To celebrate Squire’s Garden Centres’ 80th anniversary, the chain challenged its 15 centres across the south-east to design a floral display which was wildlife friendly and referenced the company’s history in the horticulture industry.
The ‘Living 80 Years’ competition was judged by chairman Colin Squire and deputy chairman Sarah Squire across two categories: Most Innovative Display and Best Display.
The winner of the Most Innovative Display was Squire’s in Crawley (pictured), which created a plant-focused display using a ship’s wheel to make the number 80, with a flowing river of blue flowers to represent the River Thames (which is very close to a number of Squire’s centres including Twickenham, Shepperton and Windsor).
Runners-up in this category were Squire’s in Cobham for bringing ‘The Great British Bake Off’ to Squire’s with a birthday cake display, and Squire’s in Milford for a wildlife-friendly display.
There were joint winners for the Best Display: Squire’s in Woking and Squire’s in Badshot Lea.
Woking impressed the judges with its display of a flowerpot man reading a George Orwell novel that was published in 1936, the same year that Squire’s was founded.
Badshot Lea had a wall specially created to make it look like authentic bricks of the 1930s, with a window through which you can see a vignette of the Squire’s Twickenham site (one of the first garden centres in the UK) and a mixture of planting, including the Violet Squire Rose.
Runners-up in this category were West Horsley and Long Ditton.
Sarah Squire commented: “I want to give a massive thank you to all of our garden centre teams who created such wonderful displays in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the company.
“Colin and I so enjoyed visiting each centre. However, choosing the winners was not easy. Each display was so different and what impressed us most was the thought that had gone into each of them, and the teamwork that made them happen. I hope our customers will enjoy seeing these creative displays as much as we have.”
‘Most Innovative’ display was awarded to Squire’s Crawley.
L-r: Chairman Colin Squire with employees Shaun, Tracey and Leanne