2018 GWA Annual Conference & Expo at IGC '18

Aug 13, 2018 01:00pm -
Aug 17, 2018 09:00pm
Chicago, IL

Event Description


GWA invites you to join us in Chicago for our 70th Annual Conference & Expo, co-hosted with the 2018 IGC Show, August 13-16 at historic Navy Pier. Enjoy amazing garden tours, thought-provoking education session, unbeatable networking and incredible access to the IGC Show. Check back soon for additional details of education, tours and so much more!  


Join garden writers, bloggers, photographers, speakers and communicators from across the world for special events designed to make new connections and reconnect with old friends, including networking events and receptions, all culminating with the 2018 Annual Awards & Honors Dinner. And don’t forget to head to the #GWA2018 Expo for a colorful showcase of new varieties, products and services from exhibitors changing the horticultural landscape.


This year's education schedule will be jam-packed with insightful sessions from leaders in the industry, focusing on horticulture, writing, technology, business, publishing and much more. Back by popular demand, roundtable topics will feature exciting short-format sessions made to inspire and inform.


This year's tour line-up will feature Chicago's finest gardens, covering a wide array of techniques and trends. Enjoy special access to amazing public gardens as well as exclusive tours of beautiful private gardens.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Each year, professional garden communicators from across the country attend the largest gathering of garden communication experts in the country, the GWA Annual Conference & Expo. Attendees are seeking fresh ideas, new products and tools, new resources for their business, and networking opportunities. By becoming an exhibitor or sponsor, you and your organization get the essential brand exposure and direct access to these key current and future thought-leaders impacting the industry.

Registration Deadlines

  • Early: Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Regular: Friday, July 20, 2018
  • Late: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Payment Plans 
Payment plans for registration are available. Registration MUST be paid in full by July 20, 2018. Please call 212.297.2198 for more information.

Miscellaneous Registrations  
Options for single day registration and GWA Awards & Honors Dinner tickets available. Please call 212.297.2198 for more information. 

Cancelation Policy 
Cancelation requests received in writing by Friday, June 29, 2018 will be subject to a 25% cancelation fee, which will be deducted from the refund. No refunds will be made on or after Friday, June 29, 2018. Substitutions will be permitted with no penalties. 

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Event Type:Education
Category:Annual Conference & Expo
Early registration ends on Jun 01, 2018.
Regular registration starts on Jun 02, 2018 and ends on Jul 20, 2018.
Late registration starts on Jul 21, 2018.
(GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 Attendee Full Registration
Member Fee: $350.00$450.00$450.00
Non-Member Fee: $600.00$700.00$700.00
 Guest Full Registration
Member Fee: $350.00$450.00$450.00
Non-Member Fee: $350.00$450.00$450.00
 Speaker Full Registration
Member Fee: $225.00$325.00$325.00
Non-Member Fee: $375.00$475.00$475.00
 Student Full Registration
Member Fee: $330.00$330.00$330.00
Non-Member Fee: $330.00$330.00$330.00
 Exhibitor Full Registration
Member Fee: $350.00$450.00$450.00
Non-Member Fee: $350.00$450.00$450.00
 Expo-Only Registration (Exhibitors Only)
Member Fee: $0.00$0.00$0.00
Non-Member Fee: $0.00$0.00$0.00