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Changing Seasons Grows Their Brand with Special Gardening Niches, Experience-Builders

Husband-and-wife business duo Beth and Trent Mohlenbrock have certainly lived up to their slogan, “Watch us grow,” at their independent garden center, Changing Seasons Landscape Center. The Owners and Founders of the Marion, IL-based indie has offered a broad selection of plants, hardgoods and expertise to customers since 1991, with a special focus on trees and indoor gardening. Those niches have grown to be Changing Seasons’ bestsellers . . . .


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Beth & Trent Mohlenbrock,
Owners & Founders
Changing Seasons Landscape Center, Marion, IL


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2018 summer tour, seattle

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!

JUNE 2018 - LOOK FOR EXACT DATES & MORE DETAILS SOON!

Going on the tour was huge for me. The opportunity to network with everyone else that went on the tour, the openness of members to share information with each other is huge. I've not really been involved in other industries, but I could not imagine an industry that shares as much with each other as IGCs do. We are all on the same page and excited to go out there and make our store the best, but also share ideas with other people and from other people. It's just a great community, so that's the thing that I feel like is probably the biggest benefit, and just taking advantage of those opportunities when they come. - Bob Wasson, President of Operations, Wasson Nursery, Muncie, IN








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. Sandi Hillerman-McDonald, Hillerman Nursery & Florist summed it up best, 

"This was a great trip! Thanks for the efforts to put it together. It was great to see old friends and gather new ideas."

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

highlights:
igc show 2017

IGC buyers report they’re excited to introduce the new products they discovered from the IGC Show to their customers, and vendors are ready to do business with the quality leads they generated during the three-day event at Chicago’s Navy Pier. There was a palpable buzz across the show floor from excitement generated by the news features introduced this year, including a New Product Zone, Shop Talk, and three impactful, motivational keynote presentations - especially that of Navy SEAL Team Six Leader Robert O’Neill.

“His keynote made me cry,” says Donna McGruffin, Owner, The Rose Garden, Wetumpka, AL. “I’m on fire right now – really pumped up. It changed my whole attitude about a lot of things.”

All-America Selections Names Three 2018 Winners

All-America Selections, currently celebrating their 85th anniversary, announced three new and exciting national AAS Winners for the 2018 season. Each of the following varieties was trialed throughout North America by professional, independent volunteer judges who grew them next to comparison varieties that are currently considered to be the best on the market.

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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