New Format for This Year’s MGIX

New Format for This Year’s MGIX

ONLA Transitioning to MGIX Series

Look for a new format this year for the Midwest Green Industry Experience (MGIX).

Instead of a single trade show and conference, the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA) is transitioning to a collection of three professional networking programs for 2018-2019. The new programs, called the MGIX Series, will prioritize education, business development, collaboration and relationship building.

A New Setup

ONLA is hoping that the new conference format will better serve its membership, by offering more personalized programming throughout the year and at various locations across the state.

MGIX Member SummitThe first event in the series, the MGIX Member Summit, is scheduled for Dec. 12 and 13, 2018, at the Hilton Easton in Columbus. [Note the new venue.] The two-day summit is designed to provide a solutions-based learning experience for landscaping professionals. Highlights will include a keynote presentation by Terri McEnaney, president of Bailey Nurseries; “speed-networking” with MGIX Member Summit sponsors; and ONLA’s annual awards celebration.

Educational Sessions

Breakout tracks will dive deeply into best practices and emerging trends pertinent to green industry business owners, managers and team leaders. Scheduled topics include:

  • Landscape Design and Maintenance
  • Business and Marketing
  • Plant Trends and Best Selections
  • Pests and Diseases
Of particular interest to irrigation professionals:
  • Sustainable Irrigation in Residential and Commercial Projects. Presented by Jeff Muhlbach, Cleveland-based irrigation design consultant and landscape architect.
  • Environmental Requirements: What You Need to Know and The Path Toward Sustainability. Both sessions presented by Daniel Sowry, from the Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention.

Industry speakers will include national experts, Ohio State University educators and local colleagues. Continuing education units (CEU’s) will be available for all sessions. To download the complete educational schedule, click here.

MGIX educational sessions

Registration for Member Summit

Registration deadline for the MGIX Member Summit is Friday, November 30. To register, click here. To download the conference program, click here. For additional information, visit the MGIX website.

MGIX Training Days

MGIX Training Days: Gear Up for Springthe second and third events in the MGIX Series, will take place in 2019.These two events are scheduled for March 5 in Dayton and March 7 in Cleveland. Both of the one-day programs will feature educational sessions, workshops and business development opportunities for green industry professionals.

The ONLA will announce details for the Training Days events at a later date. Registration for MGIX Training Days opens in mid-December, 2018.

Trade Show History

This new format (sans trade show) represents quite a change for the organization and the end of an era.

MGIX trade showIn fact, did you know that ONLA has hosted some form of its annual trade show since 1964? (The association itself has been around since 1908.)

Over the years, the show just kept getting bigger. In 1994 it became known at The Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show (CENTS). In its peak year of 2002, CENTS featured 1,357 booths occupied by 710 firms. The number of registered attendees hit a whopping 13,035.

After that, attendance gradually began to dwindle, as more green industry professionals chose to transact business online.

In 2017, ONLA rebranded the event as MGIX, in an effort to be more inclusive of its diverse trade show audience. It also expanded its roster of educational opportunities.

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MGIX 2018 Is Set for January 15-17

MGIX 2018 Is Set for January 15-17

MGIX Offers Education,
Expanded Trade Show

MGIX 2018 is scheduled for three full days, January 15 through 17, 2018, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. This annual event combines industry-leading education with an expanded trade show. It’s a truly innovative green industry experience that you won’t want to miss!

Trade Show

More than 300 exhibitors will be offering everything from nursery stock and hardscaping products to pest control and landscaping equipment. This year’s show is expected to attract thousands of attendees.

New this year will be the Feature Stage! Located in the Exhibit Hall, the stage will spotlight entertainment, education and product presentations. The expanded trade show will also offer the Garden Lounge and New Product Showcase.

Family Time

Also new this year will be Family Programs. Many MGIX attendee and exhibitors own or work for family businesses. So MGIX 2018 offers activities and education sessions to address family business issues and provide family-friendly entertainment for all ages.

Back by Popular Demand

Back again for 2018 is the ever-popular Climbers Corners. This live-stage event features expert educators demonstrating a variety of arboricultural techniques important to tree care professionals, landscape crews, managers and landscape designers.


Educational sessions of particular interest to landscape and irrigation professionals will include:

  • Rain Water Harvesting & Reuse for Irrigation
  • Efficient Irrigation Design & Installation
  • Why Plants Do the Things They Do
  • Preparing your business for disasters.  Know what to do next.
  • Landscaping for Water Quality
  • Legislative Update

To Learn More…

For more information, including the education schedule and special events, Click Here.

To register for MGIX 2018, Click Here.

To reserve a booth, Click Here.

Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association