Excitement is building for Thrive

Published on August 3, 2015

Thrive ’15 unites several popular Landscape Ontario events for retailers, growers, contractors and more. The re-imagined Thrive takes place September 16-17 at the Ancaster Fairgrounds. Thrive’s anchor is Garden Expo, a sold-out, two-day trade show for retailers to explore new products, meet vendors, discover trends, and connect with peers and experts alike.

Retail guru Judy Sharpton headlines the Retailers Keynote Breakfast at Thrive. She will challenge retailers to move beyond old thinking, such as the ubiquitous black plasti
c pots, and into a new era of customer appreciation. Judy Sharpton consults with garden centers across the continent; don’t miss hearing her profit-making insights.

Snowposium Snow and Ice Conference and Expo runs alongside, offering professional development and a trade show for the snow and ice management industry. The Induthrive_webstry Auction, set for September 17, features Awards of Excellence judging on quality plant material from Ontario’s top nursery growers. The plants are then auctioned to the highest bidders; proceeds support research and scholarships.

Networking and social opportunities are key trade-event draws. Thrive attendees are invited to lunch in the Buds ‘n’ Suds tent both days, and many of the special, ticketed events include hospitality as well. Plus, Landscape Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe Chapter Chicken Roast has joined Thrive, offering relaxed family fun on the evening of September 16.

“We are overwhelmed by the positive response from all industry sectors, vendors and members to our idea for Thrive,” says show manager Heather MacRae. “Everyone in the industry is invited. There’s so much to see, to do, to eat, to drink and connect within our industry community. There are lots of products, vendors, social and business events; literally something for everyone.”

Mark your calendar for Thrive ’15, September 16-17. Marritt Hall at the Ancaster Fairgrounds is a modern exhibition facility; its support facilities, parking and easy access are sure to be welcomed by green industry buyers and exhibitors alike. Trade show registration is free until August 28; to register for Thrive/Garden Expo or one of its associated events, visit LOthrive.com.

Show dates and times:

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursday, September 17, 2015 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Rd. S., Ancaster, Ont.

In addition to Thrive ’15, Landscape Ontario stages Congress, Canada’s top landscape show and one of Canada’s Top Ten tradeshows. Landscape Ontario also publishes Landscape Trades, Canada’s premier horticultural trade publication, and is co-founder of Canada Blooms.

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