GardenComm to host annual conference and expo in Salt Lake City

GardenComm’s annual conference and expo in Salt Lake City (September 4-7) will feature dynamic education sessions, essential networking meet-ups, and a colorful showcase of new plant varieties, products and services, all tailored to garden communicators.

“The conference and expo is a unique opportunity to tap into the trends and products the audiences of green industry magazines, radio shows, blogs and more are looking to learn about,” said Becky Heath, GardenComm president. “Attendees will walk away with their expertise expanded after hearing from and interacting with the best of the best in the industry.”

The conference will kick off with a keynote presentation from Martha Barnette, co-host of the public-radio show A Way with Words and author of three books on word origins: A Garden of Words, Ladyfingers & Nun’s Tummies: A Lighthearted Look at How Foods Got Their Names, and Dog Days & Dandelions. Her presentation will explore language and how to best apply it as garden communicators.

Additional conference sessions are tailored to professional communicators from across the green industry, including authors, bloggers, marketers, editors, photographers, and TV and radio personalities. Topics include tips and tricks for writing, digital technology, business marketing and publishing.

Attendees will have special access to iconic Salt Lake City gardens, as well as exclusive tours of private farms, including:


Thursday, September 5:



Downtown & Avenues Historic

  • LDS Church
  • IHC Healing Garden
  • Historic home gardens in Salt Lake City’s Avenues neighborhood


Food Production & Edible Gardens

  • Urban Garden Company
  • LDS Church’s “Welfare Square”
  • New Roots Garden
  • Wasatch Community Gardens “Grateful Tomato Garden”


Friday, September 6:


Small City Lot Tour

  • Homes in the Yalecrest & Sugarhouse neighborhoods
  • Red Butte Gardens


Food Production & Edible Gardens

  • Estate gardens in the Walker Lane/Holladay area and private gardens on 1 acre+ lots


Saturday, September 7:


Plant Research & North Gardens

  • Utah Botanical Center


South Valley & New Urbanist Tour

  • Conservation Garden Park
  • Daybreak, a planned mega-sized, new-home community


Sunday, September 8:


Park City (half day)

  • A half day will be spent in Park City to view mountain-modern style landscapes.


Country Gardens & Herbs (half day)

  • Whispering Springs Farm, owned and operated by Young Living
  • Two large, private gardens that feature the “country junk/vintage” style


Full Day Tour

  • Includes a complete circle heading from Salt Lake City up to Park City where a tour of the farm-to-table facility of Park City’s most famous restauranteur, Bill White, will take place.
  • Swiss-themed Midway area, including Wasatch Mountain State Park
  • Provo-Orem area gardens
  • Ashton Gardens


To close out the conference, the GardenComm Awards & Honors Dinner will take place on Saturday, September 7.


For more information about the conference and to register, visit