GCA Member Benefits
GCA Members Enjoy Many GREAT Benefits!
Garden Centers of America is dedicated to indies just like you. It is our goal to bring you the latest in retailing trends within the industry and out, provide meaningful networking opportunities and discounts on educational events to help you save money. Don't miss out on all the networking and educational opportunities your GCA membership delivers!
Grow Your Business & Network
Garden Retail Trends Report: Keeping up on trends in retailing can be a daunting task. As one of the key goals of GCA - to provide you with the information and resources you need to help you grow your business - this monthly e-newsletter is design to help you do just that. Garden Retail Trends Report keeps you on top of what's hot in retailing both within the industry and out.
Online GCA Membership Directory
Networking Opportunities are a main reason people join GCA. Use the online GCA Membership Directory to find other IGCs who share your interests. Be sure to update your profile information so you can more effectively network with other IGCs who have similar interests as you! Available search criteria are:
Company, Name, Areas of Interest, Size of Store, Number of Employees and Geographical Location.
GCA Member Profiles: Meet your fellow GCA members! Each month we feature a new member. Get connected with other members to develop those life-long friendships that will help you discover business-building ideas, solve problems and overcome challenges.
GCA Bathroom Awards and Presentation at IGC Show: Yes, Bathroom Awards! Most of your customers are women, and we all know women enjoy "little things" like clean, easy-to-access bathrooms. Give them a nice bathroom with style and you have a customer for life. In fact, the appeal of convenient and clean restrooms ranks high in women’s decisions on where to shop, according to retail visionary Paco Underhill, author of the best-selling books What Women Want: The Science of Female Shopping and Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping.
Does your garden center treat your customers like royalty with a clean and inviting “throne”-room? Your bathrooms could earn your store a special recognition in Garden Centers of America’s (GCA) Best Garden Center Bathroom Awards. Now in their seventh year, they recognize IGC retailers whose restrooms contribute to the store’s favorable shopping experience.
FloraCulture International Magazine: Keep up on what is happening on the international floriculture scene.Each new issue is posted in the members-only section so you can access them any time that is convenient for you.
Save Money & Get Perks
GCA Summer Tour Discount: GCA members enjoy a $200 discount on tour rates, as well as an additional $30 off for each team member they bring along. Rotating locations every year, you will discover fresh new ideas and best practices from a wonderful cross section of garden centers with various business models and philosophies. In addition to learning about what other IGCs are doing, you have plenty of time for networking, forging new relationships and exchanging ideas with your peers!
IGC Show Monday Store Tour Discount: Network with fellow garden center professionals and energize your business with fresh retail strategies from independent garden centers counted among the best in the Chicago market, all while saving $100 per team member. On-board moderators will get the wheels rolling, revealing the best practices that put these IGC retailers on top. Then see firsthand what makes them so special as you explore each location. Watch the ideas spark as you fill your to-do list with new possibilities for profit, then get back to your hotel in plenty of time to enjoy dinner and nightlife in downtown Chicago. Transportation and lunch included. Conducted in conjunction with Garden Centers of America. Book early - this tour is a favorite among IGC show-goers and has sold out in previous years!
Continuing Education @ IGC All Access Pass Package Discount: The best education to power your profits! The Continuing Education @ IGC All Access Pass Package is the most important educational opportunity all year, featuring 30-plus hours of instruction on the retail issues that matter most to the success of your garden center business. Bring your toughest questions for real-world solutions you can take back to make your store stronger.
Free Drink Tickets at IGC Show's Tuesday Party & Concert: After a day shopping the show floor, getting inspired by the keynote speakers and attending the IGC Retailer Conference, it's time to relax a bit, pick up a couple of snacks and maybe have a drink or two before enjoying IGC's free Tuesday Party & Concert - The Fun
& Networking Event of the Year! Each GCA member company gets two free drink tickets for use at the Party & Concert.
VIP Seating at IGC Show's Tuesday Party & Concert: Get your front row seat! GCA Members get priority seating during The Fun & Networking Event of the Year! Be sure to arrive early, because seating is limited.
Past IGC Show Parties & Concerts have been headlined by musical legends, such as Blue Oyster Cult, REO Speedwagon, Charlie Daniels, Dennis DeYoung of Styx, Kansas, America and Gin Blossoms.
GCA Networking Lunch & Lounge at the IGC Show: Networking, networking, networking! Networking opportunities are of utmost importance to GCA members. Come share your ideas to make GCA even stronger in the free GCA Networking Lounge, available to you during show hours. Enjoy refreshments and a delicious catered buffet lunch on Wednesday, with our compliments.