BOSTON – New England Grows 2015 got underway, today, Wednesday, Feb. 4, in a big way. And what a morning it was in Bean Town. A few blocks away the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots players took a celebratory trip through the heart of Boston in the city’s famous “duck boats”. (Given the massive amounts of slush on the city’s sidewalks and streets, how appropriate that the players rode in the WWII-era amphibious trucks.)
But neither the cold (actually, the temperature moderated to a balmy 25 F. by 11 a.m.), nor the slush kept folks away from the Boston Convention Center for New England Grows.
Turf magazine checked in on the first educational sessions of the day, including Dr. Dave Gardner’s weed control presentation. Dave’s talk in the massive ballroom drew more than 200 landscape, lawn care and nursery professionals. (We finally got tired of counting.)
While the show floor was supposed open at 10 a.m., the folks that guard the doors actually generously allowed the huge gathering of green industry pros to start entering the airy (and full) exhibition hall five minutes early. From then until noon, a steady stream of visitors rode the two escalators down into the hall to look over an incredible array of equipment, chemicals, landscape plants – indeed, just about anything a green industry business owner or manager can imagine seeing under a single roof.
Bad weather or not, it looks like NE Grows is going to be very, very busy again this year in spite of even more snow this afternoon. Yes, more snow.
Oh, did I mention that the New England Patriots, winners of the Super Bowl this past Monday evening, are in town to be cheered by their thousands of adoring fans?
Hey, there’s always next year for the Seahawks and the other NFL also rans, right?