REVIEW RESULTS - BLOOMS GLOUCESTER GARDEN CENTRE
Dating back to 1975, Blooms of Gloucester was originally owned by the Jardinerie chain. It was then taken over by Blooms which in turn was taken over by Wyevale's. The building itself, modern and impressive looking, was completely rebuilt in 2005.
As we were walking round we overheard two of the staff reminiscing about the "old days" when the garden centre was owned by Blooms. When I joined in the conversation it became clear that many of the previous Blooms staff still remained four years after the takeover.
It seems that the new owners, Wyevale, have heeded the old saying 'if it ain't broke, don't mend it'. Of course many things have changed but Blooms Garden Centre of Gloucester really have a heritage which they can be proud of.
THE OUTSIDE AREA
The uncovered plants area follows the same theme, attractively designed making for a very pleasant shopping experience. With lots island beds and the odd display or two, this area is far from boring. The main path round the edge of the area is well covered offering good protection for inclement weather conditions. All the paths were wide and on solid tarmac.
There is an appealing feeling of space in this area with wide, obstacle-free paths. We were impressed. The overhead signs were slightly lacking however but the plants were arranged alphabetically.
To either side of the main plant area were garden outbuildings, pots and a very comprehensive rang of fencing and landscaping materials.
Shade loving plants were well-represented with a good range of plants in their own covered area. There were also lots of ornamental and fruit trees to choose from. Not quite a speciality but the range of roses for sale was extensive.
We checked the prices and found them to be average to just slightly lower than average. Some examples of typical prices follow. New Horizon peat free compost 60 litre, £4.99 or 3 for £12. Roses started at £6.99, clematis were from £8.99 upwards with a typical shrub costing from £6.99. Yeoman garden spade or fork were both £12.99 with stainless steel Bentley models priced at £24.99.
INSIDE BLOOMS GLOUCESTER GARDEN CENTRE
It's also a large interior sales area with, of course, a large choice of gardening goods. It also sells lots of non-gardening goods and specialises in clothing and footwear. We counted three separate clothing outlets, all selling quality goods. These included Yeoman, Dash, Cotton Traders and Moshulu. Other sales areas included cards, books, barbecues, The Works Bookshop, gifts, excellent houseplants, bird feeds and accessories and probably lots more we have forgotten to mention.
The garden and conservatory furniture is attractively displayed and the "no pressure" sales staff are attentive and offer good advice.
Immediately outside the garden centre is a Laura Ashley shop, Aquajardin selling fish, fish accessories and everything to do with water in the garden. this shop was very well designed. Finally there was a Pet's Corner selling everything to do with pets except live animals.
Blooms of Gloucester have their own club card scheme (Wyevale Garden Centres scheme) with various benefits for their members. Details of the club and a comparison with the clubs of other garden centres can be found by clicking here. If you are thinking of visiting this garden centre to make a purchase it may well be worth taking a look at their discounts and rewards.
Article written by David Marks.
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