A Gathering
For Professional
Container Garden

Digging In


"Creativity takes Courage." -Henri Matisse

Digging In is a conference created specifically for professional container garden designers.  Each year, attendees from all over the country gather with other business owners in their industry, creating strong connections, inspiring creative design, and learning how to grow their businesses.

There are great challenges to being an entrepreneur, but you don't have to go at it alone!  When you attend Digging In, you cultivate a community!

That means new connections and new opportunities for you and your business.  From great speakers to business-building sessions; from inspiring tours to relaxing over a meal-Digging In provides you with the right tools and relationships to help you succeed!

Digging In encourages you to grow! And it's fun!                 


"This gathering was amazing and inspiring!"

"Digging In Gathering gave me more confidence to take more risks in business."

"It was such a great experience! I left feeling inspired and ready to conquer the world."

Attendees Are Saying...

"I have gained friendships, a networking group, and learned better business practices from attending the gathering."

"The small intimate group makes this gathering special."

"Being with a group with the same passion was refreshing, inspiring and encouraging."

There is nothing more important to the life of an entrepreneur than community.  But this can be difficult to find in a profession where much time is spent designing and creating on our own. 
Digging In was conceived to answer that need: To not only provide a place for professional container designers to come together, but to give them the tools they need to grow their businesses with confidence.  It's the first conference of its kind dedicated and tailored to all aspects of container gardening!

The inspiring three-day schedule is filled with workshops, speakers, tours, give-aways, and of course, networking.  Whether you're interested in the sourcing of plant material, need help with social media, or looking for new imaginative ways to approach your business, Digging In is the place for you!

Every year, this can't-miss event sells out quickly! Please add your name to our email list in order to be notified as soon as the new schedule and exciting location is released!

The Gathering

Create   Inspire   Grow

We Believe...

Where flowers bloom
so does hope.


We Believe...

In cultivating a place to belong.


We Believe...

Great  things happen in the greenhouse.


Attend the Grand Garden Show with the Digging In Community

August 30-September 1, 2020

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Join us for a special gathering located at the world’s largest summer resort providing a spectacular flower-filled setting, Mackinac Island, Michigan. This will be a multi-day event with hands-on demonstrations and presentations from some of the nation’s foremost garden design experts. As an attendee with Digging In Gathering you will be treated to a special behind the scenes tour with Jack Barnwell, award winning garden designer of Barnwell Landscape and C3 Gardens. Monday & Tuesday we will spend the morning in inspirational garden sessions followed by exclusive private home garden tours around Mackinac Island in the afternoon. We will wind down the day with a Monday evening reception on the grounds of the Grand Hotel. This event will celebrate the beauty of flowers, providing you with inspiration, education and relaxation! 

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The Schedule*

Sunday August 30-

1pm-Meet & Greet, Introductions

1:45-Depart for Behind the Scenes w/ Jack Barnwell, award winning garden designer of Barnwell Landscape and C3 Gardens

5:30pm-Digging In Group Dinner & Community Conversation location TBA (price included in ticket)

Monday August 31-

8:30-Opening Session of Grand Garden Show (price included in ticket)

10:15-Breakout Session 1

11:15-Breakout Session 2

12:00-Digging In Group Picnic Lunch (price included in ticket)

2:00-5:00-Garden Tours (price included in ticket)

6:15-7:15-Cocktail Reception at the Tea Garden, Grand Hotel (price included in ticket)

7:30-Dinner on your own

Tuesday September 1-

8:30-Grand Garden Show Keynote Speaker, Jan Johnsen (price included in ticket)

10:15-Breakout Session 3

11:15-Closing Session, Keynote Speaker, Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell

12:30-Lunch on Your Own

2:00-5:00-Continue with Garden Tours (if you didn't’t complete all of tours on Monday)

5:00-Depart Mackinac Island or feel free to extend your stay

*schedule may be subject to changes

Digging In 2019

Historic Charleston with all its window box beauty set the stage for Digging In 2019.

Take Us Back to Charleston!

The community of container garden designers continued to blossom in Charleston.  Over 40 designers took in the beauty of the city and left Digging In with new knowledge, great connections and inspiration!  

The mornings were filled with learning about the container gardening business and how to be successful. The afternoons were filled garden visits that had attendees swooning over the beautiful flowers. The evenings were filled with fun, food and great conversations.


Thank you to these generous sponsors for supporting Digging In!

We'd love to hear from you! You can reach us via the contact form or via email at diggingingathering@gmail.com

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