SPRING LAKE, N.J. — Significant benefits were realized at the 2020 TOTAL PRO – Professional Landscape, Nursery & Hardscape Expo & Conference last month by both exhibiting companies and the industry professionals attending. Plans are already underway to build on this success in 2021, as Total Pro Expo’s third annual expo & conference is scheduled for February 2-3, 2021.
Total Pro Expo, held at the New Jersey Convention Center, in Edison, NJ, featured over 150 industry suppliers & service companies in addition to over 40 educational sessions focused on professionals working in the landscape, hardscape and green industries. This event addresses the interests of landscape design and maintenance professionals, public works crews, golf course groundskeepers, tree care professionals and hardscape installers. These businesses are a vital segment of the economy in the tristate New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania region, which ranks nationally as one of the strongest markets for the green trades.
Kevin McLaughlin, Event Director, of MAC Expos based in Spring Lake, NJ commented that “the second year of this industry event went off without a hitch – exhibit space sold out, attendance exceeded our expectations and post event feedback has been through the roof!”
Presented by MAC Expos in partnership with the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association (NJNLA), featured speakers included representatives of Proven Winners and Bailey Nurseries, two industry leaders that have made branded plants a key part of landscape merchandising. Overdevest Nurseries, LLC and Dr. Mark Brand from the University of Connecticut, provided insight on how the industry is “Meeting the Invasives’ Challenge” by explaining how science is rising to the challenge by developing non-invasive hybrids that address environmental and regulatory concerns while preserving the pallet of essential landscape plants.
A tree care track was offered, with topics on chain saw safety, incorporating tree care into your landscaping business, tree selection and care, plus recertification credits (LTE/LTCO) were awarded to attendees. Other tracks included presentations for pesticide recertification, business development tools and classes in Spanish. The conference also offered hardscape hands-on demonstrations that gave attendees a practical and educational view on the industry’s top-selling trends and ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute) credits.
Interested exhibitors are urged to reserve their booth space as soon as possible. “As we stand right now, exhibit space reservations are well ahead of schedule and planning for the programming of the educational sessions are well under way. We expect the event to grow by another 30% again next year.” added McLaughlin.
–New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association