GCA Summer Tour announces its itinerary and education extras
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GCA Summer Tour announces its itinerary and education extras

The tour will take place June 23-26 in Nashville, Tennessee.


Independent garden center retailers from across the country will set foot in Nashville, Tennessee, this June for the 2019 GCA Summer Tour. The tour will take place June 23-26. The Music City-bound tour offers a mix of IGC retailers, educational sessions and opportunities for networking with owners and managers at each store.

Not only will the 16th annual tour visit a wide variety of garden retailers, but it will also include Q&A sessions with the leadership at each garden center stop.

Plus, this summer’s GCA Tour Nashville will give attendees the opportunity to share their thoughts on the industry’s hot-button issues with their peers during daily facilitated conversations, modeled after the IGC Show’s popular Shop Talk Retail Discussions in the IGC Networking Lounge. Tour-goers can swap strategies with fellow indies in a collaborative setting, topics include:

• Staffing Symposium - Ideas on hiring, training and retaining great employees; pay and benefits; continuing education and training for staff; and more.

• Events & Activities - How to plan successful events and workshops that bring in shoppers.

• Enhancing Your Web Presence - Covering websites, social media, email blasts, online ordering and more.

Daily container-building demos with Sharon Hadden will reveal her latest recipes for grab-and-go container sales.

GCA Summer Tour Nashville’s host destinations include:

Moore & Moore Garden Center, Nashville, Tennessee


Gardens of Babylon, Nashville, Tennessee


JVI Secret Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee


Martin’s Home & Garden, Murfreesboro, Tennessee


Yarrow Acres, Franklin, Tennessee


Optimara/Holtkamp Greenhouses, Nashville, Tennessee


Bates Nursery & Garden Center, Nashville, Tennessee


Hewitt Garden and Design Center, Franklin, Tennessee


Creekside Garden Center & Landscaping, Nashville, Tennessee


Long Hollow Gardens & Vineyards, Gallatin, Tennessee


Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville, Tennessee


American Pickers Star Mike Wolfe’s Store in Marathon Village, Nashville, Tennessee


For more information, visit www.GardenCentersofAmerica.com.