More than 20 staff members from various garden centres attended the Glee Talent Store, a training day on horticultural visual merchandising, in March.
Held at Millbrook Garden Centre in Gravesend, the Glee Talent Store is a collaboration between garden retail trade show Glee and the Garden Centre Association. Twenty-four employees from 18 garden centres across the UK took part in the training.
Visual merchandising consultant and Talent Store mentor Debbie Flowerday kicked off the day with a presentation on the basics of visual merchandising, followed by trend insights from TrendBible’s Wendy Lowe and plant inspiration from influencer Michael Perry, also known as Mr Plant Geek.
Students then created mood boards and shop floor displays before creating a popup store concept and design for either houseplants or outdoor plants, which have been submitted to Glee. The winning design will be built at the trade show, taking place from 27 to 29 June at the NEC Birmingham.
Peter Burks, chief Eeecutive at the GCA, says: “It’s fantastic to see so many students in the Talent Store – which is in its first year this year – who are keen to show off what they know already, as well as learn more about visual merchandising. I can’t wait to see the submitted designs and wish everyone luck for the competition.”