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Offline Bowie Man

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New England Grows ends itís run
« on: Thu February 08, 2018, 02:17:29 PM »
The End of an Era ......

February 7, 2018

Dear Friend of GROWS,
As a valued member of the New England GROWS community, we wanted you to know that we have made the difficult decision to dissolve and disband both the GROWS event and the organization.
The official announcement is included below.
Thank you very much for supporting New England GROWS over the course of the past 25 years. We could not have accomplished all of the good things we did without your support. 
If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to any of us on the board. We'd be happy to hear from you.
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New England GROWS to Dissolve After 25 Years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - BOSTON - February 8, 2018 - After 25 years, the award-winning horticultural tradeshow New England GROWS is discontinuing operation. The GROWS board of directors, representing the four founding partner organizations, made the unanimous decision to dissolve and disband both the GROWS event and the organization.
"The decision to dissolve New England GROWS was difficult, but we all believe it is the right decision at the right time," said GROWS President Michelle Harvey of Lakeview Nurseries in Lunenburg, MA. "Changes both within and outside of the industry contributed to the decision to close GROWS, but this does not diminish the significant and positive contributions GROWS has made to the local green industry over the past 25 years."
Founded by New England Nursery Association, Massachusetts Arborists Association, Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association, and Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals in 1993, New England GROWS' mission was to educate, elevate and support the region's commercial horticulture industry. Over the course of more than two decades, the not-for-profit organization contributed millions of dollars in educational grants to the industry through its partners, as well as to horticultural and community groups like Cooperative Extension, the Horticultural Research Institute, FFA organization, local vocational schools, and the Boston Schoolyard Initiative.
"We want to thank each and every one of the countless volunteers who worked tirelessly to produce GROWS over the past 25 years, as well as the loyal exhibitors who supported the show from day one," said Virginia Wood, Executive Director of GROWS. "GROWS was known for its world-class educational programming that brought innovative thought leaders from around the world to Boston, and we are proud to have helped bring this level of excellence to New England's green industry."
Looking back, New England GROWS has seen it all: Super Bowl championship parades, historic blizzards, Presidential campaign rallies, even marriage proposals. While the renowned event has run its course, the founding organizations are confident that its mission will continue to be met by individual green industry professionals, companies and associations that together make up New England's vibrant horticulture community

For more information contact New England GROWS:
Phone: (508) 653-3009
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Re: New England Grows ends itís run
« Reply #1 on: Thu February 08, 2018, 10:06:03 PM »
Wow, I guess that helps a lot of people who were agonizing over that decision of whether or not to participate in the show.  It's a shame, it was a good show with a long history of success but time has a way of changing things, doesn't it?
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Re: New England Grows ends itís run
« Reply #2 on: Thu February 08, 2018, 10:33:28 PM »
In a way I was a little surprised to hear this but in other ways I wasn't.  It used to be such a nice show that it is sad to see it go.   The nature of the show had changed a lot.  When we first started displaying there the show was packed with trees, plants and other landscape items.  It seemed towards the end it was mostly machinery and most of that was stuff you could drive into place.  I do think the union and forklift fees had something to do with the decline.  I know we were charged $ 4,718.00 for 20 minutes with the fork lift in and out.  We were paying 50% more for a few minutes of fork lift service than we were for 20 feet of exhibit space.  I have a feeling paying to have a half dozen good sized trees forked in would have driven away some of those exhibitors.   

They were sort of between a rock and a hard space with timing as well.  When they had the show in Early February people liked that time but there were a few years when the weather was really terrible and even most years it wasn't that great.  Moving it to Early December helped with the weather problem but many of the nursery people dropped out because they have a busy Christmas season and getting away in that time of the year was tough so many of those dropped out.

I always liked that show but really found it a difficult show with the weather and dealing with Boston traffic.  I will miss it. 
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