May 15, 2015
Landscape Ontario’s newest event launch, Thrive’15, featuring Garden Expo, Industry Auction and the Golden Horseshoe Chicken Roast will now also include the Snowposium. Thrive takes place, Sept. 16 and 17 at the Ancaster Fairgrounds.

Each of the featured events brings something different to Thrive. Garden Expo is a B2B trade show for retailers, growers, designers and associated trades. Attendees can expect to see plenty of outstanding Ontario-grown plant material, retail-ready giftware, nursery grower supplies, garden art and everything in between! The trade show floor will be open both days of the event.

The Industry Auction is a popular event for those who know its secret. Attendees can preview and then bid on some of the best plant material in the province. Everything from perennials and flowering shrubs to large evergreens and caliper trees will be on display; it’s a one-stop shopping trip.

Winning bidders load it up and take it with them at the end of the day, while still providing time for networking and a complimentary lunch, while saving buyers travel time. All members are welcome to bring their designers, crew members and valued staff for a day off-site with their peers. The Auction will run Sept. 17 with an opportunity to preview lots in the morning, followed by lunch and live bidding. The Growers Awards of Excellence winners will be included with the bidding.

The Chicken Roast will cap off day one at Thrive, and provide yet another opportunity to connect with the green trades community. The evening will include family-friendly entertainment and great food.

The association’s Snow and Ice Sector Group has been running its popular conference and  expo, Snowposium, for several years. It has moved locations a few times and has been held at the Landscape Ontario property the past few years. The group is excited to announce the event will join Thrive’15 at the Ancaster Fairgrounds.

The Snowposium will host morning conference sessions to help contractors make their operations more efficient and cost effective and improve their bottom line. Also included will be an outdoor trade show with vendors featuring snow and ice removal equipment, technology and affiliated products. It’s another exciting addition to Thrive’15.

Details are still being firmed up — so stay tuned — attendees can also look forward to a Thrive kick-off breakfast and keynote event on Sept 16, hosted by Landscape Ontario’s Garden Centre Sector Group. Look for announcements in June.

Thrive’s primary purpose is to connect delegates and provide face-to-face opportunities in a casual environment with new products and concepts, industry leaders and ideas that will inspire you to meet the challenges of today’s new business atmosphere.

A detailed schedule will be announced in the coming weeks at, and look for more information in the next issues of this magazine. Registration will be open June 1. Follow our Show and Events accounts on Twitter for up to the minute news: @LOexpo for Heather MacRae and Kristen McIntyre CHT, CEM.