GCA Winter Conference News: Centres advised to put more effort into planterias

Garden Centre Association (GCA) inspector Roger Crookes has called on centres to put as much effort into their planterias as their Christmas displays.

Crookes, presenting awards at this week's GCA conference, said: "Customers look forward to seeing Christmas displays. Do they look forward as much to seeing your plant displays?"

Bents Garden Centre in Cheshire won best indoor and outdoor planterias and GCA Garden Centre of the Year 2010. Inspectors cited attention to detail, services such as free repotting, the Open Skies covered planteria and top-quality displays as reasons why Bents won.

Sunshine Garden Centre in London won best centre under £3m turnover Ruxley Rose award for fun displays with wow factor. Stewarts Gardenlands, whose owner Martin Stewart became new GCA chairman, won the Ruxley award for centre with turnover more than £3m.

The Worrall Cup for best point of sale went to Notcutts in Norwich and the Green City Community award went to the Gardens Group.


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