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Bloomers Home & Garden Center Exemplifies Strong Family Legacy In Horticulture

For the Schroeder family, a deeply rooted history in horticulture blossomed into a decades-strong independent garden center, Bloomers Home & Garden Center, located in Washington Township, NJ. Voted “Best Garden Center” several years in a row  by local and regional residents, Bloomers began as most businesses do – as a spark of ingenuity and passion. . . . . . .

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Leonard Schroeder, Owner
Bloomers Home & Garden Center 
Washington Township, NJ


Upcoming GCA events

Pub Crawl @ GCA Summer Tour Nashville

This Tuesday evening networking event is an entertaining, professionally-guided tour with stories about Nashville’s past, funny toasts, drink specials, snacks, great picture opportunities and special VIP seating at each bar. The Music City Pub Crawl, awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence the last five years and listed as one of the Top Ten Things To Do In Music City, takes place on historic 2nd Avenue in downtown Nashville.

Add it when you register for the tour.

Already registered? Click HERE to purchase the Pub Crawl separately. 

Your Pub Crawl registration includes the professionally-guided tour, VIP seating at each stop and snacks. Your first drink is on us!

registration now open for GCA SUMMer tour nashville

Registration with early bird extra savings just opened for GCA Summer Tour Nashville, June 23-26, 2019, as organizers continue to map out an itinerary of retail education and inspiration for the 16th annual event.

Many new and exciting features are being added to the tour, namely more education and networking opportunities that will enrich attendees’ experience.

New for next summer, at the conclusion of each visit, the store’s owners and key leadership will join the 2019 group for a question-and-answer session that will allow GCA Tour-goers to dive deeper into the best practices driving each store’s profitability. Attendees will be able to ask the questions that will help them bring back new ideas tailored to the special interests of their own store operations back home. Topics up for discussion will include merchandising, signage, marketing, management, staffing and more.


igc show 2019

Faced with ongoing construction at Navy Pier, and the long list of inconveniences to attendees and exhibitors that would come with it, IGC Show Founders Jeff and Cheryl Morey recently announced their strategic decision to move the family-friendly event, open to all ages, to a new permanent home in Chicago: Lakeside | McCormick, beginning next summer with IGC Show 2019, August 13-15.

All of the signature extras the IGC Show has offered at Navy Pier through the years will continue – including IGC’s three free keynotes, continuing education sessions, networking opportunities like Shop Talk Retail Discussions in the IGC Networking Lounge, and Wednesday’s free party and concert. In fact, the move will make it easier for attendees and exhibitors to get the most from their IGC Show experience – by bringing all of it together in one central location.

"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


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! 


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.



 Thank you to our 2018 sponsors: 




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