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2016 Pennsylvania Farm Show Display

PLNA was honored to have a display at the 100th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January 2016.  The Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation and draws over 500,000 visitors in 8 days. Exhibitors, farmers and consumers come from every corner of the state for this renowned show.

PLNA took this opportunity to promote its members to the wide variety of consumers who visit the show. PLNA had a 110’ x 30’ display area in one of the busiest areas of the floor.  The theme of the display was sustainable landscaping through storm water management concepts that visitors could incorporate into their own landscapes such as a rain chain and rain barrel, vegetated retaining wall, rain garden, permeable patio, vegetated swale and riparian zones with a stream.

Take away materials included a postcard promoting focusing on the Find a Pro feature along with the Idea Gallery.  Coloring pages and crayons were a hit with the kids highlighting the benefits of sustainable landscapes, rain barrels, rain chains and permeable patios. 

This display was the launch of PLNA's consumer awareness campaigns, OutdoorLivingPA and Plant Something.   The first theme being the importance of sustainable landscaping and how a professional can help them attain their dream landscape incorporating these concepts.

PLNA also held a drawing for a giveaway of a rain chain and rain barrel.  Individuals interested in entering the drawing were directed to so they could see what other features were available on the website. 

The display was quite an attraction for Farm Show visitors, with many people stopping to ask questions about the concepts, ask how to find a professional in their area, and learn more about sustainable landscaping.

Many thanks go to the individuals and companies who volunteered their time, plants and other materials for the display. The PLNA Staff and Board are so appreciative of all the members who took the time to make this display a success. 

Task Force:
Greg Kern, PCH, Shiloh Landscape & Design, LLC, York, PA
Jimmy Kreider, PCH-SLC, LandStudies, Inc., Lititz, PA
Danilo Maffei, PCH, Maffei Landscape Design, LLC, Kennett Square, PA
Ted Pickering, GreenWeaver Landscapes, LLC, Lenni, PA
Carrie Wiles, North Creek Nurseries, Inc., Landenberg, PA

Plant Donations:
Esbenshades Greenhouses, Inc., Lititz, PA
Fairview Evergreen Nurseries, Inc., Erie, PA
Harmony Hill Nursery, LLC, Downingtown, PA
Jeffers Farms, Inc., Kingsley, PA
North Creek Nurseries, Inc., Landenberg, PA
Octoraro Native Plant Nursery, Kirkwood, PA
Quality Greenhouse and Perennial Farm, Dillsburg, PA

Hardscape & Irrigation Materials:

Rapho Township
Furbish, Baltimore, MD 
GreenWeaver Landscapes, LLC, Lenni, PA
Shiloh Landscape & Design, LLC, York, PA
Water Crest Farms Nursery, West Grove, PA
Watson Supply, Harrisburg, PA

Display SetUp/Tear Down Volunteers:
Erb Brothers Landscaping, Inc., Lancaster, PA
Goldglo Landscapes, LLS, Millersburg, PA
GreenWeaver Landscapes, LLC, Lenni, PA
PA Landscape Group, Inc., New Cumberland, PA
Plummer Landscape Management, Port Matilda, PA

Manning the Booth:
Bill H. Wells, Water Crest Farms Nursery
Paul Kimicata, Kimicata Brothers
Andy Ernst, Ernst Conservation Seeds
Brad Groff, River Valley Landscapes
Carrie Wiles, North Creek Nurseries
Hagan Hetz, Fairview Evergreen Nurseries Inc.
Torrey Rose, Holly Days Nursery
Greg Nichols, GreenWeaver Landscapes LLC
Jennifer Nichols, GreenWeaver Landscapes LLC
Stacy Nash, Parkland Nurseries
Scott Douglas, Full Effect Lawn & Landscapes
Matt Gingerich, Erb Brothers Landscaping, Inc.
Katrina Lau, Wrap-N-Go Florists
Ed Copenhaver, Stony Bridge Landscaping
John Otterson, PA Landscape Group, Inc.
Bruce Fritzinger, Plantique
Jimmy Kreider, LandStudies, Inc.
Frank Brouse, Brouse Landscapes
Jim MacKenzie, Octoraro Native Plant Nursery
Gloria Day, Pretty Dirty Ladies
Steven Stoltzfus, Goldglo Landscapes, LLS




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