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Down to Earth: Annual Summer Conference & Trade Show
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Down to Earth: Annual Summer Conference & Trade Show


When: Thursday, July 26, 2018
Where: Wachusett Mountain
41 Mile Hill Road
Westminster, Massachusetts  01473
United States
Rena Sumner

Phone: 413-369-4731

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Join us at Wachusett Mountain for Down to Earth 2018

Online registration has ended but walk-in registrations the day of the event are welcome. 

Download the agenda pdf for more information.

As many of you know, over the years the Summer Conference & Trade Show has become a place to take time out from the seasonal rigors of our industry and enjoy a day of fun, food, friendship and learning. With the highest standards from the MNLA education committee and the MCH Board we look forward to presenting the largest and best Summer Conference & Trade Show event this summer!

The meeting will offer something for everyone. Whether it is the NEW Hort Olympics, the innovative exhibits, hands-on demonstrations or cutting-edge education, exhibitors and attendees are sure to find what they are looking for at this years’ Down to Earth Summer Conference.

Exhibitors … don’t miss a terrific opportunity to maximize your exposure following the heat of the season and meet with hundreds of your current and potential customers at the largest summer trade show in New England!

Employers … don’t miss a terrific opportunity for you and your team to earn pesticide and certification credits, and meet with leaders in the industry, old friends and colleagues while expanding your knowledge of the industry. Check out new and innovative products and learn more about cost saving services as you enjoy a relaxed day with employees.


  • Meet our speakers.
  • NEW Hort Olympics
  • Lunch is available for three hours—grab a bite at your leisure.
  • Enjoy a chair lift ride to the summit.
  • Catch up with friends, grab a beer, and enjoy the music.
  • Demonstration programs promise to be a lively plus to your conference experience.


Mount Wachusett is a popular hiking and skiing destination. An automobile road, open spring to fall, ascends to the summit. Views from the top include Mount Monadnock to the north, Mount Greylock to the west, southern Vermont to the northwest, and Boston to the east.


The 2018 Educational Program will be dynamic and innovative with expanded hands-on demonstrations.

  • Challenge yourself with the MCH-sponsored Plant I.D. Challenge.
  • CPR certification
  • Get dirty as you try out the latest and greatest equipment and tools.
  • Have fun while learning about new products and plants offered by our exhibitors.


Insect Pests of Trees and Shrubs: I.D. Walk with Tawny Simisky: Pesticide credits available: 25, 27, 29, 35, 36, L (core)

Download our event brochure for more information on all educational sessions, demos and more!


A room block is available at the Colonial Hotel, 625 Betty Spring Road in Gardner, Massachusetts. Overnight accommodations are available for a reduced rate of $109.95 per night + tax.

Reservations must be received by July 12, 2018 to receive the reduced rate. Call the hotel directly at 978-630-2500 or 888-214-4991 and be sure to mention MNLA or the Down to Earth Conference.


  • Registration/Breakfast sponsor—$500
  • Breakout Session sponsor—$500
  • Keynote sponsor—$1,500
  • Wachusett Mountain Chair Lift sponsor—$750 or be exclusive for $1,000
  • Afternoon Network sponsor—$750

All sponsor opportunities include an exhibitor booth (see registration page for details under Attendee selections) and company logo recognition on signage, in our Pro Grow News summer issue, e-blasts, and on the conference website.


Ballard Truck CenterThank you to Ballard Truck Center
for their breakfast sponsorship.



Farm Credit EastThank you to Farm Credit East for their
breakfast and t-shirt sponsorship.



RedfinThank you to Redfin for their
breakfast sponsorship.


Umass ExtensionThank you to Umass Extension
for their education sponsorship.


MonsantoThank you to Monsanto for
their breakfast sponsorship.


J.P. Bartlett Co., IncThank you to J.P. Bartlett Co., Inc
for their t-shirt sponsorship.


American National InsuranceThank you to American National Insurance
for their education sponsorship.


Northeast Hardscape ExpoThank you to Northeast Hardscape Expo
for their education sponsorship.


Mahoney's Garden CentersThank you to Mahoney's Garden Centers
for their registration sponsorship.



Display ad space for our special Pro Grow News Summer onference issue has sold out. Call Debbie at 817.501.2403 for fall and winter Pro Grow News advertising opportunities.

Down to Earth tshirtT-SHIRT

  • Large logo sponsor—$500
  • Medium logo sponsor—$250
  • Listing sponsor—$100

All exhibitors and attendees registered on or before June 15, 2018 will receive a FREE Down to Earth sponsored T-shirt! Purchase additional T-shirts for $15 each.

Exhibitors/sponsors: click here to learn more about exhibitor & sponsor opportunities and to view the event floor plan for requesting your ideal booth space.

DISCLAIMER: Although every reasonable effort is made to provide the speakers, topics, and sessions listed, some changes or substitutions may occur. Speakers and sessions are subject to cancellation or change up to and including the day the session(s) are scheduled to be held. Changes or cancellations are made at the discretion of MNLA and may be done without notifying attendees. If sessions are changed or canceled no refunds should be expected. Submission of the registration form acknowledges acceptance of this provision.


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