Apr 12, 2019
IGC Show Launches ‘Cannabis Corner’ Product Section

IGC Show officials have announced their launch of the first-ever and only dedicated Cannabis/CBD product showcase in the horticultural trade show industry — Cannabis Corner, debuting this summer at the IGC Show, August 13-15, Lakeside | McCormick in Chicago.

This groundbreaking new special section on the IGC Show exhibit hall floor opens the opportunity for independent garden center retailers to position their stores firmly out front as their customers’ trusted resource in the fast-emerging Home-Grow and CBD Personal Care purchasing categories.

“It’s a sweet spot for independent garden centers,” says Pat Pearsall, retail division general manager of Gardener’s Supply Co., with two locations in Vermont and one location in New Hampshire. “Customers are more likely to go to their local garden center, where they’ve been getting everything they need to grow tomatoes and peppers, to get started.”

Cannabis Corner will introduce a range of vendors with high-margin specialty products for independent garden centers to sell to their expanding base of Home-Grow customers, including these and more:

  • Soils & Media
  • Fertilizers & Nutrients
  • Containers & Pots
  • Pest Control
  • Watering Systems
  • Grow Lighting
  • Air Flow & Climate Controls
  • Grow Tents
  • Testers & Meters
  • Hydroponics
  • Educational Resources & Starter Kits

In the CBD Personal Care category, Cannabis Corner will showcase the latest from vendors in these items and more that consumers are demanding now:

  • Bath & Body
  • Beauty
  • CBD Edibles
  • CBD Oils
  • CBD Topicals
  • CBD Tinctures

“We’ve surveyed IGC retailers all across the country, and what we’ve heard from those already into Home-Grow and CBD Personal Care is that these two new categories are differentiating factors for their stores,” says Jeff Morey, IGC Show founder and CEO. “As the only trade show dedicated exclusively to independent garden centers, we recognize Home-Grow and CBD Personal Care are key opportunities for IGCs to get new customers in the door and position themselves even further ahead of the boxes.”

Independents surveyed are already seeing robust sales from Home-Grow and CBD Personal Care products at their stores, and the demand is moving forward in momentum.

“Now that they’re allowed to grow their own, our cannabis customers are abundant,” says Jeff Kutil, owner of Scenic Roots Garden Center in East Sandwich, Massachusetts.

Caitlin Lorenz, general manager of SoCo Organics Garden Center in Pueblo, Colorado, says, “We sell a lot to the cannabis home-grower. I’m looking to bring in more new lines, like hemp-based grow mats and other products on the market.”

For a detailed look at the ongoing legalization and decriminalization of cannabis across the United States, IGC retailers can go to DISA Global Solutions’ website, which details the current status by state: www.disa.com.


IGC Show’s trade show, three keynotes and Wednesday’s concert from San Francisco rock music legends Starship are all 100% focused on independent garden centers and are all free. Register now, it only takes minutes at www.igcshow.com.


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