In 2020, CanWest Horticultural Tradeshow was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, oﬀering the team a chance to review, reevaluate and pivot the event into a new format.
This year has provided the opportunity to bring a brand-new show to the horticultural sector. Grow West Coast Horticulture Tradeshow (GWC) is the BCLNA tradeshow connecting buyers and sellers throughout Canada and the Pacific Northwest.
In years past this tradeshow attracted over 2,500 delegates representing landscape professionals, municipalities, garden centres and wholesale nursery and greenhouse growers from throughout the Pacific Northwest. This year, Grow West Coast Horticultural Show will attract the same strong demographic and provide the same value.
Exhibiting companies range from regional landscape and nursery-related businesses to internationally known companies selling brand name products. Grow West Coast is managed by the BC Landscape & Nursery Association and is strongly supported by its local industry. Any proﬁts from this event go directly back to the association to beneﬁt BC’s horticulture industry through advocacy, lobbying, professional training and certiﬁcation, setting standards and helping members build their business while also oﬀering many discount savings programs.
NOTE: Grow West Coast 2021 event operation is reliant solely on the Public Health Oﬃcer’s (PHO) guidelines at the time of the event, and we recognize there is the potential for the event to be postponed.
Interactive Floor Plan coming soon!
Show Dates & Hours
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 – 11am – 7pm
Thursday, September 16, 2021 – 11am – 6pm
Surrey City Hall Civic Plaza (trade show)
13450 University Dr, Surrey, BC
Civic Hotel – Autograph Collection (seminars)
13475 Central Ave, Surrey, BC
Outdoor, open-air market
Complimentary underground parking is available to all exhibitors with vehicles under 7’2” in height.
Overnight parking is also available for exhibitors with large trucks and vehicles at a nearby parking lot to the facility.
Move-In & Move-Out
Note: Designated move-in times will be provided by August 16th, 2021.
Tuesday, September 14th: 8:00am to 10:00pm
Wednesday, September 15th: 7:00am to 10:00am
- Move Out:
Thursday, September 16th: 6:01pm to 10:00pm
Friday, September 17th: 8:00am to 4:00pm
IMPORTANT NOTE: Any exhibitors placing heavy stone, dirt/soil/mulch products in their display MUST use plywood and poly for a protective base beneath the display. Any damage done and repair required to the plaza at your booth location will be charged directly to your company.
Hotels & Travel
Civic Hotel – Autograph Collection
13475 Central Ave, Surrey, BC V3T 0L8
BCLNA has negotiated an exclusive guest room rate for all visitors attending Grow West Coast. Make sure to book your room as soon as possible to avoid extra charges and guarantee room availability!
Surrey City Hall Civic Plaza is located in downtown Surrey, BC and is easily accessible by car and SkyTrain. The Surrey Central SkyTrain station just steps away from the plaza!
Best in Show Booth Awards Judging
Each year, exhibitors compete to have their booth display awarded ‘Best in Show’. Utilizing creativity and the show theme to provide the design inspiration for your booth is a great way to get noticed by the judges and set yourself apart from your competition! Complete details regarding the award categories and judging criteria can be found in the Exhibitor Manual.
Winners of each category will receive a $200 discount oﬀ their 2022 booth and the winner of “Best in Show” receives a complimentary 100 sq ft booth or upgrade for the 2022 Show.
Exhibitor Manual – Coming Soon!
All the details you need to know for a smooth show can be found in the Exhibitor Manual.
Exhibitor Liability Insurance Required– Are You Covered?
Be sure you have adequate trade show coverage for your booth at Grow West Coast (minimum $2,000,000 Liability). Your commercial liability insurance should have coverage in their policies for trade shows – be sure that we are on your policy as an additional insured as BC Landscape & Nursery Association. For those that don’t have insurance, you can contact HUB International directly or apply online
Forms for Show Services
For your convenience, all the required forms for exhibiting at Grow West Coast are placed online as they become available. These forms are generated from the BCLNA, and our registration service provider, Microspec/TIX123. See below for the forms you may need to ensure you have everything you need for your booth.
The following are administered by the Grow West Coast Show Oﬃce – the 2021 forms will be updated soon! Have a look at the 2019 forms to get an idea of what is oﬀered.
- CanWest Sponsorship Opportunities
- New Product Showcase
- Container Competition
Services Oﬀered at Surrey Civic Plaza
The City of Surrey provides the following:
- Internet Access (WiFi)
Shipping & Brokerage
Need transportation and/or brokerage services to get your booth material to the show? You can ship with any company as long as they abide by the ‘move-in schedule. Booth material must not be shipped to Surrey City Hall Civic Plaza in advance as there are no shipping /receiving services or warehouse space. Your material must be delivered on move-in day, Tuesday, September 14th.
Conexsys Registration System: Attendee Data Collection System
Conexsys provides Grow West Coast with the attendee data collection available to exhibitors for a fee. Their data collection system allows you simply scan your visitors’ badge to collect contact information from attendees. Manage your contacts with ease! Check out their bar-coded lead retrieval system along with their new Smart Phone App.
- Conexsys Lead Retrieval Mobile Information
- Conexsys Lead Retrieval Order Form
These guidelines are based on current restrictions put in place by the Government of British Columbia as of April 29, 2021.
Grow West Coast will be a mask mandatory event unless otherwise instructed by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and Government of British Columbia. Masks are to be worn at all times when visiting indoor and outdoor areas, and should fully cover the mouth and nose. The only time masks should be removed is while eating or drinking, and while maintaining a safe physical distance from others, not in your immediate household. Grow West Coast reserves the right to refuse entry to any persons not following COVID-19 guidelines and safety protocols.
All education sessions will have limited seats available to allow for social distancing. Time slots will be set periodically for each education hall so that there will be time to fully sanitize chairs and high contact surfaces in between sessions.
The marketplace will be outdoors, to allow more space for social distancing. The aisles are 10’ wide allowing for proper physical distancing while attending.
Other PHO guidelines
- Sanitation areas will be provided to allow for frequent hand sanitization
- Attendees must remain 2 meters apart unless from the same household
- All attendees of the Grow West Coast Marketplace must be pre-registered and arrive with a registration badge for access. Pre-registration will also serve as contract tracing.
- It is cautioned that those at risk, including seniors and those with underlying medical conditions or compromised immune systems, should avoid attending
- Each attendee must answer no to all health and safety questions asked before entering the venue
- Each exhibitor booth will be a self-contained tent with separating walls between conjoining booths. Walls between booths are mandatory.
- All high contact surfaces will be cleaned frequently