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Congress 2017

Don't miss the sold-out Congress '17!

Revitalized event features Garden Expo and Fencecraft

Dec. 22, 2017 — For immediate release

Contact: Heather MacRae, Tel: 416-848-7577, Email: hmacrae@landscapeontario.com

Milton, ONT. – Start the new year off with Canada's premier green industry show and conference, Landscape Ontario's Congress '17. The 44th annual event is sold out and promises to be the social and educational gathering of the year, featuring the most exciting new products hitting the market and a world-class lineup of speakers ready to entertain and inspire.

Hardscape LiveHardscape LIVE! returns to the show floor, led by renowned paver guru Pat McCrindle and his team of landscape professionals. McCrindle will school audiences on leading edge paver installation techniques each during the trade show at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Presented by the Landscape Ontario Hardscape Committee, this is a can't miss-event for any landscape construction professional.

Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association is proud to host the 
44th edition of the Congress Jan. 10-12, 20-17 at the Toronto Congress Centre and the International Plaza Hotel. The show will draw all horticulture / landscape professions together in a 3-in-1 show, which includes Garden Expo, Fencecraft and Congress. The perennial favourite trade show and conference offers:

  • 600 multinational exhibitors
  • 12,000 professionals from all sectors
  • 49 acclaimed speakers
  • 62 hours of professional development
  • 7 social events including 2 exciting parties

“To achieve modern gardens, landscapes, nightscapes, outdoor living space or to source the latest trends in hobby gardening, our members and visitors need to have a one-stop buying venue.” comments Heather MacRae, Director of Events and Trade Shows. “Congress’ popularity with our contractors makes us proud. Welcoming back retail suppliers and independent garden centre owners, our partners from Garden Expo, will lend added excitement to the show after a 16-year hiatus.”

All professions, from garden centre owners to landscape and fence contractors, can see the suppliers, hear from industry experts, network and socialize in a world-class trade show that offers a conduit for professional and business development, personal growth, relationship building, networking and enriched learning. We are better together.

Andrew Fuller, Pro Mow Maintenance, from Campbellville Ont., has been attending Congress for eight years and enjoys the ability to meet with salespeople and discover new products during his off season. "It's a very good time of year for us to be here," he said, during Congress '16. "When I'm buying equipment, I want to make sure it's something (my staff) are comfortable with."

The perception of the industry is set to change. Education and on-the-job-training has created a new generation of landscape professionals. The consensus from a recent Landscape Ontario volunteer’s meeting was that industry members are “professionals who want to work together with others to create a better world, run better businesses and participate in building better communities.” The professions work as a team and collaborate to beautify environments for customers — homes, commercial properties, public parks and outdoor spaces. The profession uses Congress to find the products, services and related professionals to make their companies more efficient and effective.

MacRea says one of the things that makes Congress special is the "level of expertise exhibitors have about their products." She adds, "Our exhibitors are so educated, but also very realistic. Many times I have overheard an exhibitor explaining to a prospective customer that their product may not be the best fit for them, and then they direct them to another exhibitor at the show." That attitude, is what sets the show and the industry apart, MacRea said. 

 

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About Congress
Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association's Congress is Canada's premier green industry trade show with nearly 600 leading-edge suppliers exhibiting on more than eight acres of show floor, it's the perfect place to find new products, ideas, equipment, services and people connections to make your business grow and prosper. The Congress Conference offers dozens of inspirational and educational sessions run throughout, making Congress a once-a-year opportunity to learn about emerging industry trends, access products and build new relationships.