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 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 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
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.
They also have a large swimming pool retail outlet (Poolclean)
which stocks all you would need for maintaining your swimming pool.
WHY NOT LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS GARDEN
We hope you have enjoyed and benefited from this independent review of Garsons Garden Centre, Esher. Remember that it is our opinion and may be the result of one visit only. If you are the owner of Garsons Garden Centre in Esher and want to discuss this review with us then please contact us by going to our "contact us" page which can be found here.