The best garden centers and nurseries in Kent

The best garden centers and nurseries in Kent

Brookside Garden Centre

90% of the plants sold are grown on site, meaning they often have stock long after other garden centers run out. Tool ranges include top brands Wolf-Garten and Spear & Jackson. Friendly and informed staff.

Don’t Miss: Planning a Pool? Experts are on hand to advise on pond liners, bedding gravel, pumps and filtration systems.

Gardener’s Tip: The Mulberry Tree Café offers fresh pastries and free Wi-Fi.

Seven Mile Lane, East Peckham, near Paddock Wood TN12 5JG

Folkestone Garden Centre

This family-run garden centre, which opened a year ago this month, is part of the Grovewell Garden Centers with others in Canterbury and Tenterden. A plant search service is available by experienced staff to find specific plants or flower varieties for customers if they are not in stock.

Don’t Miss: Grove’s Coffee Shop and Restaurant serves homemade dishes, cakes and desserts.

Gardener Tip: The center’s five-year plant quality guarantee means any customer whose hardy plants fail to grow will receive a replacement. A valid factory receipt is required.

Canterbury Road (A260), Swingfield, near Folkestone CT15 7HX

There are over 3,000 in the UK to choose from

Longacres Baybrook Barn

A family run center stocking outdoor plants, shrubs, trees, timber, fencing, stoneware, aggregate, garden tools, chemicals, gifts and cards.

Don’t Miss: Need some flower power? The center offers a specialized section for cut flowers and cut flowers.

Gardener’s Tip: Riverview Diner is a great place to enjoy a great cup of coffee with American customer service.

Lane Cemetery, Ashford, Kent TN24 9JZ

Maitri Nurseries

A stunning collection of plants, many grown in the nursery, with some unusual varieties on a well laid out site backing up the Blean Woods. Friendly, knowledgeable staff who are always willing to help and at very competitive prices.

Don’t miss: Polytunnels filled with new season bedding and border plants in peak condition.

Gardener Tip: Check out their Facebook page for great photos of the latest stock.

Courtenay Road, Dunkirk, near Faversham ME13 9LH

Smaller specialty garden centers usually outperform larger DIY chains in terms of quality of advice when it comes to plants
Smaller specialty garden centers usually outperform larger DIY chains in terms of quality of advice when it comes to plants

Preston Garden Centre

This family-run center just outside Wingham in east Kent specializes in growing ornamental trees, woodlands, shrubs, hedging and screening plants as well as statement pieces to create a lasting impact and impression. The new display garden provides a tranquil setting for inspiration and appreciation of the plants and products on display. Open seven days a week.

Don’t miss: the café or the Indian antiques and artefacts found on site, such as the carved granite temples and water features.

Gardener’s Tip: Take a stroll through the tranquil display garden, which is a tourist attraction in itself.

The Street, Preston, Near Wingham, Canterbury CT3 1ED

Rosemary Nurseries

Open seven days a week, it has a wide selection of trees, shrubs and house garden plants. There is also a good selection of climbers, roses including David Austin Roses, flowering shrubs and seasonal bedding plants.

Don’t Miss: Customers can bring their own baskets to the nursery which staff will then fill and hang, until they’re ready for collection—fees are charged only for plants, compost, food, and a basket liner if needed.

Gardener Tip: The nursery offers free local delivery throughout Thanet.

Manston Road, near Margate CT9 4LT

The test of a good garden center lies in the quality of its live shows
The test of a good garden center lies in the quality of its live shows

Stones Garden Centre

Known for its wide range of plants and climbers, the center has everything needed to add the wow factor to your garden. The basics are not forgotten either.

DON’T MISS: The opportunity to go formal – The Center is a specialist provider of topiaries and boxwoods that add structure and a sense of occasion to an outdoor space.

Gardener Advice: Experts are out there writing down their tips over the months so you can plan your garden over the seasons and avoid any pitfalls.

Midway, Midway, Sheerness ME12 3AA

Tenterden Garden Centre

Our experienced gardeners work closely with UK nurseries and growers and hand select the highest quality plants and shrubs. Our garden furniture is carefully selected and inspected to achieve the highest quality for the best value. Customers are encouraged to sit down and try before they buy.

Don’t miss: The fantastic Living World Aquatic and Pet Centre, with expert staff on hand to offer tips and advice on marine, tropical and pond reptiles and livestock.

Gardener Tip: A gift voucher you can redeem up to every month, reasonably priced event days, great coffee and beautiful views across Romney Marsh and the Isle of Oxne.

Appledore Road (B2080), Reading Road, Tenterden TN30 7HT

Owners, Stephen and Serena Shirley at Victoriana Gardens in Challock
Owners, Stephen and Serena Shirley at Victoriana Gardens in Challock

Victoriana Nursery Gardens

Run by the Shirley family for decades, the operating nursery and plant center prides itself on having never used any pesticides or other “bug-killers,” and offers a wide range of plants by mail order. It is the perfect location to combine forest walks in King’s Wood with ideal picnic spots.

Don’t miss the flower garden, where they grow flowers to cut and try varieties for their flower seed menu, the small orchard, and there’s even a budding vineyard.

Gardener’s Tip: There are many popular tea rooms, pubs and restaurants nearby in the villages of Charing and Wye which the staff are always happy to offer advice and guidance for recovering after your trip to the nursery.

Challock, Near Ashford TN25 4DG

Gated Nursery, Hawkhurst

An impressive collection of roses, bedding plants, annuals, shrubs and climbers, many of which are grown in the centre’s thirteen Victorian greenhouses. The nursery is located in the historic Tongs area and is a family run business with friendly and helpful staff.

Don’t miss: On Sunday, August 27, the nursery will be holding a plant promotion where you can buy plants directly from the grower

Gardener’s Tip: The arboretum has 13 Victorian greenhouses, including a watermelon house, a vineyard and fern house, and a peach house.

Water Lane, Hawkhurst, near Cranbrook TN18 5DH

Hawkhurst Walled Nursery
Hawkhurst Walled Nursery

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