The winners include Deneweth’s Garden Center in Macomb, Mich., Natorp’s Mason Garden Store in Mason, Ohio, and Heights Flowers in Peoria, Ill.
“One of our primary goals for the contest was to encourage growers, retailers and consumers to ‘Step Forward and Give Back,’ the contest’s theme,” says Fran Hopkins, Stepables president and founder. “These three garden centers really understood the meaning behind the contest and created awesome plant displays I hope will inspire other retailers to try something new and be creative.”
Heights Flowers came in first for Best Use of Space, maximizing the use of designated floor and shelf space to boost sales. Heights Flowers prioritized information sharing in their design, providing a working computer within the display for customers to visit the Stepables website to use the online tools for selecting the right plants for their specific lawns and gardens.
Natorp’s Mason Garden Store was the winner in the category of Best Stepscapes Display. The design showed customers how to plant between stepping stones, create a lush seating area, use creeping perennials in beds and borders, replace turf with a creative low-growing plant pattern and build a rock garden featuring Stepables.