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REVIEW SUMMARY

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Good range of plants.
Pleasant outdoor plants area.
Lots of non-gardening goods for sale.
Large covered plants area providing good rain protection.

AVERAGE
Interior sales are decor.

AGAINST
None

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REVIEW RESULTS - SCOTSDALES GARDEN CENTRE

Scotsdales is one of the highest turnover garden centres in the UK and certainly the top one in its region. Before going to the main review below we noted that lots of effort had gone into the planting in front of the main entrance and to the sides at Scotsdales garden centre. Many large garden centres only make a token effort at showing off plants outside their garden centres but this is not the case with Scotsdales.

THE OUTSIDE AREA
A large portion of the outside plants area is under cover or capable of being covered. We estimate that around half can be covered on a rainy day. This is a very large plants area and the clear signs make finding your way around very easy. Having located a plant group, the individual plants are clearly labelled in alphabetical order.

The area is well arranged with reasonably wide paths which are kept clean and tidy. The plant beds are arranged in short rows which makes it pleasant to walk around. Down one side of the area is a series of different plant rooms each containing a particular group of plants. This encourages customers to wander around which is good for business. Indoor and outdoor information centres are well stocked with books and other relevant information.

Prices are competitive with clematis starting at a commendable 7.99 and potentillas at 8.99. Other gardening goods include 75 litre bags of Westland multi-purpose at 5.99 or two for 10, Yeoman economy fork / spade is 12.99 to an amazingly cheap two for 15, a stainless steel Bentley fork / spade costs 24.99. A one litre Tomorite is 3.99 or two for 5 and Miracle Gro is 4.99 for 1kg.

THE PLANTS
We took a good look at the plants for sale and they looked in excellent condition, hardy plants all come with a one year guarantee.

As far as specialities are concerned, this large garden centre stock a good range of grasses, bamboos, fruit trees and larger specimen plants. They also surprising stock a large number of olive trees in varying sizes. We were impressed by the amount of information on show about the fruit trees - clear details of rootstocks and fruiting times.

INSIDE SCOTSDALES GARDEN CENTRE
The interior sales area of Scotsdales is about average for a large garden centre. they stock all the gardening items you are ever likely to need and the also stock cards, gifts, clothes, books, barbecues, garden and conservatory furniture.

The pet store is in its own dedicated area and has a huge range of stock including small live pets. The aquatics are provided by Maidenhead Aquatics and this is to the normal high standards. Also on site is a deli store which stocks, jams, chutneys and other similar items.

The decor of the interior is better than many garden centres with a covered ceiling and good lighting. It is let down by rather drab flooring which needs to be re-carpeted in places. Aisles are wide and clear.

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

DISABLED ACCESS
Disabled access is good inside and outdoors with wheelchairs available at the front entrance.

OTHER STUFF
Car park - The car park is dry and level with an overflow car park for busy times.
Pet Centre - Yes, a large pet store with small live animals.
Aquatics - A large branch of Maidenhead Aquatics stocking live fish and accessories
Water Features - Yes
Sheds and Greenhouses - Yes a good selection, especially of sheds and conservatories
Toilets - Clean and functional.

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Entrance to Scotsdale Garden Centre
Entrance

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Plants area

Covered plants area
Covered plants area


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Grass plants for sale
Lots of grasses for sale

 

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