Accolades & Awards

top 100 independent garden centers by garden center magazine

five years running – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Each year Garden Center magazine ranks the top 100 Garden Centers in the U.S and each year we are honored to be among the best.

colerain chamber of commerce

2015 inaugural beautification award winner

The Beautification Award recognizes a Colerain business or organization that improves the appearance of their facility within the past year.


Today’s Garden Center:
2014 Midwest Regional Winner “Revolutionary 100” Garden Centers

White Oak Garden’s joined the ranks of the horticulture industry’s top independent garden centers when it was named the 2014 Midwest Regional Winner of Today’s Garden Center Magazine’s Revolutionary 100.

“The garden centers that made this year’s list are an exceptional group of forward-thinking independent retailers who thrived in during a tough economy, which helps their community,” says Today’s Garden Center Editor Carol Miller. “We are proud to call them revolutionary.”


2010 First Place Readers Choice Award: Nursery

This year, readers of the Northwest Press have selected White Oak Garden Center as one of their favorites!

The Community Press & Recorder hosts the annual Readers Choice Awards. Readers vote for their “favorite” in several different categories, including favorite “Nursery”.


Today’s Garden Center: 2013, 2012, & 2010 Revolutionary 100 – Winner

White Oak Garden Center is among 100 select garden centers nation-wide named as Today’s Garden Center 2010 Revolutionary 100.

Winners are chosen by a group of our industry peers after submitting a thorough online survey covering almost all aspects of our business practices including employee training and incentive programs, customer service, industry activity, community involvement and marketing. But more than anything else, it’s for those retailers who use revolutionary ideas to be unique and successful in serving their customers.


Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association:
Ohio Certified Nursery Technicians: Garden Center

The Ohio Certified Nursery Technician (OCNT) program has three areas of specialization: Garden Center, Grower and Landscape. Each area of specialty has its own exam. Individuals who successfully complete any of the certification examinations will be entitled to recognition as an OCNT.

It conveys to the public that you are the qualified, experienced, professional they are seeking. Certification status is granted to individuals only.

The retail nursery (Garden Center) is the information center on which homeowners have come to rely for dependable horticultural expertise. In order to provide sound scientific horticultural advice to customers, the garden center employee must be knowledgeable in a wide variety of subjects including plant identification, proper plant usage, plant health, soils, turfgrass management, landscape design, and proper planting and maintenance of nursery stock and more.*

*Courtesy of the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association


Colerain Community Association: Perfect Bloom Award

White Oak Garden Center has been the recipient of the Perfect Bloom Award in 2010 & 2008!

The award is given by Colerain Township Business Association and Colerain Community Association for being “an inspiration to all of the businesses in Colerain Township”.


Your Hometown Favorites: Best in the West

The results are in and the survey says… “White Oak Garden Center is the west side’s favorite garden center”.

This according to a poll conducted by The Cincinnati Enquirer and published in the June 21, 2007 Hometown Favorites special section. The Enquirer also reported that a total of 3,923 readers took the Hometown Favorites survey.


Cincinnati Flower Show: Best in Show

Presented by The Cincinnati Horticultural Society

2009 – “Best of Show – Window Boxes”
Designer Anita Comarata “Blue Berries and Cream”

2009 - "Best of Show - Window Boxes" Designer Anita Comarata "Blue Berries and Cream"

2008 – “Best of Show – Window Boxes”
Designer Sue Estep’s “Orange Crush”

2009 - "Best of Show - Window Boxes" Designer Anita Comarata "Blue Berries and Cream"