…Thompson & Morgan!
At the annual Garden Retail Awards, held last Tuesday, 5th November at the Grosvenor Hotel on London’s Park Lane, Thompson & Morgan won the online/mail order category of The Sun’s ‘Britain’s Best Plant Retailer’ competition.
This is the second year that The Sun has run its competition in conjunction with the Garden Retail Awards, but this is the first time that the separate category of Best Online/Mail Order Retailer has been introduced.
Peter Seabrook, The Sun’s gardening editor travelled to Thompson & Morgan’s headquarters in Ipswich to present horticultural director, Paul Hansord, with a specially engraved spade.
‘We’re so pleased to have won this award’, Paul said, ‘and particularly because it’s been voted for by the gardening public. Competition is tough in online and mail order plant retailing, so we’re very proud to be placed first in this category’.
Last summer The Sun decided to celebrate the work of garden centres, retail nurseries and mail order firms who serve the gardeners of the UK through difficult times and adverse weather conditions. Sun readers were asked to vote for the company they believe is Britain’s top garden centre, retail nursery, online retailer or mail order company.
When launching the competition in August, Peter Seabrook said in his gardening column in The Sun, ‘We are looking for the company that always offers a great range of topquality plants that represent good value – and which also gives sound and free advice and proper service.’
Recognising that for many gardeners, shopping for plants online and via mail order has become the norm, readers were encouraged this year to also vote for their favourite online and mail order plant retailers.
Whilst at Thompson & Morgan to present the award, Peter said, ‘We know how difficult it is for retailers to maintain the high quality of their plants – we had a long cold spring, scorching summer and then, more recently, we’ve had high winds and rain, so we felt it was right to celebrate the best garden retailers out there.’