2023 Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo

in coordination with

The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo

December 5-7, 2023 in Grand Rapids, MI

Visit the Great Lakes Expo Website to register,
reserve a hotel room, and
for more information.

We thank the following sponsors:
2023 Expo sponsors

Greenhouse Education Sessions at a Glance:

Tuesday, Dec. 5





Greenhouse Lighting During Propagation

Erik Runkle and Roberto Lopez, MSU

Sponsored by
Philips Horticulture LED Lighting

Sowing Your Success: Solutions for Seed

Dylan Sedmak, PanAmerican Seed

Sponsored by
PanAmerican Seed

Greenhouse Disease Management Update

Mary Hausbeck, MSU

Sponsored by

Achieving Plant Growth Management I – Success with PGRs

Jamie Gibson, Syngenta Flowers

Sponsored by
Fine Americas

Plants Are Experiential Goods – Ways to Increase Customer Engagement and Boost Sales

Alicia Rihn, Univ. of Tennessee

Sponsored by
Proven Winners

Best-performing Plants in the 2023 Michigan Garden Plant Tour

Andrew Jager, Walters Gardens; Michael DeBerti, Mast Young Plants; Craig Stevens, DGI Propagators; Kristi Challender & Emily Wildt, Raker-Roberta’s; Josh Miller & Olivia Ott, Four Star Greenhouse; Heidi Lindberg, MSUE

Sponsored by
Michigan Plant Growers Co-Op

Leveraging Native Plants to Boost Sales

Alicia Rihn, Univ. of Tennessee

Greenhouse Events that Work – A Grower Panel

Anna Olson, Weesies Brothers Greenhouse; Mark Watkins, Bogie Lake Greenhouse; Sophie Rich, Farmer John's Greenhouse

Wednesday, Dec. 6





A Systems Approach to Greenhouse Biological Control

Sarah Jandricic, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Sponsored by
BioBee USA

A Deeper Discussion on Beneficials

Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, Buglady Consulting

Sponsored by
Bioline AgroSciences

Achieving Plant Growth Management II – Non-Chemical Growth Control

Jamie Gibson, Syngenta Flowers

Sponsored by Syngenta Flowers

What’s in Your Water and How to Get the Bad Stuff Out

Tom Fernandez, MSU

Sponsored by
Michigan Greenhouse Growers Council

From Selection to Success: Choosing the Right Fertilizer

Jaden Gimondo, MSUE

Sponsored by
JR Peters, Inc.

Tips for Growing Foliage Plants in the North

Roberto Lopez, MSU; Jonah Brown, Danziger

Sponsored by


MSU Floriculture Research Update

Roberto Lopez, MSU; Zachariah Rutledge, MSU; Heidi Lindberg, MSUE; Mary Hausbeck, MSU; Jeremy Jubenville, MSUE; Erik Runkle, MSU; Marcela Tabares, MSU

Specialty Cut Flower Track
9:00-9:50 10:00-10:50 2:00-2:50 3:00-4:30

Producing High-quality Anemone and Ranunculus in Michigan

Lindsay Daschner, Forget Me Not Farms


Recruiting and Retaining Workers from Select Sources of the Local Labor Market

Lindsay Daschner, Forget Me Not Farms; Nikki Deming, Kalamazoo Specialty Plants

Weed Management Recommendations for Specialty Cut Flower Production

Debalina Saha and Manjot Kaur Sidhu, MSU

Sponsored by


The Ins and Outs of Cooperatives and Collectives

Bill Knudson, MSU; Alex Cacciari, Michigan Flower Growers Cooperative; Josephine Brown, Michigan Flower Barn; Paul Schaap, Kalamazoo Valley Plant Growers Cooperative

Thursday, Dec. 7


Greenhouse Biological Control Essentials: Setting Yourself Up for Success

Additional fee: $149

Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, Buglady Consulting
Sarah Jandricic, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Steven Arthurs, Biobee USA

Morning educational session sponsored by Plant Products
Lunch sponsored by Koppert
Afternoon hands-on workshop sponsored by Biobest USA