Hurricane Irma forced a temporary cancellation of The Landscape Show last month. However, the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) has announced that The Landscape Show Redux is now scheduled for November 2–4, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
Although initially scheduled to take place in the North building of the Orange County Convention Center, The Landscape Show Redux will be held in the West building due to limited availability of convention center space. The headquarters hotel moves from the Rosen Centre Hotel to the Rosen Shingle Creek on Universal Blvd.
To make it as simple as possible to register and encourage attendance, the normal trade show badge registration fee has been waived for The Landscape Show Redux. Rescheduling details are posted on The Landscape Show website, and as more details are available, the site will be updated.
“FNGLA’s mission is to promote and protect the interests of Florida’s nursery and landscape industry,” says Ben Bolusky, Chief Executive Officer of FNGLA. “Regrettably, Hurricane Irma disrupted one of our members’ greatest opportunities to promote their goods and services and to access important business resources and products. A constant drumbeat of members throughout the state asked FNGLA to do all it possibly can to help members begin to recover lost business and reschedule The Landscape Show, even if it was not on its traditionally grand scale.”
Bolusky also says that even though it is a challenging time for many FNGLA member operations who are in clean-up mode and may just now be starting on the road to recovery. FNGLA is pressing hard with Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and its congressional allies to provide members with more disaster assistance possibilities.
“If their situations allow, we hope these members can still be a part of The Landscape Show Redux as attendees if not as exhibitors,” Bolusky says.
All exhibitors of the canceled Landscape Show are being contacted and given the option to take part or not in the rescheduled event. Anyone who registered as an attendee for the September show will automatically be re-registered to attend The Landscape Show Redux.
Due to timing, a few elements of the show will not be in place, such as the FNGLA Career Fair and FNGLA Certification Showcase, yet the most popular social activities of the show will still be held. These include both the Opening Night Reception and Tapped-In for the under 40 crowd.
The Landscape Show/SHARE Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course. Additional show activities include select Knowledge College classes; presentation of the 2017 FNGLA Landscape Awards; presentation of The Landscape Show Cool Products Awards; and the Exhibitor Showcase.
FNGLA is working to attract government agency and relief organization officials to the show to offer expert guidance on available programs or even how to prepare for future storms and their aftermath.