August 18-20, 2021

2021 Farwest Show Retailers’ Choice Awards to recognize best new products for retail garden centers

The Garden Center Group’s Retailers’ Choice Awards will once again be part of the Farwest Show in 2021. Farwest is the biggest nursery industry trade show in the West, and will take place August 18–20 to the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

Farwest participants will search the show floor for the top new innovative plants, hard goods, products, and services, and recognize those that can make a positive impact on operations and bottom-line performance for independent garden centers. The Retailers’ Choice Awards takes place at major trade shows around the country each year.

The judging and awards process will span the first two days (Wednesday, August 18 and Thursday, August 19), and will be led by Christina Salwitz, The Personal Garden Coach. All garden center retailers who are registered Farwest participants are welcome to participate in the product search.

Participants will convene at noon on Wednesday, August 18 at the show registration area, Lobby C under the Dragon Boat. There, they will receive instruction and nomination forms. After searching the floor and gathering entries individually on Wednesday, the team will regroup at 5 p.m. to compare notes and choose top picks. To participate in the judging, retailers must pre-register. To sign up, go to

Winners will be announced at the Farwest Solution Center on the show floor at 2:45 p.m., Thursday, August 19.  Representatives from companies awarded will share information on their products at that time. The presentation ceremony is a free mini-session included with the trade show pass.

The Retailers’ Choice Awards is sponsored by the Garden Center Group, which focuses on business solutions designed to help garden centers increase sales, improve operations and retain more profit. With a support team of leading industry professionals offering business management, financial, marketing, HR services and more. The Group offers retailers innovative resources to maximize their potential to succeed.  For information about The Garden Center Group and the services it provides visit:

Information on The Retailers’ Choice Awards can be found at

Registration is required to participate in the Retailers’ Choice Awards. Convenient registration is available at

For more information: 
Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) 

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