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Grow West Coast successfully holds first outdoor trade show

October 12, 2021  By BC Landscape and Nursery Association

The BC Landscape and Nursery Association opened their brand-new event, Grow West Coast Horticulture Trade Show last month.

Looking for a fresh start after CanWest’s hiatus over COVID, the BCLNA rebranded the horticultural show and moved it to a new location – the Civic Plaza in Surrey, B.C. Running from Sept. 15 to 16, the two-day tradeshow included educational seminars, a tailgate party, contests and a job board.

Fun and interactive features included contents on plant and pest identification, the Contained Competition and a New Product Showcase.


“The outdoor market-style venue allowed for beautiful booth displays and fierce competition for the booth awards,” says Gulshan Josan, BCLNA Marketing and Communications Coordinator.

The best booth winners were Paridon Horticulture (Best Use of Small Space), Kato’s Nursery (Best use of Medium Space), Klassen Landscape Supply (Best Use of Large Space), and Joya Growers (Best in Show).

Gardenworks Mandeville won the Contained Competition.

Gardenworks Mandeville won the Contained Competition.

According to organizers, Grow West Coast welcomed over 500 attendees and more than 300 exhibitors in over 80 booths.

“We lucked out with the weather,” says Josan, “but the outdoor tradeshow was unique and helped make the exhibitor’s plants stand out in comparison to the CanWest exhibitor’s plants [at the] Tradex.”

The show also created a special cocktail – The Wobbly Gardener – which Josan said was a hit.

Planning is already underway for next year’s programming.

The next edition of the Grow West Horticulture Trade Show will be on September 14-15, 2022, returning to The Civic Plaza in Surrey.

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