The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has its origins in the very roots of the garden centre movement, which surprisingly has only been in existence for around half a century.
The association was established in 1966 by the early pioneers wishing to make plants available year-round and make gardening more accessible. The term ‘garden centre’ was not coined until the early 1960s – before that, gardeners bought their plants from nurseries or by mail order.
The GCA insists members meet the highest retail standards and participate in an annual inspection process, to ensure these standards are maintained and improved. GCA members, large and small, set the benchmark for high retailing standards within the industry which others can only aspire to. The Association can state, proudly, that it represents the leading garden centres within the UK and worldwide as part of its membership of the International Garden Centre Association (IGCA).
You can rest assured that you are buying top quality plants from members of the Garden Centre Association. Their plants come from the finest growers and have been cared for by experts until the moment it leaves the garden centre.