The Garden Centre Association has announced the finalists in its annual Ruxley Rose competition.
20 centres all received top scores in the spring bedding and hardy nursery stock categories from recent inspections.
Each will now go forward for autumn judging.
The Ruxley Rose Judging process
Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: ?Our member centres received visits from our inspectors in the spring.
“We have found the 10 finalists in the Garden Centre category, and the 10 finalists in the Destination Garden Centre category.”
The finalists will go through to the autumn competition.
Judge Michael Cole will visit the centres in September.
Michael will check how members are continuing to promote and sell plants during autumn.
He will also judge the centres on their quality, presentation and range of plants available, as well as the layout of their plant areas.
Iain says: “Michael will also look at the impression, access and use of demonstration areas.
?Staff at our member centres are also being judged on their knowledge and customer care and service.”
A winner from each category will be determined and announced during the GCA?s annual conference in January, 2019.
The Ruxley Rose finalists in the Garden Centre category
Cowell?s Garden Centre
Gouldings Garden Centre
Mains of Drum Garden Centre Ltd
Planters Garden Centre at Bretby Ltd
RHS Hyde Hall Plant Centre & Gift Shop
Squires Garden Centre, Hersham
Squires Garden Centre, Long Ditton
The Old Railway Line Garden Centre
Thompson?s Plant & Garden Centre, Chislehurst.
The Ruxley Rose finalists in the Destination Garden Centre category
Aylett Nurseries Ltd
Barton Grange Garden Centre
Bents Garden & Home
Haskins Garden Centre, Snowhill
Perrywood Garden Centre & Nurseries Ltd
Scotsdale Garden Centre
Stewarts Garden Centre, Christchurch
The Millbrook Garden Company, Gravesend.
Iain added: ?Our Ruxley Rose competition aims to inspire our members to maintain best practice.
“It is another competition that our members work hard towards throughout the year.
?Members can furthermore take advantage of Michael?s practical advice, as well as showcasing their own sales initiatives.
?I would also like to say a huge congratulations to all the finalists.
“I wish everyone the best of luck for the next stage of the competition.?