May 14, 2023

10 Outdoor Services Industry Conferences you should attend

10 Outdoor Services Industry Conferences you should attend

The outdoor service industry has some of the hardest working, most actively involved professionals and crew members. It is also an industry that thrives on networking and staying up-to-date with the latest technologies. There are many conferences taking place in the US this year that you can attend. We have compiled a list of the most innovative and influential events. You can attend these to increase your chances of standing out against the competitors.

Events to look forward to

Here is the list of events we will be discussing in this blog:

  • SIMA's Annual Snow and Ice Symposium
  • Garden Center Conference and Expo
  • L&L Tech Conference
  • The Landscape Show
  • Elevate
  • Equip Exposition
  • IGNITE Construction Summit
  • Green and Growin’
  • National Pavement Expo
  • ASCA Executive Summit

SIMA's Annual Snow and Ice Symposium

This event is organized by the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA) and it brings together professionals from the snow and ice management industry. The event includes educational sessions, networking opportunities, and a trade show where vendors showcase their products and services. Attendees can learn about the latest technology, equipment, and techniques for snow and ice management, as well as best practices for running a successful snow and ice management business. The symposium is held annually and is attended by professionals from across the United States and around the world. This year, it will take place from June 13-16 in Hartford, Connecticut.

Garden Center Conference and Expo

It’s an annual event that brings together professionals in the gardening industry, including garden center owners and managers, growers, landscapers, and other horticulture professionals. The event offers a range of educational sessions, networking opportunities, and an expo featuring the latest products and services in the industry.

The conference typically features keynote presentations from industry leaders on topics such as merchandising, marketing, and plant care, as well as opportunities to connect with peers and vendors. The expo showcases new plant varieties, equipment, and other products and services that can benefit garden centers and other horticulture businesses.

Attending the Garden Center Conference and Expo can provide valuable insights and knowledge to professionals like you. It will help you stay up-to-date on the latest trends and best practices in garden center management and horticulture. Mark the date, it takes place from August 2nd to 4th this year.

L&L Tech Conference

The Lawn and Landscape conference is solely dedicated to showcasing the most cutting-edge technology in the green industry. Professionals attend this event for education and opportunities to build partnerships. This year's conference will take place at the Paris Las Vegas Resort and Casino from August 9th to 11th. Registration is open, so you can sign up now to meet and connect with other like-minded professionals.

This year's conference will focus on discussing the impact of AI technology in the landscaping industry. We are particularly excited about this seminar because as experts in the field, we understand the importance of artificial intelligence for landscapers.

The Landscape Show

This event will be held at the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, Florida from August 23 to 25 this year. They usually have more than 700 trade show booths and you can meet industry professionals from the Nursery and Landscape Industry. Attending The Landscape Show presents an optimal opportunity to establish a link between your merchandise and potential clientele. The show offers a platform to forge enduring connections and draws in a large number of buyers of trees, landscape equipment, and woody ornamental products. 

The Landscape Show attracts over 7,000 people to take part in workshops and view the latest plant material, equipment, and related products. There are many educational programs, peer exchanges, and inspiration for growing your business.


This is a conference and trade show that is organized by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). The event typically features educational sessions, networking opportunities, workshops, and an exhibit hall showcasing the latest products and services in the landscaping industry. The event is usually held at various locations across the United States, including the Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center. It is aimed at bringing together professionals in the landscaping industry to connect and grow their businesses. It will be held from 10th September to 13th September this year.

Equip Exposition

This event will occur at the Kentucky Exposition Center in October. Here, attendees can witness and test out equipment such as mowers, tractors, excavators, and other machinery used for landscaping and grounds maintenance. In addition, there may be demonstrations of new technologies, such as software for landscape design or irrigation systems. The event provides a platform for businesses to promote their products and services to potential customers and connect with others in the industry. If you can, you must attend this event at the Kentucky Centre from October 17-20.

Team Attentive at an expo.

IGNITE Construction Summit

This year’s IGNITE summit is slated to take place from the 6th to the 8th of December and it should be an important one on your list. Book your tickets to Florida and get ready to immerse yourself in this management-focused networking event. This summit is aimed at pavement contractors to learn the best ways to catapult their growth and get rid of any roadblocks they may be encountering. They will focus on tackling any immediate or long-term issues you may be facing. You will get to hear from industry experts and you can implement the strategies to level up your business. You can also get a chance to speak one-on-one with the speakers after the event.

Green and Growin’

This is an annual trade show and conference organized by the North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association (NCNLA). The event is one of the largest horticultural trade shows in the southeastern United States and attracts nursery and landscape professionals, retailers, growers, and suppliers from across the country. 

The Green and Growin trade show features exhibits showcasing the latest products and services in the nursery and landscape industry, including plant materials, landscape supplies, and technology. The conference includes educational sessions, workshops, and seminars covering topics such as horticulture, business management, and sustainability.

The Green and Growin NCNLA event is a platform for networking and professional development for businesses in the nursery and landscape industry. It helps to promote and support the growth of the industry in North Carolina and beyond.

National Pavement Expo

NPE is a yearly trade show and conference that focuses on the pavement maintenance and reconstruction industry. The event features exhibitors showcasing the latest products and technologies related to asphalt, concrete, seal coating, striping, and other pavement maintenance activities. The expo also offers educational sessions and workshops to help attendees stay up-to-date with industry trends, best practices, and regulations. The National Pavement Expo is attended by contractors, suppliers, manufacturers, and other professionals involved in the pavement maintenance and reconstruction industry. 

This year’s NPE held at Charlotte Convention Centre saw grab eyeballs and incredible engagement at its exhibition booth. Shawn Prince, Head of Business Development, Attentive AI was a prominent speaker at the event. He said, “It was an honor to present at this year’s National Pavement Expo. You could sense that the conference was well thought out and provided a great experience for me, the Attentive.AI team, and all the attendees. Our session was well received and had great engagement by the attendees both, during and after the session,” He was assisted by Key and Accounts lead Kristen Kinsella at the Expo. The Attentive team had a great experience at the Expo. The next NPE will be held from January 15 – 19, 2024.

People gathered at the Attentive booth.

ASCA Executive Summit

The ASCA Executive Summit is an event organized by the Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA). The event brings together leading snow and ice management professionals from across the globe to share best practices, discuss industry trends and developments, and explore new business opportunities. The Executive Summit typically includes keynote speakers, panel discussions, roundtable sessions, and networking events, providing attendees with valuable insights and the opportunity to connect with peers in the industry. The event is designed for executives, business owners, and other high-level decision-makers in the snow and ice management industry. This takes place from

That concludes our list. We hope you found it helpful and informative. Attending these conferences can broaden your perspective and expand your network, so we recommend trying to attend as many events as possible. Thank us later for putting together this carefully curated list.