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TPIE 2019 scores big with large buyer attendance and record-breaking exhibitors

It was the zen of January…the yin to the yang of Valentine’s Day… the calm before the storm.

The Tropical Plant International Expo is the trade event of mid-January, showcasing the latest trends in foliage, floral and tropicals in warm and inviting South Florida.

Tpie4TPIE covered nearly five acres — or 17,000-plus square meters — with living and vibrant plants creating a virtual indoor garden of showstopping displays.TPIE’s trade show was more than an exhibit area — it covered nearly five acres (or 17,000-plus square meters) — with living and vibrant plants creating a virtual indoor garden of showstopping displays.

Attendees balanced high-tech and virtual lives with a connection to nature. Houseplants, living walls, green roofs, balcony gardens, pet plants, and junglescaping were just a few of the massive displays. With more than 400 companies exhibiting at TPIE, the trade show offered a cross-section of businesses invested in the horticulture industry. Add to that thousands of plant retailers, brokers, designers, educators and experts at the show, and TPIE was an ideal resource for not only products, but also smart plant people and helpful ideas.

TPIE’s signature education presentation was the TPIE Opening Session, an event known for bringing in some of the world’s best consumer trends analysts. This year’s session offered a global view of societal triggers and emotions, as Christine Boland of Trends & Mindsets explained why consumers are attracted to certain styles, designs and products in response to progressions in society.

Back for a third TPIE presentation, Boland, an international trends analyst with a background in psychology and fashion, is one of TPIE’s most popular and relevant speakers.

For those who wished to predict economic trends, Dr. Charlie Hall, Ellison Chair in International Floriculture at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, provided great insights in his presentation entitled, “The Forecast for 2019:  Bright Skies or Storm Clouds?”

Additional plant-focused workshops were offered on the trade show floor as part of the Create Theater presentations throughout the show days. There were also sessions specific to interiorscapers.

For more details about TPIE, visit www.tpie.org or call 800-375-2642. TPIE is produced by the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association, and by FNGLA members, for the industry. Learn more about FNGLA at www.fngla.org.