June 2015: Update from South Africa

Vol. 7, Issue 2  |  June 2015   2015 GCA Competition By Gerdie Olivier The end of February to the middle May is our Autumn trade period and traditionally mini-season in South Africa.  Due to economic factors, trading has been quiet resulting in average sales statistics.  As we move into winter, sales slow down considerably until […]

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September 2015: Update from France

Vol. 7, Issue 3  |  September 2015   Pesticide Sales:  The End is Near By Christiane Weiller The French parliament voted last summer a law named “transition énergétique” which brings new and important changes for French garden centers in regards to the pesticides/fertilizers category. As of January 2017 these products will only be available for sale […]

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June 2015: Update from Canada

Vol. 7, Issue 2  |  June 2015   Celebrating Garden Days this June By Julia Ricottone The spring experience has been different depending on where you live in Canada.  Those on the west coast have been working in full force since February, central Canada has had a very busy April and May, while the east […]

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September 2015: Update from Japan

Vol. 7, Issue 3  |  September 2015   Report from Japan By Akihiro Ozaki You might have already known that it is the Tokyo Olympic year in the summer of 2020. During that time the event area will be decorated with a lot of flowers. It will use strong varieties what will survive during the heat […]

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June 2015: Update from the IGCA Office

Vol. 7, Issue 2  |  June 2015   Update from the IGCA Office By Julia Ricottone  IGCA is starting to compile a list of events and trade shows across the country.  The listing is currently available on the IGCA Website, and will be updated regularly.  We are working on some new ideas to help all congress delegates […]

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September 2015: Update from Spain

Vol. 7, Issue 3  |  September 2015   I’m Looking in my Corner… By Santiago González The Spanish Garden Center Association had invested heavily in promoting this spring plants to the final consumer in mass media and digital, enhancing the garden center as a specialist in the green world. As a continuation of previous campaigns, there […]

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June 2015: Update from France

Vol. 7, Issue 2  |  June 2015   Invasive Alien Species By Christiane Weiller French garden centers have been working on the Invasive Alien Species regulation in the European Union together with other French horticultural professions.  This new regulation, which focuses only on species introduced into the European Union as a consequence of human intervention, is […]

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September 2015: Update from Switzerland

Vol. 7, Issue 3  |  September 2015   Garden Center Outlet – one year after the opening By Othmar Ziswiler In April 2014, the Garden Center Dietrich opened his own outlet store named “Garden-outlet XXL” (www.gardenoutlet.ch). This store is located only a few hundred meters from the main business. Peter Dietrich had the idea to sell […]

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June 2015: Update from Switzerland

Vol. 7, Issue 2  |  June 2015   Erwin Shares a Gem in Italy By Erwin Meier-Honegger Imagine a museum at a Garden Centre. Think about displays showcasing the history of horticulture in a beautiful old glasshouse in the calm rear of a busy nursery. A fairy tale? No, someone was able to make her dream become true! […]

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September 2015: Update from Switzerland 2

Vol. 7, Issue 3  |  September 2015   Learn from other industries By Erwin Meier-Honegger Autumn is inspiration and training time. The summer months can often recharge your personal batteries, and this energy puts you on the right track to explore new ideas. The range of conferences, seminars, congresses and trade fairs is particularly diverse in […]

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