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Conference Agenda

Note: Agenda times and events are tentative and may be updated as conference plans are finalized closer to the conference dates.

All events at the Grand Amway Plaza Hotel will take place on the Historical Pantlind Side of the Hotel

Monday | August 26, 2024

Travel / Arrival Day

2:00PM - 6:00PM | Conference Check-in | North Concourse - 2nd Floor 
 
2:00PM - 4:00PM | Networking Room will be open to catch-up with fellow GardenComm members and meet New Conference Attendees | Networking Room | Imperial Ballroom - 1st Floor
 

4:00PM | GardenComm Board of Directors & Leadership Brainstorm Meeting |  Networking Room | Imperial Ballroom - 1st Floor

5:00PM - 8:00PM | Networking Room will remain open to catch-up with fellow GardenComm members and meet New Conference Attendees | Networking Room | Imperial Ballroom - 1st Floor

Dinner | On Your Own - Take advantage of the "Dinner Connect" board on GardenCommUnity if you are interested in finding a group to dine with. 
 

Tuesday | August 27, 2024

6:30AM - 8:00AM | Continental Breakfast | Networking Room | Imperial Ballroom - 1st Floor
 
6:30AM - 5:30PM | Networking Room Open | Imperial Ballroom - 1st Floor
 
6:45AM - 8:45AM | Early Morning Photo Shoot - Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park | Limited to 20 Attendees 
 
8:00AM - 10:00AM | Conference Check-in | North Concourse - 2nd Floor 
 
8:30AM- 9:30AM | Coffee Available | North Concourse - 2nd Floor

9:30AM-10:30AM  
 
  • Education Session #1 | Vandenberg Room A - 2nd Floor
  • Education Session #2 | Vandenberg Room B - 2nd Floor
  • Education Session #3 | Governor's Room - 2nd Floor
 
10:40AM - 11:40AM
 
  • Education Session #4 | Vandenberg Room A - 2nd Floor
  • Education Session #5 | Vandenberg Room B - 2nd Floor
  • Education Session #6 | Governor's Room - 2nd Floor

11:40AM - 1:45PM | Lunch On Your Own 

 
1:45PM-2:45PM 
 
  • Education Session #7 | Vandenberg Room A - 2nd Floor
  • Education Session #8 | Vandenberg Room B - 2nd Floor
  • Education Session #9 | Governor's Room - 2nd Floor
 
3:00PM-3:30PM | Welcome - C.L. Fornari & Board | Pantlind Ballroom - 2nd Floor
 
3:30PM - 4:15PM | First Timers Session | All Attendees Encouraged to Attend | Pantlind Ballroom - 2nd Floor
 
4:15PM - 5:15PM | Opening Reception | Pantlind Ballroom - 2nd Floor
 
Dinner | On Your OwnTake advantage of the "Dinner Connect" board on GardenCommUnity if you are interested in finding a group to dine with.
 
 

Wednesday | August 28, 2024

 6:30AM - 5:00PM | Networking Room Open | Imperial Ballroom - 1st Floor
 
6:30AM-8:00AM | Continental Breakfast | Networking Room | Imperial Ballroom - 1st Floor
 

8:00AM - 9:00AM

  • Education Session #10 | Vandenberg Room A - 2nd Floor
  • Education Session #11 | Vandenberg Room B - 2nd Floor
  • Education Session #12 | Governor's Room - 2nd Floor

     

9:10AM - 10:10AM

  • Education Session #13 | Vandenberg Room A - 2nd Floor
  • Education Session #14 | Vandenberg Room B - 2nd Floor
  • Education Session #15 | Governor's Room - 2nd Floor
 
9:45AM - 10:45AM Coffee / Tea Available | North Concourse - 2nd Floor
 
10:20AM-11:20AM

  • Education Session #16 | Vandenberg Room A - 2nd Floor
  • Education Session #17 | Vandenberg Room B - 2nd Floor
  • Education Session #18 | Governor's Room - 2nd Floor
  
11:30AM - 1:45PM Sponsors Luncheon | Pantlind Ballroom - 2nd Floor
 
  • 11:30AM - 12:00PM Sponsors Presentations
  • 12:00PM - 12:45PM Lunch Served
  • 12:45PM - 1:45PM Sponsors Presentations
 
1:45PM - 2:00 PM Break 
 
  
2:00PM - 3:00PM Presentation | Pantlind Ballroom - 2nd Floor
 
3:10PM - 4:10PM
 
  • Education Session #19 | Vandenberg Room A - 2nd Floor
  • Education Session #20 | Vandenberg Room B - 2nd Floor
  • Education Session #21 | Governor's Room - 2nd Floor
 
6:30PM - 9:00PM | Honors and Awards Banquet | Pantlind Ballroom - 2nd Floor
 
  • 6:30PM Check-In | Cocktails
  • 7:00PM Dinner
  • 8:00PM Honors and Awards

9:00PM-10:00PM  Banquet After Party | Pantlind Ballroom - 2nd Floor

 
 

Thursday | August 29, 2024

6:30AM - 8:00AM | Networking Room Open | Imperial Ballroom - 1st Floor

6:30AM - 7:30AM | Continental Breakfast | Networking Room | Imperial Ballroom - 1st Floor

7:30 AM – Buses depart

8:10 AM - 8:40AM – Private Garden

8:45 AM - Buses depart

9:00 AM -9:45 AM - Windmill Gardens, downtown Holland, MI

9:50 AM Buses depart

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Walters Gardens (snack and drinks)

11:05 AM - Buses depart

11:15 AM -12:20 PM - Garden Crossings – tour and shopping

12:25 PM - Buses depart

1:00 PM - Spring Meadow Nursery, welcome and lunch sponsored by Proven Winners®

1:30 PM -2:30 PM - Production tours

2:45 PM - Buses depart

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM - Private Garden

5:30 PM - 7:25 PM - Spring Meadow Trial & Display Gardens, including group photo, tapas stations and cocktails

7:30 PM - Buses depart, back to Amway Grand Plaza by 8:15 PM

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Friday | August 30, 2024

Check Out / Depart (or Optional Garden Tour)

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Optional Garden Tour $75 Fee is not included in the All Access Pass. Spaces are limited for first 50 attendees - Register Now!

8:00 AM - Bus departs 

8:15 AM - Michigan State Grand Ideas Garden (GIG) –bagels and coffee

9:30 AM - Bus departs

10:00 AM - Private Garden

10:45 AM - Bus departs

11:00 AM - Private Garden

11:45 AM - Bus departs

12:00 – 3:30 PM - Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, lunch

3:45 PM - Bus departs

4:00-6:00 PM - Heritage Hill garden walk

6:15 PM - Arrive at hotel, dinner on your own

 


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