Garden Retail Awards judges report high standards

Ten judges adjudicated more than 100 entries for the Garden Retail Awards this week, finding an unprecedented level of quality among the entries.

The judges were consultants Doug Stewart, Roger Crookes, Eve Tigwell and Neville Stein, planteria manager Chris Day, Amateur Gardening news editor Marc Rosenberg and The Sun gardening correspondents Steve Bradley and Val Bradley. They were joined by freelance garden writer and former editor of Horticulture Week Graham Clarke and Garden Retail business writer Leslie Kossoff.

The inaugural Garden Retail Awards in 2007 saw Garden & Leisure scoop four prizes, while Grosvenor won best use of space, Petersham Nurseries best catering facilities and themed display, Palmers best planteria and retail outlet with under £3m turnover, and Thompson & Morgan won best new plant introduction. Humax took best new product for the amateur gardener, Bents best business development and young retailer of the year, Scotsdales best retail outlet with more than £3m turnover and John Ravenscroft took the lifetime achievement award.

- Awards night is 12 November at Kensington Garden Hotel, London. Contact Alessandra Zorzato on 020 8267 4161 or email

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