Judges praised the centre's "unique atmosphere and ambience". Judge Roger Crookes said landscaped planting, shaded walkways, living labels and idea displays also helped Lady Green beat Webbs and Ayletts to top spot.
London's Sunshine Garden Centre took the Barton Grange trophy for best display for the second year in a row. Judge Ian Boardman said the centre was "different, fun and fresh with good cross merchandising". Meanwhile, All-In-One Garden Centre in Manchester took the Worrall Cup for best point-of-sale signs. Clear category signs made in-house, events signs at tills, product level signs and a well-signed customer-service desk persuaded judges that All-in-One was best.
Thompsons Chislehurst won the Dick Allen award for most-improved garden centre, with a GCA audit score up 12 per cent in 2007. It focused on home-grown plant quality and presentation, fun displays, good point of sale, promotion of services and listening to last year's suggestions from judges. Runners up were Barton Grange Bolton and Trelawney@Ashford.
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