With more than 850 exhibits, a 20-acre demo area, and a plethora of networking and education opportunities, there is a lot to see and do at GIE and LANDSCAPES 2017, being held in Louisville, Kentucky from October 18th through 20th.
Each year, thousands of landscaping professionals attend the Green Industry Expo (GIE) and NALP's Landscapes in Louisville, KY to learn about new products, equipment, and strategies to improve their businesses. The team at Include Software has been attending this event for a number of years and would love to connect with you!
A few weeks ago, our team at Include Software traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to take part in the green industry’s GIE + Expo. We got to meet a lot of great people and we learned what you, our customers, want to know about our product.
In the Dark
Do you remember the intense thunderstorm that hit Louisville on the first day of the show? Half of the trade show floor was in the dark. Our half.
Marty Grunder and his team did another spectacular job hosting Grow! 2016. The theme this year: Go Big or Go Home. Location: Dallas, Texas. (Get it – everything is bigger in Texas, right?!) And, indeed, we went big! Big ideas, big lessons learned, big networking, big time motivation.
Marty challenges all attendees periodically throughout the conference, “What have we learned?”. For Grow! 2016, here are a handful of tidbits that I picked up over the course of the three day conference:
Sales JAM 2015 took a different course this year. Instead of visiting a “famous landscape” or “garden” as we have done in the past, this year we headed south to Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Like many who are reading this, you are probably asking yourself the same thing I did, what in the heck and where in the heck is Muscle Shoals, AL and why had Jim picked this place to go?
NALP’s Renewal & Remembrance — A Family Day
Though I’ve participated in NALP’s Renewal & Remembrance for many years, this year was especially memorable for me as I brought my 5 year old daughter along. Like many 5 year olds, she is full of questions, and about a week prior to the event, we started to discuss what we would be doing at Arlington National Cemetery. The physical work was easy for her to understand; her mom is a horticulturist! Flower arrangements, planting annuals, ‘landscape work’ – she’s well versed in that. A tougher process was helping her to understand WHY we were doing this work.
NALP’s 2015 Renewal & Remembrance Event
More than 400 volunteers spent Monday morning, July 21st on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. Most of them are professional landscapers representing 100 companies from 30 states. Include Software volunteers helped with the Children’s Garden. Fifty children ages 3-13 also planted perennial flowers on the cemetery grounds in the morning. During Renewal & Remembrance, volunteers tended to 200-plus acres of the cemetery’s 624 acres. Volunteers mulched, pruned, aerated, and applied lime and gypsum to the grounds. Approximately 80 tons of lime will be applied to 182 acres of turf by the end of the day.