Production Tour Schedule

Learn best practices and find inspiration

There’s nothing like a production tour to show you what’s possible and inspire you – no matter how large or small your business—to try new things. AmericanHort is pleased to offer you production tours at Cultivate’20 to let you see some of the industry’s best practices up close and personal. We visit facilities that are stand-outs in the industry. Wherever you go, you can rest assured we’ve done our homework and chosen tours that are always pertinent to you.

  • Landscape Zoo Tour
  • Garden Retail Tour
  • Greenhouse Tour
  • Nursery Tour
  • Saturday, July 11th

    Full-day, bus departs from Greater Columbus Convention Center

    $125, lunch included

    The world-renowned Columbus Zoo spans 588 acres, more than 200 of which have been developed as animal habitats and public spaces. Come see how every aspect of the zoo’s landscape design, down to the instillation and care, is one wild ride for this horticultural team! A Zoo horticulture staff member will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour to investigate the complexities of planning a landscape that is not only beautiful, but also sustainable in the feeding of animals.

    You will learn what it takes to handle the intricacies of, plant selection, plant care, and more for one of the United States greatest zoos. Whether you are a seasoned green thumb or gardening greenhorn, there will be something to learn and apply to your team and landscapes back home.

  • Saturday, July 11th

    Full-day, bus departs from Greater Columbus Convention Center

    $125, lunch included

    Garden center retailers from all over the world will gather to network and get energized with new ideas from the Cultivate Garden Center Tour featured destinations.

    This year we will be going on an adventure as we tour central Ohio’s top retailers Straders Garden Center and Bakers Acres. From quirky and fun to downright stunning, you are sure to drain your camera battery and fill up your notepads as you capture new ideas to take back to your team.

    Come prepared with some of the toughest challenges in your garden center, for you will be spending the day with 50+ retailers from across the country and will have the opportunity to network with peers.

  • Saturday, July 11th

    Full-day, bus departs from Greater Columbus Convention Center

    $125, lunch included

    Join us on the 2020 Greenhouse Production Tour to immerse yourself in the greenhouse industry of the northern lakes region of Ohio. You will leave with best practices and new ideas to take back and implement in your daily business practices. Come prepared with some of the toughest challenges in your greenhouse, for you will be spending the day with growers and owners from across the country and will have the opportunity to network with peers. Can’t miss tour stops are to be announced soon.

  • Saturday, July 11th

    Full-day, bus departs from Greater Columbus Convention Center *Return to Columbus is expected to be at approximately 6:30 PM

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    $125, lunch included

    Join us on the 2020 Nursery Production tour to immerse yourself in the nursery industry of the northern lakes region of Ohio, approximately 3 hours from Columbus. You will leave with best practices and new ideas to take back to your team. We will be visiting 3 distinctive nursery businesses: Bluestone Perennials, North Coast Perennials, and Ridge Manor Nursery.

    Our first stop will be Bluestone Perennials, a family owned business near Lake Erie, that focuses solely on direct to consumer sales, a unique business model for the nursery industry. Learn how they have been perfecting their model for the last 48 years.

    Just a short drive from the first stop brings us to North Coast Perennials. With philosophy focused on the value of people, owners Mark and Cathy make sure to hire the right people for their north Coast family. At this stop you will learn how a smaller operation utilizes unique methods and technology from other industries to provide their customers with the best quality.

    Located in the northeast corner of Lake County, Ohio, Ridge Manor Nursery offers a full line of zone hardy shrubs, perennials, grasses and trees to independent garden centers, landscapers and re-wholesalers in a wide variety of container sizes.

    During the bus ride to northeast Ohio, your tour guides  will lead an interactive discussion on challenges nursery growers today. This provides a perfect opportunity to network and share with your industry peers.

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