The LANDSCAPES Convention, is a trade/industry show put on by NALP (former PLANET). It is based on the landscaping industry, and has an amazing equipment expo, in which we are allowed to use and test some. The event features great speakers, educational opportunities and a lot of networking.
Networking Night gives students the opportunity to interact with companies in various areas of the Horticulture Industry. The event follows a speed dating format that allows the students to meet with several companies throughout the night. Every year we invite companies that range from Greenhouse Production, Nursery Management, Marketing, Landscape Design and more! This event is perfect to connect with possible employers and develop a strong professional profile at the same time!
This year's event has taken place on Wednesday November 8th, 2017 in the University Club of Michigan State University from 6:30-8:30pm. The cost to attend was $10 for non-SHA members; SHA members could attend for free. Please refer to the list of companies that attended posted below. This year we had 19 companies!
Landscaping: Chalet (Wilmette, IL), DJ Landscaping (Grand Rapids, MI), Harder and Warner Landscaping (Caledonia, MI), Mariani Landscape (Lake Bluff, IL), Schill Grounds Management, Inc (Castalia, OH), TruNorth Landscape (Traverse City, MI)
Nursery/Greenhouse: Ball Horticulture (Chicago, IL), C. Rakers & Sons Inc (Litchfield, MI), David J. Frank (Milwaukee, WI), Gee Farms (Stockbridge, MI), Four Star Greenhouses (Carleton, MI), Monrovia Nurseries (Azusa, CA), Spring Meadow Nursery (Grand Haven, MI), Walters Gardens (Zeeland, MI)
Vegetable/Fruits: CoveYou Scenic Farms (Petoskey, MI), Mastronardi's Greenhouse (Coldwater, MI)
Other: Dow Gardens (Midland, MI), MNLA (Okemos, MI), Wilbur-Ellis (Pewamo, MI)
Great Lakes Expo
We had the pleasure of attending the Great Lakes Expo in December in Grand Rapids. MI. We got to attend a huge trade show and make connections with representatives from over 400 different companies, as well as listen to seminars taught by industry professionals and educators.
Great Lakes Trade Expo
Another industry event and expo we attended took place in February, here in Lansing. Students got to help with setup and tear down of the expo. We attended seminars and a huge trade show. Three of our members also received MNLA scholarship awards at the awards ceremony. Congrats to our President, Tyler Gilson, our Treasurer, Melissa Eggleston, and SHA member Andrew Barker!
Northern Michigan Small Farms Conference
A group of students specializing in small farm and organics were fortunate enough to attend the Northern Michigan Small Farms Conference in Traverse City. It was a great opportunity to network with potential employers.