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 and networking opportunities with other colleges and universities as well as employers. This year's event will be held in Louisville, Kentucky on October 15th-18th, 2019.
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.
Last year's event has taken place on Wednesday November 14th, 2018 in the University Club of Michigan State University from 6:30-9pm. Check in starts at 6pm. The cost to attend was $10 for non-SHA members; SHA members attend for free. Please refer to the list of companies that are attending and previous companies who attended last year posted below. This year's Networking Night date and time are to be announced.
Address: University Club of Michigan State University, 3435 Forest Rd, Lansing, MI 48910
Companies Attended 2018:
Barlett Tree Experts
Davey Tree Company
Michigan Floral Association
Cherry Bay Orchards
C.Raker and Sons Inc.
Four Star Greenhouses
Spring Meadow Nursery
Landscape Design Services
Old Mission Associates
Harder and Warner Landscaping
Natures Way Landscaping
Great Lakes Landscape Supply
Coveyou Scenic Organic Farm
MSU Student Organic Farm
Companies Attended 2017:
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 (Glexpo)
We have had the pleasure of attending the Great Lakes Expo, Glexpo, in December in Grand Rapids. MI. This is a premiere show for fruit and vegetable growers, greenhouse growers, and farm marketers. For years, we have attended a huge trade show and made connections with representatives from over 400 different companies, as well as listened to seminars taught by industry professionals and educators. This year's event will be held on December 10th-12th, 2019.
Great Lakes Trade Expo (GLTE)
Another industry event and expo, GLTE, took place in February in Lansing, MI. Students helped with setup and tear down of the expo. We attended seminars and a huge trade show. This year's event will be held on January 27th-29th, 2020.
In the past years, our previous president, Tyler Gilson, our previous treasurer, Melissa Eggleston, and previous SHA member Andrew Barker each won a MNLA scholarship.
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 and attend educational seminars with professionals in the field. This year's event will be held January 24th-25th, 2020.