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Is it January already? Head for MANTS!

By CAROL KINSLEY

(January 2015) January is quickly approaching and in the horticulture industry, that means it's time for MANTS, the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show. To avoid conflict with another major East Coast show, MANTS is being held a week later than usual this year; doors will be open from Jan. 14 to 16, 2015.
The Baltimore Convention Center will soon be filled with fountains, trees, flowers, deck displays and more in some 3,000 booth spaces.
Now in its fourth decade, MANTS is the premier, private green industry marketplace for finding plants and nursery stock, landscape and garden items, heavy and light duty equipment, tools, furniture and hundreds of other allied industry products. In addition to being a great place to see the latest and greatest, it's a working show. Retailers place orders to fill their needs for the coming year.
Thousands of people attend. Why? Some come for fun or for a post-holiday get away to a great city. Others come strictly for business or for networking. Here are some more reasons:
• "After being in business for 34 years, I find MANTS to be the most informative for my business, hands down."
• "Allows us the opportunity to network and meet face-to-face with new and existing vendors, to develop relationships with vendors that help make our business a success."
• Contact with existing suppliers. Meet new. Place spring orders. Look for new trends, inspiration for next season."
• "Best way to meet new suppliers and see their product, plus info gathering all in one place."
• "Because it is fun to see what is new, to get ideas about things we can do."
MANTS is also an excellent opportunity for horticulture students to see the wide variety of career opportunities within the green industry.
Widely known as "The Masterpiece of Trade Shows," MANTS was incorporated in Maryland early in 1970. The show is sponsored by the state Nursery and Landscape Associations of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. The show is governed by a board of appointed representatives from each of the sponsoring states and has been managed by Quercus, Inc. (formerly Akehurst Management) since its inception.
The first trade show was held in Williamsburg, Va., in January, 1971 and the second in 1972 at the Hunt Valley Inn, in Cockeysville, Md. After changing venues annually for a decade and outgrowing convention space in the other states, MANTS has settled at the Baltimore Convention Center.
For more information, or to register, visit www.mants.com.