The Garden Centre Association has announced the finalists in its annual Ruxley Rose competition.
20 centres all received top scores in the spring bedding and hardy nursery stock categories from recent inspections.
Each will now go forward for autumn judging.
The Ruxley Rose Judging process
Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “Our member centres received visits from our inspectors in the spring.
“We have found the 10 finalists in the Garden Centre category, and the 10 finalists in the Destination Garden Centre category.”
The finalists will go through to the autumn competition.
Judge Michael Cole will visit the centres in September.
Michael will check how members are continuing to promote and sell plants during autumn.
He will also judge the centres on their quality, presentation and range of plants available, as well as the layout of their plant areas.
Iain says: “Michael will also look at the impression, access and use of demonstration areas.
“Staff at our member centres are also being judged on their knowledge and customer care and service.”
A winner from each category will be determined and announced during the GCA’s annual conference in January, 2019.
The Ruxley Rose finalists in the Garden Centre category
- Cowell’s Garden Centre
- Gouldings Garden Centre
- Mains of Drum Garden Centre Ltd
- Pacific Nurseries
- Planters Garden Centre at Bretby Ltd
- RHS Hyde Hall Plant Centre & Gift Shop
- Squires Garden Centre, Hersham
- Squires Garden Centre, Long Ditton
- The Old Railway Line Garden Centre
- Thompson’s Plant & Garden Centre, Chislehurst.
The Ruxley Rose finalists in the Destination Garden Centre category
- Aylett Nurseries Ltd
- Barton Grange Garden Centre
- Bents Garden & Home
- Coolings Nurseries
- Haskins Garden Centre, Snowhill
- Newbridge Nurseries
- Perrywood Garden Centre & Nurseries Ltd
- Scotsdale Garden Centre
- Stewarts Garden Centre, Christchurch
- The Millbrook Garden Company, Gravesend.
Iain added: “Our Ruxley Rose competition aims to inspire our members to maintain best practice.
“It is another competition that our members work hard towards throughout the year.
“Members can furthermore take advantage of Michael’s practical advice, as well as showcasing their own sales initiatives.
“I would also like to say a huge congratulations to all the finalists.
“I wish everyone the best of luck for the next stage of the competition.”