2017 GWA Annual Conference & Expo

Aug 03, 2017 09:00am -
Aug 07, 2017 05:00pm
Buffalo, NY

Event Description




Thursday, August 3

12:00 - 5:00PM                                               

Pre-Conference Workshop: Write Better Right Now: Tips and Techniques to Power Up Your Next Project
(additional registration is required)
(includes lunch)

Friday, August 4

8:00AM - 2:00PM   Exhibitor Move-in
8:00AM - 7:30PM Registration

9:00AM - 11:00AM                                                                                                

Pre-Conference Workshop: Write Better Right Now: Tips and Techniques to Power Up Your Next Project - Continued
(additional registration is required)
(includes continental breakfast)
11:30AM - 12:30PM Regional Meetings
12:30PM - 1:30PM First-Time Attendee Meeting
2:00PM - 4:00PM Meet the Authors (NEW for 2017!)
A Special Two Hour Session-We will provide you with a table to meet the Buffalo Area Garden Loving Public! Registration will be first come, first serve. Click through to register now!
4:00PM - 8:00PM GWA Expo Hall Open
6:00PM - 8:00PM Opening Reception in Expo Hall
8:00PM - 9:00PM President's Sponsor & Exhibitor Reception


Saturday, August 5

7:30AM - 5:00PM Registration
7:00AM - 8:00AM Early Morning Photo Shoot: Cottage District
8:00AM - 11:45AM Story Tour: Cottage District, Elmwood Village
& Lancaster Avenue
12:15PM - 1:00PM Lunch
1:00PM - 2:00PM Welcome &
Opening Keynote: Kevin Gaughan
2:00PM - 2:45PM GWA Annual Business Meeting
2:45PM - 3:00PM Break
3:00PM - 4:00PM Roundtable Topics
4:00PM - 8:00PM GWA Expo Hall Open
6:00PM - 8:00PM Reception in Expo Hall
8:00PM - 11:00PM Exhibitor Move-Out


Sunday, August 6

7:00AM - 8:00AM Morning Reboot - Yoga Session with Yoga Instructor Christopher Freimuth
8:00AM - 1:00PM     Registration
8:30AM - 9:30AM                                                        Learning Sessions (3)
8:30AM - 10:30AM Exhibitor Move-Out
9:30AM - 9:45AM Break
9:45AM - 10:45AM  Learning Sessions (3)

10:45AM - 11:00AM

11:00AM - 12:15PM Lunch & Learn (3)
12:30PM - 4:30PM Story Tour: Olmsted, Write & Richardson Horticultural Heritage Tour
5:00PM - 6:15PM Reception @ Buffalo Botanical Gardens
6:45PM - 8:00PM GWA Committee & Leadership Reception


Monday, August 7

8:00AM - 12:00PM Registration
8:30AM - 9:30AM                                                                

Learning Sessions (3)

9:30AM - 9:45AM Break
9:45AM - 10:45AM

Learning Sessions (3)

10:45AM - 12:00PM

Closing Keynote - Robin Kimmerer: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdon, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

12:00PM - 12:45PM Lunch
1:00PM - 4:45PM

Story Tours (Pick Your Tour)

  • Draved Arboretum
  • Southtowns Private Gardens, Plant Collections & LEED Lot
6:15PM - 7:00PM 2017 GWA Awards & Honors Reception (Cash Bar)
7:00PM - 9:00PM

2017 GWA Awards & Honors Dinner Sponsored by Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Shrubs    

9:00PM - 11:00PM #GWA2017 Afterparty


Tuesday, August 8

8:00AM - 9:30AM                                                                          

Post-Con Story Tour (Full Day): Niagara Falls, Niagara Park Horticultural School, Butterfly Conservatory & Botanical Gardens (additional registration is required)

8:00AM - 12:00PM

Post-Con Story Tour (Half Day): Lake Erie's Urban Farms, Rooftop Gardens and More! (additional registration is required)


Registration Deadlines

  • Early: June 1, 2017
  • Regular: July 15, 2017
  • Late: August 1, 2017

Payment Plans 
Payment plans for registration are available. Registration MUST be paid in full by July 15. Please call 212.297.2198 for more information.

Miscellaneous Registrations  
Options for single day registration and GWA Awards & Honors Dinner tickets available. Please call 212.297.2198 for more information. 

Cancelation Policy 
Cancelation requests received in writing by Friday, June 30 will be subject to a 25% cancelation fee, which will be deducted from the refund. No refunds will be made on or after Friday, June 30. Substitutions will be permitted with no penalties. 

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Event Type:Education
Category:Annual Conference & Expo
Early registration ends on Jun 01, 2017.
Regular registration starts on Jun 02, 2017 and ends on Jul 15, 2017.
Late registration starts on Jul 16, 2017.
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 Attendee Full Registration
Member Fee: $450.00$550.00$650.00
Non-Member Fee: $600.00$700.00$800.00
 Guest Full Registration
Member Fee: $450.00$550.00$650.00
Non-Member Fee: $450.00$550.00$650.00
 Student Full Registration
Member Fee: $300.00$300.00$300.00
Non-Member Fee: $300.00$300.00$300.00
 Exhibitor Full Registration
Member Fee: $450.00$450.00$450.00
Non-Member Fee: $450.00$450.00$450.00
 Expo-Only Registration (Exhibitors Only)
Member Fee: $0.00$0.00$0.00
Non-Member Fee: $0.00$0.00$0.00