CanWest Hort Expo opens Wednesday

CanWest is Western Canada’s premier horticultural trade show, connecting buyers and sellers throughout Canada and the Pacific Northwest. This year’s show will be held September 25-26.

CanWest features an extensive education program, including:

  • Full-Day Sessions (Landscape Designers Symposium featuring “Designing Landscape in 3D Using SketchUp”, Urban Foresters Symposium)
  • 20-plus 90-Minute Seminar Sessions
  • Hands-On Workshops


Other features include

  • New Product Showcase
  • Greenhouse Demo Zone
  • Finning Tailgate Party & Happy Hour
  • Job Board
  • Attendee Prize Draw
  • Food Trucks


New features at CanWest:



Arborist Demo Zone

Visit Kyle Larden of Arboriculture Canada in Hall A for the safety and training resources you need for climbing, gear inspection and chainsaw maintenance. On-demand demos provided for your crew. Climbing demos scheduled each day.


Bug Zone + Pest ID Challenge

Take a closer look at the pesky bugs that impact our landscapes and obtain valuable resources on ticks, Japanese Beetle, European Chafer, aphids and more. Obtain valuable resources on Lyme disease from the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation. Test your knowledge and take the Pest ID Challenge for a chance to win $250. One winner announced each day.


Green Theory Design Container Wars

Get ready to have some fun watching this new contest, emcee’d by Joel Franske of Green Theory Design. Horticulture celebrities including Brian Minter, Frankie Flowers, Paul Zammit, Shelly Levis and Leanne Johnson, will race against the clock to create beautiful containers using only the plants, pots and props provided.


Exhibitor Passport Program

Pick up your Show Guide and visit 12 designated exhibitor booths listed on the back page and get your “passport” stamped. Drop your completed passport into the Draw Box located at the BCLNA Booth and you could win a fantastic prize. Draw will be made at the end of the show.


Returning Attractions:


Find the Gnome

Have some fun and look for three hidden gnomes that will be placed somewhere on the show floor each day. Bring the gnome to the show office and claim your prize.


Plant ID Contest

Test your Plant ID knowledge at the Certification Zone for a chance to win $250! Set up as if it were administered by the CLNA’s Landscape Industry Certified program, each completed contest form is your ticket into the draw. One winner is announced daily.


Container Competition

CanWest’s 10th Annual Container Competition showcases the hottest trends in container gardening. Containers are showcased on the show floor and judged by industry professionals.




Best of Fraser Valley Tour

Experience the best of the Fraser Valley’s horticulture and agriculture industries on this tour.


Green Careers Youth Tour

Learn more about BC’s horticulture industry, discuss potential jobs, network with industry professionals and meet your next employer.