GWA @ Chicago Flower & Garden Show 2017

Mar 18, 2017 08:00am -
Mar 18, 2017 03:00pm
Chicago, IL

Event Description

Region III Regional Meeting | Chicago, IL
GWA @ Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Saturday, March 18 | 8:00AM - 3:00PM


Tour and photograph the Chicago Flower & Garden Show before it opens to the public. Then meet your fellow garden communicators for networking, lunch, door prizes and informative speakers sure to inspire story ideas on topics from new plants to plant exploration to urban trees. Registration is $45/member and $85/nonmember by Feb. 17, $55/member and $95/nonmember from Feb. 18 through March 18. This meeting is sponsored by GWA member Tony Abruscato, owner and director of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show.


8:00AM Registration & Networking @ Chicago Flower & Garden Newsroom, Room 206
Continental Breakfast, Room 325

Hosted by Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Explore & photograph the show on your own before the crowds arrive.
10:15AM Welcome & Overview with Chicago Flower & Garden Show Owner & Director Tony Abruscato, Room 325 
10:30AM "Stories Galore in 2017"
Diane Blazek, Executive Director, National Garden Bureau
10:45AM "A World of Possibilities: Searching for the Next Great Garden Plant"
Andrew Bunting, Assistant Director, Chicago Botanic Garden & Author, The Plant Lover's Guide to Magnolias
11:30AM GWA Business Meeting
11:45AM Lunch with Mike Nowak, Host of the Mike Nowak Show on WCGO Radio, AM- 1590
Provided by Chicago Flower & Garden Show
12:15PM "What's an Urban Forest? And What Does It Mean to Gardeners?"
Lydia Scott, Executive Director, Chicago Region Trees Initiative
1:00PM "Standout Plants for 2017"
Katie Rotella, Marketing Communications, Ball Horticultural Company
1:45PM Door Prizes
2:00PM Adjourn & Return to Show Floor as Desired


For full information on the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, see When posting on social media, please use hashtags #meetGWA and #chicagoflower

Registration Deadlines

  • Early Registration: Friday, February 17
  • Regular Registration: Friday, March 10

Cancelation Policy
Cancelation requests received in writing by Friday, March 3 will be subject to a 25% cancelation fee, which will be deducted from the refund. No refunds will be made after Friday, March 3. Substitutions will be permitted with no penalties.


Event Type:Education
Category:Regional Meeting
Early registration ends on Feb 17, 2017.
Regular registration starts on Feb 18, 2017 and ends on Mar 09, 2017.
Late registration starts on Mar 10, 2017.
(GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
Member Fee: $45.00$55.00$55.00
Non-Member Fee: $85.00$95.00$95.00
Member Fee: $45.00$55.00$55.00
Non-Member Fee: $85.00$95.00$95.00