Costa Farms Trial Gardens in Miami, Fla., is known for its beautiful displays of the latest and yet-to-be-introduced varieties, showcased in the landscape, garden beds, hanging baskets and containers. 2017 Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition attendees visited the trial gardens during a TPIE-organized tour, and we spotted ideas for retailers and consumers to create pretty, fun and functional containers to display plants. The row of DIY inspiration was called “Pinworthy Projects,” and provided 12 easy-to-follow instructions to design and dress-up several containers, including an address marker, a rustic bark-covered terra cotta pot and a metallic pot, perfect for holiday plantings. These projects can be shared with customers to complete at home or used to develop in-store workshops.

Editor's Note: Read more highlights from TPIE 2017 here.

April’s “Front Porch Address Marker” project requires just a little bit of paint and a terra cotta pot to beautifully display the numbers of an address and create a colorful, “living” sign.
MICHELLE SIMAKIS
Rustic-chic is in, and these projects provide simple steps to dress-up terra cotta pots with rope or bark pieces.
MICHELLE SIMAKIS
One idea to encourage customers to update their containers during the holidays is to help them create a personalized and an inexpensive vessel for those plant combinations. The “Metallic Meets Terra-Cotta” project provides instructions for making these basic pots glisten and glimmer through December.
MICHELLE SIMAKIS
Though these two displays did not come with explicit instructions, they are inspirational, inexpensive and simple ideas for independent garden centers to take home and build in their own stores.
MICHELLE SIMAKIS