May 12, 2022
Garden Centres Canada set for July 12-14 in Edmonton

Garden Centres Canada set for July 12-14 in Edmonton

After a two-year hiatus, Garden Centres Canada (GCC) is excited to present the return of its annual summer retail summit. This year’s edition takes place at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Edmonton, Alta., from July 12-14.

The 2022 GCC Summit kicks-off with an evening networking reception on July 12, where attendees can network and exchange ideas. Day two starts early and will be jam-packed with exploration. Attendees will tour eight different garden centres in and around Edmonton to meet owners and staff and learn how each business operates. Their acreages and products are all a bit different, but each garden centre will exhibit their distinct personality and strengths.

Morning coffee and treats will be served at Kiwi Nurseries provided by their in-house coffee shop Caffeinated Kiwi. Lunch will be served at Salisbury Greenhouse’s one-of-a-kind location inside the gorgeous Enjoy Centre — a vast, glass building and indoor oasis in St. Albert, Alta. The tour will then settle in for an evening of industry stories while enjoying a wood-fired pizza dinner at Greenland Nursery and Garden Centre’s Branches Restaurant.

The final day will revolve around keynote speakers with expertise in the industry who will share the latest market research and trends. Topics include tips and tools for owners to motivate and inspire staff, and reduce stress. There will be discussions about productive ways to engage and retain employees, creative ways to attract customers, and how to evolve marketing strategies. It’ll be a chance to digest all sorts of useful concepts and to take home loads of information to share with your teams.

Throughout the three days there will be on-point group discussions to help everyone reach solutions and generate innovative ideas to improve their own retail operations.

The 2022 GCC Summit is generously sponsored by HortProtect, Inline Nurseries, Ball Horticultural Company, TerraLink Horticulture, and Landscape Trades magazine. This is the ultimate networking and educational opportunity for independent garden centre owners, entrepreneurs and senior leaders within the retail horticulture industry.

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