The Garden Center Group has one major event each year...

The Fall Event 

You've heard it before but we'll say it again... Fall is for Planting! But we're not talking plants! The Fall Event is all about planting seeds of knowledge and inspiration, creativity and ingenuity, creating connections and building relationships – all that will blossom into solutions to prepare you for not only the Spring ahead but the future.
This exclusive, annual event, held throughout North America, provides an opportunity to meet face-to-face with other Group centers and talk with Service Providers, as well as see the newest products from Vendors. Workshops, seminars, and breakout sessions, conducted by professionals from all facets of business, are short on theory and long on ideas and processes you can put right to work to help your center improve.

No matter how long you’ve been in garden retailing or what position you hold at your company, chances are there is still something you need to learn. There are countless reasons why you should attend The Fall Event, but we’ve managed to narrow it down to five:

Connect with your Peers. We know you’ve heard it all before, but networking is a huge part of your success. Meeting face-to-face with your peers provides an opportunity to hear new ideas, collaborate, and tap into a wealth of knowledge. You can develop professional connections and long-lasting relationships, find a mentor – or become one. There's plenty of white space to engage in our community at The Fall Event!

Collaborate with our Service Providers.
Our Service Providers are industry experts and solution providers full of new perspectives, advice, and knowledge who truly know what is happening in the world of garden retailing. The Fall Event provides an opportunity for you to discuss your biggest challenges, explore new ideas, and learn what’s working for others!


Learn from our Speakers and Facilitators. Our speakers are leaders in the industry – thought leaders that embody The Group spirit of ingenuity and entrepreneurial drive that will introduce you to new concepts, spark your imagination, and open your mind to new ways of thinking about how you do business every day that can help grow your business!


Engage with our Sponsors. Our sponsors are premier industry suppliers of the products and services you need to run a successful garden center. Invest some time in engaging with them during breaks. While undoubtedly their products can be found on their websites, it’s great to get a hands-on demonstration or be able to ask questions that are specific to your business from the company itself. See their newest products or what's "in the works" and spend some one-on-one time developing profitable business partnerships!


Sharpen Your Saw. While the “sharpen the saw” idea certainly pre-dates Stephen Covey (he lists it as his seventh habit of highly effective people), the idea is that sometimes you have to take a break from the “work” of your work to sharpen your skills. A dull axe won’t cut a tree nearly as effectively as a sharp one. Don’t be the woodcutter hacking away at the tree with a dull ax when you could cut it down in half the time with a sharp one – or learn how to safely use a chainsaw! Leaving the garden center and “sharpening the saw” is investing in yourself and your business!

The Fall Event, hosted by The Garden Center Group, is a garden retailers' must-attend event. It's the perfect forum for progressive garden retailers, consultants, and vendors to network, exchange ideas, collaborate, and create new synergies to fuel success. And, Dallas is the perfect place for this open forum with plenty of white space to unleash the collective knowledge and creativity of The Group! Make plans now to attend this one-of-a-kind experience! 


The Fall Event 2024 - Dallas, Texas