Cultivate 2018

Join Us For CULTIVATE'19

The Leading Horticultural Event in the USA

July 12-17, 2019
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, OH USA

Cultivate is the industry's leading 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 workshops that are part of the show. To learn about the workshops follow the link. You will be able to attend all the workshops at no additional cost.



Some workshops will overlap with the specials presentations TOP organizes, and the presentations are obligatory. As young professionals topics such as teambuilding, career development, and exchange experience are in focus for 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 workshops. 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 workshops, such as

  • 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.
  • Dr. Paul Fisher will announce excellent online horticulture education opportunities that TOP will co-sponsor.
  • Meet the staff of the Grower Talks magazine to learn about writing articles about your horticultural adventure.

  • Meet Syngenta staff to learn about new developments in the industry.

We 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

Important: Do not register for Cultivate directly with AmericanHort. This is too expensive for you. You must register with TOP to benefit from the sponsorship and reduced rates.

Thanks to our sponsors and excellent relationship with Syngenta, the $280 registration fee will cover the following:

  • All Access Pass for Cultivate19, $305 value
  • Admission to the CareerUP workshop, $125 value
  • All night motel stay (Jul 12-17, two people per room)
  • All additional activities, transportation in Columbus, some meals.

Your cost is $280 but the package you receive is worth well over $1000.

But wait, there is more: volunteer opportunity

Volunteers will arrive on Tuesday, July 9. 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 is now CLOSED

  1. You will register via this page 
  2. EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: If you register and pay BEFORE May 15 you will get a $20 discount
  3. Once we approve your participation, a $280 (or $260) invoice will be posted on your TOP account. Payment will be available until May 27 (Memorial Day), otherwise you lose your spot.

If you have any question write an email to Malu.


Complete ONE FORM ONLY. If you register as a volunteer and don't get the spot, you will keep your regular Cultivate registration. No need to register twice.

General Cultivate registration (just the conference) - CLOSED


Volunteer applicants: confirm with your supervisor you can be away from July 9 to July 17.

Volunteer + Conference Cultivate registration - CLOSED

cultivate'19 preparation webinar

We are really happy that so many people attended Cultivate'19 preparation webinar and hopefully found it useful.
We also recorded the whole session for those who coudn't participate or would like to go over it again.
You can find there information and tips about preparation for Cultivate, schedules, classes, dress code or behavior.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Hope to see you in Columbus in July!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Alex, Malu and Greg

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