Garden Centre Association kicks of e-learning trials as conference plans get underway

The Garden Centre Association is testing its e-learning scheme, Grow, from this week.

GCA chairman Peter Burks said the first modules are being trialled at five garden centres including Trelawney, Squires, Millbrook and the Garden Group.

They will be launched to 30 garden centre companies next month. The first modules are horticulture in content with ten health and safety and ten horticulture modules developed so far.

Others are in progress. Burks said: "It's good news from our point of view."

In more GCA news, the 2013 International Garden Centre Association Congress in Australia will be held October 6 to 11 in Melbourne.

The event includes a welcome reception, a tour of five of Melbourne’s best garden centres, Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria’s Trade Day, a visit to the National Sports Museum, the IGCA Information Meeting, a visit to one of the newest Master’s Warehouse stores and a tour of Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

For the full itinerary and more information, visit

Finally the Garden Centre Association conference 2013 Olympics on 27 January will take place from 2.30pm at Heythrop Park Hotel in Oxfordshire. It is being organised by Barton Grange MD Guy Topping leading the retailers, Taylor’s Bulbs director Adam Taylor leading the suppliers and Sinclair Retail MD Danny Adamson, acting as "Seb Coe, Claire Balding and LOCOG all wrapped up in one".

Taylors Bulbs is sponsoring the bulb shot put, Briers is sponsoring the welly throwing and M&M Timber is sponsoring the fencepost tossing. Quinton Edwards is sponsoring the archery and William Sinclair and Deadfast the relay race.

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