Make Plans to Attend the 2024 Water Garden Expo 

Published on December 26, 2023

Pondliner Wholesale’s Water Garden Expo is scheduled Feb. 28-29 and March 1, 2024, at the Grand Casino, Hotel and Resort in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The WGE brings together the largest number industry manufacturers exhibiting in one event with 25 educational seminars and unmatched networking opportunities.

Wednesday afternoon features Larry Carnes leading a two-part seminar on recreational ponds, along with Stacy Pruitt with GSN Partners teaching a two-part Elevate EPDM training session. A happy hour will follow with a chance to network and visit manufacturers’ booths.

The presentation of POND Trade’s 2023 Artisans of the Year will kick off Thursday morning. Kevin Dougherty headlines the WGE with four seminars on Thursday that will be beneficial for all business owners. Topics include Advanced Estimating, Project Communication, Making the Number Work (Financial Seminar) and Developing Frontline Leadership. 

Greg Gant with PerformancePro Pumps, Frayne McAtee with Atlantic-Oase and Shaun Lindley with Lindley Stone are among those scheduled to lead other seminars on Thursday. A happy hour concludes the scheduled events, followed by an evening of networking. 

Industry favorite Kelly Billing will be presenting two sessions on Friday. (There are two types of people in the water feature industry: those who love aquatic plants and those who have never heard Kelly speak.) Other seminars include Gravel Bed Filtration by Jason Steele, Internet Marketing by BJ Linger with Outdoor Network Services, and Pond Maintenance Programs by Laura Reale with PondTent. A contractor roundtable featuring four widely respected water feature builders ends the educational program. 

For those looking for a hands-on build, Bedrock Nursery will be hosting the Water Garden Expo Memorial Build in Lawton, Oklahoma, on Feb. 26-27, 2024. For more information on this opportunity, join the Facebook group “2024 Water Garden Expo Memorial Build” or contact Bedrock Nursery at 580/248-6337.

The Water Garden Expo is open to trade professionals only. Visit or call 866/219-3561 to register or for more information.

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