June 15, 2018
Garden retailer awards open July 1
Marketing efforts by LO member retailers can be entered into an annual awards competition.
Entries for Landscape Ontario’s Garden Centre Awards of Excellence program will be open to retail members of the association from July 1 to Sept. 1, 2018.

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 to their store, the annual awards competition offers many categories to recognize the unique and innovative marketing efforts of retailers.

The Outstanding Display of Plant Material category includes 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.

In the Outstanding Display of Goods category, awards will be handed out for displays of giftware, hardgoods and seasonal goods. Other Merchandising Techniques is divided into creative P.O.P. area, outstanding promotional event, outstanding print advertising, and outstanding website development. The Permanent Display Gardens category is divided into display under 500 sq. ft. and over 500 sq. ft. in size.

The awards program is only open to current Active and Interim members of Landscape Ontario and a fee of $75 per entry applies. Entries are judged based on images and project description submitted with each entry. Entries by non-member companies will not be considered.

Entries are judged by a group of industry experts with winners announced during a special ceremony in January 2019 in conjunction with Congress: Canada’s Green Industry Show and Conference. Details on the awards ceremony will be made available at a later date.

A brochure containing information on the Garden Centre Awards of Excellence program was mailed out to all LO garden centre members in early June.

To learn more about the program, or to enter, visit LOawards.com. Questions can be directed to Membership at Awards@LandscapeOntario.com.

Marketing efforts by retailers can be entered into LO’s annual awards competition.