IGC Show Is Held At Lakeside | McCormick This modern facility’s floor-to-ceiling windows provide sweeping views of Lake Michigan. The landscaped deck is a serene place to enjoy the cascading waterfall overlooking the lake.
Contact Us Registration Info: (203)286-8772 ShowInfo@IGCShow.com Booth Sales: Rob Bailey (847)777-1796 Rob@IGCShow.com
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Address: 2301 S. King Dr., Chicago, IL 60616 Lakeside | McCormick has convenient car/taxi drop-off and pick-up points, and on-site parking garages that accommodate 5,800 cars.
IGC SHOW ROLLS OUT THE CHANGES WITH ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE FROM ATTENDEES & EXHIBITORS, WRAPS UP 2019 ON A HIGH NOTE
IGC Show 2019, which just wrapped its 13th year at its new home, Lakeside | McCormick, brought next-level excitement and opportunity to the independent garden center channel with a host of new offerings and improvements attendees called transformative. Central to the changes is the new show layout that brings everything together in one area. “IGC Show rocks! We love the new venue,” says Christie Egendoerfer, Manager of Linton’s Enchanted Gardens in Elkhart, IN. “It’s so much easier to walk, and the buzz is everywhere, with the show, classes and networking building an energy, side by side.” Joe Cotton, Executive Vice President of Cotton’s ACE Hardware in St. Louis, MO, adds, “Kudos on the move. Now everything is all in one spot. It really brings it all together.” Buyers noted the expansion of product represented this year. Mark Anderson, Owner/President of McDonald Garden Center in Virginia Beach, VA, said from the show floor, “We have a whole team here, and we’re all finding so much new product this year at the IGC Show that wasn’t there last year. The diversity of product sets this show apart.” “There is so much at IGC,” Heidi Heiland, CEO of Heidi’s GrowHaus & Lifestyle Gardens in Corcoran, MN, says. “We’ve identified product here that we don’t carry, and we’re excited to bring it back as a differentiator for our store.” First-time attendees, as well as longtime show supporters, expressed enthusiasm about the unique buying experience this year. “This was my first time at the show,” says Jolanta Fergus, Buyer at Mama T’s Tillandsias and Tiny Treasures in Orland Park, IL. “It’s so much better being able to see, touch and compare products in person versus going online, where you see a picture and hope for the best.” Karen Goers, Vice President of Vern Goers Greenhouse in Hinsdale, IL, says, “It’s our 100th birthday this year. We’re fourth-generation owners, and the IGC Show is where we buy most of our product for the year. We love the new layout.” Exhibitor booths were also bustling with positive energy, as vendors expressed enthusiasm over the foot traffic and order writing on-site. “This was our first year exhibiting at the IGC Show, and it was really amazing,” says Mark O’Hara, Salesperson at Direct International in Newton Falls, OH. “We brought five people to work the booth, and they were nonstop busy. The buyers were so excited about seeing all of our products.” “It’s a safe bet that we’ll exhibit next year after the success we’ve had this year at the IGC Show,” says Jason Levin, Founder of A Pot for Pot in Oakland, CA. “The response to our products has been really phenomenal.” Contributing to the focus on innovation this year, overflow standing-room-only crowds gathered at the Continuing Education @ IGC stages right on the show floor. From houseplant displays and Grab & Go container planting demos to new ideas on how to serve today’s customer and retaining employees, the topics were timely and engaging. “I have a notebook of ideas for our store that I’m bringing back from Ra Gadd’s houseplant classes,” says Terra Campbell, Greenhouse Manager at Round Rock Garden Center in Round Rock, TX. Judy Olson, Salesperson at Cerny’s Greenhouse in Tomahawk, WI, says, “We got so much from Phil Wrzesinski’s sessions. They were eye-opening. You think you have good customer service, but then he had more ideas of what we need to be doing, how we can take it a step further.” Extending the educational focus, the morning keynotes got attendees pumped for the day with new ways to look at their businesses. From customer eye- tracking research findings to outside-the-box thinking strategies from a former Doobie Brother and Millennial musings from a top radio personality, the messages were engaging. In the IGC Retail Lab, a new retail symposium and interactive design forum on the show floor,  Garden Center Makeover Expert Judy Sharpton got attendees thinking and talking about the most impactful ways to sell trends in the gathering spaces at their stores. “I love Judy’s style,” says Robert Theobald, Owner of Sugar Grove Growers in Troy, MO. “She made the excellent point: Stop giving your customers too many choices.” Now with the new centralized layout, networking was at its best. “So many of our colleagues and peers are here at the IGC Show,” says Lynette Walker, Purchasing Manager at English Gardens in West Bloomfield, MI. “We all got together one morning, and talked about what we love, what’s new, what’s great.” In the IGC Networking Lounge, Dr. Bridget Behe’s bonus breakout session on store signage after her Tuesday morning keynote teemed with ideas from the large crowd that gathered. “Dr. Bridget Behe’s look at the science is fascinating. We are taking back ideas to change simple things in our signage that will make such a difference,” says Sandy Maxwell, Greenhouse Manager at Blue Grass Ltd. Nursery, Sod & Garden Centres in Rocky View County, Alberta, Canada. Wednesday evening’s concert with Jefferson Starship continued the networking after the show floor closed for the evening. “There’s a back story to this one,” says Jeff Morey, IGC Show Co-Founder and CEO. “We had originally booked the band Starship with Mickey Thomas. Then I got the call Monday as I was on the plane to Chicago that Mickey was on the surgical table for a slipped disk and had to cancel. Thankfully, our longtime concert coordinator Rae Nicks jumped in with the offer from Jefferson Starship, with co-founding member David Freiberg and longtime drummer Donny Baldwin, to fill the slot. So everyone got to see them perform the hits they loved instead of Mickey’s band, and the crowd loved it.” April Sherburne, Buyer at Farmer John’s Greenhouse, Farmington Hills, MI, says, “The band did a great job - they were just awesome. It’s amazing it was on such short notice!” IGC Show returns to Chicago’s Lakeside | McCormick next summer, August 11-13, 2020, with a special laser focus look at the future on independent garden center retailing. Stay tuned for many more exciting details right here in the months ahead.
IGC Show Is Held At Lakeside | McCormick This modern facility’s floor-to-ceiling windows provide sweeping views of Lake Michigan. The landscaped deck is a serene place to enjoy the cascading waterfall overlooking the lake.
Address: 2301 S. King Dr., Chicago, IL 60616 Lakeside | McCormick has convenient car/taxi drop-off and pick-up points, and on-site parking garages that accommodate 5,800 cars.
Follow Us Join the IGC Show’s Social Network    
Contact Us Registration Info: (203)286-8772 ShowInfo@IGCShow.com Booth Sales: Rob Bailey (847)777-1796 Rob@IGCShow.com
IGC Show 2019, which just wrapped its 13th year at its new home, Lakeside | McCormick, brought next-level excitement and opportunity to the independent garden center channel with a host of new offerings and improvements attendees called transformative. Central to the changes is the new show layout that brings everything together in one area. “IGC Show rocks! We love the new venue,” says Christie Egendoerfer, Manager of Linton’s Enchanted Gardens in Elkhart, IN. “It’s so much easier to walk, and the buzz is everywhere, with the show, classes and networking building an energy, side by side.” Joe Cotton, Executive Vice President of Cotton’s ACE Hardware in St. Louis, MO, adds, “Kudos on the move. Now everything is all in one spot. It really brings it all together.” Buyers noted the expansion of product represented this year. Mark Anderson, Owner/President of McDonald Garden Center in Virginia Beach, VA, said from the show floor, “We have a whole team here, and we’re all finding so much new product this year at the IGC Show that wasn’t there last year. The diversity of product sets this show apart.” “There is so much at IGC,” Heidi Heiland, CEO of Heidi’s GrowHaus & Lifestyle Gardens in Corcoran, MN, says. “We’ve identified product here that we don’t carry, and we’re excited to bring it back as a differentiator for our store.” First-time attendees, as well as longtime show supporters, expressed enthusiasm about the unique buying experience this year. “This was my first time at the show,” says Jolanta Fergus, Buyer at Mama T’s Tillandsias and Tiny Treasures in Orland Park, IL. “It’s so much better being able to see, touch and compare products in person versus going online, where you see a picture and hope for the best.” Karen Goers, Vice President of Vern Goers Greenhouse in Hinsdale, IL, says, “It’s our 100th birthday this year. We’re fourth-generation owners, and the IGC Show is where we buy most of our product for the year. We love the new layout.” Exhibitor booths were also bustling with positive energy, as vendors expressed enthusiasm over the foot traffic and order writing on-site. “This was our first year exhibiting at the IGC Show, and it was really amazing,” says Mark O’Hara, Salesperson at Direct International in Newton Falls, OH. “We brought five people to work the booth, and they were nonstop busy. The buyers were so excited about seeing all of our products.” “It’s a safe bet that we’ll exhibit next year after the success we’ve had this year at the IGC Show,” says Jason Levin, Founder of A Pot for Pot in Oakland, CA. “The response to our products has been really phenomenal.” Contributing to the focus on innovation this year, overflow standing-room- only crowds gathered at the Continuing Education @ IGC stages right on the show floor. From houseplant displays and Grab & Go container planting demos to new ideas on how to serve today’s customer and retaining employees, the topics were timely and engaging. “I have a notebook of ideas for our store that I’m bringing back from Ra Gadd’s houseplant classes,” says Terra Campbell, Greenhouse Manager at Round Rock Garden Center in Round Rock, TX. Judy Olson, Salesperson at Cerny’s Greenhouse in Tomahawk, WI, says, “We got so much from Phil Wrzesinski’s sessions. They were eye-opening. You think you have good customer service, but then he had more ideas of what we need to be doing, how we can take it a step further.” Extending the educational focus, the morning keynotes got attendees pumped for the day with new ways to look at their businesses. From customer eye-tracking research findings to outside- the-box thinking strategies from a former Doobie Brother and Millennial musings from a top radio personality, the messages were engaging. In the IGC Retail Lab, a new retail symposium and interactive design forum on the show floor, Garden Center Makeover Expert Judy Sharpton got attendees thinking and talking about the most impactful ways to sell trends in the gathering spaces at their stores. “I love Judy’s style,” says Robert Theobald, Owner of Sugar Grove Growers in Troy, MO. “She made the excellent point: Stop giving your customers too many choices.” Now with the new centralized layout, networking was at its best. “So many of our colleagues and peers are here at the IGC Show,” says Lynette Walker, Purchasing Manager at English Gardens in West Bloomfield, MI. “We all got together one morning, and talked about what we love, what’s new, what’s great.” In the IGC Networking Lounge, Dr. Bridget Behe’s bonus breakout session on store signage after her Tuesday morning keynote teemed with ideas from the large crowd that gathered. “Dr. Bridget Behe’s look at the science is fascinating. We are taking back ideas to change simple things in our signage that will make such a difference,” says Sandy Maxwell, Greenhouse Manager at Blue Grass Ltd. Nursery, Sod & Garden Centres in Rocky View County, Alberta, Canada. Wednesday evening’s concert with Jefferson Starship continued the networking after the show floor closed for the evening. “There’s a back story to this one,” says Jeff Morey, IGC Show Co- Founder and CEO. “We had originally booked the band Starship with Mickey Thomas. Then I got the call Monday as I was on the plane to Chicago that Mickey was on the surgical table for a slipped disk and had to cancel. Thankfully, our longtime concert coordinator Rae Nicks jumped in with the offer from Jefferson Starship, with co-founding member David Freiberg and longtime drummer Donny Baldwin, to fill the slot. So everyone got to see them perform the hits they loved instead of Mickey’s band, and the crowd loved it.” April Sherburne, Buyer at Farmer John’s Greenhouse, Farmington Hills, MI, says, “The band did a great job - they were just awesome. It’s amazing it was on such short notice!” IGC Show returns to Chicago’s Lakeside | McCormick next summer, August 11- 13, 2020, with a special laser focus look at the future on independent garden center retailing. Stay tuned for many more exciting details right here in the months ahead.
IGC SHOW ROLLED OUT THE CHANGES WITH ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE
Lakeside | McCormick Chicago, IL USA
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