Demonstration Center


 
NEW for 2018!  Join product vendors and plant suppliers in the new Demonstration Center at the 2018 Western!

Learn from 30-minute hands-on product demonstrations led by Western vendors.  These demonstrations are designed to give you 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 are:
  • Chervon North America
 
  • GreenBlue Urban
 
  • Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting
    • Tim Knust, District Sales Manager – Landscape, will present all three sessions.
    • 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.
    • Anne McKinstry, McKinstry Plant Sales
    • Sessions include: Protect Your Investment in Plants & Employees Using TopHats; Using TopHats Saves Time, $$$, Plants & Employees; TopHats = Happy Plants, Employees & You
    • ‘Better Bilt Products have  simple solutions to a terrible problem that cost you money every day. Our unique TopHat® nursery container stabilizer incorporates self-adjusting wire fingers that securely center and grip the container. These wire fingers transfer weight outward to the extended base ring. Our TopHat® stabilizer baskets afford containerized plants a wide and stable platform and resist horizontal strains during windstorms and blowing rain. A full range of sizes is available accommodating classic and similar sized nursery containers.
      • Solves daily wind tip over headaches which:
      • Saves money on labor
      • Prevents plant/tree damage
      • Improves displays
      • Allows for easy inventory control
      • Able to overlap outer ring to save space, add strength
      • 7 standard sizes – 3 gallon up to 25 gallon containers
      • Custom sizing available • Sturdy wire fingers hold containers in snug fit
      • Long lasting galvanized wire: 10 years + outdoors
      • Stacks easily for off-season storage
 
  • 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.  They help you understand the ins and outs of what the app can offer independent garden centers and nurseries.  Led by Seth Reed & Mason Day.
    • 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. Find out which types of plants are going to be popular this spring, and find out what issues people are struggling with the most.  Led by Mason Day.
    • 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. See how you can provide customer service and information through the GrowIt! app.  Led by Seth Reed.
 
  • Hunter Industries
 
  • Loda Enterprises
    • Aaron Hart with Loda Enterprises will present the Demonstration Center sessions.
    • 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 hands on installation demonstration.  Presented by Chad Weinand
    • Installing Intelligent Polymeric Sand 
      • Come learn about the incredible properties and the latest innovations in polymeric sand.  Presented by Craig Sheller
    • How to Properly Plant Root Bound Material 
      • As more growers switch to containerized tree production, proper planting practices have become increasingly important.  Presented by Matt Nelson
 
  • ASP Enterprises
 
  • Alliance Gator Products
    • Two revolutionary hardscape products that will enhance your installations and save you money.
      • Presented by Alliance Gator Products
    • 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
    • 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.
      • Water sources and pumps determine which filters to use.  Options for water source and filters will be addressed.
      • Water flow and nozzle math will be demonstrated.
      • Valves differ in function.  Controllers are variable in capabilities.  Variations of both will be demonstrated.