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'Something Bigger' Brewing Behind the Scenes at Atlantic Gardening Company

Always resting on the cusp of another business venture, Gary "Guy" Prevost has ambitious plans for his Raleigh, NC-based independent garden center, Atlantic Gardening Company, which he bought in early 2016 after leaving the investment banking world. With a little over two years in the IGC industry . . . . . . .

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Gary "Guy" Prevost, Owner
Atlantic Gardening Company 
Raleigh, NC



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GCA SUMMer tour 2019 headed to nashville

Garden Centers of America officials revealed that Nashville will host next year’s GCA Summer Tour, slated to explore Music City’s most notable independent garden centers, June 23-26, 2019.

The announcement comes on the heels of what GCA is calling its most successful tour ever this past June in Seattle. The tour drew record attendance numbers as well as rave reviews, including this one, from Jesse Camargo, Store Manager for Nicholson-Hardie Nursery & Garden Center in Dallas: “It was like a Pinterest board come to life! There was so much creativity, and we brought back so many new ideas from Seattle.”

As part of its post-tour wrap-up each year, GCA officials survey IGC retailers for their opinions on the host cities they would most like to see in the future. “Nashville comes up over and over again,” says GCA Executive Director Jeff Morey.

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INDUSTRY BUZZ:
igc show 2018

Independent garden center retailers and vendors from all across the country and around the world gathered at the IGC Show in Chicago for the 12th annual event’s trade show, order-writing specials, inspirational keynotes, continuing education and peer-to-peer networking at its best. Dr. Charlie Hall kicked things off with a fascinating look at the trends reshaping retail as we know it, and the key edge today’s indie garden centers are able to leverage as their community’s trusted local resource. Wednesday started with a standing-room-only keynote from Shark Tank’s Daymond John, who chronicled the determination and entrepreneurial grit that helped get him to the top, and the mindfulness that compels him today to share his story with others. Plans are already in the works for IGC Show 2019, August 13-15, and preregistration is slated to open soon. Watch for more details, coming soon!


"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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it pays to be a part of garden centers of america!

When you're a member of Garden Centers of America - the only association dedicated to the needs of independent garden centers - you receive exclusive discounts and benefits, such as:
  • Access to GCA Summer Tour discounts
  • $260 off the Continuing Education @ IGC All Access Pass
  • $100 off the IGC Show Store Tour
  • Access to the GCA Member Lounge during the IGC Show
  • Catered lunch buffet Wednesday in the GCA Member Lounge during the IGC Show
  • Preferred seating and two free drink tickets at Tuesday's Party & Concert 
  • Year-round digital content full of business tips and the hottest retail trends, from the Garden Retail Trends Report and GCA E-Newsletter

Click below for more information or to become a member of GCA! 

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