October 15, 2011
The Sheridan Nurseries Mississauga store won the Garden Centers of America Gold Bathroom Award.

The award was presented at the Independent Garden Centre Show in Chicago on Aug. 18. Thirty-two garden centres entered the inaugural contest.

According to David Williams, Garden Centers of America president, one of the most important elements in the operation of a garden centre is the restrooms. He stated that the customer base for independent garden centres is estimated to be 80 per cent women, who appreciate a clean, fresh and well-designed restroom.  

The award was designed as a snapshot into a garden centre’s most often overlooked asset. There were four awards of merit given on topics like best signage outside the bathrooms, and best use of decor items.  

It was noted in the announcement of Sheridan’s win that “the Parisian elegance theme, use of excellent cross-merchandised displays that echo and emphasize their gift department, and small touches like little pots of lavender in each stall, were all highlighted. Great clean design, very fashion-forward. Bright, cheerful, and well merchandised.”