On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, a panel of independent retailers, lead by Robert Hendrickson of The Garden Center Group, scoured the SNA 2013 show floor in search of the most unique and innovative products that have the most potential to be best sellers in the garden center. The 11 winners were recognized on the SNA Stage at the end of the first day of the show.
Congratulations to these companies for their winning products:
Applied Polymer Systems, Woodstock, GA – Pond Zinger
Briggs Nursery, Elma, WA – David Austin Rose Program
Hackney Nursery, Greensboro, FL – “Ebony Fire” Crape Myrtle
HIP Labels, Greensboro, NC – “Hip Clip” Large Label Attachment
Jackson Nursery, Belvidere, TN – “The Rising Sun” Redbud
Oldcastle Lawn & Garden, Anderson, SC – Jolly Gardener Tree, Shrub & Rose Soil
Roseville Farms, Apopka, FL – Clematis Plants
Season2Buy, Carbondale, IL – $eason2Buy Budgeting System
Skagit Gardens, Mount Vernon, WA – “Merlin” Helleborus and “Ascot Rainbow” Euphorbia
Southern Palms & Plants, Steinhatchee, FL – “PomNatural” Pomegranate
Walters Gardens, Zeeland, MI – “Cranberry Crush” Hardy Hibiscus
In addition to the SNA Retailers’ Choice Awards Jackson Nursery, Belvidere, TN, received Best in Show/Green Goods and HIP Labels, Greensboro, NC, received Best in Show/Allied Products.
"With an unending choice of products available, all it takes are a few of the right ones to entice shoppers into choosing one company over all the others. For the Retailer's Choice Awards we looked for the best of the best from both retail and customer perspectives that garden centers should consider featuring during the upcoming selling seasons. This was a treasure hunt with huge dividends at play," said Hendrickson.
“Retailers are always looking for new and innovative products with great sales potential. The SNA Retailers’ Choice Awards recognizes the hottest new products selected by a panel of retailers that are not only unique, but holds great promise of sales in their stores,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “These award-winning products represent the best of the best at SNA 2013. I would like to personally congratulate these companies for their products being selected,” she added.
The Garden Center Group, founded by Robert Hendrickson, is an alliance of more than 125 independent garden centers, and consultants, service providers and preferred vendors who work together creating a community of professionals with one goal in mind... helping each other build successful companies. For more information on The Garden Center Group visit www.thegardencentergroup.com.
Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.
More information on the winning products and photos can be found at www.sna.org. For more information on SNA, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the SNA website at www.sna.org.