Plants, people & displays at TPIE 2019

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Interesting plants and creative displays were showcased at the annual event in Fort Lauderdale.


As many growers and garden center retailers can attest, houseplants and tropicals are having a moment, and that excitement was apparent at the 2019 Tropical Plant International Expo.“There is electricity in the air, and it’s an optimistic show,” says Jared Hughes, owner of Groovy Plants Ranch based in Marengo, Ohio. “People are excited.” TPIE, which featured 400 exhibitors and 6,488 attendees, took place Jan. 16 to Jan. 18 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Theresa Riley, owner of Rockledge Gardens in Rockledge, Florida, served on the TPIE committee for several years, and said the 2019 show was a standout. “I really think this year is one of the best I remember in a very long time! Lots of positive vibes and buzz,” she says. We spotted interesting plants, festive people and creative displays on the show floor. Here are just a few highlights.

Michelle is the editor of sister publication Garden Center.


Begonia maculata, Costa Farms
Hollywood Hibiscus ‘Rico Suave,’ Ramco Farm, J. Berry Nursery, Cool Product Award winner
Cordyline ‘Singapore Twist,’ exhibited by Butler’s Foliage, (Cordyline ‘Singapore’ also exhibited by Excelsa Gardens.)
‘String of Dolphin’ Succulent, Senecio peregrinus, Branette Farms, Cool Product Award winner
Brunfelsia americana ‘Lady of the Night,’ Butler’s Foliage, Cool Product Award winner
Aechmea ‘America,’ Bullis Bromeliads 


David Fell, Klasmann-Deilmann Americas
Kaylee Cardenas, The Great Outdoors
Kingston White, Morning Dew Tropical Plants
Suzanne Brooks, Fort George Botanicals


Penang Nursery
Penang Nursery
Silver Vase Orchids and Bromeliads
United Nursery
Costa Farms