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Exciting new event for horticultural industry professionals

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BloomaPalooza will take place in August 2013 at the Raker Trial Gardens.

| January 11, 2013

Editor's Note: As of 7/1/2013, BloomaPalooza 2013 has been canceled. Click here for more information:

GIE Media, Inc., C. Raker & Sons and Hort Couture LLC are excited to announce their joint venture creation of BloomaPalooza 2013, a one-of-a-kind business event for the horticulture industry to be held August 1-3, 2013, at the famed Raker Trial Gardens in Litchfield, Michigan.

BloomaPalooza will be an outdoor green industry trade fair with a music festival format and offer a comprehensive, high-quality educational program for horticultural industry professionals.

“BloomaPalooza will be a premier event that brings plant breeders together with commercial growers, independent retailers, landscape contractors, architects, golf course management and other professional segments of the horticultural industry for three days of high-energy, cost-effective business interaction and family fun,” says Chris Foster, CEO of GIE Media, Inc.

“BloomaPalooza is a totally unique event concept for business owners and managers, as well as their support staff and families,” says Jim Monroe, CEO of Hort Couture LLC. “Everyone we’ve discussed this concept with has been super excited about its creative dimension, drawing together 25 leading business speakers for educational sessions exploring business ideas, insights and solutions, mixed in with more than a dozen amazing musical acts over a wide range of genres that will give BloomaPalooza the feel of a summer music festival. Add to this a trade fair with hundreds of vendors, great food (and not that high-priced carnival junk), a kid-friendly atmosphere, 3 exciting days of Garden Idol competition, and you have something very special.”

The 3-day event will be an integral part of the Raker Trial Gardens 100-acre grounds in Litchfield, Michigan. “BloomaPalooza will give independent retailers the incredible opportunity to see new and improved flower varieties in the ground and to talk first-hand with leading floriculture experts.” says Susie Raker of C. Raker & Sons. “And of course, BloomaPalooza is not solely for garden center retailers, because landscapers, landscape architects, and horticulture professionals of all types will find this to be a valuable business venue effectively timed for their 2014 business year planning.”

For more information about becoming an exhibitor or sponsor, or attending BloomaPalooza, visit

About the organizers of BloomaPalooza
GIE Media, Inc., C. Raker & Sons Inc., and Hort Couture LLC have partnered to develop BloomaPalooza. GIE Media Inc. is the leading media company serving major horticultural markets in North America. Its publications include Garden Center, Greenhouse Management, Produce Grower, Nursery Management, Lawn & Landscape, Golf Course Industry, and Green Industry Supply Chain Management magazines. C. Raker & Sons is a leading producer of grown-to-order plugs and liners in North America. Raker also produces The Raker Trial Gardens which occupy more than five acres of grounds at the Raker facility, and are divided into row, hanging basket, and large container trials. The Hort Couture brand offers the most sought-after new plants and genetics from the world’s best breeders and provides retailers with merchandising accessories to create a unique shopping experience for the consumer.

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