The annual IGC Show in Chicago is fast becoming the hip meet-up for the retail side of the gardening world. It's oriented entirely around the needs of independently-owned garden centers–which we love–but it's also a good stop for garden writers, garden bloggers, and the like. There's a trade show floor packed with purveyors of plants, pots, tools, seeds, books, and other assorted merchandise, and the seminars and tours are getting better every year.
Especially this year! Because they've invited GardenRant to put on a panel discussion! That's right, the four of us are headed to Chicago August 17-19 to mouth off to garden center owners. Our panel takes place on Thursday, August 19 from 11-12, but there's plenty more you won't want to miss. Check out the complete schedule here. A few familiar names you'll see on the list:
Jean Ann Van Krevelen, author of Grocery Gardening
and social media guru
Mary Ann Newcomer, blogger extraordinaire, maker of rhubarb martinis, and author of the forthcoming Rocky Mountain Gardener's Guide
Debra Prinzing, author of Shed Style and so much more.
Jon Carloftis, Garden designer and all-around cool guy
Diane Ott Whealy of Seed Savers Exchange
Mitchell, author of an amazing book called Big Box Swindle and
Senior Researcher for the Institute for
…and, well, so much more. Including all of us from GardenRant! Did we mention that?
So here's the deal. If you're a garden writer, garden blogger, or garden communicator of any kind (we're not sure if Twitter counts, but hey, give it a try), you can get a FREE press pass to this deal by sending an email to Clint Albin at clint at clintjalbin dot com.
If you're anywhere close to Chicago, we want to see you there! Be sure to let us know you're coming–there's bound to be some after hours fun to be had.