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REVIEW SUMMARY

FOR
Top quality plants
Good choice of plants
Attractively designed area with large pond feature
Large well laid out interior sales area.
Good aquatics and pet departments.

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REVIEW RESULTS - MONKTON ELM GARDEN CENTRE

When comparing garden centres there are a few factors which really mark out the top few. First, what's the general impression of the plants area? When you look at the plants at Monkton Elm Garden Centre, the initial impression is one of healthy plants, well-displayed and cared for.

A second factor is how the area looks out of the peak season from late March to August. The pictures and video in this review were taken in late September and they clearly illustrate that at Monkton Elm there is a huge array of plants at all times of the year.

One final pointer to the quality of plants at a garden centre, and a clear indicator to confidence in their horticultural capabilities, is the layout of the external area of the garden centre. At Monkton Elm they have very attractive planting all around the outside area.

THE OUTSIDE AREA
Stepping outside of the interior sales area you are in the covered outside area which is home to seasonal plants. Lots of choice here and the plants are in excellent condition.

The outside area is solidly paved with wide, easy to navigate paths which are kept clear of obstructions. The general layout is very pleasant with short paths, an attractive information centre, lots of arches centre pieces. To one side of the plants area is a large pond with beautiful elms drooping down to the waters edge. Monkton Elm have put a lot of thought into the design of their garden centre and we found it an attractive place to shop for plants.

This is a large plants area by any standards and the signs were a very clear bright yellow making it easy to pick out specific plants very quickly. The area also had signposts at strategic points to make navigation even easier.

THE PLANTS
Without doubt, the large choice of plants make this a year round destination for the gardener. When we visited in late September there was an excellent choice of shrubs, herbaceous plants, ornamental and fruit trees as well as roses and many other plants. Not only were all the old favourites for sale but also some more unusual plants.

The choice of shade-loving plants, in their own shaded setting, was particularly impressive with lots of camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons, acers and more.  Other specialities included grasses, ornamental trees in a variety of sizes and topiary. All of the plants were in tip top condition and hardy shrubs come with an excellent five year guarantee.

As for prices, our typical basket of goods show clematis starting at 10.99, roses from 8.99, typical shrubs such as potentillas start at a low 7.99, Westland 60 litre multi-purpose compost is 4.99 or three bags for 12, Yeoman economy spades and forks are priced at 13.99 and premium brands cost 27.99. Compared to similar garden centres these are generally good prices.

To one side of the main sales area there is a large choice of well-displayed garden buildings and greenhouses. Lots of garden stones, gravel, ornaments and other architectural items are also stocked.

INSIDE MONKTON ELM GARDEN CENTRE
Not only is the plants large at Monkton Elm garden centre but so is the interior sales area. It is well-laid out and modern with a pleasant atmosphere. They have recently extended one section of the sales area and have done an excellent job with large, chunky and attractive ceiling beams. All paths are wide and free from obstructions.

They sell a large choice of goods in the interior sales are, everything you would expect from a large garden centre. Gardeners are well catered for and non-gardening goods include interior and exterior furniture, cards, gifts, bird feeds, clothing and much more. Particularly impressive was the large pet section which stocked feeds, accessories and a large variety of small pets, reptiles and birds. The aquatics section was equally impressive. 

In late September there were signs that a Christmas shopping area was being laid out for Christmas 2014. We know from previous reviews that Christmas at Monkton Elm is a big occasion so we will review them soon to report back to you on how they measure up this year.

They currently have no club  / reward membership scheme at this garden centre.

DISABLED ACCESS
Disabled access is excellent in all areas and wheel chairs are available at the main entrance.

OTHER STUFF
Car park - Lots of space near the entrance with additional overflow parking for peak times. The car park surface is solid and flat.
Pet Centre - A large pet centre with live small pets and a large choice of reptiles and birds.
Aquatics - Yes, an excellent choice of fish and accessories.
Water Features - A good choice which is well displayed.
Sheds and Greenhouses - Yes, a large selection.
Toilets - Modern and functional.
Nearby Garden Centres - Avery Garden Centre in Taunton, Blackdown Garden Centre between Taunton and Wellington and Willowbrook Garden Centre in Wellington.

CONCLUSION
Congratulations to those who designed and maintain the outside area. It makes for very pleasant shopping. The inside area supplies a good range of gardening goods plus a huge range of non-gardening goods.

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Entrance to Monkton Elm Garden Centre
Main entrance

Topiary at the entrance to the garden centre
Attractive entrance area

More topiary at the entrance
Entrance to the Pet and Aquatic centres

Covered plants area
Covered plants area

The pond
Pond in the plants area

View of the plants
Plants for sale

More plants
More plants for sale


The information centre

Water features
Water features on display

 

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