The annual CanWest Horticulture Expo takes place Wednesday, Sept. 25 and Thursday, Sept. 26 at Tradex in Abbotsford.
The show features more than 30 educational sessions and 300 booths featuring the latest products and services in the horticultural industry.
Featured speakers include Tracy DiSabato Aust, an award-winning garden designer and best-selling author; Frankie Ferragine (aka “Frankie Flowers”), one of the nation’s most popular gardening experts and four-time best-selling author; Linda Chalker Scott, renowned plant and soil sciences researcher; and Paul Zammit, director of horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden.
CanWest also includes two all-day symposiums – the Landscape Designers Symposium and the Urban Foresters Symposium – as well as five half-day sessions on a variety of topics.
There will also be 24 90-minute sessions for landscape professionals, retail garden centres, and greenhouse and nursery growers.
The Bug Lady, Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, returns to CanWest this year with the Biocontrol for Cannabis half-day session on Sept. 25.
She also presents a 90-minute session on “Beneficials and Pesticides: How to Make Them Work Together” on the 25th and “Ten Bugs Retailers Should Know How to Identity” on the 26th.
New features this year include the Arbourist Demo Zone, the Bug Zone, Green Theory Design Containers Wars, and exhibitor passports.
There is also a tailgate party on each day of the show, featuring live music from the Bruce Coughlan Trio, playing classic 1950s rock, and Jack Ray with his rocking vintage banjo sounds.
In conjunction with the show, the Best of the Fraser Valley Tour is offered on Tuesday, Sept. 24 with visits to five local sites.
The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 25 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 26. Visit canwesthortshow.com for more information or to register.