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Barton Grange Wins Top Honors in GCA Best Bathrooms Awards, Eight Garden Centers Honored for their Facilities

Garden Centers of America (GCA) recognized eight stores for their restrooms in GCA's First Bathroom Awards, presented during the GCA Membership Networking Luncheon held during the IGC Show at Navy Pier, August 2011. A panel judged the entries on the bathroom’s creativity and comfort to the customer’s overall shopping experience. All winners were honored with plaques.

TOP HONORS  Barton Grange Garden Centre, Preston, UK


Barton Grange takes top honors with the Best of the Best Award for these stylishly contemporary garden-themed implements and thoughtful touches in the women’s and men’s rest rooms:

  • Original flower artwork painted on the walls
  • Flower-shaped high-fire porcelain urinals custom-designed by San Francisco artist Clark Sorenson
  • Individual stone wash basins
  • No-touch flushing toilets and taps
  • Child-size urinals and wash basins
  • Two separate handicapped-accessible bathrooms
  • Two separate baby changing rooms
  • Large waiting area

Barton Grange Founder Ada Topping says, “You can judge a place by its toilets, and we still believe today that a visit to the bathroom is a key feature of the customer experience. With this in mind, we designed our rest rooms to be as stylish and memorable as the rest of our center.”

GOLD AWARD  Sheridan Nurseries, Ontario, Canada


SILVER AWARD  Al's Garden Center, Silverwood, OR


SILVER AWARD  Chalet, Chicago, IL


MERIT AWARD  The Barn Nursery, Chattanooga, TN



MERIT AWARD  Beaver Bark, Richland, WA


MERIT AWARD  Plantland Nursery, Veradale, WA


SILVER AWARD  Linder's St. Paul, MN

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