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.
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.