BALTIMORE, Md. — Springtime came to Baltimore in January again this year as the 46th annual Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) covered the Baltimore Convention Center’s 300,000+ square feet of exhibit space with greenery and blooms. MANTS took place January 6-8.
This year, MANTS welcomed 11,039 paid registrants (including exhibitors) who gathered to do business, network and learn about horticultural trends for 2016. 966 exhibiting companies filled over 1,536 booths displaying everything from flowers, trees and plants to decks, fountains, pots and innovative technological solutions for the gardening and landscape industries. In addition to exhibitors, 3,379 non-exhibiting/’buying’ companies were in attendance.
MANTS welcomed businesses from 44 states and 11 countries outside of the U.S., including Italy, India, Israel, Netherlands, Turkey, Australia and China.
“Another great year in the books!” said Vanessa Finney, Executive Vice President of MANTS. “MANTS 2016 not only brought innovative and exciting new products and exhibitors from around the world, but also an influx of young, enthusiastic horticultural leaders! We have always known that MANTS means business, and this year truly proved that MANTS is the place where all generations gather to do commerce.”
“The presence of groups like the Young Nursery Professionals and Emergent Group highlights how valuable MANTS continues to be as a trade show for our industry,” said Finney. “Younger professionals taking over the family business are being introduced to the show’s business and networking opportunities by their families, and young entrepreneurs are attending because they know this is the marketplace to get your products in front of buyers.”
In 2017, MANTS will take place from January 11-13 at the Baltimore Convention Center.