The team from Country Folks Grower and Lee Newspapers Inc. once again visited Columbus, Ohio, to be a part of AmericanHort’s highly anticipated trade show, Cultivate22. Be sure to check out upcoming issues of Country Folks Grower to see what we learned and what our partners are up to!

Dean Alberty, Tree Diapers, and Leah Schumacherr and Mary Gibler of Forrest Keeling Nursery, take a moment for a quick photo.

Ralph Hutchins gives information to an attendee on the variety of labels and more that GoDEX thermal printers are able to print.

Connie Gratz and Cindy Peschong demonstrated the ease of using Growing Systems’s Vandana seeder.

Jim Hershfeld displayed the many varieties and sizes of plant material available from Hillcrest Nursery.

Rudy Ouwersloot goes over the advantages of Paul Boers greenhouse systems with Marge and Bob Conner.

Christian Whitehair and Kayla Lindsey-Smith talked with attendees about the benefits of using Physan 20 to control algae in greenhouses, fountains and other surfaces, as well as using it on ornamentals to control bacterial, fungal and viral diseases.

Warren Tiedeman discusses the quality of Siebring Manufacturing’s greenhouse equipment with an attendee.

The New Varieties display is always a must-see. One example this year is this Ptilotus, “Matilda,” from Benary.

Attendees enjoy perusing the New Varieties area.

Examples of how to bring more focus to houseplants using decor were also on display.

Enormous moss art displays welcomed attendees this year, including this one designed by ByNature, which does biophilic design.

Attendees enjoyed choosing the flowers for the free bouquets provided by Ball Seed and Sakata.

Six of this year’s AmericanHort HortScholars presented snapshots of their research. (Back row, L- R) Daniela Perez Lugones, Lisa Richards and Rachel Swicionis. (Front row) Phoebe Austerman, Brian Schulker and Ethan Jenkins.

Ashton and Tom Knuth demonstrated the benefits of Stilt Pro’s compact and portable potting machines.

Tim Scott and Scott Shatto displayed the many hand tools available from Zenport Industries.

The CC Rack Challenge saw individuals competing for the fastest time in putting a three-tiered rack together.

The sessions at the Cultivate Live! Stage were well attended.

Those attending Cultivate22 were able to have a private tour at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, which featured a number of topiary creatures, such as this bison.

(L – R) The Country Folks Grower team: Editor-in-Chief Joan Kark-Wren, sales rep Michael Wren, sales rep Becky Veldman, managing editor Courtney Llewellyn and sales manager Dan Wren. They’re taking advantage of the AmericanHort photo op display.