June 13, 2015

The entry period is now open for Garden Centers of America (GCA)’s Best Garden Center Bathroom Awards. Now in its fifth year, the program recognizes retailers whose restrooms contribute to the store’s favorable shopping experience.

Convenient and clean restrooms rank high in women’s decisions on where to shop, according to retail visionary Paco Underhill, author of the best-selling books “What Women Want: The Science of Female Shopping” and “Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping.” Retailers are encouraged to submit their garden center bathrooms, including, but not limited, to recent renovations and remodels, for this juried competition.

The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. EST on June 26, 2015.

The winner of the top honor, the Gold Award, will receive a plaque and one free registration for next year’s GCA Summer Tour. Other recognitions will include a Silver Award and several Awards of Merit, honored with plaques.

To enter the competition, garden centers should send several photos of their store bathrooms, saved in jpeg file format, along with a brief paragraph about the bathrooms, the concept behind the designs and their benefits to the garden center. This information, along with the name of the store and key contact, address, phone and email address, should be emailed to

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