NJHA holds its convention during the first weekend of October at a different host city each year. A diverse group of projects and activities covering all areas of horticulture are offered at the annual meeting. Convention events include contests in the horticultural demonstrations, public and extemporaneous speaking, and horticulture judging and identification; photography exhibition; and evaluation of projects in environmental awareness, experimental horticulture, and marketing. Additionally, workshops and tours of local horticulture industries and local points of interest are scheduled.

The next Convention of the National Junior Horticultural Association will be October 6-9, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The 2017 convention will host national contests on October 7, 2017. Other activities include educational tours and workshops.

For those planning a budget to attend the NJHA convention, the hotel room rate will be about $112.00 inclusive of tax, and the NJHA registration will be about $250 per person.

NJHA and hotel room registration information will be sent in July 2017. If you need more information prior to July 2017, please contact the NJHA Executive Secretary, Ms. Carole Carney (carole@njha.com; 724 479 3254)

The Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel (www.wyndhamindianapoliswest.com) is the headquarters hotel, and it is located just minutes from Indianapolis International Airport. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service from the airport, 24 hours fitness center, and a 24 hour business center. Hotel restaurants includes a 24 hour Café and Nicolino’s Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Several family type restaurants are located off site and will require transportation. They are not within convenient walking distance.

NJHA registration includes several meals and educational tours. During our scheduled tours, delegates will learn about horticulture and related industries by visiting various facilities in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. Horticultural related workshops are also being planned.

Although educational tours have not been finalized, one possible tour mostly likely will include a tour of the Dow AgroSciences’ Global Headquarters. Located on their campus, in Indianapolis, is their Biotechnology Research Center. The Headquarters’ Center supports research and development of more than 200 scientists for the development and commercialization of new crop protection and seed traits for farmers around the world.  One of Dow AgroSciences’ missions to offer innovative technology to the landscape management industry.

There are several other highly interesting horticulturally related tours being investigated including modern hybrid seed development; orchard management and processing; orchids agribusiness systems; Christmas tree farm; honey bee management and product marketing; and major greenhouse plant production and marketing.

James V. Parochetti

NJHA Convention Site Director