Sold-Out IGC Garden Center Bus Tour Hits the Road with Eight Full Buses

Sold-Out IGC Garden Center Bus Tour Hits the Road with Eight Full Buses

Monday, August 20, 2012
Chicago - This morning’s sold-out IGC Show Chicagoland Garden Center Tour hit the road with eight full buses, 450 registered attendees, for a daylong excursion focused on networking and energizing garden center businesses with fresh retail strategies. Turning display gardens into selling tools was the focus of the tour’s first stop, The Growing Place in Naperville. The garden center’s display beds, called Learning Gardens, include more than 40 themed gardens and more than 1,000 plant varieties. Next up, a visit to Ball Horticultural Company’s Trial Gardens in West Chicago turned the spotlight on more than 3,500 varieties from 115 suppliers, planted in striking presentations that include a dedicated vegetable garden and a new courtyard featuring ornamental vegetables. At Aquascape’s Aqualand in St. Charles, attendees intrigued with the prospect of making money in water gardening got their questions answered. Visitors enjoyed lunch at the LEED-certified, 256,000-square-foot demonstration and research facility, which houses the latest cutting-edge water garden features. After lunch, inspiration took top billing at Garden Chic magazine’s featured “Store Style” retailer, Blumen Gardens in Sycamore. Attendees experienced the garden center’s one-of-a-kind shopping experience, which marries nostalgic vintage with new life in the garden. Rounding out the tour, a visit to Schaefer Greenhouses Garden Center in Montgomery demonstrated the difference growing 80 percent of its stock has in distinguishing this family owned IGC retailer’s green goods from the boxes. The tour, sponsored by Scotts Miracle-Gro, was conducted in conjunction with Garden Centers of America, The Garden Center Group and IGC’s Clint Albin.