Conference Agenda

Agenda listed is subject to change as details are finalized including, education, speakers and tours.

Tuesday | August 1


Arrival Day

On Your Own options for those in town: 

  • Garden Center Tour
  • Sculpture Gardens
  • A Casual Connect Dinner with others from your Region who are in town

Wednesday | August 2


Early morning garden photo shoot (TBD)
Breakfast - On Your Own
9:00AM-12:00PM Conference Check-In 2nd Floor | Pre-Function Area 
9:00AM-3:50PM Networking Room Opens | Orchestra Room A
Lunch - On Your Own | Grab a take-out lunch and bring it back to the Networking Room
1:00PM-1:50PM Workshop / Education Session #1 | Orchestra B
1:00PM-1:50PM Work Shop / Education Session #2 | Orchestra C
1:00PM-1:50PM Work Shop / Education Session #3 | Orchestra D
2:00PM-2:50PM First Timers Meeting Connect Session | Marquette Ballroom
3:00PM-3:50PM Education Session #4  | Orchestra B
3:00PM-3:50PM Education Session #5 | Orchestra C
3:00PM-3:50PM Education Session #6 | Orchestra D
4:00PM Welcome to GardenComm 75 Anniversary Address | Marquette Ballroom
Dinner - An Evening at Bailey Nurseries' Display Garden |  Platinum sponsors, Endless Summer Hydrangeas® hosts  a sunset dinner, photo ops and more. Round-trip transportation provided to and from the host hotel. 

Thursday | August 3

Breakfast | On Your Own
8:00AM-4:30PM Networking Room Opens | Orchestra A
8:00AM-8:50AM Educational Session #7 | Orchestra B
8:00AM-8:50AM Educational Session #8 | Orchestra C
8:00AM-8:50AM Educational Session #9 | Orchestra D
8:50AM-9:00AM Break
9:00AM-9:50AM Educational Session #10 | Orchestra B
9:00AM-9:50AM Educational Session #11 | Orchestra C
9:00AM-9:50AM Educational Session #12 | Orchestra D
10:00AM-10:50AM Key Note Speaker or Bonus Education | Marquette Ballroom
11:00-12:00PM Networking
12:15PM-1:30PM Sponsors Presentations & Lunch | Marquette Ballroom
Sponsors do 10 minute talk time presentation for the whole group during the lunch session 
1:30-1:45PM Break 15 Mins
1:45PM-3:15PM NGB - What's New for 2024 | Marquette Ballroom
3:30pm-4:30PM GardenComm & Garden Center Owners Panel Discussion | Marquette Ballroom
A joint session open to all GardenComm and all Garden Center Conference attendees.  Panel to discuss how groups can work together and support each other in the industry.  
4:30pm-6:30pm GardenComm / GCCE Reception on Expo Floor | Third Floor Expo Area
GardenComm members are invited to join GCCE for time on the Expo floor (located up on the Third Floor) to check out the latest from industry vendors and to network.
Dinner | On Your Own
Take advantage of the "Dinner Connect" board in the Networking Room if you are interested in finding a group to dine with.

Friday | August 4

 Garden Tours - Times and locations to be determined.

6:30PM-10:30PM - Awards / Honors / 75th Celebration | Marquette Ball Room
Dinner and 75th Celebration, Presentation of Gold Media Awards and Honors Awards.

Saturday | August 5

 Optional Garden Tour - Fee is not included in the All Access Pass. Fees, times and locations to be determined.

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