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The 2019 Western is a great opportunity to connect with

colleagues and friends in the horticulture industry!


Trolley Schedule

Take advantage of riding the Trolley to continue to mingle with attendees as you go to the Wednesday Evening Reception and Thursday's event and restaurant stops! Thank you to our trolley sponsors - All nurseries from Oregon! - for providing fun and safe transportation to our Western attendees.

The Western's Oregon Nurseries Trolley is sponsored by:

Alpha Nursery, Inc.

Don Marjama Nursery

Iseli Nursery

J Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

Surface Nursery

Wednesday, January 16th

- Sheraton to and from Boulevard Brewing Co. from 5:00p.m. until 9:00p.m.

Thursday, January 17th

- Sheraton to and from local restaurants in the Crossroads district from 5:00 until 10:30p.m.

Stop 1 - Lidia's    Stop 2 - Crossroads Hotel
Stop 3 - The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange   Stop 4 - Tom's Town Distilling Co.
Stop 5 - Bristol Seafood Grill   Stop 6 - Parlor
Stop 7 - Novel Restaurant  


Evening Reception - Wednesday, January 16th, 5:30-7:30p.m.




You'll want to plan to arrive early for the Wednesday Evening Reception at Boulevard Brewing Company, Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest.  Along with Boulevard Beer you will enjoy Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que(a ticketed event - $10)

Thanks to these Wednesday Evening Sponsors:

     Western Partners

          Greenleaf Nursery Company

          Ball Seed

          Home Nursery

     Western Friend

          Cedar Valley Nurseries


          Swedish Touch Peonies


          Sedan Floral


Emerging Leaders Micro-Mentoring Lunch - Thursday, January 17th, 12-1:30p.m.

at Harvey's at Union Station 30 W Pershing Road

Emerging Leaders will have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with mentors at a Micro-Mentoring Lunch.(ticketed event - $20) Participating Mentors so far include: 

  • Kristopher Dabner, President & Creative Director, The Greensman
  • Tory Schwope, Chief Executive Officer, DCA Outdoor
  • Richard Gigot, Director of Sales & Marketing, Pacific Plug & Liner
  • Bryan Kinghorn, President, Kinghorn Gardens
  • Richard Barrett, Owner, Richard Clayton Barrett Landscape Architect
  • Lyndsi Oestmann, Vice President, Loma Vista Nursery
  • Chuck Hamernik, Vice President, Bluebird Nursery, Inc.
  • Jeffrey Bruce, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company LLC
  • Meg Steen, FineLine Design, LLC


Happy Hour - Thursday, January 17th, 4:00-5:00p.m.

On Thursday, join us on the trade show floor for Happy Hour. It's the perfect time to catch up with friends and colleagues at The Western right before the big Fashion Show of New Plants.

     These friends are buying your beer!

          Capital Sand Company

          Cherry Springs Nursery

          BFG Supply Co.

          Marshall Trees & Nursery

          Alliance Gator Products

          B and B Bedding

          Sedan Floral, Inc.

And on Thursday evening, make dinner plans with friends and colleagues at one of Kansas City's local restaurants. We're providing the transportation! Just hop on one of the (heated!) trolleys that will take you from the front door of the Sheraton to several of the best local restaurants in Kansas City.


Native Plant Geeks Gathering - Thursday, January 17th, 5:15-7:00p.m.

in partnership with Kansas City Native Plant Initiative

at Lidia's at 101 W 22nd Street


sponsored by Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries and Walnut Creek Nursery


Jump on the Trolley and head to Lidia's to enjoy great food and a cash bar at this former railroad house just north of Kansas City's Union Station. Native plant “geeks,” and those not so geeky, can connect with like-minded native plant professionals at this Thursday evening gathering, a 2019 Western event in partnership with the Kansas City Native Plant Initiative. (a ticketed event - $30) Featured Geeks to rub elbows with include:

  • Bob Berkebile, Worldwide Influential Environmentalist; Principal Emeritus BNIM - an internationally recognized environmentalist, architect and change maker.  He was the kingpin behind the establishment of the Leeds standard for buildings.  As an architect, he recognizes that the landscapes that surround buildings are just, if not more important. 
  • George Coombs, Director of Horticulture, Mt. Cuba Center - recently named Director of Horticulture at Mt. Cuba Center, an over 1,000-acre botanical garden. In his work with Mt. Cuba Center’s Trial Garden as Assistant and later as Manager of Horticultural Research, he produced award-winning reports on native plant research and introduced four new Coreopsis cultivars – including Coreopsis tripteris ‘Gold Standard’—all while cultivating relationships within the nursery industry. Coombs, who grew up on a family farm, developed an appreciation for plants and research early and studied Plant Science at the University of Delaware, graduating in 2007 with a focus in landscape horticulture.
  • Elise Hubbard, Landscape Architect & Founder, Hubbard Studio - formerly a landscape architect with BNIM, Elise now has her own firm, The Hubbard Studio.  A recent public project of note is the the revolutionary design at the Westport Commons that addresses both aesthetics and storm water mediation.  Elise has also credited with in progress installation of the the native plant garden at Antioch Park.
  • Tom Jacobs, Director of Environmental Programs, Mid-America Regional Council - has over fifteen years of experience working in Kansas City and internationally to promote sustainable development patterns and an improved ethic of environmental stewardship. He has worked for the Mid-America Regional Council for twelve years, serving as Director of Environmental Programs since 2001. In this position, Tom oversees regional environmental policy and planning initiatives related to open space conservation, air quality, watershed management and solid waste management.
  • Joann Schwarberg, Owner, J Schwarberg Landscape Architecture -  landscape architect with deep residential design experience and impactful influence with many community projects.  Joann guided recent work at the Shawnee Mission School District Center for Academic Excellence - the native plant gardens are a signature.  She serves on the Board at Cultivate KC and has been instrumental in the Master Conceptual Site Plan for restoring native landscapes at the Shawnee Indian Mission.
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P.O. Box 411747 Kansas City, MO 64141