The Plumbly family own and run Fairways Garden Centres with Ashbourne being the largest of two and the Macclesfield branch being the smaller. The Ashbourne garden centre was set up in 1998 on, what was at the time, a pick and grow fruit farm dating back many years. They now grow almost no plants on site, all being bought in from other nurseries.
The plants are in good condition and well displayed as you would expect from a largish garden centre. They come with a two year hardy plant guarantee. The choice is good with most common varieties being sold. Specialist areas include a large number of climbing plants and roses including the more expensive David Austen varieties. Inside they sell gifts, cards, bird care, clothes, toys, garden, conservatory and indoor furniture (on the first floor). Conservatory furniture is supplied by Daro and the choice is particularly good.
The Food Hall does a good job of selling local produce but prices are on the high side. A butchers, cheeses, pies and other deli items are all on offer as is a range of frozen meals. The Cook Shop sells up market cooking accessories. There is a good choice of house plants on display with many of them being the ever popular orchids. All house plants are bussed in direct from Holland weekly.
The Food Hall was awarded the top five star rating for food hygiene in July 2008 and the Garden Cafe was also awarded five stars in January 2014.
Other garden centres nearby include Meynell Langley Gardens who grow many of the plants on their own site.
In October to March (Monday to Saturday), closing is at 5.00pm.
Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
The cafe opens half an hour later and closes half an hour earlier.
8 May 2014
Reward cards are the new Garden Centre gold dust ...
6 May 2014
Wyevale Garden Centres plant lifetime guarantee ...
30 April 2014
Bosworth Garden Centre building houses news.
27 March 2014
Wyevale Garden Centres
buys 140th ...
05 March 2014
£2.4 million on food! ...
08 October 2013
takes Fermoy's lease ...
27 June 2013
14 June 2013
GCG buys Barton
21 May 2013
Sales down by 25%
for 2013 first quarter
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