This weekend join Bob’s Market online as we head to Columbus, OH for the Cultivate 2018 conference and trade show. Follow along with our own John Morgan as he visits the Franklin Park Conservatory and the Ohio State University Trial Gardens. Also, watch our Facebook Page, Instagram, and Twitter for other updates, awesome ideas, and more. Check out our Bob's LIVE Blog as John shares to most relevant posts from each day.
So what exactly is Cultivate? It is one of the largest events in the horticultural industry. Each year around 15,000 people from all over the world attend! Prior to 2014, the event was known as the OFA Short Course. Our own Bobby Barnitz was the President of OFA from 2007 to 2008. Then, in 2011, Bob’s Market was named Greenhouse Operation of The Year! In 2014, OFA - The Association of Horticultural Professionals and the American Nursery & Landscape Association combined to form AmericanHort. Since then the event has been known as Cultivate.
At Cultivate we’ll visit trade show booths from suppliers, equipment manufacturers, and many others that help Bob’s succeed. It also gives us a chance to network with wholesale customers, other retailers, and the many friends we’ve made over the years. Many of us, myself included, will also attend educational sessions, presentations, and "round table" meetings to learn about legislation effecting our industry, new trends and technology, and exchange ideas with other industry professionals.