Plants galore: ‘The South West’s largest garden plant supermarket’ opens in Somerset
The site is the garden chain’s fourth site – joining three existing sites in Devon – and is located next to the private 14-acre Plants Galore nursery, which it opened in 2010. The nursery is one of the largest bedding factories and hanging basket nurseries in the region. Southwest.
It supplies garden plant supermarkets Plants Galore with millions of locally grown flowering plants. The nursery includes an automated production line and specialized sawing facilities, as well as a computer-controlled greenhouse on 9 acres.
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Co-owner Tony Joyner said: “We specialize in growing millions of seedlings and cuttings at Somerset Nurseries near Martock. This means we can cut out the middle garden center and sell our garden plants directly to the public at half the price of a normal garden centre.
“It’s a proven business model with our three huge stores in Devon now worth over £10 million, and we can now offer Somerset customers and Somerset businesses the opportunity to buy the best locally grown garden plants – at half the price. We can also offer a comprehensive range of Plants with unique colors where we control the growth and can select the best seeds and cuttings that we know perform best for our customers.
“We have had great success with the Yeovil Christmas Tree Center over the years selling tens of thousands of Christmas trees and have opened Yeovil Nurseries at seasonal times to the public. However, we have now created a beautiful permanent garden plant shop which will be open every day and filled with stunning plants and a great selection From the garden sundries.”
Plants Galore expects to increase its total headcount to over 100 employees with this latest expansion. “This is great news for the local Somerset economy – we can reduce the cost of gardening for the Somerset public as well as create jobs and invest over £1 million in the Somerset region,” Mr Joyner said.
“We have been a family business based in Totnes in Devon since 1959. In 2010, we moved our growing operations to our nurseries in Martock near Yeovil and have continued to transform our business every year since.
“We hope that in time we will be able to offer schools and horticultural societies a tour of our nursery, explaining the process from how plants are grown to when they are sold in our stores. We want to allow the general public to get information about the behind-the-scenes look at large-scale commercial horticulture and how it has become more Automated using robotics and technology.
“It will be great to offer refreshments to the public and the tourism industry in Somerset, as well as access to one of the largest nurseries in the south west. Like visiting Cadbury World but for garden plants.”
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