Garden Expo is coming home to Congress in 2017!
More than 16 years ago a number of Congress exhibitors serving the independent Garden Centre market asked us to create a fall trade show. We resisted at first. The idea went against the strategic vision and we were concerned it would negatively affect Congress. After recurring pressure from several exhibitors we decided to create a fall show at the Toronto Congress Centre called Garden Expo. It proved to be the right move at the time; the show tripled in size and became an important and relevant marketplace for independent retailers.

Seven years ago attendance started to decline.  The market changed very quickly; mass merchants gained market share and many independent garden centres sold their land to developers.  At the same time hard good suppliers consolidated,  garden centres formed buying groups and both started their own "captured trade shows".   In addition, buying patterns and cycles have changed. In the past it was necessary for independent garden centres to purchase supplies in the fall - this is no longer always true. 
In reaction we reinvented Garden Expo in 2015, and brought together a number of other events and hosted "Thrive" at the Ancaster Fair Grounds.  Although it was an excellent experience, "Thrive" did not attract the numbers we anticipated. In order to better serve the Garden Centre market we spent the beginning of 2016 collecting valuable feedback from past exhibitors and attendees, as well as the Growers and Garden Centre sector Groups.  The overwhelming direction is that we should move Garden Expo back to Congress.  The original strategic plan for Congress directed us to bring the entire profession together by hosting a world-class trade show that would be a conduit for professional and business development, personal growth, relationship building, networking and learning.  
We are excited and energized about Expo going home to Congress!  A number of enhancements will be made including the inclusion of Garden Centre focused education as well as a defined Garden Expo footprint within the the show.   
Our original vision of hosting a world-class trade show incorporating all sectors of the landscape and horticultural value chain is still valid.  We look forward to growth.  
"Change comes bearing gifts".

Now in its 43rd year, Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association's Congress is Canada's largest green industry trade show with 600+ leading-edge suppliers exhibiting on more than eight acres of show floor, it's the perfect place to find new products, ideas, equipment, services and people connections to make your business grow and prosper.

Dozens of inspirational and educational sessions run throughout, making Congress a once-a-year opportunity to learn about emerging industry trends, access products and build new relationships. Spend time learning in sessions and time on the show floor - and don’t forget the special events throughout, like the Awards of Excellence Ceremony or the Tailgate Party. Everything is within walking distance and all the details can be found at, or by giving us a call. We hope to see you there!