Disclaimer: The information and images below should not be construed as any sort of recommendation, remedy or advice. Just some cool and/or weird stuff I saw at a green industry trade show. Plus this blog needs more photos.
Was at the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS… and yes, there is a Pennsylvania version…PANTS) in Baltimore a couple of weeks ago. It’s a wonderful opportunity to visit with past students (now gainfully employed – yay!). I also get to personally thank the nurseries and other businesses that generously support our Horticulture Department and Garden. I’m more "herbaceous" so I tend to get more (professionally…and emotionally) out of the floriculture summer trade show and conference in Columbus, Ohio (OFA) If you dig hot new tropicals, annuals, and perennials – it’s THE place to be. MANTS tends to be more landscapy/woody. There are umpteen wholesaler booths filled with dormant, ball & burlapped trees and containerized shrubs. There are WAY too many Bradford pears still out there (see Bert’s post below). Honestly.
Foot traffic was good (10,000 + registrants) for the 300 exhibitors: wholesale nurseries, garden center suppliers, liner and plug growers, landscape and nursery equipment manufacturers. Also, all of the allied businesses you might not think of – inventory software, nursery insurance companies, universities and colleges, grower organizations, tag and pot manufacturers, etc., always a fascinating vertical and horizontal cross section of this business of growing and selling plants.
On with the show…
Propagation nurseries make the world go ’round.
This IS the proverbial candy shop for greenhouse and nursery growers. Each flat holds 36, 78, or 105 little plants. Two flats…would fit in my tote bag. Heh.
Succulents continue to be hot. Here’s Kalanchoe thyrsifolia ‘Fantastic’.
Even better…check out the pot made from (very) compressed rice hulls. Nice color, pretty shape, biodegradable. You’ll probably see more of these in the near future.
Display promoting the book "Creating a Deer and Rabbit-Proof Garden". Artificial flowers – that may be the ticket…no, wait, it’s an artificial deer, too.
WANT. My 1972 John Deere 750 is on its last legs/tires. Plus this one would fit down our blueberry rows, AND it has a cup holder. The brochure is now pinned above my desk.
Great name for a nursery:
that’s Holly, Woods, and Vines if you can’t read it.
Also the home of…
Faux moss-covered faux rocks. Intriguing.
Finally, there’s always a peek at trends in pots (pottery pots), garden art (tasteful or not) and other items coming soon to your local independent garden center…
Lots of antique and rustic looks out there, also galvanized is big.
I loved the fishy pots. Alas, one can only look, and then place an order. Minimum quantity – one pallet. Maybe if we all went in together…