Black Gold At the Summer Green Road Show in Hickory, NC

Summer Green Road Show - Photo by Mike Beck
Teamwork at the Summer Green Road Show provided by: (left to right) Wayne Bagwell, Sun Gro Professional Products Rep. for North Carolina; Pam Beck, Black Gold Community Expert Garden Writer; Scott Pace, Sun Gro Horticulture’s District Manager of Southeastern Retail Products; and, Lee Urwick, Buffalo Horticultural Sales representing Fafard products in N.C.

August was the perfect time to visit the Metro Convention Center in Hickory, North Carolina, an internationally famous furniture convention site nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. On this trip, however, the emphasis was on living plants, garden tools, and potting medium at the 2012 Summer Green Road Show.

The Summer Green Road Show is an annual education and trade show for the Green Industry sponsored by the North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association. NCNLA predicted record attendance since this year’s event was also held in conjunction with the North Carolina Urban Forestry Conference.

Between working in the Black Gold booth and the educational sessions, Scott Pace, Sun Gro Horticulture’s District Manager of Southeastern Retail Products, moderated a panel discussion about growing operations in garden centers.

Scott shared his overall impression, “What I took away from this year’s show is that there seems to be more positive energy in the industry right now going into Fall. The retail side is looking ahead to a good Spring.”

There was an excellent reception on the trade show floor to the partnering of the Black Gold line of organic potting soils with a familiar Southeastern retail potting medium name, Fafard.

Black Gold was well-represented at the Summer Green Road Show as Community Expert Garden Writer Pam Beck also presented two retail track lectures. Her audience included nursery growers, retail sales personnel, landscape designers and architects, university staff, and cooperative extension agents.

“A strong camaraderie exists among the Green Industry in the Southeast.” Pam added, “These folks know each other on a first-name basis. They share information, and care deeply about success within the entire industry. So, I was thrilled with the renewed enthusiasm I heard from the attendees.”

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Sun Gro booth and attended one of the educational sessions

About Pam Beck

Pam Beck began her gardening education in 1987 by volunteering in a public herb garden, which inspired her to join the Master Gardeners and take horticulture classes. She has worked in garden center retail, learned plant production hands-on in a nursery, created designs for landscape contractors and homeowners, and was an assistant with Cooperative Extension for a short time. She has scouted and styled for Better Homes & Gardens magazine; served on the Board of Advisors for two university botanical gardens; and, taught Adult Education landscaping classes for Wake Tech; but, you probably know her best as an award-winning freelance garden writer, lecturer, and photographer. Pam is the co-author of Best Garden Plants for North Carolina, regularly contributed articles in Carolina Gardener Magazine for 16 years, and for 5 years she was a monthly garden columnist for the Raleigh News & Observer. Currently, her busy speaking schedule takes her throughout the Southeast enthusiastically sharing her love of plants, gardens of all kinds, and the people who tend them.

Leave a Reply

Content Disclaimer:

This site may contain content (including images and articles) as well as advice, opinions and statements presented by third parties. Sun Gro does not review these materials for accuracy or reliability and does not endorse the advice, opinions, or statements that may be contained in them. Sun Gro also does not review the materials to determine if they infringe the copyright or other rights of others. These materials are available only for informational purposes and are presented “as is” without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including without limitation warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. Reliance upon any such opinion, advice, statement or other information is at your own risk. In no event shall Sun Gro Horticulture Distribution, Inc. or any of its affiliates be liable to you for any inaccuracy, error, omission, fact, infringement and the like, resulting from your use of these materials, regardless of cause, or for any damages resulting there from.