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Better than Wyevale

I'm starting this thread as an antidote to being forced into shopping at Wyevale, which seems to be increasingly dominating the market!

Can I suggest that any posts here take the following format:


Nearest Town...

Name of Garden Centre...

Any brief notes on specialities or particular highlights...

I wish I had one to start the ball rolling, but Wyevale have bought up pretty much everything around me and are driving them all into the ground!



  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,011

    I'll start it off with two excellent establishments in East Sussex

    Staverton's Nursery, Halland, Uckfield is a family run garden centre where the quality, much bought in, is excellent.

    Perryhill Nurseries, Hartfield, East Grinstead specialises in unusual shrubs, trees and herbatious plants.

    Last edited: 07 September 2016 16:35:00

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • Excellent work, people! This is what we want.

    Purely selfishly, I'm hoping that somebody posts something for Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire or Huntingdonshire... I'm in Rushden.

    Keep 'em coming image

  • Castle Nurseries which is on the A435 between Birmingham and  Redditch. They sell loads of plants and local fresh fruit and veg. I. Buy all my bedding plants from there as tiny plugs any grow them on which makes it good value.

    Would like to hear of other independents near Brum as I now live further away from that nursery than I used to. I am now just off the A45. SF

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 5,715

    Trioscape, near Newent, Gloucestershire.  Still privately owned (I think).  More garden centre than nursery but has some interesting stuff at times.

  • Larch Cottage Nursery, near Penrith, Cumbria. Huge selection of unusual plants, and worth the 100 mile drive for me. 

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 5,715
    Verdun says:

    Nurseries.......the best online suppliers are specialist nurseries rather than garden centres......are far better than GC's unless a cuppa and a tea cake are also wanted image

    See original post

     Specialist suppliers are great if you know roughly what you want but would like to find different varieties for example.  For me at present physical nurseries or GC's are more practical.  We're in the process of redeveloping our garden, and by wandering the nurseries and GCs we can see what is actually in flower, or coming into flower, rather than just working from books.  It also gives the opportunity to spot plants we possibly hadn't even thought of although that can be a double edged,and expensive, sword image

    The cuppa and tea cake, or any other sort of cake, are obviously a welcome by product.

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,105

    Beeches Nursery at Ashdon. Such a relaxing place to wander around and I always come away with something, even when they don't have what I intended to buy. I see nutcutlet got there before me.......

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160
    Ceres says:

    Beeches Nursery at Ashdon.

    I see nutcutlet got there before me.......

    See original post

     I got there when the nursery wasn't much more than a table with some plants on it Ceresimage

    A great place, I lived in the next village for a long time.

    Rather a long trip now so don't get there often.

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