IGCA Congress 2017

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

September 17 - 22, 2017

the garden centres

Southern Ontario boasts a high concentration of garden retailers and nursery growers. This means that companies must be able to thrive in a competitive market. Each garden centre or nursery that we visit has developed something unique.  Whether it means integrating into the history of their community, implementing environmental initiatives, or simply displaying their products in a new fun way, these retailers work hard to set themselves apart.



Congress pre-tour


Happening September 14-17, this is your chance to see more of Canada before the main event begins. Attendees will visit Montreal, Ottawa and Kingston with a tour guide who will take you to some of the best spots in these historic Canadian cities. Learn more >



See you soon!

thursday, September 21, 2017

Scheduled Events:
7:00 - 8:15 am - Breakfast Sheraton Fallsview Restaurant(all delegates)

8:30 (all delegates) - Bus Departs Sheraton Hotel: Meet in Hotel Atrium

10:00 - 11:30 - Humber Nurseries Toronto, ON

12:15 - 14:30 - Pathways to Perennials King, ON

15:00 - 19:30 - Bradford Garden Gallery (includes dinner)

21:00 - Arrive at Sheraton Hotel

Itinerary - Overview

Sunday, September 17, 2017

​Welcome to Canada!   If you arrive early, grab your camera and
​capture the amazing views of Niagara Falls.  

Scheduled Events:
  8:30am to 11:30am - IGCA Board Meeting Sheraton Hotel: Executive Board Room

11:30am to 12:30pm - IGCA Board Lunch 

 12:30pm to  2:00pm - IGCA Annual General Meeting Sheraton Hotel: Strategy Room 1

   2:00pm to  7:00pm - Registration Desk Sheraton Hotel: Prefunction Space
   2:30pm to  6:00pm - Youth Business Forum Oast House Brewery

                                     (pre-registration required, only available to delegates under the age of 40)
  7:00pm to 10:00pm - Welcome Reception Sheraton Hotel: Fallsview Studio

The 2017 IGCA Congress in Niagara Falls is a must attend event for all garden retail enthusiasts. Delegates will experience more than the average Canadian tourist and learn from some of Canada’s best garden centres.  


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WEDNESDAY, September 20, 2017

Scheduled Events:
7:00 - 8:45 am - Breakfast Sheraton Fallsview Restaurant(all delegates)

8:00 - 8:45 am - Business Session Paul Zammit Crowne Plaza Hotel: Elizabeth Room

9:00 (all delegates) - Bus Departs Sheraton Hotel: Meet in Hotel Atrium

10:00 - 11:00 - Holland Park Garden Gallery Burlington, ON

11:25 - 12:20 - Terra Greenhouses Milton, ON

12:30 - 14:15 - Van Dongen's Garden Centre Milton, ON (includes lunch)

14:30 - 16:15 - IGCA Information Centre 

17:00 - 21:00 - Sheridan Nurseries Georgetown Georgetown, ON (includes dinner)

23:00 - Arrive at Sheraton Hotel

friday, September 22, 2017

Scheduled Events:
7:00 - 8:00 - Breakfast Sheraton Fallsview Restaurant(all delegates)

8:15 (all delegates) - Bus Departs Sheraton Hotel: Meet in Hotel Atrium

9:00 - 9:45 - Vermeer's Garden Centre & Nursery Welland, ON

10:30 - 12:00 - Hornblower Tour of Niagara Falls 

12:30 - 15:00 - Lunch at Jackson Triggs Winery Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

15:15 - 17:00 - Explore Niagara-on-the-Lake (optional)

17:00 - Bus Departs for Sheraton Hotel

18:30 - 19:30 - Cocktail Reception Sheraton Hotel Great Room A & B

19:30 - 00:00 - Canada 150 Gala: a red tie affair

MONDAY, September 18, 2017

Scheduled Events:
7:00 - 8:45 am - Breakfast Sheraton Fallsview Restaurant (all delegates)

8:00 - 8:45 am - Business Session Judy Sharpton Sheraton Hotel: Strategy Room 2

9:00 (all delegates) - Bus Departs Sheraton Hotel: Meet in Hotel Atrium

9:35 - 10:40 am - Cole's Florist Grimsby, ON

11:15 - 13:15 - Connon Nurseries CBV Waterdown, ON

14:30 - 17:00 (rotating) - Sheridan Nurseries Toronto & Toronto Botanical Gardens

17:30 - 21:00 - Harbour Cruise (includes dinner)

23:00 - Arrive at Sheraton Hotel

A Truly canadian experience

Youth business forum

A chance for youth (under the age of 40) to socialize and learn from each other prior to the Congress event. Learn more >



tuesday, September 19, 2017

Scheduled Events:
7:00 - 8:45 am - Breakfast Sheraton Fallsview Restaurant (all delegates)

8:00 - 8:45 am - Business Session Lana Culley Crowne Plaza Hotel: Elizabeth Room

9:00 (all delegates) - Bus Departs Sheraton Hotel: Meet in Hotel Atrium

9:35 - 10:30 am - Journey Behind the Falls

12:00 - 14:00 - Winkelmolen Nursery Hamilton, ON

15:15 - 18:15 - Free time in Toronto Distillery District

18:30 - 21:00 - Hockey Hall of Fame (includes dinner)

23:00 - Arrive at Sheraton Hotel