The Western is Raising Their Game with Innovative & Interactive Education

The Western has come to be known for innovative, interactive education with its Learning Centers and Roundtable Discussions and this year the Western is raising their game with a NEW Demonstration Center!  Participants will continue to learn and network in the Learning Centers and Roundtable Discussions but now they will also have the opportunity to connect with suppliers in the Demo Center.
These 15-30 minute demonstrations are designed to give participants the chance to see a product or plant "in action" and chat one-on-one with the company representatives.  

Participating companies and their demonstration sessions if available are:
  • Chervon North America
  • GreenBlue Urban
  • Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting
    • Why Landscape Lighting?
      • This session will cover the benefits of professional LED landscape lighting and designing with select fixtures to optimize desired returns.
    • From the Ground UP
      • This session will cover terminology and build components with hands on of an Up & Accent professional LED fixture.
    • What's Your Story?   
      • The winning combination of marketing yourself and professional outdoor LED landscape lighting.
  • Better Bilt Products Inc.
    • Sessions include: Protect Your Investment in Plants & Employees Using TopHats; Using TopHats Saves Time, $$$, Plants & Employees; TopHats = Happy Plants, Employees & You
    • ‘Better Bilt Products has simple solutions to problems that cost you money every day. 
  • GrowIt!
    • Attracting Mobile Customers
      • Seth and Mason take you through the GrowIt! app and show you how retailers across the country are using the app to get in front of new customers. 
    • Insider Consumer Trends
      • Come find out what people like… Better yet come find out what people are searching for. We'll take a deep dive into the information the GrowIt! app is gaining from its community.
    • Providing More Information with Less Effort
      • Customers have a lot of questions, and sometimes they have questions once they get their plants home. How do you ensure that your customers are leaving with all of the knowledge that they need to be successful after they leave your store. 
  • Hunter Industries
  • Loda Enterprises
    • Printing in Horticulture: Options, Troubleshooting, and Advances
      • These sessions will include a brief overview of on-demand printing in the horticulture industry. We'll cover the different challenges and options available to customers in this industry, including an overview of the most common machines and software used today as well as new advances in RFID and mobile printing. From there, we'll go over proper maintenance procedures, basic troubleshooting, incorporating logos and databases into the software, as well as a Q&A to cover anything the basic session didn't.  
  • SiteOne Landscape Supply
    • The Future of Irrigation:  Subsurface Dripline 
      • We will discuss the benefits of subsurface dripline and provide a handson installation demonstration. 
    • Installing Intelligent Polymeric Sand 
      • Come learn about the incredible properties and the latest innovations in polymeric sand. 
    • How to Properly Plant Root Bound Material 
      • As more growers switch to containerized tree production, proper planting practices have become increasingly important. 
  • ASP Enterprises
  • Alliance Gator Products
    • Two revolutionary hardscape products that will enhance your installations and save you money.
    • G2 Polymeric Sand-----No dust, No haze, No need to use a blower, and activates with just one watering
    • Gator Base-----No more 6" of crushed stone---"It's a better base!"
  • ML Irrigation Systems
    • Determine irrigation water consumption in nurseries and greenhouses
    • Robert E. McNiel, Ph.D.
    • Nursery and Greenhouse nozzle manufacturers design with the expectation they will be delivering clean water to your plants in an efficient manner.  We will do site and math analysis as well as discussing sources, flow, pressure, etc. in order for you to determine the quality of water usage.
The 2018 Western will be January 17, 18 & 19 in Kansas City, MO and will focus on celebrating Plants with Purpose™!  This timely theme will highlight the economic, environmental, and quality of life benefits plants offer.  Join us for the trade show, the fashion show of new plants, networking, and a packed-full education program featuring a keynote by Rebecca Lindenmeyr, a design workshop and keynote with Rick Darke, learning centers, roundtable discussions, Western University, Grow Native education sessions, and the new Demonstration Center.