I spent four hours wondering around the 2017 Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition show like I do each year and I have reduced what I saw down to 4:27 seconds so you some time to spare.
The Floral community is too busy with Valentines Day to participate in this very plant oriented show, with the exception of Jet Fresh Flowers who never miss an opportunity to present themselves when buyers are gathered around. I see many of these same vendors at flower events mostly from the hardgoods and logistics sectors.
This show is no doubt the premier plant show and has a long history of being well attended and worth the cost of admission for vendors and attendees alike. Consistently having a late January event date set in Fort Lauderdale very likely has a lot to do with it.
I did learn that Kerry Herdon (Kerrys Bromiliads) had finally given up on the nursery and set off for high ground. I wish him well and have learned that Costa Farms has acquired the nursery. This is no surprise as Costa continues to grow larger ever show. Good luck to all.
According to TPIE
“More than 400 exhibitors in over 830 spaces took their exhibits to the next level with awe-inspiring displays exceeding even the highest of expectations.
Already known as the industry’s most unique and inspiring trade event, TPIE set the stage for a higher level of presentation and interaction as 6,326 exhibitors and buyers from 47 U.S. states and 49 countries met to experience TPIE.”
More information can be found at their website https://www.fngla.org/tpie/