Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Last commentsmore »

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »

June 27-29, Atlanta

US (GA): Help create a new plan for consumer horticulture

Want to make a difference in the horticulture industry and help cultivate a gardening culture in the U.S.? Then plan on attending the Third National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH) Conference in Atlanta June 27-29.

Everyone in every aspect of consumer horticulture – from university researchers and extension agents, breeders, growers and garden center retailers to landscape design, maintenance, tree care and interiorscape professionals – is invited to attend and help create a unified, strategic plan around industry-wide priorities.

Using these priorities, NICH plans to promote the value of horticulture and ensure federal and state funding for consumer horticulture research and education, including its alignment with Specialty Crop Research Initiative priorities in the USDA Farm Bill.
“The goal of the meeting is to create a new value proposition for horticulture,” says Dr. Casey Sclar, inaugural chair of NICH and executive director of the American Public Gardens Association. 

“We want to get more people gardening, to be recognized for contributing $200B and 2 million jobs to the US economy, and to drive research and education priorities toward our growing sector. We are the form of agriculture 85% of US residents, particularly in urban areas, see every day,” he adds.

At the NICH annual meeting, attendees will help shape the national agenda and create a strategic plan to get 90% of the U.S. gardening by 2025. A kick off reception will be held Wednesday night at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. 

On Thursday and Friday morning a professional facilitator will lead the group through several listening sessions and strategic planning exercises to explore the goals for the organization and craft the strategic plan. 

“More people gardening means more sales, more jobs, and more research grants and funding,” says Sclar. “We need everyone’s input to create a unified voice to make ourselves heard, increase our profile, and enhance the value of our work.”

Plan to be part of this grassroots movement and come to the NICH national meeting. Travel grants are available.

For more information:

Publication date: 4/12/2018



Other news in this sector:

7/19/2018 US (GA): 80 industry leaders create strategic plan for growth at NICH
7/19/2018 Cultivate'18: photos are on their way
7/19/2018 US: 1500 floral industry professionals gathered at IFE
7/19/2018 Italy: AIPH conference to focus on greening old cities
7/18/2018 Pink can be your favourite colour at the Cultivate'18
7/18/2018 Ecuador: International seminar explores floriculture market
7/17/2018 Final hours of Cultivate'18
7/17/2018 Ecuador eager to break Guinness record with huge rose pyramid
7/16/2018 US: Industry unites at Cultivate'18
7/16/2018 German flower influencer Marion Schouten promotes Imara and Calliope
7/16/2018 US: Syndicate Sales wins Innovation Battlefield at IFE
7/16/2018 UK: Plant area managers, buyers reminded to sign up for Plant Area Forum
7/16/2018 UK: Awards and accolades at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
7/13/2018 UK: Award winning Agapanthus grown in the New Forest
7/12/2018 US (OH): Ready for Cultivate'18?
7/12/2018 Deadline extended for IGOTY awards
7/12/2018 CAN: "This might be the start of an annual event"
7/12/2018 Kenya: "Many new stands this year"
7/12/2018 Young floriculture leaders invited to Pro Manager Mastercourse
7/11/2018 Zimbabwe seeks return to glory days


Leave a comment: (max. 500 characters)

  1. All comments which are not related to the article contents will be removed.
  2. All comments with non-related commercial content, will be removed.
  3. All comments with offensive language, will be removed.

  Display email address

  new code