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Engines running for Cultivate '19

The Cultivate'19 is on. After educational sessions, tours and workshops on Saturday, the trade show opened its doors at the Greater Columbus Convention Center yesterday. The floor is again jam-packed with 650+ exhibitors, marking this exhibition as one of North America's largest and most visited horticultural shows. It draws visitors from all corners of the country as well as from abroad. This year is a special year as the 90th anniversary is being celebrated.

While some exhibitors experienced the first day as fairly slow, others said to have had visits all day. But as always quality over quantity and not many complaints were heard. Today, the second day, is expected to be a busy day as traditionally speaking Monday is the busiest day at the Cultivate.

The trade show will last until Tuesday with seminars and sessions being held all over. We'll keep you updated on the atmosphere in the industry (positive), the trends of indoor and outdoor plants and important topics to discuss (labor). 

Before we do so though, we're sharing some snapshots of the show and the side events. 

Let's start green! The Flower Run, prior to the show and organised by Luxfora, GIE Media, and AmericanHort, takes places annually on Sunday morning. 

Indeed, that's not even 6:30 on the clock. 

Won by Josh Zielinski, who completed the 5K in 18:29. He's not in the photo though - but the team with Ellepot & Fibredust is. They've been participating in the event for many years now and your editors were happy to join them.

Masashi Matsumura, Junko Yamazaki and Koichi Tomomatsu of Suntory Flowers presenting Kawaii.

Tara Toxwell, Amanda Stubing and Frank Yaun of Speedling.

Matthias Redlefsen and Scott Hanes of Benary presenting the Big Begonia in a separate booth.

Nico Rijnbeek and Olga Stärz with Rijnbeek and Son presenting not only their new varieties like Crocosmia Orange Pekoe and Achillia Crazy Little Thing, but also their new company image.