Several hundred interior and exterior landscapers gathered at the Plantscape Industry Expo (PIE) in Las Vegas this week. From the sights and sounds, the general overall business outlook was positive and there was a high degree of interest in the living wall product options. If you didn’t have a chance to visit us, here are a few pics of those who did.
Mark Whitten of Green House Nurseries in Arleta, CA is having a “first look” at our new product – VersiWall with Jon Willingham, Southwestern sales representative.
All photos courtesy School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Last week we posted the layout of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s display at this year’s Chicago Flower and Garden Show. Their creative use of our products as elements in their design deserves another posting. Brian Mitalo, our local sales representative, mentioned that the design is actually a mock-up for a display to be installed in a courtyard at 10 E. Lake Street in Chicago. The SAIC has been working together with the Mayor’s office, Harold Washington College (which owns one wall of the courtyard) and Commonwealth Edison on the project.
@ the ASLA Conference, Washington DC
We just finished another ASLA conference, this one in Washington, DC. It was a year for truly mixed signals – at least from our perspective. We were really looking forward to this year’s conference. The Mid-Atlantic/Washington DC market has been a very good one for us, and we anticipated that there would be a lot of landscape architects there. We feel like the worst of the construction recession is behind us, and expected that would be the case with the visitors to the show.
It didn’t really seem to be the case. We certainly can’t claim that our experience was the same as the other vendors at the show, or that we spoke to a representative sample of visitors. That being said, we’ve done an awful lot of these conferences over the years, and this one definitely had a “mediocre” feel to it.
We’ve pulled together a full laundry-list of observations after the jump…
The Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference (PCBC) is the premiere residential home builder’s trade show on the West Coast, and always an important one for ValleyCrest Landscape Development. This year their design team came up with the idea to use living walls for the common areas that they sponsor. Their first call was to Tournesol Siteworks.
more after the break…