TPIE 2009

January 15 -17, 2009

The theme was "Tag it Tropical." Over 6,200 industry professionals attended.

"The resounding word at TPIE this year was ‘attitude.' Great attitudes along with stunning displays of new plant varieties, superior quality tropical specimens and a wide array of trendy houseplant accessories made a spectacular venue for the only national tropical event," said Jane Van Cleave, with J Van Cleave Marketing and the chairperson of the 2009 TPIE committee. "With frigid temperatures in the north, what a delightful paradise for our attendees to conduct business, meet international friends, find new products and kick back in sunny south Florida. TPIE 2009 certainly set the pace for a great 2009."

2009 Photos

For high resolution versions, please contact Jaclyn Rhoads at (407) 295-7994.









Booth Award Winners

TPIE Chairman Jane Van Cleave and FNGLA 2008-2009 President Rosemary Warner presented the booth awards.

Best of Show

Kerry's/Twyford International
Booth #429


100 sq. ft. Exhibitor

1st Place
Green Piece Wire Art.
Booth #2203
2nd Place
Chapman's Orchids, Inc.
Booth #3039

200 sq. ft. Exhibitor

1st Place
Stewart's Greenhouse, Inc.
Booth #835
2nd Place
Select Tropicals, Inc.
Booth #435

300 sq. ft. + Exhibitor

1st Place
Acosta Farms, Inc.
Booth # 2635
2nd Place
Bonsai Miami Tropical
Booth #2934

Island Exibitor

1st Place
Oglesby Plants International, Inc.
Booth #603
2nd Place
Excelsa Gardens, Inc.
Booth #2020

Tag it Tropical Theme Award

Superior Foliage, Inc.
Booth #1707

TPIE New Plants and Products

Favorite New Foliage Plant
Neoregelia ‘Voodoo Doll'TM
Oglesby Plants International, Inc.
Booth # 603
Favorite New Flowering Plant
Sun Parasol 'Stars & Stripes'
Booth # 1403
Favorite New Product
Orchid Bloom Bag
Palm Tree Packaging
Booth # 1920
Most Unusual
Single Plant Specimen

Anana's 'Ivory Coast'
Excelsa Gardens, Inc., Booth #2020

Retailers Choice Awards 2009

Attendees at TPIE 2009 were invited to "take part in a journey to uncover hidden treasures" selecting the best and brightest:

  • Products deserving special recognition for their vision
  • New products attendees plan on adding to their inventory mix
  • Products or services with a new approach toward an old formula

Below are the 12 products which received the TPIE 2009 Retailers Choice Award:

Mike Rinck, AG3, Inc., displays TPIE Retailers Choice Award winning Aloe humilis ‘Hedgehog™'.

On Mike's request, an attendee at the GCA Networking breakfast held at TPIE 2009 reluctantly put her hand into the middle of this plant finding the vicious looking spines to be surprisingly soft and rubbery.

Contact AG3, Inc.:
(352) 589-8055
From dogs to frogs and monkeys to moose… "Give your customers the confidence they need to sculpt with plants." Topiary Templates from Green Piece WIRE ART makes it "as EASY as 1-2-3".

Green Piece WIRE ART
Topiary forms and supplies
P.O. Box 260, Bridge Station
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Contact: Richard Burton

Variegated Spineless Pineapple
Ananas comosus "Ivory Coast"

Available through:
Excelsa Gardens, Inc.
12839 25th St N
Loxahatchee, FL 33470-4724
Contact: Colin Friedrich
(561) 790-3789, 800-649-5348

Braun Horticulture featured their newest line "Pottery Studio"... handcrafted black clay with a real moss coating gives this collection an old English look. A great addition to your container garden creation department.

Braun Horticulture
P.O. Box 260, Bridge Station
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Contact: Suzann Di Staulo
Contact: Amadeu Pacheco

716-282-6101, 888-732-7286

Bromeliad Specialties Inc.
"The Best in Hand Raised Tillandsias"

28001 SW 197 Avenue
Homestead, FL 33030
Contact: Ron Herndon or Lupita Gutierrez
305-247-5990, 800-874-9892


Richard Vollebregt discusses the "Financial Impact of RRG (Retractable Roof Greenhouse)"

  • increased revenue
  • reduced fixed operating costs
  • increase in profit

Cravo Equipment, LTD
20 White Swan Road
Brantford, ONT N3T 5L4
Contact: Richard Vollebregt
Contact: Chuck Sierke
519-759-8226, 888-738-7228

Colocasia esculenta ‘Tea Cup' presented by Agri-Starts, Inc. Its shiny, unique cup-shaped leaves hold small amounts of water. A great tropical to add to a mixed container garden or pond's edge.

Available through
Agri-Starts, Inc., Apopka, FL.
Contact Ty Strode: info@agrostarts.com or visit www.agristrats.com

2.5" Phalaenopsis Orchids in clay packed in displays of 12 with to packs per box. Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day or any day. An item sure to turn quick.

DeLeon's Bromeliads, Inc.
13745 SW 216th Street
Goulds, FL 33170
Contact: Don DeLeon
800-448-8649, 305-238-6028

Earth Friendly Promotional Display
BKD Marketing, Inc.
Contact: Jeff Barlow

The "ef" Promotional Display Program offers a complete ecologically responsible program in one simple package. All components of the program are biodegradable from the pots to the merchandising support to the rack.

Arrives pre-stocked with an assortment of foliage plants & dish gardens in a range of sizes.

Pre-finished combo planters at a great price ready to drop into a decorative container or basket.

Whistling Pines Foliage, Inc.
P.O. Box 666
Eustis, FL 32727
Contact: Doug or Alan Reichwein
800-624-6312, 352-669-5788

The new pre-stocked Pride Garden Products Patio Display Merchandiser on wheels makes it easy for garden centers to move this AquaSavâ„¢ Planter Patio Collection to areas of high traffic for instant impact.

Pride Garden Products
480 Shoemaker Road
Suite 101
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Contact: Deborah Morris

Raffia Pot Covers

  1. Reusable (plastic liner included)
  2. All natural materials

Sophisticated seasonal colors

Pride Garden Products
480 Shoemaker Road
Suite 101
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Contact: Deborah Morris