Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Independent Garden Center Show


Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend the Independent Garden Center Show or IGC Show in Chicago. What a treat!
The show is a trade show and educational conference that is full of new garden products, plants and lots of fresh ideas for garden centers. All those wonderful items that you find at your local nursery or garden center were most likely discovered at a past IGC Show.

 
The trade show is huge and covers a span of  about 5 acres. If you own or operate a retail garden center you can order product right on the spot for your business with one of the many trade show vendors that attend the show. The show also has speakers that present classes on varied subjects. The classes help educate attendees in display, merchandising, sales performance and much more for their garden center business. The show runs for 4 days on the beautiful Navy Pier in Chicago.
 
 
I really enjoyed attending the show. It gave me the opportunity to see lots of new and exciting plants and gardening related products that will soon be available in local garden centers. I left the show overwhelmed with great ideas for my garden and for future blog posts on new products that I saw at the show. I will write about many of them in future posts.

While I was there, I attended the Region 5 GWA meeting. It was nice to see many old faces, meet new friends and enjoy the company of other fellow gardeners. At the end of a long day, I headed home with a large bag full of product literature, sore feet and two new plants for the garden.

 
 
It was a long trip up to the show and back home in one day, but one that I would do again.


Happy Gardening!

Debbie

2 comments:

gardenenvy said...

Nice location at the Pier! Jeannine

Chicago Inflatable Displays said...

Thanks for the post. Trade shows at the pier are always great events.