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Echter's Helps Customers 'Make Life Beautiful' With Homegrown Flowers & Evolving Product Mix

Operating as one of the largest retail plant nurseries and garden centers in Colorado, Echter's Nursery & Garden Center has built up an experience that customers can agree lives up to the retailer’s tagline: "We're a little out of the way, but we're quite out of the ordinary!" . . . . . . .


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Steve Echter, President
Echter's Nursery & Garden Center 
Arvada, CO


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Upcoming GCA events





summer tour seattle
June 24-27, 2018

This year’s GCA Summer Tour is headed to Seattle, WA, for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at garden center operations in this Pacific Northwest hot spot. Get ready to be energized with merchandising and indie retailing inspirations! 

Here are the featured garden center stops and points of local interest:

Branches Garden Center, Auburn, WA
Flower World, Inc., Snohomish, WA
Li'l Sprout Nursery & Garden Center, Mill Creek, WA
Magnolia Garden Center, Seattle, WA
McAuliffe's Valley Nursery, Snohomish, WA
Molbak's Garden + Home, Woodinville, WA
Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA
Rainier View Winery & Nursery, Graham, WA
Ravenna Gardens, Seattle, WA
Sky Nursery, Shoreline, WA
Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville, WA
Swansons Nursery, Seattle, WA
Watson's Greenhouse & Nursery, Puyallup, WA
Wells Medina Nursery, Medina, WA
West Seattle Nursery & Garden Center, Seattle, WA
Windmill Gardens, Sumner, WA


GCA suggests the following hotel alternatives for attendees on the  Summer Tour:

Woodspring Suites

Redmond Inn

Hampton Inn

Residence Inn

Hyatt House

You, too, can find ideas & inspiration on GCA summer tour seattle!

From trendy urban garden boutiques to established independents and a nursery/winery combo with a view of Mount Rainier, we'll explore all kinds of stores in this Pacific Northwest hot spot!

You'll see, firsthand, what puts these indie garden centers at the top of their markets. Take away new ideas to make your store stand out with wow-worthy offerings your customers won't find anywhere else. The 2018 GCA Summer Tour Seattle is an experience NOT to be missed!

Click below to see what IGC retailers think of their GCA Summer Tour experiences.

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INDUSTRY BUZZ:
igc show 2018

Big plans are in motion for IGC Show 2018, August 14-16 at Chicago's Navy Pier. Building on the momentum of success from last summer, event organizers are busy at work, lining up an all-new marquee billing of big name keynotes – including Daymond John of ABC’s hit television series Shark Tank  and retail consultant Bob Negen, who's bringing his "Ultimate Marketing Plan" for indies that he's crafted over two decades as a small independent business owner. IGC Show’s trade show, three morning keynotes and Tuesday’s party and concert with The Marshall Tucker Band are free if you register now at www.IGCShow.com. Early bird savings are currently in effect for the Continuing Education @ IGC conference and the IGC Show Store Tour. Registration is now open.


"The IGC Show filters out what doesn't apply to our garden center business. When I go to other markets, my brain hurts because I have to sort through everything to find what works for us. Not so here," says Keith Kershaw, Owner, Landon's Greenhouse & Nursery, Sheridan, WY

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GCA'S 'BEST GARDEN CENTER BATHROOMS' COMPETITION NOW OPEN, ENTRIES DUE JULY 6

GCA's Best Garden Center Bathroom Awards, now in their eighth year, recognize IGC retailers whose restrooms contribute to the store's favorable shopping experience. Independent garden centers are encouraged to submit their garden center bathrooms, including, but not limited to, recent renovations and remodels, for this prestigious juried competition. The deadline for entries is July 6 at midnight EDT.

Click below for more information. 

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the role of sponsors

Our gca summer tours would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. their support helps to keep tour costs down for you.

A HEARTY 'THANK YOU' TO OUR SPONSORS!


        

          
                  

  Our 2017 Sponsors:

      
    

GARDEN CENTERS OF AMERICA

2873 Saber Dr.

Clearwater, FL 33759

800-721-0024

MemberServices@GardenCentersofAmerica.com

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