IGCA Congress

What is congress?


An annual congress is held for one week between August and October. Each year this event is hosted in a different country. The congress comprises a business meeting, which elects officials and administers the affairs of the Association, a concentrated business tour of garden centres and an excellent social programme.

Regular Tour

  • Mainstream congress experience
  • Buses are grouped by country delegation
  • No compulsory discussion forums


Interactive Tour

The purpose of the interactive tour is to ensure that the congress is used as a learning opportunity. The interactive tour expands on the popular study tour of the past – but all ages can participate.

  • Buses have a mix of countries
  • Delegates are eager to participate in discussions
  • Information is sent prior to congress to assist delegates to prepare for discussion topics
  • Discussions will be in English

Next Congress


The Netherlands

August 28 – September 3, 2022

Past Congress


United Kingdom

September 1 – 6, Windsor


Czech Republic

September 16 – 21, Prague



September 17 – 22, Niagara Falls



August 22 – 26 August 2016, Zurich



August 9 – 14, 2015, Odense



August 10 – 15, 2014, Ireland



October 6 – 11, 2013, Melbourne Australia



August 26 – 31, 2012, Bonn Germany



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



October 10 – 15, 2010, Tokyo/Kyoto, Japan

Visit this website to find out more: www.igcacongress2010.com 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.

https://www.takasho.jp/japanesegarden/english.html (English) https://www.takasho.jp/japanesegarden/germany.html (German) https://www.takasho.jp/ (Japanese)

Sakata Seed Co.


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

Past Congress Gallery