The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) recently co-located two events at the 2019 Independent Garden Center (IGC) Show, which was also home to the Independent Home Improvement Show, presented by the National Hardware Show®.
The combined event was an opportunity to unite with retailers, manufacturers and channel partners from across the country to explore how new outdoor living products and shifting consumer trends are shaping the category.
To learn about the many events and presentations at the show, take a look at three event recaps below.
One of the highlights of the event was the opportunity to hear from successful lawn and garden retailers on how they’re using new products and industry research to reach shoppers. Leigh Ann Akard of Akard True Value in Zionsville, Indiana; Sara Carpenter of Steve’s Ace Hardware in Dubuque, Iowa; and Gino Pitera of Gertens in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, took the stage to talk about the trends they see in lawn and garden and how they differentiate their operations.
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At the Independent Garden Center (IGC) Show, which was also the home of the Independent Home Improvement Show, presented by the National Hardware Show®, garden center retailers from across the country scoured the venue for the latest trends for the lawn and garden category. They discovered a variety of planters, garden accessories and eco-friendly solutions for their customers who are on the lookout for chemical treatments that make less of an impact on the environment. They were also looking for bee-friendly, hardy plants that freshen indoor spaces and tools that solve their customers’ lawn and garden challenges.