A Look at Calscape
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I have attended so many Calscapes that I have lost count. This is our annual conference for Interior Plantscapers, and I look forward to it every year. Since I have been in the business so long, I have made numerous friends, and look forward to connecting with many of them during this 3 day event. I also serve on the board of PIA who hosts the event, so I normally have a few tasks to do to support the industry as a whole. This year I served as proctor for the National Certification Exam given by PLANET, also acted as facilitator for the round table luncheon, and received an award for a project I submitted for PIA Cares, of which I oversee as the chair person.
This year is different though, because for the first time I have one of my employees participating with me for the entire conference. Miko was one of my students last year at OCC and I knew that having her attend Calscape would open up a world of possibilities to her, and with her creative mind, the sky was the limit as to where she could take the information that would be made available to her through the seminars, workshops and trade-show.
So often when we have done something year in and year out, we forget the magic, and to see Calscape through her eyes was comparable to taking your child to Disneyland for the first time. She was expectant, nervous, excited, and tired all at once. She got to meet some of my dearest friends, and people who have been in this industry for many years. Though Miko is quiet, I could almost hear the wheels in her head turning as creative ideas were presented to her she had never even pondered before. It is always much more fun to walk a trade-show with someone else, as it give you two sets of eyes to see all the new products the vendors have out, and to connect and mingle with your colleagues.
When the trade-show closes on Friday evening you have opportunity to purchase plants and materials at very affordable prices. Miko’s head was spinning as I raced from vendor to vendor writing checks, and having her gather up items to load up in the truck. By the time Friday night came we were grateful to have a quiet dinner with close friends and reflect on all we had been exposed in a short three day period of time.
Next year the venue moves to the Flamingo at Las Vegas I better start preparing Miko now.