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2019 National Floriculture Forum meets in Chicago

From Feb. 16-17 the National Floriculture Forum will meet in Chicago.

chicagobot2 Dating back to the early 1990s, the NFF hosts an educational meeting for industry leaders, university faculty, graduate students and government scientists from academic institutions, governmental agencies and the greenhouse industry.  

These diverse floricultural communities come together with the objectives of 1) addressing issues of importance to the floriculture industry, 2) forming collaborative relationships, and 3) improving communication within the American floriculture industry to share and disseminate information.

For those arriving early, the 2019 NFF will open with an optional tour on Saturday morning at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Dr. Jim Ault will lead a tour of the newly renovated greenhouses and speak about the scientific endeavors of the garden, which includes the breeding and introduction program associated with Chicagoland Grows. The business meeting will begin after the tour and lunch on Saturday, with presentations from various speakers on research funding opportunities, industry trends, and other important topics. Faculty members and graduate students will also be asked to update the group on their universities’ programs including enrollments, teaching, research and extension programs.  These sessions will continue into Sunday morning’s assembly. On Saturday evening, Dr. Charlie Hall, holder of the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture at Texas A&M University, will address the group on “Incorporating the Value of Plants and Our Industry into Curricula.”  

Registration for the NFF is $150, thanks to financial support from the American Floral Endowment. This fee includes the tour to the Chicago Botanic Garden, including bus transportation on Saturday morning, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and refreshments at breaks. 

To register for the Forum and arrange your hotel reservation, go to http://endowment.org and click on the National Floriculture Forum link, followed by the registration link. The host hotel is the Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel and Conference Center in Rosemont, IL, and the hotel will provide free shuttle transportation from and back to O’Hare International Airport. (Attendees may fly through Chicago’s Midway Airport, but transportation to the hotel will be on your own and could be quite expensive.) The complimentary hotel shuttle from and back to O’Hare International Airport, guest room Wi-Fi, and breakfast are included in the $119 per night (plus tax) hotel rate (tax is currently 14 percent but is subject to change). Parking is extra. Registration for this discounted hotel rate is due by Jan. 15; hotel guest rooms are limited. We hope to see you there!

For specific questions, contact the 2019 event organizer, Dr. Marvin Miller of Ball Horticultural Co. at mnmiller@ballhort.com.