For the 10th year, growers, industry representatives, scientists and students will gather for this unique event. The event has become a cornerstone for the greenhouse industry in the Southeast.
The trade show attracted nearly 3,000 attendees and 1,250 exhibitors in 2001. Each year it offers growers a look at the latest in greenhouse technology, from crops, containers and greenhouse coverings to potting machines, transplanters and structures.
Besides the trade show, the educational classes and workshops are hard to pass by. Scientists and veteran growers share information on growing techniques and marketing for the emerging new crops and cultivars that are fast becoming hot items on the market.
The hands-on workshops offer:
- PRZM: plant root zone management.
- Scouting, pest identification and diagnosis for greenhouse crops.
- Spanish for growers.
- Poinsettia update.
- Using a digital camera in your operation.
- Plant growth regulators.
- Production and marketing of aquatic plants.
- Taking the risk (and the liability) out of pesticide management.
SGCTS attendees get two chances, too, at grand prizes: free trips for two to the 2003 California Pack Trials. (For a bedding plant grower, going to this tour of the industry's leading plant breeders would be like a kid going to Disney World.) One prize will be drawn on June 21 and the other on June 22.
SGCTS attendees may also be able to win other prizes, such as fertilizer, plugs and chemicals.
The early fee for the three-day conference is $109, which includes three of the optional workshops. Fees for the other workshops range from $40 to $476. All fees are higher after June 4.
(Bodie Pennisi is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)