Why Columbus?

Columbus was home to the original Short Course back in 1965. That tradition has lived on through the decades to remain the home for horticulture. Plus, it’s a great city with plenty to offer in way of entertainment, sports, great food, vibrant culture, and easy access.

Click here to visit the Experience Columbus website and fall in love with Columbus. If you can’t live here, you might as well visit as often as possible.


Click here for a list of parking garages around the convention center and for quick directions from all of the major highways.

Getting here is easy

By airplane or car or bus. However you plan to get here, getting here is easy. Columbus is one of the most accessible major U.S. cities. Over half of the population of the U.S. and Canada (and a vast majority of the industry) are within a one-day's drive or one-hour flight of Columbus. So don't come alone, bring a car full of staff. Plus, Columbus is convenient for garden retailers as 80% of all independent garden centers are East of the Mississippi and can be at Cultivate'17 in no time flat.

Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) is only 10 minutes east of downtown Columbus. Major airlines offer more than 30 non-stop destinations. View direct flights at FlyColumbus.com.

  • Air Canada
  • AirTran
  • American
  • Delta
  • Southwest
  • United
  • US Airways

Heading from the airport to the hotel or convention center? Two options: rent a car or take a taxi. A typical taxi ride between the airport and downtown is approximately $25. Headed elsewhere? Estimate your taxi fare using this handy chart.

After Cultivate you can take a shuttle directly from the convention center to the airport. The shuttle is provided by Meeting Motion, the official transportation provider for Cultivate'15. For details on times, fares, and reservations check in at the Transportation zone near the Welcome Center.

Drivers can reach Columbus via two major interstates: I-70 from the east and west or 1-71 for travelers coming from the north or south. For real time traffic, including construction zones, visit OHgo.com.


Getting around Columbus is easy, too! Interstate 270 circles the city and I-670/70 runs through east and west through downtown and connects with the I-270 loop. Check your route at PavingTheWay.com for potential construction impact.


Daily, express bus service with stops in cities across North America. Free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and double-decker buses. Fares start as low as $1. For the latest news and travel deals, visit Megabus.com.


The largest provider of intercity bus transportation, Greyhound serves more than 3,800 destinations with 13,000 daily departures across the country. For routes and fares visit Greyhound.com.


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