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Tue, Jun 13

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Gas South District Convention Center

Southeast Green Conference and Trade Show (formerly WINTERGREEN)

Exhibitor Registration Open Now Attendee Registration coming in late January.

Southeast Green Conference and Trade Show  (formerly WINTERGREEN)

Time & Location

Jun 13, 7:00 AM – Jun 15, 5:00 PM

Gas South District Convention Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth, GA 30097, USA

About the event

NEWS: GGIA Announces 2023 Conference and Trade Show Dates and Unveils a New Name

Executive Director Lanie Riner and the GGIA Board of Directors move forward with plans to keep the long-standing

WINTERGREEN Conference and Trade Show in summer for another year, and rebrand the beloved show as

Southeast Green Conference and Trade Show.

Woodbury, GA. — The WINTERGREEN Conference and Trade Show will be returning in June of 2023 as Southeast Green Conference and Trade Show. The show will be held June 13-15, 2023, in Duluth, Georgia.

Since at least 1991, GGIA has held its Annual Conference and Trade Show each January under the WINTERGREEN moniker. Everyone expected WINTERGREEN 2022 to return in person, but COVID had other plans. During the early stages of the Omicron surge of Covid in January of 2022, when trade shows up and down the East Coast were experiencing empty and un-manned booths in unprecedented numbers with low attendance rates, the WINTERGREEN Exhibitors and the GGIA Board of Directors opted to shift the 2022 WINTERGREEN Conference and Trade Show to June to ensure a successful return for GGIA.

After 30 months apart, the 2022 show, billed as WINTERGREEN in SUMMER, boasted excellent attendance and sold-out booth space, with every booth filled with plants, flowers, greenhouse and nursery equipment, landscape tools, hardgoods, green industry services, and lots and lots of happy people. Many exhibitors commented on the “different vibe” of the summer show and how it was more appealing. Following the show, most of the exhibitors wanted to keep the show in summer for at least another year, especially considering the number of green industry trade shows and conferences that take place during January. GGIA Past Chairman and WINTERGREEN Exhibitor Donal Nichols of The Henry F. Michell Co. commented, “The move to June just makes sense. With the widespread labor shortages, many companies no longer have the staff to exhibit at multiple shows throughout January.”

Executive Director Lanie Riner agrees with the sentiment. “WINTERGREEN has long drawn a regional crowd. The move to June opens up a slew of opportunities for our industry and GGIA, including new branding for our show,” noted Executive Director Riner. She went on to state, “Summer is an excellent time to have the show because the seasons’ crops are in production, and availabilities are opening up for our growers. Besides, the pandemic has forced us all to readdress our supply chains, and buyers across all sectors have realized the need to book early to ensure the highest quality and availability of ornamental crops.”

Please reach out to the GGIA offices if you want more information about the newly branded Southeast Green Conference and Trade Show.

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The Georgia Green Industry Association is the statewide trade association for Georgia’s ornamental horticulture industry.

GGIA works to promote and advance the economic, lifestyle, and environmental benefits of Georgia horticulture for our members, our families, and our communities.

GGIA has served as the umbrella association for Georgia’s green industry since 1990.

Schedule


  • 9 hours 30 minutes

    Exhibitor Load In

    Exhibit Hall

  • 9 hours

    CEU Classes and Industry Education

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