Our magical Christmas wonderland created at both of our sites, Garsons of Esher and Garsons of Titchfield, has been given national recognition by the Garden Centre Association. Following rigorous judging our festive displays, which this year captures the magic of the West End, has come fifth in the country in the GCA’s Christmas Competition. And within the South Thames region, our family-run business scooped second place for both of our sites.
Every Christmas, we have a different theme to showcase Christmas and this year we have encapsulated eight of the West End’s top theatre classics into stage `sets’. From Aladdin and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to My Fair Lady and War Horse, each themed display is packed with home and tree decorations depicting popular stage productions.
Planning for the Christmas display begins in spring and by the summer months the props and items for the sets have been constructed. We choose tree and home decorations from a small specialist group of suppliers to ensure innovative and quality products are featured. The Christmas build begins in September and is officially unveiled in the October half term.
In the autumn, judges from the GCA travel the length and breadth of the country, visiting hundreds of Garden Centres to seek out the best, awarding points for display, customer service, catering and store facilities.
“The whole team gets involved and to see the finished shop floor is hugely rewarding,” says Ben Thompson, Garsons director. “We are very proud of this year’s result from the GCA as it recognises the hard work and creativity of the team - it is the icing on the Christmas cake.”