GWA invites you to join us in Chicago for our 70th Annual Conference & Expo, co-hosted with the 2018 IGC Show, August 13-16 at historic Navy Pier. Enjoy amazing garden tours, thought-provoking education session, unbeatable networking and incredible access to the IGC Show.
#GWA2018 will be co-locating with Independent Garden Center Show in Chicago! Our registrants have the opportunity to attend exclusive IGC events, including big name key note Daymond John of ABC's hit television series, Shark Tank. Not only that, but you won't want to miss out on IGC's Reception and Concert with the Marshall Tucker Band Tuesday night! Registrants are also invited to walk the IGC Show floor on Wednesday, August 15 from 10AM-12PM.
Join garden writers, bloggers, photographers, speakers and communicators from across the world for special events designed to make new connections and reconnect with old friends, including networking events and receptions, all culminating with the 2018 Annual Awards & Honors Dinner. And don’t forget to head to the #GWA2018 Expo for a colorful showcase of new varieties, products and services from exhibitors changing the horticultural landscape.
This year's education schedule will be jam-packed with insightful sessions from leaders in the industry, focusing on horticulture, writing, technology, business, publishing and much more. Back by popular demand, roundtable topics will feature exciting short-format sessions made to inspire and inform.
This year's tour line-up will feature Chicago's finest gardens, covering a wide array of techniques and trends. Enjoy special access to amazing public gardens as well as exclusive tours of beautiful private gardens.
On Tuesday, August 14 we will be visiting Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, McCormick Place Rooftop Farm and Shedd Aquarium Gardens. Wednesday, August 15 we will visit Garfield Park Conservatory, Farm on Ogden, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Hyde Park Private Gardens and Midway Plaisance & Jackson Park. On the following day, Thursday, August 16 registrants will have a choice of heading on the North Side Jewels: Historic Home Gardens & Lincoln Park tour, which includes Wicker Park, Lincoln Park Conservatory and LaSalle Street Gardens; or the South Side Saga: Private Gardens and a World's Fair Gem, including visits to Garden of the Phoenix and Burnham Wildlife Corridor. We are offering three Post-Conference Tour options: Tour A: West Suburbs (Full Day), Tour B: North Suburbs (Full Day) or Tour C: Chicago Community and Foods Gardens (Half Day).
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Each year, professional garden communicators from across the country attend the largest gathering of garden communication experts in the country, the GWA Annual Conference & Expo. Attendees are seeking fresh ideas, new products and tools, new resources for their business, and networking opportunities. By becoming an exhibitor or sponsor, you and your organization get the essential brand exposure and direct access to these key current and future thought-leaders impacting the industry.
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