"It's going to become a combined show, a true home and garden event, rather than a home show and a flower and garden show," said Robert Tomeny, executive director of the Home Builders Association
also said the name of the event is likely to change.
One venue will be the Cargill Exhibit Center
, the site of The Home
Show for several years, which offers 92,000 square feet of exhibit space.The other site is the Verizon Center of Progress
, which offers nearly 80,000 square feet.It replaces the current site of the Flower & Garden Show, the Price Chopper Horticulture Building, where there is 53,000 square feet.
The primary reason for the move was to gain more space, Tomeny
said."The show continues to grow, and the only way we can make that happen is more space.We needed the additional space that Center of Progress building provides."
This year, there are more than 500 exhibits at Cargill
and another 250 at the horticulture facility.Tomeny
said more than 100 additional exhibitors wanted to get into the event, but were turned away.The Center of Progress
can hold another 200 or so exhibits. Tomeny
said home and garden exhibitors will be in both buildings."We think we can do different things," Tomeny
said."We might try to put a landscaper with a pool guy, with a sunroom guy, with a fence guy.All of them can get together and they can put together a back yard."
But these changes seem to also signal a departure from some goals set by the Central New York State Nursery & Landscape Association
, which entered into a three-year contract in late 2000 with the Home
Builders Association to organize the flower and garden show.Just last year, CNYSNLA officials spoke of transforming the flower and garden show into a true horticulture event, or a "green" show, much like Rochester's spring flower show, GardenScape, within three to five years.
said when the Home
Builders Association purchased the Flower & Garden Show in 2000, it was with the intention of making the flower show filled with "green" exhibits within three years.
"We gave it our best shot, and the nursery and landscape association gave it their best shot.It just didn't work because maybe we had too big of a basket to fill with everything green," Tomeny