Glendoick and Garden & Leisure enjoyed the greatest success, while the event, held at Grosvenor House in London, culminated in the presentation to Caroline Owen of the lifetime achievement award.
The former HTA president (2010-13) has been managing director of Scotsdale garden centre for 33 years and is developing two other garden centres nearby to add to the business. Scotsdales also won over £3m turnover retail outlet of the year award.
Glendoick scooped best planteria, catering, medium-sized garden centre and employee of the year. Judges described Glendoick as a "plantsman’s garden centre" that had points of difference that made it stand out.
Two companies recently bought by bigger chains took honours. The Garden Centre Group’s (TGCG) Garden & Leisure won commitment to staff development, pest department and sales team awards.
Fermoys, recently taken over by Blue Diamond, won best themed promotion and greenest garden centre.
TGCG’s Jade Goodwin shared the Westland Star of the Future accolade with Garden King’s Dean Sanders.
North One won the under £1m turnover category.
Catering excellence was further rewarded with Belton Garden centre winning best business development for its new restaurant.
Coolings took the community involvement award. Perrywood won The Sun’s Britain’s best plant retailer prize and Sidmouth won best customer service.
Hozelock’s Flexi Spray won best new product.
Judges included Christine Walken, Toby Buckland, Chris Collins and Iain Wylie.
Sponsors were HTA, Westland, Catering Projects, Quinton Edwards, Bord na Mona, Sinclair, Solex, Briers, Town & Country and MorePeople.
See full details of winners in our Garden Retail Awards 2013 supplement.