Seeking inspiration? Look no further than our interactive Learning Hubs, sponsored by the founding partners of New England GROWS.
Creating Connections with Houzz
Get down to business with Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and outdoor design. Learn how you can optimize your marketing efforts with this uniquely visual -- and easy to use -- networking site. Come meet the Houzz team, gain insight from their latest consumer trend research and let them set you up with a free profile and consultation. Bring these with you for instant results: company description, five photos of your work, and e-mail address for reviews & requests! Amp up your social media and marketing with a stop at MLP's Learning Hub.
What's the Buzz? Safe Chain Saw Maintenance & Operation
Careful maintenance and proper operation of chain saws is key to safe and productive tree work. Meet with ArborMaster trainers including International Tree Climbing Champion, Ken Palmer, and others who will discuss, explain and demonstrate safe chain saw operation with top and rear handle saws as well as new battery technologies. Try your hand at a timed chain saw teardown competition and the precision face notch and back cut competition. Prizes awarded from Husqvarna, Silky, Oregon, Samson, Buckingham, Vermeer and ArborMaster.
MNLA's 15 Favorite Apps for the Green Industry
There's an app for that! Confused by the thousands of apps and websites that claim they will help you get business done? Curious about which apps actually work for the green industry? Here's your chance to check out the apps recommended the most by your industry colleagues. Try them out and learn how they can help you and your crew operate more efficiently. You'll walk away with a list of useful mobile tools and resources.
A Look Inside Composting: Nutrients, Minerals & Microbes
Tne New England Nursery Association, the Composting Council Research & Education Foundation (CCREF), and YOU are uniquely positioned within an industry that touches all aspects of sustainable development and the environment. Sustainable practices, including composting and recycling strategies, have the power to positively influence issues of great environmental importance. Stop by NENA's Learning Hub and see first-hand how composting of organic matter can easily be integrated into your commercial operation, yield environmental benefits like healthy soil and clean water and increased plant vitality, as well as produce a potential, new revenue stream for your business.
Wednesday, February 4 & Thursday, February 5
Watch or join in as landscape construction students from the Thompson School at the University of New Hampshire build a raised permeable paver patio over the course of two days -- right on the expo floor. The intricate patio construction project will feature low voltage lighting, pillar kits, and sitting walls, as well as granite hand chiseling and cutting. The installation will also include a paver and SRW cleaning & sealing demonstration. Instructor Bill Gardocki will highlight aspects of the build as it relates to installing hardscape projects per ICPI and NCMA industry accepted specifications in 60-minute presentations throughout the day. Visit NewEnglandGrows.org or download the GROWS app in January for a schedule. This exciting, live hardscape demonstration is sponsored by Techo-Bloc, Alliance Gator, Hulton Tool Company, Pave Tool, and Stateline Irrigation Supply.
Join fellow independent home & garden retailers and The Garden Center Group to single out the products you think have the best sales potential by nominating them for the Retailers' Choice Awards. On Wednesday, you and your colleagues will scour the show floor to identify the products deserving special recognition for their vision. Tom Kegley, acclaimed retail marketing consultant, will announce the award recipients on Thursday morning and lead a tour of the tradeshow floor that will highlight award winners. This program honors exhibitors for their innovation and helps retailers single out the most innovative products at GROWS.
"Nobody is as smart as everybody."
-Bill Taylor, founder of Fast Company
Reap the benefits of collaborative know-how when you join colleagues at the Bright Ideas Center, home to offerings such as: