Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) hosted a three day greening convention which took place on January 6-8, 2016 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland. It was the biggest green industry trade show for horticultural commerce of this Winter. Who knew one convention could host over 11,000 Horticulture Enthusiasts representing businesses from 44 states and 11 countries outside of the U.S. such an International affair; those countries included Australia, China, India, Israel, Italy, Netherlands and Turkey, some of which were displaying new products at the show.
MANTS is a one stop shop for everything business, learning and networking about the innovative horticultural trends for 2016. Did you know? This year, MANTS welcomed 11,039 paid registrants inclusive of exhibitors. According to press specs, “966 exhibiting companies filled over 1,536 booths displaying everything from flowers, trees and plants to decks, fountains, pots and innovative technological solutions for the gardening and landscape industries. In addition to exhibitors, 3,379 non-exhibiting/’buying’ companies were in attendance. Not to mention the fact that those services are maintained by more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and 290 factory-trained service technicians.”
All days of MANTS were cultivated with so much to see and do concerning all things agronomics.
This convention was not just for large corporations and small businesses. It was a great trade show for homeowners and beginners in the farming and gardening industry alike. In my opinion, Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show was such an informative and fun experience.
In the midst of the thousands of horticultural industry leaders, businesses, buyers and shoppers, meeting on the show floor this year were unique groups of green industry up-and-comers spanning Generation X and Y known as the Young Nursery Professionals and Emergent Group. Keep in mind this crowd mission is to unite young horticultural professionals in person and online at trade shows like MANTS for educational, mentoring and networking opportunities.
“The presence of groups like the Young Nursery Professionals and Emergent Group highlights how valuable MANTS continues to be as a trade show for our industry,” said Vanessa Finney, Executive Vice President of MANTS. She goes on to state that, “Younger professionals taking over the family business are being introduced to the show’s business and networking opportunities by their families, and young entrepreneurs are attending because they know this is the marketplace to get your products in front of buyers.”
Be sure to check a video about the Young Nursery Professionals/Emergent group and their agricultural views on the future of the horticulture industry here.
“This is our second year at MANTS. Landscaping is a pretty fragmented industry and there are a lot of shows around the country…but MANTS seems to be the only show that’s brought a number of states together,” said Ryan Yanchuleff, CEO of Describeit.com – a new sales and proposal software for the landscape industry. “[MANTS] is an opportunity to get in front of a lot of people with one show and it has been pretty successful for us so far.”
One of my coolest parts of the conference was the Horticultural Research Institute winter reception at the Camden Lobby via the Baltimore Convention Center. Basically it was a celebration of its donors, friends and members that interests lay in continuing the development of growth and progress within the green industry through innovation and research. Talk about a fabulous affair which would take another article to describe.
Did you know? Horticultural Research Institute is a non-profit foundation whose mission gears toward the needs of the green industry through research grants and partnerships with supplementary industry associations and government agencies.
FYI: Just in case you did not attend MANTS 2016. In 2017, MANTS will take place from January 11 – 13 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Visit MANTS online here via Twitter.com/MANTSBaltimore for updates and news about the trade show.