Independent Garden Center Show – Summer 2011

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The show season continues! Once again we were very excited to participate in the 5th annual Independent Garden Center (IGC) Show at Navy Pier in Chicago this past week.

A bird's eye view of the IGC Show.

A bird's eye view of the IGC Show.

It was great to see so many of our Garden Center customers and to make many more new friends. I always appreciate the great feedback on what is working for you, how we can improve, and what new designs you would like to see, especially in floral images.

The IGC show is a unique opportunity for Garden Centers because it brings together over 500 vendors under one roof and provides a lot of great learning opportunities. Between the keynote speakers – Paco Underhill, P. Allen Smith, and Larry Winget – and the IGC University, there were plenty of opportunities to learn about subjects like store layout, site development, social media, visual merchandising, trends, and best practices for retail. It’s evident that this group really enjoys learning and sharing ideas with one another.

While Lou Gramm of Foreigner received a standing ovation for his Wednesday night concert, the cheering started early Wednesday morning for one notable retailer. On behalf of all of us a Magnet Works, a very heartfelt Congratulations to Gertens of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota who was honored with the IGC Retailer of the Year Award for their notable leadership and innovation within the garden industry! We are proud to be amongst your store’s merchandise offerings and enjoy working with your team tremendously.

Lastly, here are some pictures I took at the show:

Magnet Works customer Susan Van Putte from Van Putte Gardens in Rochester, NY working with Deb Baker at the IGC show.

Magnet Works customer Susan Van Putte from Van Putte Gardens in Rochester, NY working with Deb Baker at the IGC show.

We gave Kristy Maniscalco our American Heros Flag for her auction benefiting Honor Flight Chicago, which sends WWII Vets to the Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Her auction is August the 24th.

We gave Kristy Maniscalco our American Heros Flag for her auction benefiting Honor Flight Chicago, which sends WWII Vets to the Memorial in Washington, D.C. Her auction is August the 24th.

New Customer Linvilla Orchards working with Deb Baker at IGC Show

New Customer Linvilla Orchards working with Deb Baker at IGC Show.

New Magnet Works customers, Scott and Annie Buschkoetter from Buschkoetter's Nursery placing an order with Deb.

New Magnet Works customers, Scott and Annie Buschkoetter from Buschkoetter's Nursery placing an order with Deb.

A bird's eye view of the IGC show as everyone packs up.

12 hours worth of set up, 2 and a half days of working with customers, and the IGC Show comes to a close all too quickly as booths begin to disappear.

All told, it was a great show! Thanks to all our customers who stopped by!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the IGC show or any other show you attended this season! Please share in the comments below.

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3 Responses to “Independent Garden Center Show – Summer 2011”

  1. Jenny Says:

    Wow, sounds like a really great show!

  2. Mary wilcox Says:

    What a great venue …the pier in Chicago looks like it was great! A lot of work and hopefully bringing in tons of business………..

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