PANTS13 Preview


Philadelphia, Pa., July 31-August 1

Shake hands with over 300 exhibitors that cover all facets of the green industry at PANTS13. From bedding plants, perennials, shrubs and trees to hardscaping, equipment, soils, ponds supplies, seasonal items, garden accent products and so much more … PANTS13 has what you need to grow your business.

You cannot afford to miss this opportunity! While at PANTS13, take advantage of early-season deals, meet new suppliers, get ideas, find hot new products, learn about industry trends and network with the best in the business!

Visit for complete show information or to register.

Educational Sessions

Wednesday, July 31

8 – 9 a.m. Master Nursery Annual Meeting

9:30-10:30 a.m. 4 Season Outdoor Living Room, Chris Murray

9:30-10:50 a.m. Re-inventing Garden Retail, Ian Baldwin

10-11:30 a.m. Understanding Debt Alternatives in Today’s Economy, Ami Kassar

10:30-11:30 a.m. Scoreboards – Love Them or Hate Them, We All Need Them

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The 12 Most Common Store Development Problems with Solutions that Don’t Require a Bulldozer or a Bank Loan, Part 1, Judy Sharpton

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. It’s Not the Economy, It’s You, Jody Shilan

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. New & Underused Perennials, Stephanie Cohen

1-2 p.m. Drive More Traffic to Your Garden Center in the Fall, Sue Murdock

1-2:20 p.m. Social Media & Search Marketing – To Be or Not To Be, Dave Conklin

1:30-2:45 p.m. The 12 Most Common Store Development Problems with Solutions that Don’t Require a Bulldozer or a Bank Loan, Judy Sharpton

2:15-3:30 p.m. The Big 3 Planting Challenges, Bruce Crawford

2:30-3:50 p.m. Are You a Fierce Competitor?, Ed LaFlamme

3-4 p.m. Panel: Renovation Discussion, Judy Sharpton

Thursday, August 1

9:30-10:30 a.m. Increase Sales and Production Using CAD and 3D Imaging, Brad Groff

9:30-10:45 a.m. Session 1 – So, That’s Where the Money Goes, Tom Shay

10:30-11:30 a.m. Panel: Food in the Garden Center, Steve Mostardi

11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Field-Tested Ways to Attract the Next Generation of New Customers, Bridget Behe

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Landscaping Small Business Management Solutions, Jerry Gaeta

1-2 p.m. Steal This Idea, Carol Miller

Immigration in the Green Industry, Craig Regelbrugge

Panel: Marketing Your Business, Jody Shilan

2-3:15 p.m. Session 2: Pricing for Profits Plus, Tom Shay

2-3:30 p.m. Estimating Projects with Confidence, Jerry Gaeta

Master Nursery Conclave

The Master Nursery Garden Centers Conclave will be run in conjunction with PANTS13.

At the Conclave, Master Nursery Members will have the opportunity to meet with Master Nursery Vendors one-on-one and receive special discounts on fall and spring orders. Take advantage of top-notch education, bring the family to a Philly’s game and so much more at PANTS13.

Registration is free for all Master Nursery Members.

Become a Master Nursery Member at PANTS13: Master Nursery Garden Centers exists to insure the success of its member garden centers in today’s competitive marketplace. Membership offers independent garden centers purchasing power that they could not experience on their own, plus a host of other benefits exclusive to our cooperative.

Stop by to see us in Booth #1300 at PANTS13 and learn about the benefits of becoming a Master Nursery Garden Centers Member. Ask about the show special discount for signing up to become a member at PANTS.

Master Nursery Garden Centers is member owned and member driven, including electing the Board of Directors. There is a one-time membership fee, which is recouped by many members in their first year by taking advantage of the many vendor discounts. There are no additional monthly or annual fees as long as you meet the annual purchasing requirements.