June 15, 2013
Canada’s fall trade show Garden and Floral Expo, produced by Landscape Ontario, promises some exciting additions this year, while maintaining the basics that have made it popular with so many trades people.

The show takes place Oct. 23 and 24, in the North Building of the Toronto Congress Centre.

Landscape Ontario is celebrating 40 years of horticultural leadership with a reformatted program guaranteed to meet your personal and professional needs. “To connect you to the leaders, topics and ideas that will inspire you to meet the challenges of today’s new retail environment, Expo offers an exciting lineup of events,” says Heather MacRae, director of events and trade shows.

Two new lunch events will be launched this year. On Wed., Oct. 23 enjoy lunch, a keynote and the Awards of Excellence ceremony for garden centre retailers and growers, hosted by LO’s Garden Centre Sector Group. Don’t miss the second lunch, sponsored by the Interior Plantscape Sector Group, on Thurs., Oct. 24.

Looking for quick tips and tricks to ignite your creativity? Be sure to visit Destination Inspiration Theatre for insights on merchandising, design, technology and consumer trends.

Back by popular demand is the Plant ID Challenge where horticulturists are challenged to provide names of popular and unusual plants.

Year after year, retailers say the number one reason for attending Expo is to see new products. This year, to add clarity, vendors will demonstrate their new products.

For better ideas, creative stimulation and a fresh perspective, come to the launch of Landscape Ontario’s Top Executive Forum. The primary focus at Expo 2013 is to connect retailers, growers and the design community to industry leaders and forward-thinking organizations. A panel of international retail executives will be assembled to share their future growth strategies. Hear what the future holds on Wed., Oct. 23 at 5 p.m.

For more information on the show, go to www.loexpo.com.