AFE traveled to Philadelphia on March 17-19, 2017 to participate in the National Floriculture Forum (NFF), an annual educational meeting where academia and industry meet to discuss and advance floriculture.

Longwood Gardens

More than 30 industry leaders, university faculty and graduate students attended the 2017 NFF event, including six members of the Young Professionals Council (YPC).

During the trip, attendees visited the impressive Philadelphia Flower Show, whose theme this year was “Holland: Flowering the World.” They also received a tour of Flowers by Bauers & Greenhouses in Jarrettsville, Md., a family-owned greenhouse operation that specializes in hydroponic cut flower production.

Charles Bauer, co-owner of Flowers by Bauers & Greenhouses, giving NFF a tour of the facilities

Later, attendees toured the production areas at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. The renowned horticultural display garden presented its magnificent orchid show inside a giant conservatory. In addition, there was a brief stop at the home and garden shop Terrain at Styer’s in Glen Mills, Pa.

After the tours, students, university faculty, AFE staff and YPC members made presentations and shared research updates at the NFF meeting.

The meeting concluded with a discussion of ways to get the younger generation involved in the floral industry.

Click here to see photos from the event.

Click here to watch a video of the trip.

A big thanks to YPC member and NFF coordinator Krystal Snyder of JR Peters, Inc. for organizing the event.

AFE scholarship recipients

The Endowment proudly sponsored NFF this year and provided five travel grants to graduate students attending the event.

Read the full reports from the scholarship winners about their learning experiences at