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TPIE – are you in?

The interior plant boom continues as people can’t get enough “green” in their living spaces, work spaces and life in general.  People seek to balance their high-tech and virtual lives with a connection to nature.

Houseplants, living walls, green roofs, balcony gardens, pet plants, and junglescaping are just a few answers to the call for nature. The Tropical Plant International Expo is the business-to-business event customized for the wholesale plant buyer. Taking place Jan. 16-18, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, wholesale plant buyers and sellers from around the globe annually make TPIE their marketplace for all things related to foliage and tropicals.  

TPIE.IMG 0971The luminosity of orchids radiate throughout the convention center.TPIE is an authentic connection to the world of interior plants and tropical foliage.  With more than 400 companies exhibiting at TPIE, the trade show offers a cross-section of businesses invested in the horticulture industry. Add to that thousands of plant retailers, brokers, designers, educators and experts at the show, and TPIE becomes an ideal resource for not only products, but also smart plant people and helpful ideas.

While the majority of exhibitors are wholesale growers with an amazing selection of plants and buying programs, there are many exhibitors who specialize in high-design living décor, and finished pieces such as dish gardens and plant novelties.

Decorative containers are a big part of the plant phenomenon. TPIE brings in pottery and decorative pot manufacturers and wholesalers from across the globe, and speciality products incorporating natural elements such as moss, stone, rocks and pebbles.

Beyond the exhibits, TPIE offers an array of inspiring and educational displays, workshops and sessions to further build your business success and add to your professional expertise.

TPIE’s signature education presentation is the TPIE Opening Session, an event known for bringing in some of the world’s best consumer trends analysts.  

This year’s session offers a global view of societal concerns and emotions, as Christine Boland, of Trends & Mindsets, explains why consumers are attracted to certain styles, designs and products in response to progressions in society. Back for a third TPIE presentation, Boland, an international trends analyst with a background in psychology and fashion, is one of TPIE’s most popular and relevant speakers. TPIE’s Opening Session takes place at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16.  The show opens at 10 a.m.

For those who wish to predict economic trends, take advantage of the insights of Dr. Charlie Hall, Ellison Chair in International Floriculture at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. His presentation entitled, The Forecast for 2019:  Bright Skies or Storm Clouds? takes place at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 and looks at the topics of trade wars, midterm elections, labor shortages, transportation costs and how each will impact business in 2019.

Additional plant-focused workshops will be offered on the trade show floor as part of the Create Theater presentations throughout the show days. There will also be sessions specific to interiorscapers. The TPIE Road show, which takes place Tuesday, Jan. 15, offers two tours in the south Florida area. One will take attendees to production nurseries in Homestead, while the other will focus on gardens and landscape design.

For more details about TPIE visit www.tpie.org or call 800-375-2642.  

TPIE is produced by the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association, and by FNGLA members, for the industry. Learn more about FNGLA at www.fngla.org.