CHOOSE GARDEN CENTRES BY COUNTY BELOW
We cover everything from the modern large super-store garden centres through to the independent small nursery. Both have their part to play in providing a wide range of plants and gardening goods for your benefit.
FREQUENTLY ASKED GARDEN CENTRE QUESTIONS
WHICH IS THE LARGEST GARDEN CENTRE IN THE UK
This changes frequently but currently Bridgemere Garden Centre (owned by Blue Diamond) is the largest in the UK. It is situated in Nantwich, Cheshire and covers an area of over 50 acres.
WHICH IS THE LARGEST CHAIN OF UK GARDEN CENTRES
Dobbies take this crown with ease. Previously it was Wyevale Garden Centres but they packed up the garden centre business in 2018 / 2019 and sold 37 of their garden centres to Dobbies.
It's interesting to note that British Garden Centres bought even more garden centres from Wyevale Garden Centres but they tended to be smaller than those bought by Dobbies.
WHO OWNS DOBBIES GARDEN CENTRES
Previously they were owned by Tesco but now are owned by Midlothian Capital and Hattington Capital Holding Company.
WHICH IS THE LARGEST INDEPENDENT GARDEN CENTRE
This award goes to Longacres in Surrey. Sadly the founder, Mr Long, passed away in 2022. He started Longacres Garden Centre in 1979.
Geography plays an important part in deciding which garden centres you may be interested in. If you live in the Midlands then you are unlikely to be interested in a garden centre in Scotland. To help you locate the garden centre that suits you we have divided the UK into county areas. Any given county can be selected at the top of each page to allow you to see all the garden centres reviewed in that county.
The are a few areas of the UK which are no longer in a county, for example Coventry and Birmingham. They are authorities in their own right so we listed them as if they are a county.
Recently we have started adding food hygiene ratings which have been given to cafes, restaurants and food establishment in garden centres. These awards are given by the Food Standards Agency and although not fool proof, they do give some idea as to the cleanliness of a cafe.
Wherever possible we also comment on how a garden centre or nursery is arranged for the purposes of wheelchair users.
All our full reviews are always the result of a personal visit to the garden centre or detailed investigation into their facilities. We have absolutely no association with any particular garden centre or chain of garden centres. All the reviews are our own personal, unbiased opinion. Over the past four years we have visited and reviewed in full over 300 UK garden centres so although our opinions may not necessarily be the same as yours, at least you can be assured that it is an informed opinion.