numerous benefits but ensuring consistency among diverse compost feedstocks is a challenge. Learn about large scale production and what to look for in a high-quality compost.
  3. Learn about Organic Nutrition and get a better understanding of the challenges with using organic fertilizers and see how it is possible to grow organically without sacrificing performance.
  4. A focus on Indoor Gardening will show you how Scotts Miracle-Gro makes it easier for home gardeners to grow fresh herbs and vegetables year-round with hydroponics


CareerUP - Define Your Future

Saturday, July 13 | Cost:  $125
Connect with other young professionals who are ambitious about growing their careers and are passionate about revolutionizing the way we promote horticulture as a career, hobby, and life necessity. This one-day workshop series is tailored to emerging horticulture professionals to help you expand your skills, define your future, and navigate the green industry career ladder.

International Interior Plantscape Awards & Hall of Fame Induction

Sunday, July 14, Cost:  $125

The International Plantscape Awards Celebration brings interiorscapers together to celebrate the successes of another year and to present awards to this year's International Plantscape Award winners as well as welcome the 2019 Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame inductee.  It's an evening of excellent company, outstanding work, fresh inspiration, and long-lasting memories. 


The Art of Giving Great Service Workshop

Monday, July 15, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.| $65

Zingerman’s has set the standard for great customer service in the specialty foods industry. This success has come from combining an innovative service philosophy with practical working systems, all of which ZingTrain will share in this garden retailer facing Workshop. Zingerman’s approach has been successfully applied in a wide variety of businesses and non-profits that are committed to improving the quality of their customer service. This seminar teaches you the Steps to Giving Great Service and Steps to Effectively Handling Customer Complaints. It also teaches you how to create a culture of great service and why it’s crucial to treat your staff with as much care as you treat your customers. You will leave with all the tools (workbook/customer service manual) to implement the art of great service in your garden center!