When we join together, we can make a greater impact on the future of green retail in Colorado.
As a member of the Garden Centers of Colorado, you and your employees have an opportunity to
network and learn from other garden industry professionals in the state of Colorado.
Involvement in GCC means you will be afforded many opportunities to connect and learn in order
to grow your own business. It is our goal to help pave the way for future local
and independent businesses that support gardeners through Colorado.
Our Mission Statement
To support locally owned independent garden centers and suppliers to successfully compete through education, networking, promotions and developing new services to support increased business opportunities.
Value of Membership in GCC
The value of membership in GCC far exceeds the costs of annual dues. Membership value means many things for different members. GCC members always come back to the top reason for being a member of GCC – networking and its benefit to help grow business.
If you take advantage of at least one discounted full registration at ProGreen -then over 75% of your annual dues as an active member has been saved. If you participate in a member discount program through our suppliers, then your annual dues are paid 10x over and without question! Perhaps you seek out a colleague’s help with product supply, labor issues, or POS system advice while you are participating in a GCC event-the value of this connection far surpasses the cost of membership.
These are just a few examples of the value of membership compared to the cost of dues. Many more exist as a GCC member and its up to you take advantage of these services and make the connections to help your business grow!
Value of membership far exceeds the cost to join GCC. Complete a membership
application today and start taking advantage of
new services and programs to grow your
“One of the most valuable aspects of our GCC membership is the opportunity to share our collective knowledge and
experience with our fellow members.”
Michael Morris, The Flower Bin
“Our long-time relationship with GCC and its members has offered us the opportunity to provide exclusive products to the dealers. It is, has been and still is, a great partnership and will be for many years to come.”
Jim Wilson, Organix Supply
“I joined GCC to have the opportunity to learn from other independent garden center owners in Colorado. Programs GCC has sponsored have addressed ways to make our businesses stronger,
allowed opportunities to share ideas and strategies, and
provided the ability to meet people I wouldn’t have normally.”
Julie McIntyre, Summerland Gardens
“There are many challenges in our industry that we can face easier as a team. The GCC provides a platform to share ideas to work towards solutions. As an industry supplier, we appreciate the opportunity to get to know our customers better to continually improve the value we offer. A strong industry needs strong supporting organizations,
and the GCC delivers.”
Greg Stone, BFG Supply
Discounted Registration to the Region’s Premier Education and Trade Show: GCC is a partner organization to ProGreen, the largest green trade show in Colorado. Not only do members receive discounted registration, but they also receive access to top quality speakers and educational content, the opportunity to network with suppliers and vendors, and the ability to participate in the programming and content formation of the show.
Discounts with GCC Supplier Members: Supplier members of GCC are given the opportunity to create discounted product programs to GCC members on specific garden suppliers sold to the gardening public. For example, Organix Supply has had a long-standing program with GCC and its members for many years. GCC member dealers are offered the ability to carry products under the Earth Essentials and Nature’s Yield labels that are exclusive to GCC members. Another discounted program for GCC members is through BFG Supply (formerly Gard’N Wise) where GCC members receive 5% discount off Grower Select and Gardener Select orders placed on the show program.
Education and Networking Opportunities Exclusive to GCC: Throughout the year, GCC will host both online and in-person educational days with a focus on business operations, plant education, and staff training. During these events, networking time (such as breakfast, lunch or reception) will be offered to allow for members to enjoy fellowship with colleagues and seek advice from other business owners and managers. Previous events have focused on marketing, website design, plant tips and water education, COVID-19 resources, and changing business operations.
Giving Back to the Industry and Association: As a garden center or associate member of GCC, your membership affords you one vote on membership related items at annual meetings. In addition, your membership allows you to serve on Committees and run for a Board of Directors seat. These high-profile volunteer positions allow you the opportunity to give back to your industry, support the association, and network with other business leaders in the industry to build a strong independent garden center base in Colorado.
Your voice is heard on Capitol Hill: As a member of GreenCO, GCC helps coordinate grass roots lobbying efforts to protect all segments of the green industry in Colorado. Speaking on behalf of our members, GreenCO has the power to influence decisions being made in both the State and Federal legislature. Drought restrictions, labor regulations, pesticide requirements and other legislative changes impacting the operations of your business are all issues carefully monitored by the GreenCO lobbyists on behalf of GCC members.
GCC Library of Marketing Content to Use Your Own Company Logo: Through GCC’s marketing and communications efforts, member companies have access to GCC’s library of content containing professionally written articles and photographs that can be edited with your own company name and logo. This exclusive benefit to GCC members can be used in newsletters, blogs and social media promotions.
Website Promotion of Members: The newly redesigned GCC website is the online resource for gardening customers to access regionally relevant gardening related content and review a list of garden centers in the state. As a member of GCC, you have the option to enhance your company listing with a detailed paragraph, photographs, and online store link. In addition, GCC website has the option to highlight member companies on a rotating basis with a detailed description and photograph. All of these extra features are free of charge and available only to GCC garden center members.
In the business of selling lawn and garden
products with a storefront.
Allied to selling lawn and garden products to
Revenue share annually with the GCC and
offering discounts to members.
Engaged in teaching or research related to lawn and garden products.
Actively enrolled in an accredited school of