buying show and hort academy

August 19-20, 2019

You spoke. We listened. The buying show has been moved back two weeks for 2019!

RSVP today to attend Tessman’s 4th Annual Greenhouse, Nursery, and Landscaping Buying Show at Mystic Lake Casino. 


Check back to find out more as this page will be updated with information!




Returning customers


keynote speakers



Speakers Announced

Ginger McNickel

Transitioning To Using Beneficial Insects. 

Based on her own experience, Ginger’s talk will show how to transition to using beneficial insects and set expectations for the new beneficial insect user.  Ginger is an instructor at Southwest Tech in Sioux Fall, SD.

Lauran Hundshamer

Tips and Tricks for Low-Cost Marketing.

The Director of Marketing for the Tessman Company will take you through Google Analytics, Social Media, Design, and Video tips that won’t break your budget yet will provide professional results and insights to help move your business forward. 

Andy Hawkins

The Path to a More Profitable Business – Five Strategies Every Successful Business has in Common.

Let’s face it.   Running a profitable business isn’t as easy as it used to be.    Why do some companies thrive and others struggle?  This session is for anyone who wants to experience more financial success within their business. Andy Hawkins is a Certified Financial Planner ® who made the transition from Managing Partner of a financial planning firm for business owners to a “CEO for Family Businesses” consultant.  

Carrie Larson

New Varieties and New Combinations.

What’s new for the 2020 production season?  Carrie Larson from McHutchinson joins us again this year to discuss new varieties and combination ideas.

PLUS! Unilock Pavers and Alliance Lighting will talk about installation and benefits of their products!

Tessman has reserved a block of rooms for August 19 and 20 at Mystic Lake Casino & Hotel. To reserve yours, call (800) 262-7799 or (952) 445-9000.

Mention “Tessman Company Buying Show Hort Academy” for the special room rate of $135.00 per night per double occupancy.

*There is a $10 charge per additional person in the room. 

Cut-off date for this rate is July 31st, 2019.


Tour the Greenhouses and Green Roof Projects at Mystic Lake.  See new state of the art greenhouses and greenhouse control systems and see the advances they have made in green roof construction.

This tour will be on August 19th beginning at 2:30pm and last about 2 hours. You will need to register by July 31 for this event to ensure Mystic Lake has the right number of shuttles and guides available.

Buying Show

With over 50 vendors, you’ll see all the new product lines for 2019-2020, receive detailed information about your products, and have access to show buying specials.

Don’t miss out on the door prize drawings as well as food and drinks.

“With over 23 years in the Growing Industry, I would say the Tessman Buying Show is one of the most organized and well attended shows I am a part of during the booking season.”


“The Tessman Company’s fall buying day is one of most important and productive days on my business calendar.  This day provides a fast-paced flow of qualified prospects.  It is a great day for friendly conversation and key contacts.  Well worth the investment.”  Mary Anne Hartman-Pickett, Premier Tech Horticulture

“We found it to be a very interesting and informative exercise. Tessman did an excellent job at organizing the talks and the whole atmosphere was one of professionalism.” Richard Ward, Beneficial Insectary, Inc.

Contact us


  • 800.882.5704
  • tessman-cs@tessmanseed.com
  • Headquarters: 1299 Abell Street, St. Paul, MN 5511