Garden centres attend inaugural Far East International Garden Centre Congress

The first Far East International Garden Centre Congress (IGCA) took place this month, with more than 200 delegates from 18 countries meeting in Japan.

Some 47 UK Garden Centre Association members took part, with Canada, France, USA, Norway, Poland, Hungary, Austria and South Africa among the countries attending the 52nd congress.

The group visited Tokyo, Kyoto, auction centres for plants, private gardens and a bonsai village. Throughout the event, delegates took the opportunity to discuss the range of challenges faced by garden centres worldwide, and to compare different ways of tackling issues such as drought, minimum wages, competition, marketing and succession planning.

Visitors included representatives from Haskins, Bents, Stewarts, Barton Grange, Gordale, All in One, Haskins, Trelawney, Armitage's, Millbrook, Alton, Ruxley Manor, Baytree, Squires, Coolings, Bybrook Barn and Thurrock Garden Centres.

The 2011 IGCA will take place from 11 September in the south Tyrol region, Italy. Delegates wishing to attend can register online at www.igcacongress2011.com.


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