Ready for Fall
Fall hasn’t quite arrived here in the Midwest; the leaves are mostly still green and temperatures are decidedly summer-like. But last week in Nashville, Tennessee, the feeling was far more autumnal, with The Garden Center Group holding its 2019 Fall Event in Nashville with a record turnout.
I was one of many first-timers to the event, which began in 2001. The four-day event included roundtables and presentations on innovation, leadership, and profitability, along with plenty of networking opportunities.
The full-day tours took us to sites in Nashville including a full-scale replica of the Parthenon, Cheekwood Estate, and two remarkable garden centers. The first of the day, Gardens of Babylon, is an urban IGC located in downtown Nashville that leases space from the Nashville Farmers’ Market. The center is about 30% retail and 70% landscape and spans about 28,000 square feet of retail space. It’s also a finalist for the 2019 L&GR Merchandiser of the Year award.
Moore & Moore Garden Center is located in the upscale Bellevue neighborhood and is about 60% retail and 40% landscape. The IGC spans 2 acres, with about 1 ¾ dedicated to retail space. Read more about Moore & Moore here.