TPIE Road Show: It's Education on the Go!

Whether choosing to “Pick Two” or elevating your expectations throughout the show, there is an educational opportunity just for you. TPIE offers you a great venue to receive cutting-edge training that will spark creativity, bring you new ideas and inspire you to sharpen your skills. TPIE’s “Pick Two” Combo allows you to tailor your experience by choosing the workshop and/or tour of your choice.

2017 brings two morning sessions, a full-day "Education on the Go!" classroom session and two afternoon tours.

Pick-Two Combo – $135 (price increases to $155 after January 8 and includes your show badge):

Start Your Morning with Your Choice of Learning

Pick One Workshop
Pest Management or Trends & Garden Center Merchandising

Pest Management: From an update on the latest pest impacting the Interiorscape Industry to Floridas top landscape pests finding their way indoors along with what is happening on the homefront to the control the populations of Aedes mosquitoes known to vector the Zika virus, this workshop will give attendees a comprehensive look at how to manage the pest in the interior environment. Session presenters:

Suzanne Wainwright-Evans is an Ornamental Entomologist specializing in integrated pest management. Suzanne has been involved in the Green Industry for more than 18 years with a primary focus on biological control and using pesticides properly. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with degrees in both Entomology and Environmental Horticulture. She has worked throughout the United States and internationally consulting to greenhouses, nurseries, landscapers and interiorscape companies.

Catharine Mannion is a Professor and Extension Specialist with the University of Florida, Tropical Research and Education Center. She has been with the University of Florida for 15 years. She is responsible for developing a research and extension program on integrated pest management of ornamental plants with an emphasis on invasive pests. Her research has focused on the biology and management of several introduced pests such as whiteflies, scales, thrips and weevils. She received a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from University of California, a M.S. degree in Entomology from North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Florida.

Frank Fornari has been involved in the horticultural industry for 30+ years. Over the last decade Frank has worked at Valent and BASF helping growers manage insect, weed and disease issues. Frank has also participated in the introduction of many new products into the market including Safari Insecticide, Pageant Intrinsic Fungicide and Sultan Miticide. As Clarke’s Regional Manager for the Southern US Frank is leading a team working with government agencies at the local, State and Federal levels to manage the mosquitoes that vector diseases such as Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, West Nile and Zika.


Trends & Garden Center Merchandizing: This workshop explores industry trends such as the increase in popularity of green walls along with great merchandising concepts.

Pick One Tour
Production Facilites or Garden & Design (includes lunch)

Production Facilities Tour (11:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.)
Put on your walking shoes for a Tuesday afternoon adventure. From a beautiful variety of Bromeliads to a wide array of tropical foliage, attendees will take a tour through three production facilities in Homestead, FL. The three stops included in Tuesday afternoon’s tour are:

12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Bullis Bromeliads has been a family owned and operated nursery since 1977. Bullis Bromeliads resides and continues to grow on over 25 acres of land with over 18 acres of shade houses and 2.5 acres of greenhouses. Founded by the late Harvey R. Bullis II, Harvey III and Patricia Bullis now run this wholesale company with their two sons, nephews Rick and Thomas G., and brother Eugenio. Now, the 4th generation, Harvey IV and Thomas Bullis, have joined the company for growing and hybridization. Family traditions still run strong in the business.

2 - 3 p.m.
Island Tropical Foliage is a 30-acre nursery owned and operated by Larry Barr, located in Homestead, Florida. Island Tropical Foliage has a wide variety of customers in the U.S. and Caribbean and provides wholesale plants, trees, and nursery supplies to retail garden centers, landscapers and landscape architects, home builders, commercial and residential builders, developers, hotels and resorts, and plant brokers. They pride themselves on a nursery built for high quality and excellent customer service.

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Costa Farms is a third-generation family-owned grower that operates on more than 2,000 acres in Florida (with additional farms in North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Dominican Republic). The company’s diverse team offers a wealth of solutions for retail customers of all levels, including bringing new varieties to market via its research and development wing and consumer-oriented branding programs via its marketing department. Get a unique view of Costa Farms with this tour, which starts by highlighting the company’s full range of product offerings (including indoor foliage, bonsai, orchids, outdoor tropicals), then moves to the field so you can see how the company grows its product.

Garden & Design Tour (11:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.)
Garden & Design tour will starts at Flora & More, a new design marketplace that is sure to provide inspiration for designers, retail, garden center, hospitality, and event planners. Tour will feature Patrick Blanc’s creation at the Perez Art Museum and more stops featuring green wall systems:

Headquartered in Miami, Flora & More represents a brand new concept in floral design and provide sources for a large variety of fresh plants, pots, and accessories from premier growers and factories around the world to their customers. Flora and More members can take advantage of the best price-to-performance ratio along with the most diverse inventory of orchids in the South East. Whether for design, retail, garden center, hospitality, event planning, or another industry, Flora & More’s new location serves as an inspiration center where ideas bloom. This stop will kick off the tour and allow attendees to see the concept in action and view all that Flora & More have to offer.

The Perez Art Musuem is a modern and contemporary art museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries, located in Downtown Miami and home to Patrick Blanc’s creations. The tour will provide insight into the installation and maintenance of the hanging planters.

Other green wall systems and projects will be part of this tour as well.


What are the costs to Attend?

Sign-up for the day as a "Pick Two" Combo for $135 (after 1/8, price increases to $155). You can attend one element without purchasing the combo: Tours are $60 (after 1/8, price increases to $75) and Workshops are $75 (after 1/8, price increases to $90).

Who Should Attend?

Interiorscapers, landscape professionals, retail garden centers, landscape designers, garden communicators: Whether looking to either gain insight on the latest trends and innovations in design, sharpen skills in pest management and interior maintenance; or increase sales in a retail garden center, one of the three tours is sure to be the right fit.

Continuing Education Units

  • FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional (FCHP)
  • FNGLA Certified Landscape Contractor, Technician & Designer (FCLC, FCLT, FCLMT, FCLD)

CEU's are generally applied for from the following programs:

  • National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) Certifications
  • Pesticide Applicator License
  • Landscape Inspector's Association of Florida
  • Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)

Please note that hotel shuttle transportation will not be available on Tuesday, January 17. If you would like to attend the tour and are without ground transportation, we recommend that you stay at the following hotels which are a short walking distance from the convention center: Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale - 17th Street; Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina; Holiday Inn Express, Hyatt Place and Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port.

For more details on the TPIE Road Show, contact FNGLA's Linda Reindl or call 800.375.3642.