Cultivate 2018

Join Us For CULTIVATE'18

The Leading Horticultural Event in the USA

July 13-18, 2018
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, OH USA

Cultivate is the industry's preeminent event for business, networking, professional development, trends, industry research, and business growth. It's where the entire green industry gathers for an event that's unparalleled in quality of education, variety of exhibitors, and cross-channel networking and learning. 

What is Cultivate?

See official page for Cultivate. This is the most important and largest horticultural trade show in the USA. Everyone that is serious about horticulture will be there. You will come to Columbus for 5 days to visit the show and take educational sessions (Short Courses) that are part of the show. To learn about the sessions/seminars follow the link. You will be able to attend all the sessions at no additional cost.





Some sessions will overlap with the specials presentations TOP organizes. TOP presentations are obligatory as we believe they are more specific to your situation.TOP Cultivate Experience adds builds on Cultivate to provide unique teambuilding, career development and exchange experience to TOP participants. See this video for 2016 and this following our 2017 event. 

What is on schedule?

Cultivate is a trade show with about 100 educational seminars. You will visit the trade floor and meet many industry leaders. Hint: have your CV with you, look for career opportunities.

You will receive a special pass ($305 value) that will allow you to enter seminars and workshops. Review what seminars Cultivate offers in advance so that you can plan your schedule.

This year, TOP provide two special workshops for interns:

  1. Dr. Bridget Behe from Michigan State University will talk about “Career development in Global Horticulture”. It is an interactive workshop that interns rate at 10 out of 10 every year.
  2. We will have representatives from Syngenta talk about new developments in horticulture and plant protection. Keep in mind that about 10 TOP alumni have been employed in Syngenta.

Dr. Paul Fisher will announce excellent online horticulture education opportunities that TOP will co-sponsor.

We will have fun on schedule as well. Join our glorious 80 kayak armada floating down the mighty (not so) Big Darby Creek, we will hike, climb, dance, sing and play games. Most of these are TOP Secret because we want to surprise you. We will meet and exceed your expectations. And we will keep going.

Money Money Money

We are again lowering your cost to participate. The registration fee will remain the same but this year all motel nights are included.

Thanks to our sponsors and excellent relationship with Syngenta, the $250 registration fee will cover the following:

  • All Access Pass for Cultivate18, $305 value
  • Admission to the CareerUP workshop, $125 value
  • All night motel stay (Jul 13-18, two people per room)
  • All additional activities, transportation in Columbus, some meals.

Your cost is $250, but the package you receive is worth well over $1000.


But wait, there is more: volunteer opportunity

Volunteers will arrive on Tuesday, July 10. You will work Wednesday, Thursday and Friday together with the AmericanHort staff, OSU employees and TOP staff to prepare the Columbus Convention Center for the Cultivate show. This is an opportunity for creative interns to show their talents, to network, experience and learn. You will be decorating the Convention Center to get it ready for the show! It is a very enjoyable experience. 

The Volunteer group is limited to 10 people. These 10 will be rewarded with the following: free hotel nights to cover these days, free transportation in Columbus, breakfast on Thursday and Friday provided, lunch provided every day, dinner up to $25 per person provided (with receipt), $50 cash bonus to each volunteer.


Registration will start on April 24, and stay open until all spots are filled. We can accept 54 interns, including max 10 volunteers.

You will register via this page. Once we approve your participation, a $250 invoice will be posted on your TOP account. Payment will be available until May 25, otherwise you lose your spot.

We require you to download, read, sign and email to Lorrie this Cultivate Promise.

If you wish to join Cultivate as a Volunteer, confirm with your supervisor you can be away from July 10 to July 18 and register here:

Registration is now closed.