ABBOTTSFORD, Canada: At this year’s National Awards of Landscape Excellence (NALE) in Abbottsford, BC, there were so many amazing garden centres to choose from that two winners were announced. Congratulations to British Colombia’s Retailer(s) of the Year: Cedar Rim Nursery and Byland’s Nursery. Produced by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA), NALE recognises Canadian companies that have actively participated in significantly raising the level of professionalism in the landscape profession.
Cedar Rim Nursery’s started in 1978 as a wholesale grower, which grew to a full retail centre which offers a variety of workshops for kids of all ages! Their team is always involved in their community through fund raising and donations to numerous charities. The owners are very involved in the BCLNA with Russ Bruce being on the BCLNA board for many years. Currently Amanda Bruce is a member of the Retail Advisory Committee and Niall Wimsey is a member of the Plant Something committee. Cedar Rim sponsors many industry events such as the BCLNA Golf Tournament & Landscape Awards.
Byland’s Garden Centre (pictured) has been a family business since 1953 growing from 4,000 sq. to 20,000 sq. located in the Okanogan Valley. Their team set a three-year goal to be the most engaged retail team in Okanagan! Their community focus includes yet another goal to support and raise funding for a fully functional cardiac care program in their local town of Kelowna. They continue to pursue a ‘Culture of Excellence’ in every area of their company. This is achieved through their enthusiasm for what they do; focusing on collaboration, planning, accountability and follow up. This has resulted in an enjoyable experience for both team members and customers. http://www.bylandsgardencentre.com