With 970 exhibitors, there’s always plenty to see at MANTS. It’s one of the premier places for the green industry to buy. From nursery stock to houseplants to automation solutions, there’s something for everyone. Here are a few highlights we saw in January at the show in Baltimore.
ApricotMint’s hand-crafted blown glass jellyfish and water-safe LED-lit planters attracted lots of attention.
PHOTO: MATT MCCLELLAN
PHOTO: MATT MCCLELLAN
Paul’s Metal Petals uses recycled stainless steel flatware to create clever designs that balance on a spoon and dance in the wind, from the Drunken Dragonfly to the Brew Bird. They come with garden stakes or a stand for desktop displays.
PHOTO: MATT MCCLELLAN
PHOTO: MATT MCCLELLAN
The ‘Family’ tree stand from Tree Nest Decorations adds a contemporary flair to the traditional Christmas tree stand.
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The Orlandelli Group had benches, carts and display solutions on display, including its patented wooden card holder design.
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The Fresco line of topiaries is available from Eaton Farms or through Bower & Branch and include Dwarf Alberta spruce, Moonglow juniper, Mops Goldthread cypress and Emerald Green arborvitae. Topiaries are usually West Coast-only, but these Pennsylvania-grown plants boast additional cold hardiness.
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Will Pope said his family’s Tennessee business grows plenty of traditional greenhouse crops and trees and shrubs too, but its MANTS booth was dedicated to succulents and hemp products. Hemp extract tinctures and body cremes have been popular. Retailers like the colored packaging that easily alerts customers to the five different strengths.
PHOTO: MATT MCCLELLAN
PHOTO: MATT MCCLELLAN
Galton Wholesale’s line of mostly recycled metal yard art included many types of animals. Roosters and flamingos were some of the most popular items.
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InstantHedge is capitalizing on homeowners’ and landscapers’ desire for full-size hedges. More than 25 varieties are offered, but the most popular options are European beech, arborvitae and boxwood. The hedges are grown for five to seven years, sold in four-plant units and available in three different container types: biodegradable cardboard, woven fabric and cedar box.
PHOTO: MATT MCCLELLAN
PHOTO: MATT MCCLELLAN