GCA San Fran Summer Tour
Is A Hit With Attendees
Each GCA Summer Tour is specifically designed to not only see and learn from the area's leading garden centers, but to provide a vast diversity of retailing philosophies and store size, as well as a taste of the local area! In San Fran, we saw large and small operations, and stores with a traditional approach, as well as Flora Grubb that is urban chic, and everything in between. We always add local flair - sometimes it's a hit, sometimes not. Attendees either loved this year's Computer History Museum or hated it. But hey, we were in Silicon Valley, specifically, right in the backyard of Apple and Google. How could we not include computer history? Everyone did seem to enjoy their evening in beautiful downtown Sausalito, although some would have liked more time.
What did attendees have to say?
"The San Francisco Tour was filled with interesting garden centers full of good large and small ideas that I can implement back home. Thank you for making it a useful and fun trip." Ned Wilson, Owner, Wilson's Garden Center, Newark, OH
"There's no better way to learn about your business than spending a few days with your peers, looking at the best garden centers, and talking to others about what works and doesn't work in your business. A great place to see how products are displayed with possible things to look for at the IGC Show." David Williams, Williams Nursery, Westfield, NJ
"We had a wonderful time, saw some great places we were totally unaware of, spent time with good friends and made new ones. We go to one national and one international garden center tour every year. We would never have become who we are without the great ideas that came from these tours!" Cathy Bishop, General Manager, Mesquite Valley Growers Nursery, Tucson, AZ
"With a lot of experience taking GCA, ANLA and IGCA garden center tours. I will say this one in San Francisco was one of the best planned and went very smoothly. Being in San Francisco, the travel time was not very long between stops and there was good networking." Chuck Johnson, Johnson Nursery & Garden Center, Cookeville, TN.
IGC East Is Just Around
The Corner, August 5-7, 2014
IGC East, held August 5-7, 2014, at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD, is set to launch! You still have time to preregister and win a chance for a $5,000 trip to anywhere. There are so many more reasons to attend IGC East than just a chance to win. Take a look at all there is to experience!IGC Dedicated To You
IGC East (and IGC Chicago) are unlike any show you've been to. Why? Because everything at IGC is soley dedicated to you, the independent garden center. Every single product or service offered on the show floor is something for your shelves or store. Every vendor sells to garden centers, not growers or landscapers.
The IGC Retail Conference has 5 tracks and 30 sessions dedicated entirely to IGC retailing, making it the most comprehensive educational conference for garden centers.
With fabulous keynotes, Willie Degel from Restaurant Stakeout speaking on Willie's Secrets To Stellar Customer Service, the ever-popular Corey Bordine speaking on Here's How Your Customers Really See Your Business and the ever-entertaining Peter Shankman on The New Rules Of Social Media, all free.
There are also a few seats still available on the Monday IGC East Bus Tour. These bus tours are always well-attended, educational and fun for all!
Let's not forget the famous Concert and Party! IGC East brings you Don Felder of the Eagles. Former Eagles Lead Guitarist & Co-Songwriter Don will perform songs like "Hotel California," "Life In The Fast Lane," "One of These Nights," "New Kid In Town." Grab a beer and a snack, have a seat, and get ready to enjoy!
If you can't make IGC East, or prefer to go to IGC Chicago you can register by clicking here.