Friday, August 12, 2011

On the Look-out for Trends, Products and News

More than 1,000 vendors and the who’s who of the garden world! Where, you ask? It’s the Independent Garden Center Show in Chicago, Aug. 17-19. The 5th annual trade show for independent garden center owners and their employees draws thousands under one roof for tours, seminars, a trade show, and serious networking.

This year, attendees can look forward to the newly extended trade show hours as well as the debut of the IGC University Educational Conference— a garden center seminar program, featuring 40-plus actionable ideas for profit in seven focused tracks. Apple iPhone users will also be able to download an IGC App, which includes buying resources, a real-time floor plan and personalized conference agenda.

 Growers, retailers and media members headed to the show, there’s a good chance you’ll see ECPR's own Jeff Collard. He’ll be visiting with exhibitors and industry leaders to survey the latest trends and must-have products for the 2011 gardening season. As our vice-president and co-owner, he will also be reporting his findings on new products and industry trends to our media contacts who may not be in attendance via our social media channels. So be sure to check back for updates and coverage of IGC 2011. And, if you are an exhibitor and have a new product release you’d like Jeff to consider for possible inclusion to one of our articles or social media channels, you can reach him at jcollard@eberlycollardpr.com.

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