fort lauderdale, fl — With 400 vendors from 45 states and 37 countries exhibiting in the Broward County Convention Center, the building was brimming with the latest eye candy in foliage, flowers, tropicals and accessories. During the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition Jan. 18-20, thousands of retailers, landscapers and interiorscapers from all corners of the world super-charged their business planning by attending a record-breaking three-day show here. New products, covering nearly five acres of display area, will eventually make their way into the retail world, generating billions of dollars of sales and profits for our beloved industry.
Education was at the center of the event, ranging from new plant and design trends to pricing, technology and display. The American Institute of Floral Designers hosted four brainstorming sessions, providing ideas and inspiration to connect foliage and floral designs with a focus on creative merchandising and plant displays. Interior design showrooms displayed three vignettes, which paired plant designs with current interior trends in both home and workplace.
Mark Mini and Andrew Engel from John Mini Distinctive Landscapes in New York City, explored the Lowline project in New York City’s lower east side and its aspirations to become the world’s first underground park with flora supported by natural sunlight. They discussed why this project excites them, how they embarked on it, and how it will change the game in the interior plantscaping industry.
Jane Lockhart, of Jane Lockhart Interior Design in Ontario, Canada, provided insights on how plants work best as interior décor for today’s consumer as well as how to keep the connection going between plants, people and the places where they live, work and socialize.
The exhibition hall supported each of these initiatives, with exhibitors creating one of the highest levels of showmanship in the industry. Mark your calendars for next year’s TPIE event to be held from Jan. 17-19, 2018. Without a doubt, this show remains at the top of its game and the response from the industry proves it to be true.
Cindy Hanauer is founder at Grand Central Floral in Jacksonville, FL. She can be contacted at 844/MYFLORAL (844/693-5672) or 904/327-1951, or Cindy@GrandCentralFloral.com.