20 garden centers and nurseries across Birmingham with great cafes and things to do

20 garden centers and nurseries across Birmingham with great cafes and things to do

We love a trip to a good garden center. You can browse around plants and stationery, discover household items you never knew you needed, and pick up unusual gifts.

It's a great way to entertain kids for free. Many centers around Birmingham and the West Midlands have playgrounds, pets to visit and feed, aquariums to watch and additional family activities such as miniature golf and high ropes courses.

You can spend a few hours away, without having to worry about the weather, and then enjoy lunch in the café or pick up some food to take home from the deli or farm shop. Many offer special events and activities during the school holidays, such as egg hunts at Easter, craft workshops in summer, and ice rinks and caves at Christmas.

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There are always experts on hand to offer free advice on everything from lawns and landscaping to attracting wildlife to your garden, no matter how big or small. Be sure to check each center's website for opening times and event information.

Hodghill Garden Centre

This is a great garden center for kids as there is a lovely café that serves these wonderful smoothies shown at the top of this article. You can get breakfast, lunch and traditional meals cooked on site with ingredients from the farm shop and butchers. Read Hodgehill's review here.

The family started out selling a few tomatoes from a shed 40 years ago, and now they have a plant centre, butchers, farm shop and florist. They sell mostly local products and support small farmers. It's the place to eat asparagus and the first strawberries of the season.

Children enjoy visiting the animals in the fields and dogs are welcome throughout the site, including the café. Find out more here

Birmingham Road, Kidderminster

Crown Garden Centre

Discover a little of Africa in Shirley! Akamba (above) features two acres of exotic palm trees, fair-trade African art, and wooden animals. Launched in 2002 by Olympic speed skater Chris Kanaan, Akamba's stunning plants are often cold-grown without the aid of greenhouses to help them thrive in cold British winters.

Over the years, Chris has worked on numerous TV gardening shows such as Challenge Tommy Walsh, Garden Invaders and has also appeared on BBC Gardeners' World. Find out more here

Teeth Barn Lane, Shirley

Farmers in Tamworth

There's plenty to keep the whole family busy at Planters in Tamworth. You can play miniature golf and take on the Sky Trail Adventure, which features a two-level ropes, bridge and beam course – the only one of its kind at a garden center in Britain.

Farmers began selling Christmas trees by the back of a wagon nearly 25 years ago. Over the years, the garden center has gotten bigger and better with celebrities from TV's Coronation Street coming to open new premises. As well as selling everything you need for the garden and home with a cafe. Look for special activities throughout the school holidays. Find out more here

Woodlands Farm, Trinity Road, Frisley, Tamworth

Pacific Nurseries

This independent, family-run business has been based in Streetly for over 45 years and offers not only a garden centre, but also a deli and a popular café. Most of the plants are locally grown, and they also have a range of gifts, oak furniture and garden furniture.

Pacific Nurseries is selling a range of patio table sets at up to £800 off. Find out more here.

Chester Road, Streatley

Dunelm has eight-piece garden dining sets for just £199, and egg chairs for £199 too.

Whitling Gardens

Garden designer Keith Southall bought Whitlenge House Cottage 30 years ago and began his life by transforming the site into a place of beauty and tranquility.

There is a five-acre plant nursery, play area and tea room. Entrance to the gardens costs around £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, but entry to the nursery and tea rooms is free. It's a nice family afternoon in Worcestershire. Find out more here

Whitling Lane, Hartlebury, Worcestershire

Earlswood Garden and Landscape Centre

Set on seven and a half acres in Solihull, Earlswood offers everything you could need for your garden from greenhouses to garden furniture and paving play equipment. They manufacture their own fence panels and sheds on site and offer measuring and installation services. There is also a cafe. Find out more here

Forshaw Heath Road, Earlswood, Solihull

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Webbs is a family owned business that offers everything for the dedicated and casual gardener alike, as well as providing a great place to visit for non-gardeners with lots of great events over the holidays from circuses and fair tours to beekeeping courses, storytelling sessions and sometimes an ice skating rink and grotto at Christmas .

There are plenty of pets, plus a falconry center in Hagley and a range of reptiles for sale on the Wishbold site. There are cafes in both, as well as gift and clothing shops too. Find out more here

(West Hagley and Witchbold, Worcestershire).

Ashwood Nurseries

Set in canal-side surroundings in beautiful open countryside, Ashwood offers a traditional plant nursery, garden centre, gift shop and tea room overlooking attractive landscaped gardens.

After being taught the principles of horticulture by his grandfather, John Massey took over Ashwood Nurseries as a teenager in 1968, straight from school. He is now one of the UK's leading experts in the treatment of liver disease. Find out more here

(Ashwood Lower Lane, Kingswinford).

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Rubery Nursery

Started in 1977 by Chris Rubery, who grew and sold plants from his home, the family now farms more than 300 acres and has a large greenhouse and polytunnel for bedding plants, shrubs, perennials, fuchsias and more. There is also a butcher and a restaurant. Find out more here

(Chadsley Corbett Lower Kidderminster).

Cypress Nursery

Cypress Nursery is a small family run business located in a 1.5 acre oasis of old world charm in Rowley Regis, in the heart of the Black Country.

The nursery has been in the family for three generations, and was previously run by Monica Bennett, who is famous throughout the world for her geraniums. It is currently run by her son Bruce and his wife Anne. Find out more here

Baoqi Lane, Rowley Regis

Hall Garden Centre

Hall's has been run by the same family for over 60 years. Everything related to gardens and outdoor living can be found in the showroom, from gazebos and summerhouses to plants, lighting and decorations. They have one of the largest water toy stores in the country. There is also a florist and a café.

The center in Sutton Coldfield has appeared on Gardeners' World Live and provided productions for TV shows such as DIY SOS, The Paul O'Grady Show, Meet the Kumars and The Gadget Show. Find out more here

Chester Road, New Oscott, Sutton Coldfield

Halls Garden Supplies, Sutton Coldfield

Kitchen Garden Cafe Organic Garden Shop

A hidden oasis in the suburbs, the Kitchen Garden Café sells a range of plants, vegetables, flowers and herbs out of its café, deli and grocery store in Kings Heath.

Our specialist organic garden store, staffed by experienced organic gardeners, offers free advice and stocks everything you might find in a regular garden center plus lots of old-fashioned and innovative ideas to help your garden stay wildlife-friendly without eating out. Your vegetable plot. Find out more here

York Road, Kings Heath

Clint Nurseries

With its stunning scenery, great hiking spots and natural playground, Clint Hills provides a lovely afternoon for families. And you can make even more of this by popping into Clint Nurseries while you're there.

This family-run business began as a small tomato growing facility in 1976. It is now one of the most popular garden centers in the area, offering native plants and a thriving café. They also sell garden furniture, gifts, and water features. Find out more here

Bromsgrove Road, Clint, Stourbridge

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Hilltop Garden Centre

Hilltop Garden Center is an independent, family-run garden center in Coventry offering plants, gifts, water features and outdoor lighting. There is also a new water sports section. Find out more here

Shelton Lane, Shelton, Coventry

Studley Garden Centre

The grounds at Studley Garden Center have been a horticultural site for over 30 years, providing customers with plants, shrubs, fruit trees, horticultural, home furnishing, lifestyle and garden products. There is also a food, gift and cooking shop. Find out more here

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Henley Road, Mapleborough Green, Studley


Everything is designed to make the trip to Notcutts Garden Center easy, from the spacious covered area for all-weather shopping to the soil testing and transport service to the drive-thru facility.

There is also a wide range of homewares and gifts, a kitchen shop, a crafts department, a pet center and a restaurant on the Solihull site. Find out more here

Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull

Birmingham Botanic Gardens Shop

While you have to pay to enter the Botanic Gardens at Edgbaston, entry to the shop is free and there are plenty of indoor and outdoor plants you can buy.

There is also a range of greeting cards, toys, stationery and gifts. Find out more here

Westbourne Road, Edgbaston

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The closest Dobbies to Birmingham are on Nuneaton Road in Atherstone, Watling Street in Gailey and Bayston Hill Nurseries in Shrewsbury.

The Atherstone Center is worth a visit with kids because it covers 52 acres and includes Plantasia, where you'll be able to explore five different mazes and meet a variety of animals.

There are also gardening tips, a dining hall and butcher shop as well as plants and garden furniture to buy. You can also have lunch in the restaurant. Find out more here

Atherstone, Gilly and Shrewsbury

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