Jan 3, 2013
Buckeye State Plays Host to 2013 GCA Summer TourSource: Jeff Morey

GCA Summer Tour heads to the heart of 'Garden Center Belt' - Cleveland, Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio - to spotlight best practices from June 23 to 26.

“Ohio is right in the middle of what I call the ‘Garden Center Belt,’ which stretches from the Upper Midwest to New England,” says Garden Centers of America (GCA) Chairman Jeff Morey.

“It offers some of the best examples of independent garden centers at their finest in the United States.” “We’re looking forward to Ohio’s Buckeye hospitality this summer,” says Kris Shepard, GCA President.

“It’s easy to get in on the action this year. Tour-goers can take advantage of inexpensive flights on Southwest Airlines or drive in from nearby states.” The tour, open to GCA members and non-members alike, kicks off with a reception Sunday evening at a Cleveland airport hotel, where attendees will have the opportunity to network and enjoy dinner. Monday’s schedule includes visits to Cleveland’s leading garden centers, followed by a special dinner in Ohio’s Amish country. On Tuesday, the tour highlights garden center standouts in Dayton and Cincinnati, and on Wednesday, Columbus’ best stores are the focus. After the tour wraps Wednesday afternoon, attendees will have the choice of departing from Columbus or taking a complimentary bus back to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

More details, including specific stops and schedules, will be available soon. For more information or to register for the GCA Summer Tour, visit GardenCentersofAmerica.org. GCA members registering before June 15 qualify for a special early-bird rate. Garden centers can take advantage of a discounted rate in signing up for their new GCA membership when registering for the IGC Show – a savings of $150.

The cost of this GCA membership pays for itself in show discounts for those registering for the Chicagoland Garden Center Tour and IGC Know2Grow Conference Passport. To take advantage of these show specials, register for your new GCA membership at IGCshow.com.






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