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Finished Plant Conference

Best practices in Finished Plant growing STARTS HERE

October 11 - 13, 2021
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Thank you for joining us for the AmericanHort Finished Plant Conference. It was the event to attend for finishing growers of bedding and potted flowering plants, indoor and outdoor perennials, and fast-turn flowering shrubs. With a grower-focused trade show and education for all expertise levels, there was something for everyone!

Complimentary with registration is access to the Cultivate’21 On-Demand package

Registered attendees can access this package by clicking the button and typing in the password that was emailed to them after the event.

Thank you to our exhibitor sponsors! The Finished Plant Conference would not be possible without our exhibitors, sponsors, and partners. Thank you for your generous support.

Want to optimize your production? Join us to learn the best practices in production in 25+ grower-to-grower panels, sessions, and specific crop talks.

Walk the trade show to discover new suppliers, strategies, and opportunities for commerce that will help you grow your business.

Greenhouse Tour

On the Greenhouse Tour, you will see a variety of crop sectors and business models in beautiful western Michigan. We will visit Walters Gardens, Spring Meadow Nursery, Henry Mast Greenhouse, and Garden Crossings.

Perennial Workshop

This half-day workshop at Walters Gardens is ideal for beginning to intermediate perennial growers. The workshop will cover weed control, perennial PGRs and application methods, handling of bare-root material, and much more.

Education

With the recent boom in consumer demand for horticultural products, education for finished plant growers has never been more needed. Education at the AmericanHort Finished Plant Conference focuses on the finishing of bedding and potted flowering plants, indoor and outdoor perennials, and fast-turn flowering shrubs. With sessions on best practices in production, specific crop talks, and grower-to-grower panels, you are sure to walk away with the tools to optimize your production or venture into a new product mix.

Education is Available in 3 Main Formats

Production Practices

These sessions will focus on best practices in production that will help growers keep quality front-and-center while also increasing efficiency and ROI. Session will be on topics like:

  • Quality Control
  • Space efficiency
  • Labor reduction strategies
  • Prevention and identification of abiotic and biotic issues associated with crop systems such as phytotoxicity ID and prevention, weed control, and more!

Grower-To-Grower Panels

Hearing strategies and troubleshooting with other finished plant growers, suppliers, and researchers is one of the best ways for the horticulture industry, and your business, to grow. The moderated panels at the Finished Plant Conference will help you do just that. Panel topics include:
  • Strategies to optimize efficiency
  • Tips & tricks from successful growers on specific crops, and more!
Crop Talks​

The Crop Talk education sessions will focus on optimizing growing practices for specific crops, crop groups, and systems. This includes reviewing

  • Varieties/cultivars
  • Scheduling
  • Growing environment and inputs
  • Troubleshooting pests, pathogens & abiotic issues
  • Postharvest, such as retail care
  • PGRs
  • Bulking
  • Overwintering perennials, and more!

Specific Crops include:

  • Mums
  • Succulents
  • Orchids
  • Hellebores
  • Echinacea
  • Hibiscus m.
  • Ornamental grasses
    …and more!

Finished Plant Conference Schedule

This event occurs October 11-13, 2021 at the Amway Grant Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI

Monday October 11

8 AM – 5 PM 

Attendee & Exhibitor Registration Open

8 AM – 5 PM

Industry Production Tour

8 AM – 12 PM

Perennial Workshop

1 PM – 4 PM

Exhibitor Move-In/Set-Up

Tuesday October 12

8 AM – 5:30 PM 

Trade Show
Open

8 AM – 9 AM

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

9 AM – 10 AM

Educational Programming

10 AM – 10:45 AM

Peak Networking on Trade Show Floor

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Educational Programming

11:30 AM – 1 PM

Lunch and Networking with Exhibitors

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Educational Programming

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Peak Networking on Trade Show Floor

2:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Educational Programming

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Networking Reception on Trade Show Floor 

Wednesday October 13

7 AM – 8 AM

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

8 AM – 1 PM

Trade Show Open

8 AM – 9 AM

Educational Programming

9 AM – 9:45 AM

Peak Networking on Trade Show Floor

9:30 AM – Noon

Educational Programming

11:45 AM – 1 PM

Lunch and Networking with Exhibitors

12:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Educational Programming

1 PM – 3PM

Exhibitor Tear Down and Move Out

Monday October 11

8 AM – 5 PM

Exhibitor Registration Opens

1 PM – 4 PM

Exhibitor
Move-In/Set-Up

7:45 AM – 5 PM

Industry Production
Tour

8 AM – 12 PM

Perennial Workshop

Tuesday October 12

8 AM – 5:30 PM 

Trade Show
Open

8 – 9 AM

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

9 – 10 AM

Educational Programming

10 – 10:45 AM 

Peak Networking on Trade Show Floor

10:45 – 11:30 AM

Educational Programming

11:30 – 1 PM

Lunch and Networking with Exhibitors

12:30 – 1:30 PM

Educational Programming

1:30 – 2:15 PM 

Peak Networking on Trade Show Floor

2:15 – 4:30 PM 

Educational Programming

4:30 – 5:30 PM 

Networking Reception on Trade Show Floor 

Wednesday October 13

8 AM – 1 PM

Exhibitor Registration Opens

7 – 8 AM

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

8 – 9 AM

Educational Programming

9 – 9:45 AM 

Peak Networking on Trade Show Floor

9 – 9:45 AM

Educational Programming

9:30 – noon

Peak Networking on Trade Show Floor

11:45 AM – 1 PM

Lunch and Networking with Exhibitors

12:45 – 3:15 PM

Educational Programming

1 – 3PM

Exhibitor Tear Down and Move Out

Hotel & Registration

Finished Plant Conference will be hosted at the Hotel Amway Grand Plaza in the heart of Grand Rapids.

Located at 187 Monroe NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503, USA

AmericanHort has secured discounted hotel rates for your stay. After completing your Finished Plant Conference registration, you will receive a link to the hotel block in your confirmation email. Hotel discount ends Monday, September 20.

Register today for the AmericanHort Finished Plant Conference to network with suppliers and other industry professionals at the tradeshow, learn in sessions focused on production & specific crop talks, and walk away with the tools and strategies to optimize your operation’s finished plant growing.

Member Pricing
$595

Discounted pricing for AmericanHort members

Premium Member Pricing
$495

Non-Member Pricing
$795

Become an AmericanHort member today and save $200 on Finished Plant Conference Registration!

Single Day Registration

Member Pricing
$300

Discounted pricing for AmericanHort members

Non-Member Pricing
$400

Registration Add-Ons

Want to add a little extra oomph to your education at the AmericanHort Finished Plant Conference?

Sign up for the Greenhouse Tour or the finished plant grower’s Workshop taking place on October 11, 2021 before the main conference takes place on October 12-13, 2021. These add-on experiences let you learn by getting your hands dirty and experiencing cutting-edge greenhouse operations first-hand.

Greenhouse Tour
$175

Add-on the Greenhouse Tour when you register for the Finished Plant Conference to see a variety of crop sectors and business models in beautiful western Michigan.

Workshop
$150

Add-on this half-day Workshop to your Finished Plant Conference Registration to learn the essential best practices for beginner and intermediate growers.

*Are you an AmericanHort member who is an educator or student?
Contact AmandaH@AmericanHort.org for information on Academic pricing.

The Power of AmericanHort Membership

As a member of AmericanHort, the green industry’s leading association, you will be connected to the mentors, leaders, and knowledgeable resources you need – when you need them – so that you can Perform Better day in and day out, Grow Faster than you ever dreamed possible, and Prepare both Yourself and Your Business for the Future.

If you’d like to save $200 on your Finished Plant Conference registration and receive all the great benefits of membership in AmericanHort, Become a Member Today.

Exhibiting at the Finished Plant Conference

Interested in connecting with finished plant growers from across the nation? Come exhibit at the AmericanHort Finished Plant Conference to make connections with new and existing industry customers, find new sales opportunities, and network with your peers. Contact Cindy Lee at cindyl@americanhort.org for more information. 

Exhibit Space Rental includes:

  • 8’ x 10’ booth space, 8-foot back and 3-foot side wall drape
  • (1) 8’ table, 2 chairs, and a wastebasket
  • Booth Identification Sign with Company Name and Booth Number.
  • Two complimentary session passes for booth personnel or customers. Additional passes can be purchased at a reduced fee. Contact us for pricing.
  • Electronic list of eligible attendee leads (after the event)

Connect with Cindy Lee for exhibit information and sponsorship opportunities that will help grow your audience and your business.

AmericanHort is committed to meeting safely and following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines regarding COVID-19 protocols, as well as specific state and local health mandates. Learn more about our health and safety plans here.

Thank you to our exhibitor sponsors! The Finished Plant Conference would not be possible without our exhibitors, sponsors, and partners. Thank you for your generous support.