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  • Garden Centre Association announces Ruxley Rose finalists

    The Garden Centre Association has announced the finalists in its annual Ruxley Rose competition.
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    20 centres all received top scores in the spring bedding and hardy nursery stock categories from recent inspections.
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    Each will now go forward for autumn judging.

    The Ruxley Rose Judging process

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    Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: ?Our member centres received visits from our inspectors in the spring.
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    “We have found the 10 finalists in the Garden Centre category, and the 10 finalists in the Destination Garden Centre category.”
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    The finalists will go through to the autumn competition.
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    Judge Michael Cole will visit the centres in September.
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    Michael will check how members are continuing to promote and sell plants during autumn.
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    He will also judge the centres on their quality, presentation and range of plants available, as well as the layout of their plant areas.
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    Iain says: “Michael will also look at the impression, access and use of demonstration areas.
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    ?Staff at our member centres are also being judged on their knowledge and customer care and service.”
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    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.
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    “It is another competition that our members work hard towards throughout the year.
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    ?Members can furthermore take advantage of Michael?s practical advice, as well as showcasing their own sales initiatives.
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    ?I would also like to say a huge congratulations to all the finalists.
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    “I wish everyone the best of luck for the next stage of the competition.?
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