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WHITEHALL LACOCK GARDEN CENTRE

   

 

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REVIEW SUMMARY

FOR
Children's play areas
Good quality plants with a five year guarantee.
Excellent hedging display.
Good fruity tree display.
Huge display of garden buildings sheds and greenhouses.
Good, large Food Hall

AVERAGE
None

AGAINST
No covered paths in the outside area.

 

REVIEW RESULTS - WHITEHALL GARDEN CENTRE, LACOCK

Whitehall Garden Centre started out life as a small shed in 1968 on the farm of Phyllis Self. Now one of the top 20 largest UK garden centre in terms of turnover, it is a huge business in its own right.

THE OUTSIDE AREA
As you step out of the main garden centre building you enter the covered outside area for tender plants which leads on to the main outside area. This is very well-designed with lots of trees and displays to provide interest. This is not a garden centre to hurry around because if you explore a little the outside area has lots to offer. However, if you are in a hurry there are sufficient signs to guide you easily to the plant area you need. The plants themselves are also set out in alphabetic order.

In this area at least, they have captured the market as far as parents with children are concerned. There is a large children's playground with lots of cars, ropes, swings and other attractions. To one side is a separately enclosed toddlers play area. Overlooking the two areas is a grassed area with picnic tables giving clear view of the kids at play. A well thought out and well-executed set of facilities which clearly pays off. Whitehall Garden Centre at Lacock has lots of parents and children wandering round, all courtesy of the excellent children's facilities.

There is a large and very well equipped plant information centre in the plants area alongside a garden design centre. The outside plants area is on a slight slope and some areas have steps down to the next area. But go to one side of these and ramps are there for wheelchair users. The paths are wide and surfaced with tarmac in most areas with just a few relatively solid gravelled paths.

Hedging, often neglected by other garden centres, is fully featured at Whitehall Garden Centre in Lacock. The saying goes that "a picture speaks a thousand words", well they have gone one better here! There is a circle of about 20 small hedges, each named and fully described, so that you can see what a specific hedge really looks like in real life.

We were impressed by this because a hedge is a major feature in many gardens and here you have the chance to select the correct one for your garden. This has clearly taken much effort to create and illustrates how innovative and thoughtful the owners of this garden centre are.

Fruit trees, as mentioned previously, are well-featured at Whitehall's. But wander round the left hand side of the plants area and you will find a small exhibition of a model fruit tree garden. Rather than concentrate on showing specific varieties of fruit tree they have concentrated on different methods of growing them. Espaliers, cordons, arched trees, upright and several other cultural methods are clearly shown. The time to see these is when they are free of leaves. The structure of the branches and the type of pruning required is then clearly evident.

Set in the plants area are several unusual features. One is medium sized shop featuring a large range of reclaimed wrought iron garden and kitchen furniture and other hard-to-find garden features.

At the far left side of the plants area Whitehall Garden Centre have a very large area devoted to garden buildings, sheds and greenhouses, we reckon there must be around 60 or 70 on display. There are some spectacular examples of modern-designed garden buildings along side many traditional ones. All attractively laid out and very accessible.

THE PLANTS
Lots and lots of plants of to choose from and all in tip-top condition. Backing this up is the Whitehall Garden Centre "no-quibble" five year hardy plant guarantee. As well as regular sized plants they stock a fair range of larger plants which can provide immediate effect in your garden.

Prices are just slightly above the average although not much. Examples include clematis starting at 9.99, roses also starting at 9.99, Yeoman spade 12.99 with a stainless steel version at 19.99. Miracle Gro 5.99, Tomorite 1 litre tomato fertiliser is 4.99 with the Westland version only costing 2.99. Potting compost is J R Bowyers 60 litre multi purpose is 4.99 or three for 12.

The choice of plants for sale is large so you will more than likely find exactly what you are looking for. There is an unusually large selection of roses, clematis ornamental and fruit trees.

INSIDE WHITEHALL LACOCK GARDEN CENTRE
For the gardener, there is a good selection of feeds, pesticides, tools and such like. Barbecues and garden furniture are also well featured. Non-gardening goods are also sold by the bucket load. Cards, gifts, candles, bird feed, books, soft furnishings, children's toys, kitchen wares, clothing and more are all pleasantly displayed. There is a special area set aside which sells oak furniture for the house. Access round the store is by wide aisles.

Whitehall Garden Centre also have a larger than expected Food Hall selling delicatessen items, cheeses, meat, pickles, alcoholic drinks and even frozen speciality meals. Overall, one of the best Food Halls we have seen in this area of the UK.

If you want houseplants the choice is wide at this garden centre. lots of different varieties including bonsai trees and some large houseplant specimens all at reasonable prices and in good condition.

Whitehall Garden Centre have their own rather complicated 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 clicking here. 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 rewards.

DISABLED ACCESS
There are some slopes inside and outside but none which are very challenging. If you come across a set of stairs, simply look to either side and there is always a ramp for easy access. Wheelchairs are available at the front entrance.

OTHER STUFF
Car park - The main car park is on tarmac and near the entrance. For busier times they have a gravelled overflow car park. If you needed to park at the far end of the overflow area there is a bit of walk to the entrance.
Pet Centre - Large and comprehensive. It also sells live birds.
Aquatics - Yes, sited at the far end of the outside area is a large aquatics centre stocking a large choice of fish, tanks feeds and other accessories.
Water Features - Yes, near the aquatics centre.
Sheds and Greenhouses - Yes, extremely good. See main article above.
Toilets - Ladies, gents, baby changing and disabled all clean and functional
Children's Play Area - Two excellent areas, see main article above.

CONCLUSION
We thoroughly recommend Whitehall Garden Centre at Lacock. The plants are excellent, well displayed with some very interesting side displays not often found at other garden centres. The inside sales area is well laid out and provides a good shopping experience for gardening and non-gardening goods. A garden centre with character.

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Entrance to Whitehall Garden Centre, Lacock

Covered plants area

Garden buildings

Five year hardy plant guarantee

Excellent hedging display

Information and garden planning centres

Good choice of ornamental trees

Lots of pots

Roses on display

Good signs in plants area

Stone ware for the garden

 

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