Cleveland Grows! Tour in Cleveland, OH

Sep 21, 2018 12:00pm -
Sep 22, 2018 12:00pm
Cleveland, OH

Event Description

Region III Regional Meeting | Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland Grows! Tour in Cleveland, OH
Exploring the Abundance of Cleveland’s Top Commercial and Private Horticultural Attractions
Friday, September 21 - Saturday, September 22, 2018

Early registration ends Friday, August 24

You may have heard that Cleveland, Ohio is a hotbed of horticulture. Now it’s time to experience it in a whirlwind tour of five of the city’s best horticultural sites.

Join us for behind-the-scenes tours at two commercial growing operations and one award-winning IGC to experience a broad botanical spectrum from perennials to woodies, orchids and tropical plants. Get the Inside Scoop when you Meet the Trade Editors of Ball Publishing, GIE Media and Meister Media in our panel discussion. Then tour the phenomenal private gardens of two local award-winning garden designers.

Plan extra time to visit renowned independent garden centers, public gardens and more when you visit Cleveland, Ohio. This is one Regional Meeting you cannot afford to miss!


Friday, September 21, 2018


OPTIONAL – Arrive early to Willoway Nurseries and spend extra time in their expansive display gardens for photography and geeking out on multiple acres of amazing plant material in a picturesque garden setting. 


Enjoy lunch and a tour at Willoway Nurseries, producer of over 2,000 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and tropical plants for independent garden centers. This is the largest pot-in-pot grower in the Midwest, offering sizes ranging from 3 gallon shrubs to 45 gallon trees.


Catch up on the latest consumer trends and have a chance to explore Petitti Home and Garden. Petitti’s is the second largest IGC in the US with nine retail locations serving Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown, OH. 98% of their plants are grown in their 34-acre state of the art greenhouse and 1000+ acres of nursery production in Lake County, Ohio.

4:00-6:45PM Enjoy a tour, dinner, and the Inside Scoop trade editor discussion at the home of Just Add Ice Orchids, Green Circle Growers. This large-scale grower supplies a variety of beautiful plants, including orchids, tropicals, foliage, succulents, and seasonal crops to area box stores and grocery chains. Their plants are grown in 100+ acres of state of the art greenhouses using innovative growing practices. 
The Inside Scoop: Meet the Trade Editors panel discussion will include trade magazine editors from Ball Publishing, GIE Media and Meister Media. Each editor will have 10 minutes to discuss their publication, types of content that are trending, stories they might be looking for, and how to pitch them.

GWA has a room block at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Beachwood, OH.
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Saturday, September 22, 2018

8:00-9:00AM Breakfast and time for networking in the hotel gathering space.
9:30-10:45AM Tour the home garden of award-winning garden designer Bobbie Schwartz. Bobbie has worked to create a unified landscape that complements her French Norman home while accommodating her obsession with perennials, ornamental grasses, and flowering shrubs. You’ll see many of the 2,000 varieties she has trialed over the last few decades. Bobbie will also be discussing her latest book, Garden Renovation: Transform Your Yard into the Garden of Your Dreams, and will do a book signing for us. 
11:15-12:00PM Tour the private garden of Nancy Drobnik of Miriam's River House Designs, LLC, an award winning landscape design company. Nancy’s garden is located in a beautiful park setting, with a river running alongside it. Its special features include a Japanese tea house and garden, meditation pavilion, fibonacci spirals, a monastic herb garden, an astronomical time clock, and a trip through the solar system. Your chakras will be aligned and you’ll feel a renewed sense of peacefulness after visiting this remarkable garden.
12:00PM Our meeting officially concludes at noon. Attendees may choose to stick around to meet up for lunch or visit local retailers before heading home. A list of local restaurants, retailers, public gardens and other area attractions will be provided.

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Registration Deadlines

  • Early Registration: Friday, August 24
  • Regular Registration: Friday, September 14

Cancelation Policy
Cancelation requests received in writing by Friday, September 7 will be subject to a 25% cancelation fee, which will be deducted from the refund. No refunds will be made after Friday, September 7. Substitutions will be permitted with no penalties.

Event Type:Social
Early registration ends on Aug 24, 2018.
Regular registration starts on Aug 25, 2018 and ends on Sep 13, 2018.
Late registration starts on Sep 14, 2018.
(GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
Member Fee: $50.00$60.00$60.00
Non-Member Fee: $85.00$95.00$95.00