The best UK garden centers you can visit this summer
Merriments earned its reputation by specializing in (and growing a lot of) herbaceous perennials. The big pluses are the knowledgeable staff and interesting plants on display. It is the uniqueness of the café, the other major ‘distraction’, that turns it into a ‘garden centre’ rather than a nursery.
Hawkhurst Road, Hurst Green, East Sussex TN19 7RA | merriments.co.uk
Sussex Country Gardens
They sell all the usual equipment and the selection of plants is constantly improving. But I nominate it for these reasons as much as I nominate it for the excellence of the café, the Christmas decorations, and the kindness of its staff.
Tunbridge Wells Road, Mark Cross, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 3PJ | sussexcountrygardener.co.uk
Holden Clough Nursery
Established in 1927, Holden Clough Nursery, with its stone-built tea room and farm shop, is a charming destination. There’s a nursery with vintage tools and gardening paraphernalia hanging on the walls and a large stone fireplace as a centrepiece, plus all the food from The Garden Kitchen is locally sourced, offering something for everyone.
Holden, Bolton by Boland BB7 4P; 01200 447615; Holdencloughnursery.com
Barton Grange Garden Centre
The award-winning Barton Grange Garden Center is located in the Lancashire countryside. Barton Grange was named Destination Garden Center of the Year in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and is excellent in all departments from the outdoor plant area, two stunning restaurants and the farm shop.
Garstang Road, Brook, Preston PR3 0BT; 01995 642900; bartongrange.co.uk
Giving Garden Center
If you prefer small, independent garden centres, look no further than Bud in Burnage, South Manchester. Established in 2011, the center sells UK-grown plants, shrubs and trees that are mostly peat-free. There are also peat-free potting plants, houseplants, compost, mulch and compost as well as natural feed, pest control and much more. If there are no plants to your liking, choose from a range of British sourced plants and gifts.
Omar Doctor, Manchester M19 2JN; 07505 403422; budgarden.co.uk
Bridgemere Garden Centre
This sprawling horticultural center began 50 years ago as a rose nursery, and now covers a whopping fifty acres with a plant nursery, horticultural products and café – the largest in Britain ever. From climbers, alpines and flowers to furniture, food and tools, there’s something for everyone.
Bridgemere, Nantwich CW5 7QB; 01270 360003; bluediamond.gg/garden-centre
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