Garden Center magazine announces plans for Garden Center Conference & Expo

Garden Center magazine announces plans for Garden Center Conference & Expo

The new industry-wide event will include two educational tracks and a trade show Sept. 28-30 in Orlando.

Garden Center magazine, the leading industry trade publication serving independent garden center retailers in North America, has announced dates for the Garden Center Conference & Expo. This new industry-wide event will take place Sept. 28-30 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida. The 2 ½ day experience will offer round-table education sessions designed specifically for independent garden center executives as well as department heads and team leaders. Additionally, attendees will enjoy ample networking time as well as access to an exhibit hall featuring the newest products coming to market.  

“For several years now, both IGCs and suppliers have expressed to us the need for an event that brings together the industry’s top retail professionals for both high-level education and access to the latest products being brought to market, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with their peers who are facing the same issues within their own operations,” says Nick Collins, publisher. “The Garden Center Conference & Expo is exactly what the industry has asked for!”

The in-depth education program is being developed by dynamic industry leaders who comprise the Garden Center Conference & Expo Advisory Board and the Garden Center editorial team.

“The Garden Center Conference & Expo is an evolution of the Garden Center Executive Summit, which has brought together the brainpower and expertise of top independent garden center owners and operators over the last few years,” says Editor Kate Spirgen. “We remain committed to delivering solutions-based education that focuses on topics relevant to IGCs, and at their suggestion are expanding to include a track for their management teams. Just as important is maintaining an environment that fosters a free flow and exchange of ideas — something that has always been essential to this industry.”

“Giving IGCs the additional opportunity to view the newest products and network with the industry’s leading suppliers and vice versa makes the Garden Center Conference & Expo the complete package. It’s the must-attend event of 2021,” Group Publisher Jim Gilbride states.  

Booth space and sponsorship opportunities for the event are now available on a first come, first served basis. Review our Exhibitor Prospectus here and contact the following sales reps to secure your space early:

Nick Collins at 216.393.0233; e-mail:
Bobby Albino at 216.393.0324; e-mail:
Kyle Castro at 216.393.0353; e-mail:

Registration for the event can be found here, and pricing information can be found here. More information including speakers, sessions, and other conference events will be announced in the coming months and will be available at

About Garden Center: Garden Center magazine is the only industry trade publication serving independent garden center retailers in North America, providing business owners with the research, insights and analysis to help them grow their companies. 

About GIE Media, Inc.

Garden Center is owned by GIE Media, based in Valley View, Ohio. GIE Media was founded in 1980 and has grown over 40+ years into a leading marketing and communications business-to-business media company serving 17 industries — including the horticulture industry through its Horticulture Group (Lawn & Landscape, Golf Course Industry, Greenhouse Management, Produce Grower, Nursery Management, Garden CenterCannabis Business Times, Hemp Grower and Cannabis Dispensary). The company goal of Group Interest Enterprises is to publish the highest-quality business magazines, websites, e-newsletters, conferences, reference books and other forms of business media in growth industries, with a quality standard based upon editorial value and market leadership. The company employs nearly 100 editors, publishers, sales representatives, marketers and other professionals. To learn more, visit



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