REVIEW RESULTS - GORDALE GARDEN CENTRE
|We were impressed with the this garden centre
when we visited them in mid April. A very pleasantly laid out plants
area with lots of attractive plants complimented the indoor sales
area which stocked an impressive range of goods.
The cafe didn't
disappoint either so read our full review below for more information
with pictures of Gordale on the right hand side.
THE OUTSIDE AREA
The plants area has a large covered part to it which houses tender
and seasonal plants. Walk through that and you are in the main plant
sales area. It is well set out with lots of interesting features and
an engaging layout. Clearly lots of design effort has been applied
to this area and with good results. We particularly liked the high
hedge which divided the area and the arch way through it. The wooden
slats above the walkways provide little protection against rain but
are an attractive feature in their own right.
The paths are wide, level, well kept and free from obstructions.
It's easy to locate plants because the signs in the plants area are
large and informative. The information centre in the plants area is
useful with lots of documentation. The shrubs are very clearly set
out in alphabetic order making plants easy to find.
Kids are well looked after with a dedicated play area, slides and
climbing frames. There were two areas for picnics.
THE PLANTS AT GORDALE GARDEN CENTRE
The average gardener will find all the plants they need at the
Gordale Garden Centre and much more. One of their specialities is
ornamental trees, with one of the largest selections of Japanese
Maples we have ever seen. These were in excellent condition and many
specimens were mature pots plants of 1 to 2 meters high, very
impressive. Other particularly well represented plants were climbers
(including a huge number of clematis), grasses, fruit trees and
The quality of the plants was very high, healthy well-watered and
weed free. This is further backed up by a five year hardy plant
As for prices, potentillas start at £7.99, roses at £6.99 and
clematis at £9.99. Other goods include Miracle Go 1kg is £3.79, 1
litre Tomorite £4.29, stainless steel fork spade cost £23.49 and a
cheaper spade and fork cost £15.99. Those prices are average to
slightly lower than average.
INSIDE GORDALE GARDEN CENTRE
The indoor sales area is large, with a high ceiling. The paths are
wide and easily navigable, even carpeted in some places. The range
of goods includes all the gardening accessories you would expect
plus lots of books, gifts, food and delicatessen items, bird feeds
and accessories - everything you would expect from a large garden
centre. They even have a first floor area which dedicated to
conservatory furniture and general home ware items.
We liked the large display of houseplants which were in good
condition and fairly priced.
Gordale Garden Centre have their own club card 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
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
Access for wheelchairs was good all round this garden centre. The
interior sales area had a few very minor slopes but nothing that
would bother a wheelchair user.
Car park - More than large enough and on even ground near to
the main entrance
Pet Centre - We saw none
Aquatics - We saw none
Water Features - yes, a good choice and well-displayed
Sheds and Greenhouses - There was a display of conservatories
but we saw no sheds or greenhouses for sale.
Toilets - Clean and functional just off the cafe area.
Review by David Marks.
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