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Passionate Gardener Takes A 'Dig' At Running Her Own Landscape & Garden Center

When customers utter the words, "This is what a garden center should look like," you know you're doing something right. And that's exactly how Angi Davis, Owner of Monarch Landscaping & Garden Center in Auburn, IL, feels when she hears customers say that about her business. Landscaping is the independent retailer's main . . . . . . .

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Angi Davis, Owner
Monarch Landscaping & Garden Center 
Auburn, IL


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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


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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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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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