July 15, 2019
Entries for Landscape Ontario’s Garden Centre Awards of Excellence program is open to retail members of the association from July 1 to Sept. 1.

The annual awards competition recognizes the unique and innovative marketing efforts of Ontario retailers using photographs and descriptions of their efforts. Whether it’s a creative merchandising display of plants or seasonal goods, a permanent display garden, print advertising, a website, or a special event designed to attract customers, the program offers many categories for retailers of all sizes.

Garden centres are invited to showcase their best plant material, including deciduous shrubs and/or trees, annuals and/or perennials, evergreens and/or broadleaf, specialty plants material your business is noted for, and new varieties of annual and/or perennials. Companies with their own permanent display gardens are invited to showcase these features which are under 500 sq. ft. or over 500 sq. ft. in size.

Recognizing the diversity of today’s retailers, the awards program includes categories for outstanding retail displays of giftware, hardgoods and seasonal goods. The Other Merchandising Techniques category is also divided into creative P.O.P. area, outstanding promotional event, outstanding print advertising, and outstanding website development.

The program is only open to current Active and Interim members of Landscape Ontario and a fee of $75 per entry applies. Non-member entries will not be considered.

All valid entries will be reviewed and scored by a group of industry experts. Winners will be announced during a special ceremony at the Garden Centre Fall Dinner scheduled for Oct. 24. More details will follow.

To learn more about the LO Garden Centre Awards of Excellence program, please contact Myscha Stafford at 1-800-265-5656, ext. 2333, or e-mail awards@LandscapeOntario.com.