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Hosting a World Horticultural Expo in the USA

It's a challenging and exciting time in the world as borders continue to blur, our atmosphere heats up, food security is top of mind, and sustainable solutions are being sought.

The horticulture industry intersects with these and more of the global challenges we face today.... and could be the source of some of the solutions.

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MARCH 2024

Expo 2031 Application Officially Accepted by AIPH Membership

Understanding U. S. Horticulture

"horticulture is what you see, not what you eat"

                                                         Treve Evans- AIPH

The United States Department of Agriculture, the USDA oversees Horticulture as a subcategory of Agriculture in the U.S.

The USDA defines Horticulture as that branch of agriculture concerned with growing plants that are used by people for food and medicinal purposes and for aesthetic gratification.

The USDA defines Horticulture Specializations as follows:

  • Plants Commonly Considered Fruits and Tree Nuts

  • Plants Commonly Considered Vegetables

  • Plants Commonly Considered Herbs and Spices

  • Plants Commonly Considered Medicinal Herbs

  • Plants Commonly Considered Floriculture and Nursery

(Resource Link: USDA Definitions of Specialty Crops)

We Presented our Expo 2031 Minnesota, USA Application at the
AIPH Spring Conference in Doha

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 David Loehr  and Ryan McEnaney presented

Minnesota, USA' Application Overview

at the AIPH Spring Meeting in Doha, Qatar

U.S. GARDEN CONSUMERS ARE HORTICULTURE CONSUMERS

55% of the 125 million households in American engage in gardening activities.

That translates to almost 69 million households... not people so the number of individual gardeners is likely even larger.*

*according to gardening research by Scotts Miracle-Gro and Wakefield Research 

 

Additionally, food gardening has been at the highest levels of engagement in more than a decade with 35% of U.S. households growing vegetables, fruits, and other food, according to a National Gardening Association Special Report,

We've Submitted our Official
AIPH A-1 International 
Horticulture Exposition Application!

ANOTHER IMPORTANT MILESTONE > OUR AIPH APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED

We are now moving from the Feasibility phase into the Formal Application phase. each of these phases has requirements we need to accomplish and we are diligently working through them.

Some high-level items we have checked off our list >

  • Theme Design - Human/Nature - Where Humanity and Horticulture Meet

  • Programming Design- we have 9 robust sub-themes that will frame our ongoing strategic partner programs which will culminate in expo site programming

  • Master Site Plan- we have an exciting site plan - it even includes a GONDOLA!

  • Feasibility Study- the first phase of the Application process

  • Founding Partner Program- launched 

Thanks to our Application Founding Supporters: DLR Group,  Modern Climate, Next Phase Studio and the World's Fair Bid Committee Educational Fund for their generous support of our Application submission

Where Expo 2031 Began >
AIPH 75th Annual Congress

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Wendy Meadley and David Loehr present

Minnesota, USA Expression of Interest

at 75th Annual AIPH Congress

Expo 2031 in the U.S.A.

Our Theme is Human / Nature

Where Humanity and Horticulture Meet

What would a World Horticulture Expo Mean to Minnesota and the U.S.?

World Expos bring together the great minds of the time and the population to explore and solve the pressing issues of their time.

Our Theme, Human / Nature - Where Humanity and Horticulture Meet sets a broad stage for programming, display, innovation and solution exploration.

Who will Participate?

We expect more than 60 countries to participate with Garden Pavilion displays aligned with our programming sub-themes.

All U.S. States and Territories will be invited to participate individually and collectively with exhibits, programs and experiences.

Expo 2031 A-1 World Horticultural Expo expects to welcome 4 million visitors over six months in 2031.

What is included in a World Horticulture Expo?

Education and Entertainment are Key Programming Aspects of World Horticulture Expos

Some examples include:

  • Education Programs

  • Entertainment Features

  • Horticulture Contests and Award Ceremonies

Why Host a World Horticulture Expo in Minnesota USA in 2031?

MINNESOTA, MIDWEST LOCATION

Minnesota is an excellent location to host a World Horticulture Expo and convene the USA to participate. Our region has a proven track record in convening national/global events- our institutions understand what it takes to support an economic development project of this magnitude.

MINNESOTA IS AN IMPORTANT HORTICULTURE REGION

According to the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, Minnesota boast a $3.5B Horticultural Economy.

A WORLD HORTICULTURE EXPO WOULD BRING ECONOMIC AND OTHER BENEFITS TO MINNESOTA

According to the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, Minnesota boast a $3.5B Horticultural Economy.

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We've Submitted our Official
AIPH A-1 International 
Horticulture Exposition Application!

ANOTHER IMPORTANT MILESTONE > OUR AIPH APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED

We are now moving from the Feasibility phase into the Formal Application phase. each of these phases has requirements we need to accomplish and we are diligently working through them.

Some high-level items we have checked off our list >

  • Theme Design - Human/Nature - Where Humanity and Horticulture Meet

  • Programming Design- we have 9 robust sub-themes that will frame our ongoing strategic partner programs which will culminate in expo site programming

  • Master Site Plan- we have an exciting site plan - it even includes a GONDOLA!

  • Feasibility Study- the first phase of the Application process

  • Founding Partner Program- launched 

Thanks to our Application Founding Supporters: DLR Group,  Modern Climate, Next Phase Studio and the World's Fair Bid Committee Educational Fund for their generous support of our Application submission

Where Expo 2031 Began >
AIPH 75th Annual Congress

af331a38-43a3-4b39-bdd3-6dca9ddd85f0.JPG

Wendy Meadley and David Loehr present

Minnesota, USA Expression of Interest

at 75th Annual AIPH Congress

Expo 2031 in the U.S.A.

Our Theme is Human / Nature

Where Humanity and Horticulture Meet

What would a World Horticulture Expo Mean to Minnesota and the U.S.?

World Expos bring together the great minds of the time and the population to explore and solve the pressing issues of their time.

Our Theme, Human / Nature - Where Humanity and Horticulture Meet sets a broad stage for programming, display, innovation and solution exploration.

Who will Participate?

We expect more than 60 countries to participate with Garden Pavilion displays aligned with our programming sub-themes.

All U.S. States and Territories will be invited to participate individually and collectively with exhibits, programs and experiences.

Expo 2031 A-1 World Horticultural Expo expects to welcome 4 million visitors over six months in 2031.

What is included in a World Horticulture Expo?

Education and Entertainment are Key Programming Aspects of World Horticulture Expos

Some examples include:

  • Education Programs

  • Entertainment Features

  • Horticulture Contests and Award Ceremonies

Why Host a World Horticulture Expo in Minnesota USA in 2031?

MINNESOTA, MIDWEST LOCATION

Minnesota is an excellent location to host a World Horticulture Expo and convene the USA to participate. Our region has a proven track record in convening national/global events- our institutions understand what it takes to support an economic development project of this magnitude.

MINNESOTA IS AN IMPORTANT HORTICULTURE REGION

According to the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, Minnesota boast a $3.5B Horticultural Economy.

A WORLD HORTICULTURE EXPO WOULD BRING ECONOMIC AND OTHER BENEFITS TO MINNESOTA

According to the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, Minnesota boast a $3.5B Horticultural Economy.

HR Expert (3212)

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