The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show Means Business Again in 2013


MANTS 2013, held January 9-11, kicked off the green industry trade show season and its 43rd consecutive year with hordes of buyers, shoppers, information gatherers and end users all coming together for one purpose: business. 

Green industry companies and professionals from 46 states, five Canadian provinces and eight additional countries exhibited at or attended MANTS. There were 10,946 paid registrants (including exhibitors) for the show. The Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and New England regions were the most heavily represented in Baltimore.

The 984 exhibiting companies--108 of which were new to MANTS--brought their best green goods, allied industry products, service displays, and much more to help create the Mid-Atlantic Market Place for the green industry. MANTS covers over 300,000 square feet and is one of the largest industry shows in the country. 

MANTS is best known for having no distractions. "We have no classes, professional certification tests, speakers, demonstrations, or mimes or jugglers," says MANTS Executive Vice President Vanessa Finney. "MANTS means business, and by offering the opportunity to engage only in commerce, we believe that the show attracts the people that our exhibitors want and need to see.

"MANTS is about face-to-face contact, networking, meeting and greeting, and buying; in fact I believe that MANTS has more education than most shows, but the difference is that all of our education takes place on the show floor between the exhibitors and attendees. It is not uncommon to see many of the most in-demand speakers and professionals at MANTS  using the show for their own education, research, and networking opportunities," says Finney.

2013 MANTS demographics show that regarding the job title of attendees, over 35 percent are owners, over 25 percent are managers and over 5 percent are buyers. Regarding purchasing/buying power, MANTS attendees report that almost 49 percent are final decision-makers, and close to 31 percent say that they make purchasing recommendations. These and other show demographics are available at

MANTS is sponsored by the state nursery and landscape associations of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. MANTS 2014 is scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, January 8, 9 and 10 at the Baltimore Convention Center. For the latest information, visit or call 410-296-6959.