A chance to tour Italian garden centres

April 30, 2010
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 Picture from a previous IGCA tour
The International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) Board of Directors and Country administrators recently met in Bolzano, Italy for meetings and to tour garden centres in the South Tyrol region. The purpose of these meetings and tours was to plan the 2011 International Garden Centre Congress which will take place in the fall of 2011.

This region of Italy is extremely unique and will provide Canadian garden centre operators with great merchandising ideas, including the added bonus of all garden centres having a stunning backdrop of mountains and vineyards. The garden centres in this region had many similarities to Canadian garden centres, where many operated as both growers and retailers. Passing down the business from one generation to the next seemed to be a trend, with generations of families working together to grow and develop their businesses. In addition to visiting garden centres, an orchid growing facility was also toured, as well as a state of the art growing facility for Proven Winners products.
  Attendees will see lots of new ideas
to try in their centre.

Mark your calendars to visit Italian garden centres in late Fall of 2011, and in the mean time plan to visit Japan’s International Garden Centre Congress this Oct. 10th-15th, 2010. This will be a trip of a lifetime – last year over 40 Canadians attended the IGCA Congress in the UK and this year's Congress in Japan promises to bring all delegates new ideas for their garden centres, invaluable networking, and a trip that will never be forgotten. A study tour is also available at a special rate for individuals under 40 years of age.

For more information on the International Garden Centre Association, visit www.intgardencentre.org.

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