The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced the regional winners of its annual Ruxley Rose competition.
The Ruxley Rose award focuses on GCA members’ outdoor plant areas and recognises excellent quality and range of plants.
GCA chairman Peter Burks said: "We’d like to say a huge congratulations to our Ruxley Rose regional winners, the standard this year was really high"
The winners are as follows:
- South Thames: Coolings The Gardener’s Garden Centre in Kent in the Destination Garden Centre category (DGC) and Squires Hersham Garden Centre in Surrey in the Garden Centre category (GC).
- Wales and the West: Trelawney Garden Centre in Wadebridge, Cornwall (DGC) and The Old Railway Line Garden Centre in Powys (GC) came top.
- North Thames: Van Hage Great Amwell in Ware, Hertfordshire (DGC).
- Midlands: Van Hage Peterbrough in Cambridgeshire (DGC) and Planters Tamworth in Staffordshire (GC).
- North East: Armitages Pennine in Huddersfield (DGC) and Cowell’s Garden Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne (GC).
- North West: Barton Grange in Lancashire (DGC) and Lady Green Garden Centre in Merseyside (GC).
The Ruxley Rose competition focuses specifically on GCA members’ outdoor plant areas and is regarded as one of the most prestigious awards.
Burks added: "This year our judging criteria was different, with 50 per cent of the overall mark coming from the spring inspections, which happened earlier this year and 50 per cent from the recent visit.
"A new form was used for the autumn inspections, which looks similar in style to the spring inspection form but it had a number of criteria that were unique to enable the judges to assess creativity and commerciality.
"The top scorers from our regional winners will now be judged nationally by Roger Crookes and the national winners in both the DGC and GC categories will be announced at our conference in January."