Growing Better 2020

Growing Better

The 2020 TPF Annual Meeting & Field Day
Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24

Growing Better brings together producers, exhibitors, turf management professionals, and researchers from throughout the state for an unbeatable combination of networking, educational and business opportunities.  Online registration is OPEN!

Thursday, April 23   | All events at Top Golf – Tampa

Annual Meeting Lunch | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Start your day at our Annual Meeting lunch for highlights of the association’s work and outstanding speakers on topics relevant to the industry and your business.  ($50 per person)



Top Golf FUN-draiser | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
More than just a tournament, this event is designed for everyone!.  Sign up individually, gather up a group, or treat your customers or employees to a day out.  Play for fun or participate in one of two tournament brackets – amateur or experienced – in a best ball format.  ($75 per person)


Reception & Dinner |  6:30-9:00 PM
Relax and enjoy our popular Growing Better reception and dinner, where we’re always cooking up something fun.  Visit with friends and help yourself to a scrumptious buffet.  Come see what we’re cooking up this year!  Dress is casual.  ($75 per person)


Friday, April 24   | Field Day at Tampa Bay Farms

Field Day at Tampa Bay Farms | 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Yes!  It’s a Field Day year! Growing Better is designed to showcase the “best of” in products and services for sod growers and customers as well as innovations and ideas to help your business grow.  Join us for equipment displays and demonstrations and a supplier show area, along with our bucket raffle and barbeque lunch, courtesy of  Everglades Equipment Group. ($50 per person)

About Tampa Bay Farms: Located just off County Road 62 in Parrish, Tampa Bay Farms is a collaboration between two of TPF’s Heritage Members:  Bayside Sod and Council Growers.  Travis Council’s family has produced citrus and sod in the Ruskin area for over 30 years; his father Pat was one of the founding members of the Florida Sod Growers Cooperative (now TPF), and Travis currently serves as president of the association.  Tiffany Bailey and her brother Paul Bispham own and manage Bayside Sod, having taken over the business from their father Jack Bispham.  Tampa Bay Farms offers nearly 200 acres of quality Floratam and ProVista St. Augustine, Bimini Bermudagrass and Empire Zoysia.  TPF extends its sincere thanks for their willingness to host Growing Better 2020!


2020 Growing Better Partner Sponsors
Sponsor Growing Better!

Sponsorships help us provide the best business and educational events and are a great way to boost visibility for your company, help the association, and say “thanks!” to your customer-members. Many levels include exhibit space, making them a great value. All sponsorships include at least one admission to all events; Partner, Reception, Platinum and Gold Sponsorships also include Exhibit Space and additional benefits based on level of support.  Find the sponsorship that’s right for you!



Exhibit Space

Catch up with your existing customers and find new ones during our Friday trade show! 

Tabletop exhibit space is available for $350 and includes admission for one representative to Friday’s Field Day (additional company representatives are only $25 per person, Friday only). 

Equipment exhibit spaces (up to four pieces of equipment, size-dependent) are $400 and include admission for 2 representatives for Friday’s Field Day.  The Annual Meeting lunch, Top Golf Fundraiser and Reception & Dinner are not included with exhibit space.  See Exhibitor Registration for details



Host Hotel
Embassy Suites by Hilton |  Tampa Brandon

10220 Palm River Road | Tampa, Florida 33619 | Tel: 813-653-1905
Group Rate Deadline:  April 8

Located less than a mile from Top Golf, the Embassy Suites is this year’s host hotel. Make reservations by Wednesday, April 8 for the group rate of $155 per night (standard room, plus taxes; self-parking is free). Call and ask for the TPF group rate or use our Group Reservations link.  Reservations made after April 8 are subject to availability; group rate is not guaranteed.


Growing Better Quick Links

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities

Online Registration

Exhibitor Online Registration

Attendee & Non-Exhibiting Sponsor Online Registration

University Faculty, University Student, and Extension Online Registration - COMING SOON!

Download & Print Registration Forms

Exhibitor Registration (downloadable pdf)

Attendee and Non-Exhibiting Sponsor Registration (downloadable pdf)

Host Hotel: Embassy Suites, Tampa/Brandon

Group Reservations