Moana Nursery Wins Awards: Named One of Today’s Garden Center’s “Revolutionary 100”


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February 4, 2014
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Moana Nursery Wins Awards: Named One of
Today’s Garden Center’s “Revolutionary 100”

moana nursery logoMoana Nursery again joined the ranks of the horticulture industry’s top independent garden centers when it was named one of Today’s Garden Center magazine’s Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers for 2014 — the sixth straight year.  Additionally this year the nursery was again named to IGC Retailer’s Visionary Independent Garden Center Top 100 Retailers.

The Revolutionary 100 program, which began in 2006, surveys garden center owners and managers and culminates in a listing of the 100 most revolutionary garden centers in the nation. It is open to all independent garden centers, large and small, and is based on leadership and innovation, not on size or revenue.

“We are thrilled to make this list for six years in a row and to be recognized for our efforts in high desert gardening & landscaping,” says owner Christie Gescheider.  “One of the major benefits of this award is the opportunity to network with other superior garden centers from around the country in Atlanta where we shared new ideas and spent several days shopping the country’s largest market for new and unique home and garden merchandise.”

“Trisha Strouse (Moana Lane General Manager), Melody Arnold (Home & Garden Gift Buyer) and I returned from our trip invigorated and excited to share with our customers and teammates all that we learned to deliver an exceptional shopping experience along with the new products we discovered.”

Garden center owner and managers across the United States fill out an extensive online questionnaire covering topics such as customer and community service, management philosophy, marketing, use of technology, purchasing and profitability.

Founded and locally owned since 1967, Moana Nursery has been serving the landscape and gardening needs of northern Nevada and the high desert from three locations in Reno/Sparks.  Each full-service garden center is home to a Wild Birds Unlimited Store which is part of the original and largest franchise of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores.  Moana Nursery also specializes in both residential and commercial landscape design and installation, holiday lighting, irrigation design & installation, bedding and container planting, and an interior plant service which provides design, installation, maintenance and rentals.  Moana Nursery supports more than a hundred local non-profits and schools each year with donations and many teammates volunteer their time to worthy organizations.

“The garden centers that made this year’s list are an exceptional group of forward-thinking independent retailers who understand that their customers constantly evolve and strive to provide what they need to succeed in the gardening lifestyle,” says Today’s Garden Center Editor Carol Miller. “We are proud to call them revolutionary.”

Moana Nursery was also proudly included in the IGC Retailer’s Visionary 100 Retailers list for the third year in a row.  This honor recognizes the largest and most influential garden centers in America.  These are the leaders in what is new and exciting in the garden and landscape world.

“Our Moana team is energized by winning these two national awards, but is most pleased to again be voted best locally … where we live,” comments Trisha Strouse.

More information on the Revolutionary 100, including the complete listing, can be found in the January issue of Today’s Garden Center magazine and at