Register for the 2015 Western

Everything You Need to Know About the 2015 Western

Kansas City, MO, November 7, 2014: The 2015 Western will be in Kansas City, returning to Downtown to Crown  Center  Exhibit  Hall  &  the  Sheraton  Kansas  City  Hotel  at  Crown  Center  (formerly  the  Hyatt Regency).    “This summer, The Huffington  Post named Kansas City the ‘coolest’ city in America and the World Series has just made the spotlight brighter.  Kansas City, it seems, has a whole new reputation. It’s a hidden gem, the place to visit, the new “it” town.” (Kansas City Public Media).    So come enjoy the city and The Western!

To  explore  the  coolest  spots  in Downtown  KC  “Western  Trolleys”  will  drop-off  and  pick  up  at local restaurants  and bars on Sunday evening.   The “loop” will include Arthur Bryants BBQ, Gates BBQ, Jack Stack BBQ, McFadden’s  Sports Saloon (where the Royals drank beer with their fans), KC jazz at Green Lady Lounge, authentic Germanic cuisine at Grunauer, Lidia’s (one of the best loved chefs on television), and the Cashew in a four-story, hundred year old building.

A very special 125th Anniversary Celebration Reception will be held on Saturday evening, January 3rd. Long-time exhibitors and members will be recognized, Past Presidents will be honored, special awards will be presented and fond memories and historic photos will be shared.  Hors d’oeuvre and drinks will be enjoyed with old friends and colleagues.  Tickets are complimentary when you register at, thanks to the generous support of Celebration Partners Forrest Keeling Nursery, Home Nursery, Honey Creek Nursery, Gard’N-Wise Distributors, Greenleaf Nursery, Garden Debut, Ball Horticultural Company, American Nurseryman and many Celebration Friends.

The Western Trade Show will open at 8 a.m. both Sunday and Monday with exhibitors representing 23 States.  Registration to The  Western  includes  access  to  new  suppliers, education  to  help  you  be successful, networking opportunities and beer!

Interactive Learning Centers will be offered by Bailey Nurseries, Ball Horticultural, Green Gate Farms, Greenleaf Nursery Co., Honey Creek Nursery, KAT Nurseries, Loma Vista Nursery and PlantRight/Schwope Brothers Tree Farms.   Topics include Managing Labor for Profitability, Win the Battle of the Bugs, Live Walls, Gardening for Guys, Edible Solutions are Here to Stay, among many others.

Dr. Michal Dirr will return to the Western in Celebration of the 125th Anniversary.    Dr. Dirr will present “The Sun Never Sets on New Plant Introductions:   Searching the Globe for the Best of the New” on Sunday morning January 4.    Thanks to Bailey Nurseries for their support to bring Dr. Dirr to the Western and for hosting him in the Bailey Nurseries Learning Center.

The Western University returns to the 2015 Western, thanks to the generous support of KAT Nurseries and the dedication of Dr. Jason Griffin.   Dr. Tom Ranney, Professor Department of Horticultural Science North Carolina State University, will present on Monday January 5 as part of Western University.

New plants from Spring Meadow Nursery, Walters Gardens, Upshoot, Star Roses and Plants/The Conard- Pyle Company, Garden Debut, Flemings Flower Fields, Ball Ornamentals & Ball Ingenuity will rock the runway of the 2015 Fashion Show of New Plants on Sunday.   Don’t miss the special five little princesses on the runway!   On Monday learn more about each new plant direct from the grower at “A New Plant Palette of Fashion Show Plants.”    Thanks to American Nurseryman for their continued support of the Fashion Show of New Plants.

WNLA members are leading discussions each morning at 8:30.   You can grab a cup of coffee and just listen in or take part in the discussions at the tables.      Topics  include  Business  Ownership  Transition, Scheduling  Staff Against Forecasted  Sales, Changing  the Green Industry  Thru Hiring, Dump the Pump: Mow with Clean-Burning  Propane, Emerald Ash Borer, Grow with Grow Native!, Social Media, Perennials, and more!

Grab lunch and catch 6 great business ideas in quick 10 minute sessions to ignite your business!   Topics include Transforming Landscape Debris into $s, Hiring for Strengths, Fuseables:  seed technology for the new millennium, “Toilet Talk” & employee newsletters, and more!

The Western Pub will be hosted by the Western, Kansas Nursery & Landscape Association and the Missouri Landscape & Nursery Association on Sunday afternoon.    Enjoy beer and snacks thanks to support from Tytan  International,  Scenic  Hills  Nursery,  Cherry  Springs  Nursery,  Trivett’s  Nursery,  Marshall  Trees  and Nursery,  Hidden  Valley  Nursery,  Hortica  Insurance  & Employee  Benefits,  Swedish  Touch  Peonies  and Westfall GMC Truck.   While enjoying a cold beer take part in the MLNA Auction to benefit MLNA College Scholarship and FFA.

“There’s only GOOD Design and BAD design, there’s never NO Design,” a design educational event will be  hosted  by exhibitors  Remote  Design  Solutions  and  KAT  Nurseries  on Saturday,  January  3, at the Sheraton.  Grow Native! will host a track of education on Monday January 5.

Visit for details and to register for the 2015 Western in Downtown Kansas City.

The Western Nursery & Landscape Association is a regional trade association serving the professional horticulture industry in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa & Nebraska.  Our annual trade show and education event is the Western and is held annually in January.

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