International Garden Centre Congress

An annual Congress held for one week between August and October, each year in a different host country. This comprises of a business meeting, which elects officials and administers the affairs of the Association, a concentrated business study tour and an excellent social programme.

What is the study tour?
The IGCA study tour provides a learning opportunity for younger garden centre employees, managers and directors by encouraging additional exchange of information and interaction at the annual congress. Click here for more information.





Czech Republic
September 16 – 21, Prague


September 17 – 22, Niagara Falls

2016   Switzerland
August 22 – 26 August 2016, Zurich



August 9-14, 2015, Odense


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August 10-15, 2014, Ireland


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October 6-11, 2013, Melbourne Australia


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August 26-31, 2012, Bonn Germany


Verband Deutscher Garten-Center e.V.. is excited to welcome you to Germany in 2012!

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September 11-16, 2011, South Tyrol and Lake Garda Italy

IGAC 2011

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Past congresses


October 10-15th, 2010, Tokyo/Kyoto, Japan

Congress 2010

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The 52nd IGCA Congress will be hosted by Japan for the first time ever in Asia. We invite you into a world where ancient “Wabi-sabi” ascetics bring magnificent yet solemn Japanese gardens and Bonsai trees. Meanwhile, Japanese garden centre businesses show off orchids and many other plants grown through revolutionary breeding techniques.

Find out how authentic Japanese cuisine is really meant to taste and, more importantly, to look. Gain experiences you can get nowhere else in the world but in Asia’s only G7 superpower: ride the latest bullet-train then time-slip into the age of the Samurai and meet real Maiko entertainers. Only in 2010 will you be able to network with likeminded gardening professionals from not only Asia but around the world gathering here. Discover the unique combination of an ancient history of flower viewing combined with the art, tradition, modern technology, service, manners and friendships in JAPAN.

2010 Congress – brochure can be downloaded here.

Sponsored by:

Takasho Co ltd

Takasho Co. Ltd. (English) (German) (Japanese)



Sakata Seed Co.


View two promotional video’s here: Video One / Video Two




UNITED KINGDOM Congress 2009

13-19 September 2009, England

IGCA Congress 2009 is an all-inclusive event. From the Sunday evening reception at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, everything is taken care of during your five days with us. Early bird rate apply for bookings made before 30th April 2009 so book now to ensure best pricing and availability!

For the first time, IGCA is introducing a study tour at a special rate aimed at the next generation of Garden Centre Managers. By using good value accommodation at the Crowne Plaza, Manchester City Centre and through generous sponsorship, we are able to run this at a lower cost. The programme will be exactly the same as the main Congress but will involve extensive analysis of the centres visited – you will have your own tour leader and coach. Not only will it be educational, but great fun as well. This is a great opportunity and one not to be missed.



7. – 12. September 2008
Vancouver, British Columbia

Canada is a country of pristine natural settings, breathtaking sights, warm personalities, and thriving urban centres. And Vancouver, British Columbia is the country’s playground.

From this dynamic city, you’re but a moment away from whale watching on the Pacific, skiing world-class mountain resorts, and dining on sumptuous cuisines from any ethnicity.

No matter where you’re from, Vancouver radiates the comfort and familiarity of your home, blends it with the diversity of every culture, and cradles it in an environment unseen anywhere else in the world. Come, be our guests on this spectacular tour!





7. – 12. October 2007
Cape Town, Johannesburg

Get an impression of the South African garden retail environment:
IGCA South Africa
Using this link you may download an executable file (24,7MB, MS Windows
only) including many pictures of some of the best Garden-Centres and Garden retailers in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Please feel free to use these pictures to promote IGCA congresses.





10. – 15. September 2006
Andalusia, Malaga, Estepona

Get an impression of the Spanish garden retail environment:

Using this link you may download an executable file (3,5MB, MS Windows only) including many pictures of some of the best Garden-Centres and Garden retailers in the south of Spain. Please feel free to use these pictures to promote IGCA congresses.



21. – 26. August 2005

Pictures of this congress



03. – 08. Oktober 2004

‘It never happens without help!’

Pictures of this congress


Sunday Red
Monday Orange
Tuesday Yellow
Wednesday Green
Thursday Blue
Friday Purple



25. – 30. August 2003


Pictures of this congress

‘It never happens without help!’


Trade press
Gartenbau 34/2003
Gartenbau 36/2003
Grüner Markt 10/2003
markt in grün 09/2003

Public press
24 heures
Aargauer Zeitung
Freiburger Nachrichten
La Côte
La Liberté
La Presse Riviera Chablais
Neues Bülacher Tagblatt
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
St. Galler Tagblatt
Tribune de Genève
Zürcher Oberländer

Floramedia Congress News
Tuesday, August 26th
Wednesday, August 27th
Thursday, August 28th


Amsterdam – Maastricht, NETHERLANDS
25. August – 1. September 2002

A summary to the congress 2002
Pictures of this congress


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  An overview of the venues of all congresses