BALTIMORE, Md. -- Entering its 49th year, The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show, popularly known as MANTS, kicked off Jan. 9.
The trade show has taken place in Baltimore for 39 years. This year, it takes place from Jan. 9-11 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The venue offers 300,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space. Last year, the show had more than 11,500 total registrants. Attendees had the opportunity to visit 963 exhibiting companies, spread across 1,536 booths. MANTS has an exhibitor waiting list.
On day one of the 2019 show, more than 10,300 attendees registered. There was a notable buzz on the floor as the doors opened and the attendees flooded in.
The government shutdown is in evidence here, as exhibitors for the U.S. Department of Agriculture were unable to attend. Their booths were filled from the waiting list.
One of the biggest attention-grabbing displays was the NewGen boxwood developed by Saunders Brothers. The Piney River, Va. nursery has been propagating and growing boxwood for more than 70 years. Stay tuned for a video introducing the first of three new introductions selected for three main boxwood blight tolerance, boxwood leafminer resistance and "wow" factor.
The new plant was on display at Saunders Brothers' booth, as well as Overdevest Nurseries, Bridgeton, N.J., Prides Corner Farms, Lebanon, Ct.,and Avon, Ohio's Willoway Nurseries. These growers are part of the Syn-RG collective, and have been testing the product in the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and New England markets for years. NewGen boxwood will enter the marketplace in 2020.
Next year will also mark 50 years of MANTS.
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