September 15, 2011
“Most garden centre members I talk with report one of the most challenging seasons in memory, mostly because of the weather, but also due to the economy and demographic shifts,” says LO’s executive director Tony DiGiovanni. “In times like these, it is most important to face challenges together.”   

A special meeting is scheduled for Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for garden centre owners. Sponsored by  Landscape Ontario’s Garden Centre Sector Group, the meeting will take place at the Milton home office. Renowned business growth specialist Judith Guido will facilitate the session. Guido spent many years assisting businesses of all sizes improve and grow their business. “She is one of the best business consultants in the green industry and comes highly recommended,” says DiGiovanni.  

This members-only interactive session, including lunch, will be completely underwritten by LO’s Garden Centre Sector Group. “In tough times it is important for the association to invest in the members who have supported us for years,” says DiGiovanni.   

Topics will include the importance of branding, an overview of what consumers want and important trends in retail. Guido will also facilitate a discussion on the collective actions required to create an environment where business will thrive.   

There is space for only 100 people at this free meeting. Please email your confirmation to as soon as possible, so we can order food.