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Abundant Offerings in Home, Garden & Food Make Willey Farms A True 'One-Stop Shop'

Willey Farms in Townsend, DE, is the definition of a “one-stop shop” – the family-owned and operated business consists of a garden center, nursery, bakery, deli, produce and gourmet foods market, naturals and organics departments, candy shop and home accents center all on one property. Blending all these departments together provides a constant flow of foot traffic year-round . . . . .

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Gretchen Willey-Gill, Manager/Buyer
Willey Farms, 
Townsend, DE


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summer tour seattle
June 24-27, 2018

Next 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

HIGHLIGHTS:
2017 GCA Summer tour

Virginia proved to be a winning choice for this year's summer tour! There was a lot of fun, networking and ideas exchanged - a hallmark of GCA tours. Darrin Buswell, Lawn & Garden Manager of Harpeth True Value Home Center, outlined such benefits, 

“Being able to talk to other people in this business, as well as hearing other people’s ideas, is just so helpful.”

Garden Centers voted as the favorites were McDonald's Garden Center, Anderson's and Cross Creek Nursery & Landscaping.

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INDUSTRY BUZZ:
igc show 2018

Big plans are in motion for IGC Show 2018, August 14-16 in Chicago. Building on the momentum of success from this past 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 a conference program focused 100% on the special interests of independent garden centers. 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 opens February.

“We’re always looking for the next niche, and the IGC Show is the place to find it. We go each year to look for new things coming down the pike before anyone else gets a hold of them. We find so many new vendors,” says Peter Mayeux, Owner, All Seasons Nursery & Landscaping, Lafayette, LA

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All-America Selections announces second set of 2018 AAS Winners

All-America Selections (AAS) has released 11 new varieties as part of the second batch of AAS Winners for the 2018 garden season. Each of the following varieties was trialed throughout North America by professional, independent volunteer judges who grew them next to comparisons that are considered best in class. Retailers and consumers will find these AAS Winners for sale as supply becomes available through the distribution chain. 

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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!


      



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