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Landscape Ontario celebrates excellence


October 17, 2012
By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery

Oct. 17, 2012, Toronto – The best of the best were honoured when Landscape Ontario named the winners of the Awards of Excellence for Garden Centres and Growers at Expo 2012.

The awards were created by Landscape Ontario to recognize the growers of the “best” plant material, and retailers who showcase excellent products and provide outstanding services.

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“We are incredibly proud of everyone who works in the green industry, but it is important to recognize those who have gone above and beyond the expected, and have decided to provide an exceptional experience for their customers,” said Denis Flanagan, director of public relations and membership for Landscape Ontario. “Our annual Awards of Excellence are the green industry's Oscars; our way of appreciating the effort, quality and commitment that make nurseries and garden centres outstanding.”

The winners in their respective categories are: 


2012 Garden Centre Awards of Excellence 

Baseline Nurseries & Garden Centre (London, Ont.)

  • Outstanding Display of Plant Material – Annuals and/or Perennials

Canadale Nurseries Ltd. (St. Thomas, Ont.)

  • Outstanding Display of Plant Material – Evergreens and/or Broadleaf Evergreens
  • Outstanding Display of Plant Material – Your Specialty: Plant Material Your Business is Noted For
  • Outstanding Display of Plant Material – Annuals and/or Perennials
  • Merchandising Techniques – Outstanding Promotional Event

Connon Nurseries/CBV Holdings Inc. (Waterdown, Ont.)

  • Outstanding Display of Plant Material – Deciduous Shrubs and/or Trees
  • Outstanding Display of Goods – Hardgoods

Cudmore's Garden Centre Inc. (Oakville, Ont.)

  • Outstanding Display of Plant Material – Deciduous Shrubs and/or Trees

DeGroot's Nurseries Ltd. (Sarnia, Ont.)

  • Merchandising Techniques – Outstanding Promotional Event

Georgina Garden Centre (Keswick, Ont.)

  • Outstanding Display of Plant Material – Annuals and/or Perennials

Landale Landscape Management (Thunder Bay, Ont.)

  • Permanent Display Gardens – Under 500 square feet

New North Greenhouses Inc. (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.)

  • Outstanding Display of Goods – Hardgoods
  • Merchandising Techniques – Outstanding Promotional Event
  • Outstanding Display of Plant Material – Your Specialty: Plant Material Your Business is Noted For

Parkway Gardens Ltd. (London, Ont.)

  • Outstanding Display of Plant Material – Annuals and/or Perennials
  • Outstanding Display of Plant Material – Your Specialty: Plant Material Your Business is Noted For 

Pathways To Perennials (Kettleby, Ont.)

  • Outstanding Display of Goods – Hardgoods

Peter Knippel Nursery Inc. (Gloucester, Ont.)

  • Permanent Display Gardens – Over 500 square feet

Sandhill Nursery (Huntsville, Ont.)

  • Merchandising Techniques – Outstanding Web Site Development
  • Merchandising Techniques – Outstanding Promotional Event
  • Merchandising Techniques – Outstanding Print Advertising
  • Outstanding Display of Goods – Seasonal
  • Merchandising Techniques – Outstanding Promotional Event
  • Outstanding Display of Goods – Giftware

Sheridan Nurseries (Georgetown) Ltd. (Georgetown, Ont.)

  • Outstanding Display of Goods – Hardgoods
  • Outstanding Display of Goods – Giftware
  • Merchandising Techniques – Outstanding Promotional Event
  • Merchandising Techniques – Creative P.O.P. Area (Cash register or immediate surrounding area)
  • Merchandising Techniques – Outstanding Print Advertising

The Pond Clinic (Ottawa, Ont.)

  • Merchandising Techniques – Outstanding Promotional Event

Vermeer's Garden Centre & Flower Shop (Welland, Ont.)

  • Outstanding Display of Plant Material – Annuals and/or Perennials


2012 Grower Awards of Excellence

Canadale Nurseries Ltd. (St. Thomas, Ont.)

  • Deciduous Ornamental Trees – Top Grafted/Worked

Connon Nurseries/NVK Holdings Inc. (Waterdown, Ont.)

  • Perennials – Assorted perennials
  • Unusual and rare plants

Mori Nurseries Ltd. (Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ont.)

  • Evergreens – Field Grown Upright & Spreading
  • Deciduous Shrubs

Sheridan Nurseries Ltd. (Georgetown, Ont.)

  • Evergreens – Container Grown Upright & Spreading
  • Caliper Trees

Willowbrook Nurseries Inc. (Fenwick, Ont.)

  • Broadleaf Evergreens – Assorted Broadleaf Evergreens
  • Deciduous Ornamental Trees 300 Cm Or Less
  • Vines & Groundcovers
  • Design on a Skid
  • Judges' Choice

For more information about the Awards of Excellence, please visit: www.loawards.com.


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