GWA invites you to join us in Chicago for our 70th Annual Conference & Expo, co-hosted with the 2018 IGC Show, August 13-16 at historic Navy Pier. Enjoy amazing garden tours, thought-provoking education session, unbeatable networking and incredible access to the IGC Show. Check back soon for additional details of education, tours and so much more!
Join garden writers, bloggers, photographers, speakers and communicators from across the world for special events designed to make new connections and reconnect with old friends, including networking events and receptions, all culminating with the 2018 Annual Awards & Honors Dinner. And don’t forget to head to the #GWA2018 Expo for a colorful showcase of new varieties, products and services from exhibitors changing the horticultural landscape.
This year's education schedule will be jam-packed with insightful sessions from leaders in the industry, focusing on horticulture, writing, technology, business, publishing and much more. Back by popular demand, roundtable topics will feature exciting short-format sessions made to inspire and inform.
This year's tour line-up will feature Chicago's finest gardens, covering a wide array of techniques and trends. Enjoy special access to amazing public gardens as well as exclusive tours of beautiful private gardens.
Call for Session Proposals
GWA is seeking breakout and round table proposals focused on business, horticulture, photography, publishing, social media, speaking, sustainability and writing. We invite proposals that:
- Reflect innovation and cutting edge content
- Target either new, mid-career, or seasoned professionals
- Stimulate and provoke discussion and audience engagement
- Provide diverse approaches for different types of learners
- Present evidence based on or supported by research
- Use multimedia approaches to enhance attendee learning
- Explore issues important to national audiences
Sponsors & Exhibitors
Each year, professional garden communicators from across the country attend the largest gathering of garden communication experts in the country, the GWA Annual Conference & Expo. Attendees are seeking fresh ideas, new products and tools, new resources for their business, and networking opportunities. By becoming an exhibitor or sponsor, you and your organization get the essential brand exposure and direct access to these key current and future thought-leaders impacting the industry.
Reserve your sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities today! Click the links above for available options and pricing.
Why exhibit at #GWA2018?
Here's what last year's exhibitors have to say about the GWA Annual Conference & Expo...
"We were pleasantly surprised at the engagement level of attendees during the show. We do a lot of tradeshows and attendees don’t always appreciate the value that vendors provide and take the time to visit with them. Not only did we have great traffic and interest at the show, but we also had several people thank us for exhibiting. As a result of our experience we have already signed up for the Chicago show and we are looking forward to it."
Ecologel Solutions, LLC
"I thoroughly enjoyed the GWA conference in Buffalo and found great value in the relationships cultivated there. I’m a writer at heart, and value the relationship between industry and the media. I intend to be in Chicago next year as well."
Randy K. Ferguson
Director, Marketing & Communications
Ernst Conservation Seeds