Online registration open for Green & Growin’ 2018

Online registration is now open for Green & Growin’ (G&G) 2018, January 15-19 in Greensboro, NC.

Year after year, thousands of green industry professionals head to G&G drawn by three days of powerful, CEU-infused G&G Education (Jan. 15-17) and G&G Marketplace (Jan. 18-19) — the ‘greenest’ tradeshow in the Southeast. For details and to register visit


Top speakers highlight jam-packed education line-up

World-class professional education is a G&G hallmark. The packed program at G&G’18 includes more than 50+ sessions presented by dozens of leading green industry and business experts. Topping that list are keynote sessions with Eric Chester and Bryce Lane.

On Tuesday, January 16, Chester presents “On Fire at Work — How Great Leaders Ignite Passion in their People” an inside look at how the world’s top corporations engage and inspire excellence.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have Eric Chester keynoting Green & Growin’ 18,” said Corey Connors, Executive Vice President of the North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association (NCNLA). “The considerable growth in our education attendance over the last two years has allowed us to bring in the top national expert to address the most timely and challenging topic in our industry: how to find, keep and engage great employees.”


The author of five best-selling books on employee management, Chester is an award-winning speaker who has electrified audiences around the world. G&G’18 attendees can expect a solid presentation full of ‘how-to’ solutions, tools and strategies for attracting, developing and keeping top talent.

On Wednesday G&G attendees are invited to Breakfast with Bryce Lane, beloved Green Industry champion from North Carolina State University. A nationally-acclaimed garden speaker and NSCU Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus, Lane is the former host of UNC-TV’s Emmy award-winning public television show, “In the Garden with Bryce Lane.” He’ll be chatting about changes he’s seen and insights he’s gained over the course of his career.

“Bryce has spent 30+ years talking to our industry’s top consumers, business owners and the next generation of horticulture professionals. He packs the room for a reason: the perspective he has to share is unique and always well worth a listen,” said Connors.

G&G’s education lineup is peppered with continuing education credits (CEUs) applicable toward state and national licenses and certifications. See the full schedule at


New and notable

New technology and fresh programming is part and parcel of the G&G experience. Here’s a sample of what’s on tap for G&G’18.

  • Mobile App. A new registration system and badge scanning technology (to automatically track earned CEUs) introduced at G&G’17 brought rave reviews from attendees. “At G&G’18, we’re taking things to the next level,” Connors said. “Our new mobile app puts all of the information attendees need — for Education and the Marketplace — right at their fingertips before, during and after the show.”
  • NCCL Review Course. The North Carolina Contractors License Review Course will be offered for the first time at G&G ’18. It’s one of six specialty and certification classes beginning on Monday, Jan. 15.
  • Session topics. On Tuesday and Wednesday, timely new sessions populate nine education tracks — including one entirely new track, Landscape Design University. Participants can choose to attend all sessions within a single track or mix-and-match to create an education program custom-tailored to their individual needs.


Quality plants, friendly faces and time to talk business in the marketplace

Nearly 60 percent of G&G exhibitors are plant producers. Suppliers of landscape/garden materials, tools and equipment suppliers, and green business services providers complete the mix. “If you want to see a broad range of high-quality plant materials from the industry’s top producers and suppliers, the Marketplace is where you’ll find them,” said Chad Gragg, President of the North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association.

A friendly, relaxed atmosphere at G&G makes doing business there a pleasure. “It’s a place where people take time to talk and explore options as they plan orders for the coming year.” Gragg explained. “There’s no other tradeshow quite like it.”