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GARDEN CENTRE
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17 July 2014
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plant lifetime guarantee ...

30 April 2014
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27 March 2014
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buys 140th ...

05 March 2014
Garsons spends
2.4 million on food! ...

08 October 2013
Blue Diamond
takes Fermoy's lease ...

05 July 2013
Garden Leisure
to be sold ...

27 June 2013
Notcutts Bagshot
Waitrose plans ...

14 June 2013
GCG buys Barton
Grange, Bolton

21 May 2013
Sales down by 25%
for 2013 first quarter

 

 

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REVIEW SUMMARY

FOR
Pleasant layout of outdoor plants area.
We liked the arrangement of the glasshouses.
Good quality plants.

AVERAGE
Signage and order or shrubs

AGAINST
Piped music!
No hardy plant guarantee clearly advertised.

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REVIEW RESULTS - GATES GARDEN CENTRE

A very large garden centre with lots of character, we very definitely recommend it.

THE OUTSIDE AREA
The outside plant area is very large and pleasantly designed with the plants displays being set at an angle to each other. The paths are reasonably wide and easy to get round. All were solid surface and on an even surface although there were a few slopes in some areas but nothing significant.

Signs indicating the location of plant groups were fine although we couldn't quite make out what order the shrubs were arranged in. To us it appeared to be in random order which made it difficult to find a specific shrub in a short time.

One of our pet hates in garden centres is piped music especially when it can be heard outside. They certainly had it at Gates Garden Centre but it may not bother you.

The garden centre is enclosed in a Victorian walled garden which dates back to 1818. This may explain why they have six glass houses. Some of them house gifts and the like but a couple were home to tender plants and some of the more delicate hardy plants. We liked this arrangement very much, it definitely differentiated Gates Garden Centre from most other garden centres.

THE PLANTS
Lots of choice in fruit tree and also lots of conifers. Heathers must also grow well in this part of the world because there were lost of them at Gates Garden Centre. The plants were in good condition, well watered and looking very healthy.

Prices were very competitive, for example roses started at 5.99 which is unusually low. Clematis start at 8.98 which is about average for a large garden centre; climbing plants in general were well featured and with lots of choice. The outside area is large enough for Gates to stock a good range of large specimen plants.

They also stock lots of composts (4.99 for 60 litres was the cheapest price), stone work and fencing.

INSIDE GATES GARDEN CENTRE
The interior sales area is split into many different rooms and compartments. In part this is a result of some of the non-gardening goods being displayed in the glasshouses. This is a double edged word - firstly it enables similar items to be housed together in separate areas which makes for a very pleasant presentation. It also forces you to wander around to find the goods you want. On the other hand, some duplication of items occurs and we were never really sure if we had seen all that was for sale.

There were lots of houseplants which had been displayed in a very attractive way. Alongside them was a large floristry department. If you are looking for garden or conservatory furniture then Gates will not disappoint. Nor will its selection of up market barbecues.

Gates Garden Centre currently do not have a membership / rewards card.

DISABLED ACCESS
Good access inside and in the outside plants area.

OTHER STUFF
Car park - Even, solid and well drained. It is positioned near the garden centre entrance. The overflow car park is slightly further away.
 
Pet Centre - Yes, lots of pet stuff here though no live animals. Bird lovers are also well catered for.
 
Aquatics - Feeds and accessories.
 
Water Features - Yes, a larger than normal display.
 
Sheds and Greenhouses - There was a small selection of garden buildings although we saw no greenhouses.
 
Toilets - Facilities for gents, ladies and disabled. There appear to be two sets of toilets and the gents we inspected next to the cafe had a definite pong to it! More frequent cleaning is probably required.

COMMENTS FROM OUR READERS
 

AVERAGE USER RATING 5 star rating 1 REVIEWS LEFT SO FAR

5 star rating 25 November 14 Comment From: Bernie
well where can you start, A fantastic surprise great selection wonderful displays and very clean this is not just any old garden centre it must be the best in the Country my wife and I HAVE JUST ARRIVED FROM SPAIN what a treat to see your CENTRE We will certainly be in there again shortly and thanks to all the staff for being so helpful yours faithfully Bernie Birch

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GARDEN CENTRE
NEWS

17 July 2014
Wyevale Garden Centres sets
name back to Wyevale ...

8 May 2014
Reward cards are the new
Garden Centre gold dust ...

6 May 2014
Wyevale Garden Centres
plant lifetime guarantee ...

30 April 2014
Bosworth Garden Centre
building houses news ...

27 March 2014
Wyevale Garden Centres
buys 140th ...

05 March 2014
Garsons spends
2.4 million on food! ...

08 October 2013
Blue Diamond
takes Fermoy's lease ...

05 July 2013
Garden Leisure
to be sold ...

27 June 2013
Notcutts Bagshot
Waitrose plans ...

14 June 2013
GCG buys Barton
Grange, Bolton

21 May 2013
Sales down by 25%
for 2013 first quarter

 

 
 

 

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