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National garden centre awards program


September 6, 2012
By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery

Sept. 6, 2012, Milton, ON — Garden Centres Canada (GCC) has launched a new Chrysler Garden Centre of the Year Award to recognize the professional work of its retail members. 

The new program is open to members only. Entries may come direct to CNLA, but only in the instance where a provincial association is not running a garden centre awards program.

While this is the first year for this award, GCC has handed out five awards over the past four years to garden centre members based on its annual garden centre inspection program.  Awards will no longer be tied into inspections; however, inspections will continue to be offered in 2013.

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This new award has been designed to encourage participation from companies of all sizes. One overall winner will be selected each year, along with category winners.  Companies will be judged on one or all the following criteria:

  • Growing Teams
  • Growing Connections
  • Growing Sales
  • Growing Gardeners
  • Growing with Technology
  • Growing Environments
  • Continuous Growth

Detailed information on the entry criteria can be found on the CNLA website at www.cnla-acpp.ca/retailers. All submissions must be received by midnight on Nov. 30.

The winning entrant of the overall Garden Centre of the Year Award will be announced at the CNLA National Awards of Landscape Excellence, to be held in Niagara Falls, Ont., in February 2013. 

Category winners will be notified and promoted at the awards ceremony, as well as in CNLA awards communications. The winning entrant will also receive economy airfare for two and two nights’ accommodation at the Hilton Fallsview hotel in Niagara Falls. Winners will receive promotions through press releases, on the CNLA website and in the newsletter.


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