Day 2 – Monday, August 29th
On this very first day of visiting garden centers we will be driving towards the east of the country. While doing so we first make a stop in the Centre of the Netherlands where we will be visiting 2 very nice family-owned garden centers which both quite work differently. Our third stop will be one of the bigger and always really inspiring Intratuin shops and we conclude our day with a visit to the biggest Intratuin existing square meter wise after that we will be visiting a very nice Dutch Garden Centre supplier where there will be a presentation on the subject of online marketing. Here we will also conclude our day with dinner before driving back to Amsterdam.
Let's kick-off the day with some useful insights!
9.00 Tuincentrum Vechtweelde / Tuincentrum Huiting (split)
Garden Centre Huiting was established in 1961. Nowadays the second and third generation works in the garden centre. They have a broad assortment of garden plants, trees, house plants, fertilizers and pesticides and decorations. People really visit Huiting for the experience.
Nearby Huiting we will visit Vechtweelde. Tuincentrum Vechtweelde started as a tree nursery near the river ‘Vecht’. In 1975 the old nursery was taken over by Herman & Gerrie Kral and over time expanded into a garden centre without a nursery.
12:00 Intratuin Barneveld (incl. lunch)
It all started with Ton Uljee who opened garden centre Barneveld in 1980. In 1989 they joined the Intratuin franchise. At this moment the second generation leads this garden centre with 9.200 m2 inside space and 2.000 m2 for outdoor plants. The most important articles are indoor- and outdoor plants combined with a wide & deep assortment of different hardware. A lot of attention for customers gives us a relatively high turnover per m2. That in turn makes the store very dynamic. The most frequently heard compliments? Spacious, cozy and very friendly staff! Our store is perceived as "feminine".
14:00 Garden Centre visit tbd (incl. coffee break)
18:00 Schoneveld Breeding (incl. dinner)
Schoneveld Breeding was established in 1930 and specialises in breeding cold-loving pot plants such as Cyclamen, Primula, Ranunculus and Campanula. Our company has grown into a major player. In addition to our more than 180 employees at our location in Wilp, the Netherlands, depending on the season, some 150 employees work at our production location in Tanzania. Strong genetics, sharing expertise and constant innovation are the foundations of our company’s success.
22:30 Back at the hotel
After arriving at the hotel, you can look back at the first day of the IGCA Congress in the hotel bar.
Being in Amsterdam, you can't afford not having a fresh Heineken before going to bed!