Good range of up-market garden and conservatory furniture.
Large choice of plants for a garden centre of this size.
Prices of plants and garden accessories.
No real problem areas although we suspect the car park may
be crowded at peak times.
REVIEW RESULTS - VAN HAGE, CHENIES
The Chenies Van Hage is one of three in the
Van Hage chain and is
the smallest. The emphasis here is on the plants which have a large
area set aside for them compared to interior sales area.
THE OUTSIDE AREA
As you come out of the main building there is a covered area which
houses seasonal tender plants. Further down via steps or a gentle slope is
the main plant area. For a garden centre of this size there are lots
of plants to choose from and they are well displayed.
The layout is not regimented and is frequently broken up by large
statues and trees which gives the area interest and character. It is well kept
and the signs clearly identify where groups of plants can be found.
The paths are wide enough to allow easy access and they are half
tarmac and half gravel. The gravel is on a hard surface below.
If you are interested in purchasing large and expensive garden
statues then you will find a fair range at Van Hage, Chenies.
Van Hage Chenies stocks a wide range of plants and trees and they
all look in good condition. Hardy plants are covered by their two
year guarantee. The one specialist area they have is a
section dedicated to larger plants, useful if you want something to
provide immediate impact.
Prices are variable, roses start at an
average £7.99 but the cheapest clematis we could find was at £10.99
which is rather pricey. Other prices include £4.99 for Miracle Gro
and £2.99 for a 1 litre Tomorite.
INSIDE VAN HAGE, CHENIES
The interior sales space is that of a medium sized garden centre and
you'll find all the feeds, pesticides, tools and other gardening
accessories here. There is a well-displayed section devoted to
houseplants which looked well-cared for and were priced
The primary focus of non-gardening sales is the up-market garden
furniture. This is well displayed and a feature well worth visiting
for. The sales area is arranged in a circular fashion and on the
edges are other dedicated small sales areas including books, cards,
barbecues, gifts, clothing and several others.
Disabled and wheelchair access is reasonably good in most areas
although some pathways inside were a bit narrow. Outside the main
plant area is reached by a ramp for wheelchairs. The surface is
Car park - At the time we visited, the car park had sufficient
space, but at peak times this might be a problem The surface is
solid and mostly level.
Pet Centre - There is no pet centre at Van Hage Chenies.
Aquatics - No
Water Features - Yes, there was an unusually large number of
water features which were attractively displayed
Sheds and Greenhouses - A good range of sheds and garden
buildings but a very limited choice of greenhouses
Toilets - Clean and functional but they have limited space
(only one cubicle in the gents).
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