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GARSONS GARDEN CENTRE, ESHER

   

 

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REVIEW SUMMARY

FOR
Well laid out and attractive outside plants area.
Large range of non-gardening goods for sale.
Good quality plants with a lifetime hardy plant guarantee.

AVERAGE
Interior decor

AGAINST
Higher than normal prices, the plants in particular.

 

REVIEW RESULTS - GARSONS ESHER GARDEN CENTRE

Garsons have been growing produce on their current site from 1871. Originally they supplied their produce to London and as the suburbs expanded farms nearer to London were sold to property developers leaving Garsons in a more dominant position.

This state of affairs continued and the Second World War enabled Garsons to boost food production even more. The supermarket boom of the 1970's saw the end of the London market for Garsons. They responded by selling quality vegetables direct from their farm and the Pick Your Own business that is now so popular at Garsons is the result.

Garsons own two garden centres, the other one being in Titchfield. See our review of that garden centre here.

THE OUTSIDE AREA
The attractively laid out covered plants area, which has automatic opening ceiling vents, occupies about twenty five percent of the total outside plants are. It houses tender plants and some of the gardening goods.

The main plants area outside is very well-designed and avoids the boring layout of some of the large garden centres. Lots of island bays and short path runs makes for a very engaging shopping experience. It's all kept very neat and tidy with large paths providing easy access all round.

Part of the area is given over to a kids playground and a picnic area. A grassed area runs down one side and is well planted with trees and small shrubs. It's always encouraging to see this, so few garden centres nowadays grow display plants at their sites.

In general signs around the area were good but the grouping of shrubs confused us. The shrubs were arranged erratically and not in alphabetic sequence. In fact we tried to track down the price of a potentilla but couldn't find where they were.

THE PLANTS
The plants all looked in good condition and indeed, hardy plants are guaranteed by Garsons for life. Undoubtedly the best guarantee that a garden centre can give although of course all plants will eventually die!

The choice of plants was good with most common plants well-represented. The selection of larger plants, acers, topiary and cottage plants was more comprehensive than normal.

Prices were slightly higher than the average garden centre. One litre Tomorite was 3.99, one kilo of Miracle Gro cost 4.99, Garsons own brand multi-purpose was a disappointing 5.99  without the almost industry standard reduction for buying three bags - that makes it one (if not the) of the most expensive for three bags of multi-compost.

Other prices were clematis starting at 12.99 and roses starting at a probable 9.49. The problem with the roses was that not all were priced and those that had a price were simply grouped under the 9.49 grouping. Economy fork / spade was 14.99 and the stainless steel Bentley ones cost 26.99.

INSIDE GARSONS GARDEN CENTRE
Garsons is a large garden centre and the interior sales space especially reflects this. A huge range of garden and indoor furniture, lots of gifts, books, homeware, even bathroom goods and a large clothing area. They stock everything you would expect from a large garden centre. The houseplants section was on the small size but well displayed.

Being situated in Esher, Garsons is a relatively up-market garden centre. However the interior sales area decor and design does not give that impression. The ceiling is bare exposed, unattractive metal beams and the other decor looks a bit tired.

DISABLED ACCESS
Good access all round inside and outside.

OTHER STUFF
Car park - The main car park was on flat and level ground. The overflow car park was mainly on grass and when we visited during the peak period even the overflow car park was becoming full.
Pet Centre - We saw none.
Aquatics - We saw none.
Water Features - Only a few displayed.
Sheds and Greenhouses - Not known
Toilets - Functional and clean with baby changing facilities.
Other - On site is the UK's largest Pick Your Own site and it's truly impressive. A huge range of vegetables and fruit are there for the picking.

They also have a large swimming pool retail outlet (Poolclean) which stocks all you would need for maintaining your swimming pool.
 

AVERAGE USER RATING 3.5 star user rating 2 REVIEWS LEFT SO FAR

4 star rating 20 June 2012 Comment From: Paul
Bought a couple of steaks from the butchers at Garsons a few days ago and they were delicious. We visited because we wanted a clematis - couldn't afford both and the steak won!

3 star rating 24 July 2012 Comment From: Carol D
It's good for an afternoon out browsing but the prices are far too high. Look but buy elsewhere is my advice.

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