Professionals draw together at Congress 2017

Revitalized event features Garden Expo and Fencecraft

April 7, 2016 — For immediate release

Contact: Heather MacRae, Tel: 416-848-7577, Email:

Milton, ONT.Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association is set to change perceptions of the horticultural /landscape industry on January 10-12, 2017 with a revitalized version of Congress. The 44th edition of the show will draw all horticulture / landscape professions together in a 3-in-1 show including Garden Expo, Fencecraft and Congress. The perennial favourite trade show and conference offers:

  • 600 multinational exhibitors
  • 12,000 professionals from all sectors
  • 49 acclaimed speakers
  • 62 hours of professional development
  • 7 social events including 2 exciting parties

“To achieve modern gardens, landscapes, nightscapes, outdoor living space or to source the latest trends in hobby gardening, our members and visitors need to have a one-stop buying venue.” comments Heather MacRae, Director of Events and Trade Shows. “Congress’ popularity with our contractors makes us proud. Welcoming back retail suppliers and independent garden centre owners, our partners from Garden Expo, will lend added excitement to the show after a 16-year hiatus.”

All professions, from garden centre owners to landscape and fence contractors, can see the suppliers, hear from industry experts, network and socialize in a world-class trade show that offers a conduit for professional and business development, personal growth, relationship building, networking and enriched learning. We are better together.

“As a long time exhibitor in both shows, we're happy to hear that Expo will be co-located with Congress in 2017,” says Mark Kowalchuk, National Sales Manager at All Treat Farms, Aurthur, Ont. “Given the current business environment, holding one big horticultural "super show" makes sense in our books. We're looking forward to it!”

The perception of the industry is set to change. Education and on-the-job-training has created a new generation of landscape professionals. The consensus from a recent Landscape Ontario volunteer’s meeting was that industry members are “professionals who want to work together with others to create a better world, run better businesses and participate in building better communities.” The professions work as a team and collaborate to beautify environments for customers — homes, commercial properties, public parks and outdoor spaces. The profession uses Congress to find the products, services and related professionals to make their companies more efficient and effective.

Josh Vokal, Spring Meadows Nursery, out of Grand Haven, Mich., a propagator of proprietary plant materials such as Proven Winners, remarks “I am very optimistic to having everyone in the industry under one roof. This concept not only provides incredible value for my company, but also our entire industry.”  
Companies interested in exhibiting a Congress 2017 can visit or call 1-800-265-5656 ext. 353 or 366. The show will be held January 10-12, 2017 at the Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, Ont.

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About Congress
Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association's Congress is Canada's premier green industry trade show with nearly 600 leading-edge suppliers exhibiting on more than eight acres of show floor, it's the perfect place to find new products, ideas, equipment, services and people connections to make your business grow and prosper. The Congress Conference offers dozens of inspirational and educational sessions run throughout, making Congress a once-a-year opportunity to learn about emerging industry trends, access products and build new relationships.