TPIE 2010

A re-cap of "Get Connected to Tropicals" / January 14 -16

Official TPIE 2010 video

TPIE 2010 Photos

Booth Awards | New Plants | New Products | Sustainables | Open Houses | Road Show

New Decade Starts Off Right at Successful Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (January 19, 2010) - In a time when business is conducted over cell phones and the web, over 6,100 industry professionals connected to tropicals in-person at the 2010 Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition. After a recent cold spell in Florida, TPIE attendees from around the U.S. and the globe were greeted by sunny, warm skies and colorful, vibrant plants and flowers at TPIE, held January 14 - 16 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

This year's TPIE attendance was comparable to last year's; however, the show saw a 5 percent increase in buyers. On par with LEED initiatives and the trend to use plants indoors, this year's show saw 32 percent more interiorscapers walking the show floor, and 16 percent more growers/brokers than last year.

"It looks like TPIE is setting the tone for a great 2010," said Rachel Tippit, with Driftwood Gardens, Inc. of Apopka, FL, and the chairperson of the 2010 TPIE committee. "Orders are being made, the aisles are full - everyone is optimistic for what this new year holds. For people who haven't attended TPIE, this is the place to be for tropicals whether you exhibit or attend the show."

TPIE invited attendees to "Get Connected to Tropicals" in the 200,000 square foot exhibit hall which featured the greatest collection of tropical plants available anywhere in the country. Over 500 companies exhibiting at TPIE showcased a wide range of tropical plants and related products. "The booths on the show floor this year are outstanding. Our exhibitors went above and beyond to showcase their plants and products," said Tippit.

In a time of economic downturn, TPIE breathed new life into many exhibiting businesses. Serious-minded wholesale and retail buyers placed orders on the spot with the exhibiting companies that presented their 2010 palate of lush tropical plants.

"The quality of the attendees was outstanding for our evolving nursery business. We took orders on the show floor, but far more importantly for us, we felt a great deal of optimism about 2010 after we received a good number of very specific commitments for this coming spring and beyond," said Sanford Stein of The Jungle Nursery, Inc. in Homestead, FL.

Opening Day kicked off with a high energy session titled "Tropical Plant Revue: Think Outside the Pot." Combining the world's most exciting and diverse tropical plants with the talents of world-class floral designers, American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) Deborah De La Flor AIFD and J Paul Jaras AIFD presented creative ways to use tropicals. Later, their creations were on display in the main lobby for everyone to enjoy.
In addition to the eye-catching displays on the exhibit floor, TPIE Short Course sessions offered more opportunities to focus on tropicals. Several sessions featured new ways business owners could promote their plants and products. Dr. Bodie V. Pennisi, of the University of Georgia revealed the Power of Plants as she sharedresearch results from Project Carbon, a study being conducted to provide supporting data to substantiate the argument for using indoor plants as part of sustainable certification programs such as LEED. George Irwin of Green Living Technologies led a session on Growing Trends for Green Walls which talked about the increased interest for green walls in the marketplace. A luncheon on Thursday highlighted speaker Jeffrey K. Hansler who motivated the audience to build powerful and persuasive communication skills. Attendees packed the room for a Greenwall Workshop that offered four different industry greenwall systems and the opportunity to see how they work. This session was approved for USGBC/LEED AP credits.

Prior to the show, the TPIE Road Show took attendees to Homestead, FL for the day to visit local tropical foliage nurseries. The tour visited Florida Ornamentals, Costa Farms, R.F.Orchids and Bullis Bromeliads. Attendees had the opportunity to see growing facilities for tropical foliage, bromeliads, orchids as well as a special visit to Costa Color to see their annual trial gardens.

Back at the show, TPIE's free demonstrations were moved to a room off the trade show floor this year. Held all three days of the show, topics such as A Dozen Can't Miss TPIE Products: Retail and Easy Water Features: Pot Fountains showcased various parts of the industry while educating attendees. On Friday, over 100 local middle school, high school and college students participated in an on-site Career Fair which introduced them to business leaders and career opportunities in the industry.

The TPIE New Plants and Products Room continued to be one of the most popular spots of the show. With 40 new items on display, attendees were impressed with the mix of new plants and products coming into the marketplace. Buyers were given the opportunity to vote on their favorites with the following coming out on top:

Favorite New Foliage Plant: Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora 'Fantastic' by Hawaiian Sunshine Nursery, Inc.

Favorite New Flowering Plant: Gloriosa Lily by Deroose Plants, Inc.

Favorite New Product: All-In-One-Bucket by Gloves, Inc.

Costa Farms took home the coveted Best of Show booth award for their display and use of outstanding plant material. Botantics Wholesale won Most Unusual Single Plant Specimen for their Coccothrinax sp. More booth award winners and their photos can be found online at www.tpie.org.

TPIE is known as the place to make tropical connections in a fun atmosphere. This was certainly the case at the TPIE Happy Hour, sponsored by Sun Parasol, Suntory Collection, which took place on the Opening Day of the show. The TPIE Happy Hour ended the first day of the show on a relaxing note, with drinks and food and more time to network with attendees and exhibitors. In addition, attendees took part in a reception held on Friday to raise money for the National Foliage Foundation (NFF).

TPIE 2010 marked the 37th year of this unique event taking place in its current format. TPIE 2011 switches things up next year with a new floorplan and a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday format and is scheduled for January 19-21 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. TPIE is produced by the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association (FNGLA). For more information, visit www.tpie.org or call (800) 375-3642.

Complimentary Opening Session

TPIE Tropical Plant Revue - Think Outside the Pot
Combining the world's most exciting and diverse tropical plants with the talents of world-class floral designers, TPIE and the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) have joined hands to present a Tropical Plant Revue at the 2010 TPIE.

Taking place as a complimentary opening session of TPIE on Thursday, January 14, this premier presentation will provide inspiration, innovations and practical ideas for ne ways to merchandise and market
tropical plants.

Following in the tradition of AIFD Symposium presentations, the TPIE/AIFD Tropical Plant Revue will be 45 minutes of high energy, offering over-the-top designs that inspire as well as work in the everyday business world.

The TPIE/AIFD Tropical Plant Revue will feature the creative skills of Deborah De La Flor AIFD and J Paul Jaras AIFD, both award-winning designers who are two of AIFD's most popular and respected presenters.

TPIE Happy Hour

Thursday, January 14, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
This new and exciting event is happening on the show floor from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. on opening night, January 14. This ticketless event is open to everyone with a show badge. TPIE adds an hour of connecting and some fun to the first day of the show with the TPIE Happy Hour! Sponsored by Sun Parasol, Suntory Collection, the TPIE Happy Hour ends the first day of the show on a relaxing note, with drinks and food and more time to network with attendees and exhibitors.

Take advantage of this hour to network with attendees and exhibitors while enjoying light entertainment, drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

FNGLA Horticulture Career Fair

Introducing Tomorrow's Leaders to Florida's Nursery & Landscape Industry TPIE is a perfect venue to introduce high school horticulture students to the wide range of plants, products, services - and career opportunities - in Florida's nursery and landscape industry. Individual students, parents, teachers, classes, homeschool groups, 4-H and FFA chapters interested in horticulture are invited to attend FNGLA's Horticulture Career Fair at TPIE on Friday, January 15th. This is a new event for 2010 including interaction with potential employers and educators. A friendly competition among the horticulture classes and FFA chapters in attendance will provide for an outstanding learning experience.