The Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association (ONLA) is partnering with John Deere Landscapes to offer two green industry programs under one roof on Jan. 6, 2015.
ONLA’s CENTS is the Midwest’s largest green industry convention, which for more than 80 years, has connected thousands to the education and resources they need to operate and grow successful businesses. Ten years ago, John Deere Landscapes created the John Deere Landscapes University one-day education and trade show platform to provide green industry professionals regional options to learn best practices, see new technologies and meet with the vendors who are vital to their success.
On Jan. 6, ONLA and John Deere Landscapes will join forces to offer educational programs and a vendor trade show. Landscape architects, designers, contractors and crew leaders may choose to attend CENTS Marketplace & University intensive workshops: irrigation, dry-laid stone or ecological design; or the John Deere Landscapes University program which includes a vendor show and classes: lawn & turf, irrigation, lighting & electrical, pest & disease and business management. That evening (5 to 9 p.m.) attendees may opt to attend a pre-convention event at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, hosted by the ONLA, which includes a cocktail and dessert reception and a behind-the-scenes tour of the “Orchids!” show before it opens to the public.
“John Deere Landscapes is a great industry partner and the reputation of John Deere Landscapes University is singular, so making it more convenient for professionals to participate in this program is smart business for the region,” said Kevin Thompson, ONLA executive director, and Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association.
Brett Dormire, John Deere Landscapes area manager, added, “Bringing our John Deere Landscapes University-Columbus program to the site of CENTS Marketplace & University is good business. This partnership allows our organizations and customers to benefit from our shared vision and commitment to deliver high quality education from expert educators as we showcase the equipment, tools and technical resources green industry professionals need to succeed.”
On Jan. 7 to 9, the 2015 CENTS Marketplace & University will take place at The Greater Columbus Convention Center. Built strong from the ground up, the CENTS experience is designed to engage, enlighten and excite industry professionals who travel from across the country to participate.
The convention will feature more than 375 exhibits and offer continuing education credits at more than 90 education programs on topics ranging from bugs and botanicals to bricks and business management.
“CENTS University is about engagement, excellence and breadth. By sharing expert educators at John Deere Landscapes University and CENTS University, our attendees gain access to unparalleled education on all the key topic areas,” said Lisa Larson, ONLA’s education director.
John Deere Landscapes has more 400 locations across North America and is the leading distributor of wholesale irrigation, landscape lighting, nursery, and turf and maintenance supplies for green industry contractors. Dedicated to becoming the distributor of choice for landscape, irrigation and turf care professionals, John Deere Landscapes also offers additional services that support its core businesses.
CENTS Marketplace & University is a regional convention with national presence and local flavor slated for Jan. 7 to 9 at The Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus. CENTS provides tools, training and resources on mission-critical business trends and green industry opportunities. The event draws growers, independent garden centers, landscape contractors, arborists, and turf and pest management professionals, who seek a high-energy forum where industry professionals can meet, sell, buy and learn.
For more information, call 800/825-5062 or visit centsmarketplace.com.