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Register now for MGIX 2018

Thursday, October 26, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alana Settle
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Registration is Open for 2018 Midwest Green Industry Experience

Attendee registration is open for the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association’s annual regional conference, Midwest Green Industry Experience (MGIX). 

Midwest Green Industry Experience takes place January 15–17, 2018 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH.

Green industry professionals can register for the event at Early bird registration fees range from $15 to $259, with discounted pricing ending December 20, 2017.




More than 90 education sessions comprise a wide variety of topics, from business and marketing best practices to design, irrigation, and lighting trends. Educators from The Ohio State University lead 24 sessions focused on pest and disease management and horticulture research.


Family Programs

Attendees and exhibitors are welcome to bring their spouses and families to MGIX to take part in family-friendly activities and education sessions on Sunday, January 14 and Monday, January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day).

On Sunday, January 14, attendees can participate in pre-conference education sessions focused on the unique challenges of owning or working for a family business. Spouses and children accompanying MGIX attendees are free to explore several family attractions within walking distance of the Convention Center. In the evening, families can join other attendees and exhibitors at MGIX Sunday Dinner to enjoy a menu of homestyle comfort food and entertainment by the Ohio State University Alumni Band.

On Monday, January 15, three additional education sessions (included in an MGIX education pass) focus on family business topics such as wealth transfer and communications challenges between generations, while all ages can enjoy entertainment by the Bug Man and the Columbus Zoo. MGIX family programs conclude with a picnic-style lunch.

Separate registration fees apply for family programs. For a full itinerary and details, visit


Exhibit Hall

The 2018 show floor features more than 200 exhibitors, a new product showcase, and a garden lounge. New this year, product demonstrations and educational presentations take place on a feature stage. Another demonstration stage, Climbers’ Corner, focuses on arboriculture education and climbing techniques.

Companies interested in exhibiting at MGIX should contact


Networking Opportunities

Attendees have several opportunities to connect with like-minded professionals and build relationships. MGIX kicks off with an opening night party on Monday, January 15 at 4pm in the exhibit hall. On the evening of Tuesday, January 16, MGIX After Dark hosts attendees and exhibitors for drinks and appetizers at the Secret Cellar, an event venue just across the street from the Convention Center. Admission to both events is free for all MGIX badge holders.

Attendees are also invited to the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association’s annual awards ceremony on January 14 at 7pm. The association will present the winners of its 45th annual Landscape Awards and the recipients of ONLA’s Professional Awards and 2018 Scholarships.

For a full schedule of all MGIX related programs and events, visit

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