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REVIEW SUMMARY

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Lots of related shops nearby.
Good quality plants.
Lots of them.
Five year hardy plant guarantee.
Excellent fencing / paving department.

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Prices

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REVIEW RESULTS - BICESTER AVENUE
GARDEN CENTRE

Bicester Avenue Garden Centre is in the middle of the Bicester Avenue Home and Garden shopping centre. Situated within half a mile from the Bicester Outlet Centre these two centres provide a huge area of shops.

Bicester Avenue Home and Garden concentrate on outdoor clothing shops, pets, aquatics and similar shops. At the heart of this shopping centre is set the Bicester Avenue Garden Centre owned by the largest chain of garden centres in the UK, Wyevale Garden Centres.

Surprisingly, a garden centre / nursery has been on this site (way before the shopping complex was developed) for over 35 years. Starting life as a small nursery selling specialist plants, it was bought by Blooms in 2000. They developed it into a largish garden centre. Blooms was then taken over by Wyevale Garden Centres in 2007 which was then developed to be central to the shopping complex.

THE OUTSIDE AREA
The outside plants is covered as you walk out of the garden centre main building and this space houses tender plants. This is a large covered area and full of colour for most of the year. It then extends into the uncovered sales area but even that has the main pathway covered with a large awning. This gives good rain protection to much of the plants area.

The plants area at the Bicester Avenue Garden centre lacks any real creativity. A few centre pieces and other distractions would have improved the appearance considerably. The paths are commendably wide, clean and free from obstructions but most are boringly long and straight. The surfaces are paved and very flat. This permits excellent access everywhere for the able-bodied and wheelchair users. If you need any horticultural information then the outside information centre will not disappoint.

As well as plants the outside area is home to a very large fencing and paving / stones centre. The choice is much larger than normal and make this garden centre a good port of call for all matters fencing and paving. The plants area is large enough to get lost in it but the signs are good and easily direct you to specific areas and plants groups. The plants in the shrub section are arranged in alphabetical order.

Garden buildings are supplied by Rowlinson Garden Products and they provide a good display of a large range of small, medium and large garden buildings and sheds. The display of greenhouses is much smaller with only four on show when we looked. Outdoor tubs are also sold at the Bicester Avenue Garden Centre with several on show outside. These are provided by Sapphire Spas.

THE PLANTS
There is a large selection of plant varieties for sale at the Bicester Avenue Garden centre and in common with many other Wyevale Garden Centres outlets they are in excellent condition. All hardy plants are guaranteed for a commendable five years.

Specialities include a far ranging selection of ornamental trees, large bamboos, roses, topiary and larger plants.

As far as prices are concerned, a 60 litre bag of Arthur Bowyers compost costs 4.99 or three bags for 12. Other items are roses starting at 6.99, potentillas from 6.99 (although most are 8.99), clematis from 8.99, 1 litr Tomorite 4.99, with a cheaper brand at 3.99, 3.5kg Fish Blood and Bone 5.99, Miracle Go 4.99 for 1kg. Garden tool comparisons include a Bentley stainless steel fork / spade 24.99, and an economy Yeoman spade / fork at 12.99. These prices are all about average for a large garden centre.

INSIDE BICESTER AVENUE GARDEN CENTRE
The interior of the garden centre is modern and airy with a high ceiling. The paths are wide, clean and unobstructed. They sell the full range of gardening tools, chemicals, fertilisers, garden furniture, bird feeds etc. Other non-gardening goods are also for sale in large amounts with cards, books, gifts, shoes, clothes, indoor and outdoor furniture, barbecues all well displayed. There is also a good Food Hall at this garden centre with a delicatessen and meat / cheese counters.

Unusually, there is a display, quite sizeable, of house fire places. Strange because a garden centre would not normally be your first port of call if you wanted to buy a fire place!

Although this is a relatively modern garden centre it is not ultra modern as some others are. This gives it a more homely feel and more in line with what you would expect from a garden centre.

DISABLED ACCESS
Excellent access all round the garden centre, inside and outside. Wheelchairs are available for free at the entrance.

OTHER STUFF
Car park - Huge, flat and well drained.
Pet Centre - A small range of pet accessories are available. You would do better to go to the dedicated pet shop which is in the shopping complex.
Aquatics - As for pets, it is preferable to use the aquatics centre in the shopping complex.
Water Features - yes, a small range
Sheds and Greenhouses - large range of sheds and a small range of greenhouses.
Toilets - Modern with clean ladies, gents, disabled and baby changing.

CONCLUSION
Bicester Avenue is a very pleasant garden centre which sells a large range of healthy garden plants. The fencing and paving section is the one of the best in the area.

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Entrance to Bicester Avenue Garden Centre

Bamboo plants

View of covered walkway

Garden buildings for sale

Heather plants

Hedging plants

Hot tubs for sale

Long and boring paths at this garden centre

Large display of paving stones

Protected area for tender plants

Topiary plants

View of the plants area at Bicester Avenue Garden Centre

 

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