Awards - 27 January

Highlights of the event include the regular GCA audit and Ruxley Rose award results and the Green City outstanding achievement award when consultant Roger Crookes will give the Ruxley Rose presentation on the power of plants.

Ruxley Rose Award

Consultant Roger Crookes will look at how the 10 national finalists in the GCA's Ruxley Rose competition have each found their own way to tap in to the “power of plants”.

“Highlights of the pictorial presentation will include a few eye raising moments, one hair-raising moment, inspiring examples of landscaped entrances and first impressions, simple ways to make the most of the trend towards container gardening and ‘grow your own', effective signage ... and at last some encouraging signs of success with houseplants.

Two winners will be announced at the end of the half-hour presentation - and we should all end up with the sneaky feeling that there is still pot fulls of potential in our core product - plants.”

The finalists are:

Cowells near Newcastle, Lady Green near Southport, Webbs of Wychbold, Raglan garden centre near Abergavenny in south Wales, Planters near Tamworth, Poplars near Dunstable, Sunshine Garden centre in north London, Knights of Betchworth near Reigate, Stewarts Gardenlands in Christchurch and Trelawney near Wadebridge, Cornwall.

GCA Awards

Consultant Ian Boardman will showcase the GCA awards, building on the success of the GCA area awards held during the summer of 2008.

The four new national awards are: best service and facilities, best specialist retailer, best restaurant and outstanding achievement.
Inspector Boardman will show more photographs than previously in his presentation entitled "When the Going Gets Tough". In response to members' feedback, the GCA Best of British Garden Centres magazine handed out on the day.
The Monday session has a feast of awards and examples of best practice from the best garden centres in the UK. The GCA Centres of Excellence will be announced, along with the GCA garden centre of the year for 2009.

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