Cultivate Continues to Rise as Top Trade Show and Educational Event

Posted On 04 Apr 2017
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TSNN_badge_Top250TradeShow_2016_rgbColumbus, Ohio – AmericanHort’s signature event, Cultivate, long recognized by horticulture professionals as their go-to source for new products, new varieties, and educational sessions to move their business forward is also being recognized by the trade show industry. Cultivate’16 was recently announced as a Trade Show News Network (TSNN) Top 250 Trade Show, moving up from last year to spot #130. With a record number of submissions for this list in 2016, AmericanHort is proud and honored by the achievement.

Cultivate’17 has also achieved Certified Exhibition status with the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE). This certification recognizes successful implementation of best event practices as set forth by IAEE. Ken Fisher, AmericanHort President and CEO, says, “Cultivate is unique because it’s entirely organized by AmericanHort’s professional staff and volunteers who believe in and are passionate about serving the horticulture industry specifically. To receive an admirable spot on the TSNN Top 250 List and the Certified Exhibition designation from IAEE is a nice accolade to a job well done.”

Cultivate’17 is also making news with a sold-out exhibit hall. The Greater Columbus Convention Center has added 30,000 square feet of exhibit space over the past year, and for Cultivate, the space was much needed. Sherry Johnson, Vice President of Business and Knowledge Development, comments, “Exhibitors help make Cultivate the experience that it is. The additional space the renovation provided was quickly utilized to upgrade our New Varieties Zone and allow space for exhibitors who have wanted to expand. We’re immensely grateful for the industry support of this event. It’s where business gets done, and for us and our attendees, it’s the pinnacle of the year.”

A waiting list is available for exhibiting at Cultivate’17. Please contact Sherry Johnson at for more information. Registration is now open for attendees at In addition to 100+ professional development sessions, Cultivate’17 offers eight add-on experiences including CareerUP, three tours, a biocontrols workshop, and a succession planning workshop.

To learn more and explore key sessions for your industry segment (nursery, greenhouse, landscape, retail, and interior plantscape), please visit

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