Revolutionary Roundtable

What do you get when you bring together owners and managers from 15 of the nation’s top independent garden centers? Great ideas – and lots of them.

RoundtableToday’s Garden Center hosted the first-ever Revolutionary 100 Roundtable & Awards Ceremony in Atlanta, Feb. 27-29. Scott Hillermann was on hand to accept the National Award for Hillermann Nursery & Florist. David Kirkpatrick, owner of Northeast Region winner Churchill’s Gardens, Jim Dezell, owner of Southeast winner Flamingo Road Nursery, and Ken Lain, owner of Southwest winner Watters Garden Center, were recognized during the ceremony, as was West winner Cornell Farm.

RoundtableIn addition to the awards dinner, much of the three-day event was dedicated to the Revolutionary 100 Roundtable, a series of discussions and presentations focusing on this year’s theme: What Will It Take To Be A Revolutionary Garden Center in 2013? Owners from 10 of this year’s Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers joined ANLA’s 2008 Retail Rising Star Award winner Steve McShane, retailers representing industry associations, and some of the industry’s top suppliers to discuss trends both inside and outside the garden center, branding, social media, and other ideas for building a Revolutionary business. All of the information and ideas gathered during the discussions will be compiled in a special report in Today’s Garden Center this summer.

But you don’t have to wait that long to see what it’s all about. Click here for video coverage of the 2008 Revolutionary Roundtable & Awards Ceremony, or go to to find out more about the program and sign up for a notification when the 2009 Revolutionary 100 program kicks off.

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