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REVIEW SUMMARY

FOR
Good choice of plants.
Five year guarantee on hardy plants.
Interesting layout of plants area.
Lots of cover against rain.
Excellent food hall.

AVERAGE
None

AGAINST
Prices higher than average.

 

REVIEW RESULTS - VAN HAGE, PETERBOROUGH

The Van Hage Garden Centre in Peterborough opened in February 2010, one of only three Van Hage's in the UK. It's a big gamble for one of the smaller players in the garden centre business. Having visited it a couple of times however, it clearly resembles many of the Dobbies garden centres which have proved enormously successful in Scotland and England. It's modern looks and department store interior should prove a winner with many customers.

The Van Hage Garden Centre is part of a shopping complex known as Peterborough Garden Park. The advantage of this is that it is part of a major shopping destination and interestingly, many of the shops sell goods associated with a large garden centre. Some of the shops which appear on the shopping complex include Maidenhead Aquatics, Pets Corner, and Hobbycraft. The Van Hage garden centre doesn't compete directly with these shops although there is a degree of crossover in the goods offered.

THE OUTSIDE AREA
A large part of the Van Hage garden Centre in Peterborough is given over to the plants area. Unless you have very specialist requirements you will find what you want at this garden centre.

The appearance of the plant area is very pleasing, no boring long lines of plants which some other modern garden centres display. The area is formatted into small rows set at different angles with a few major centre piece displays and lots of other minor ones. This doesn't happen by accident, much thought has gone into the layout and we like it.

The paths are wide and made from solid paving stones. Access to all areas is easy, even for wheelchair users and the lack of clutter or hosepipes is commendable. Even in late winter the displays provide lots of colour.

Immediately outside of the interior sales building the plants are under a large covered area, around 25% of the entire plants area. The major pathways are also under cover so all in all, protection from the rain is excellent. Because the plants area is so large Van Hage have provided copious amounts of very clear signs to clearly indicate where specific plants can be found. Without these it would be a nightmare for the hurried shopper to find the plants they require quickly.  There is also an outdoor help centre with lots of horticultural information.

THE PLANTS
We took a tour around the plants and looked at their condition - we are happy to report they looked healthy and very well cared for. Because of the sheer number of plants for sale it's difficult to pick out any particular specialist area. However, there was an enormous choice of rose bushes, both normal roses and the David Austen branded roses. Roses started at 7.99 which is about average for a garden centre of this type. The other area which we noted they specialise in is large plants, lots of them all around the garden centre.

Prices for other goods were slightly higher than average with, for example, a 60 litre bag of compost costing 5.99 or two for 10. All hardy plants come with a long five year guarantee.

To one side of the outside area there is a display of garden buildings, sheds and greenhouse. Well laid out, the choice is large. There are also lots of plant pots, fencing and stoneware.

INSIDE VAN HAGE, PETERBOROUGH
The interior sales area is vast, its set out in a very modern fashion with different sections for different goods. Not only gardening items but also gifts, cookware, indoor and outdoor furniture, cook ware, barbecues, everything you would expect from a modern garden centre. The Food Hall is a large one stocking not only delicatessen foods but also simpler items like fresh fruit and vegetables. paths are wide and the ceiling high.

Prices are about average to slightly above average. For example a Bentley stainless steel fork or spade will cost you 26.99 at Van Hage with the more standard Yeoman for or spade costing 12.99. Tomorite is a competitive 2.99 for a litre bottle and a pack of Miracle Gro costs 4.99.

The choice of houseplants was good but not as many as you would expect in a garden centre of this size. They were well kept and nicely presented.

DISABLED ACCESS
Disabled access is excellent in all parts of this Van Hage Garden Centre. Wheelchairs are available at the entrance for no cost.

OTHER STUFF
Car park - Large, flat and large enough to cope with peak demand.
Pet Centre - Pet feed and accessories are sold. You will find another Pet Shop on the shopping complex.
Aquatics - We saw no aquatics centre and would suggest you use Maidenhead Aquatics which are on the same shopping complex.
Water Features - There was a good range of water features.
Sheds and Greenhouses - The GBC franchise operates at this garden centre and they offer a good range of garden buildings and greenhouses which are well displayed.
Toilets - Modern with ladies, gents, baby changing and disabled facilities. Clean and functional.

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Description

Cafe

Contact

Opening Hours

Video Plants Area

 

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Entrance to Van Hage garden centre, Peterborough

Garden Buildings

Centre display at the garden centre

Covered walkway at Van Hage Peterborough

Pots on display

Covered seasonal plants

A view of Peterborough garden Park
Peterborough Garden Park

Five year hardy plant guarantee
Five year guarantee

Food Hall

Interior salea area

 

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