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Proven Winners celebrating Certification program

February 4, 2016  By Dave Harrison

Jan. 4, 2016 — Proven Winners celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of their Certified Garden Centre Training Program this spring.

New this year, Proven Winners is throwing a free pizza party for every IGC in North America that completes their certification by May 1, 2016.

This program was created to help educate and train independent retailers and establish them as their leading local authority on Proven Winners products. To date, 100K+ retail employees have been certified through Proven Winners.


“We know that the retailer’s job is difficult and with each customer presenting a different set of challenges, recommending the right plants can be difficult,” said Dave Konsoer, host of the Certified Garden Centre Program.

“Our research shows that choosing the right plant is the number 1 challenge for today’s gardener, so the trained retailer is critical to their success.

To give retailers great info to help their customers, we’ve surveyed thousands of garden centres and asked them for the commonly asked questions by consumers. We’ve used that information to structure this year’s training video.”

Detailed recommendations for Proven Winners annuals, perennials and flowering shrubs are covered in the training video as well as the three national combinations for 2016, merchandising ideas, gardening trends, and much more.

Online training began Feb. 1. Training DVDs are also available.

Retailers who graduate from the Certified Garden Centre Training Program appreciate all of the benefits and rewards that come along with certification, including being listed first among all Certified retailers on their popular online retailer listing.

Learn more about the Proven Winners Certified Garden Centre Training Program and how to earn a free pizza party at

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