IGCA History

The International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) exists to provide a forum for the mutual exchange of information and benefit of similar minded, independent garden retailers on a worldwide basis. Beginning in 1960, a group of garden centre owners began annual tours within Europe organized by a German Company, who also published a garden centre journal. IGCA was officially born in 1968, at a joint Conference in Oxford, England of the Horticultural Trade Association and the British Group of Garden Centres. This Conference was also attended by representatives from other European Countries, where small groups of Garden Centres existed. Jeffrey Bernhard of the United Kingdom was elected to be the first IGCA President for a term of three years. The Association was governed by a Council of Representatives from eight countries (including the USA), who met twice a year.

IGCA continues to grow, attracting individual garden centres from around the world, and helping garden retailers become more competitive in a changing retail environment. The annual congress often sees over 200 delegates, from up to 20 different countries, and has incorporated a study tour that has a strong learning focus for the younger generation.

Main Aims

IGCA is a non-profit organisation, committed to growing and improving the garden centre industry worldwide. We provide a platform where garden centres can connect and exchange ideas, information and resources with like-minded members anywhere in the world. It is our wish to bring the industry together and cultivate a close-knit community, rich in shared knowledge.

IGCA – Connecting Garden Centres globally!

How this is achieved:

  • organising annual congresses, offering Garden Centre visits, workshops, lectures, experience-exchange platforms, and social events
  • networking with National Garden Centre Associations to exchange best practices, ideas, methods, and experience in order to offer added valueto the individual Garden Centres
  • offering a communication platform for the young generation, in order to establish them in the Garden Centre business and to take advantage of the IGCA network
  • offering a contact platform between the green industry and the trade press to exchange information and experience
  • establishing contacts to similar branch associations and/or horticultural institutions

Find out more about our current member assocaitions and how to become a member!