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The Top Rated Independent Garden Centres Near You

May 27, 2022
RSPB friendly gardens
When we finally get around to decorating our gardens, we often decide to go straight to big chain stores instead of going local and independent. This year, we can all make a difference by shopping locally, saving the planet and giving money back to local businesses.  

Why shop local

1. Local shops mean local produce

Shopping independently usually means that what you're purchasing is from somewhere local, meaning that the local economy is better off. Jobs are sustained, and small businesses can sell their goods.

2. Pick up brands that you will not find in chain stores

Small businesses have a chance to be precise about what they sell. If they are selling a product to a local garden centre, this might mean that you will come across brands that you've never heard of before, allowing you to discover a brand-new offering.

3. Helping the planet and becoming more sustainable

With less transportation involved, shopping locally ultimately cuts out CO2 emissions, which can help with our carbon footprint. Products won't need to be transported up and down the country if it's coming locally. So doing our bit to help the environment might feel like a small change, but it is indeed significant in the long term.

 

Where are the top-rated garden centres near me?

 

West Midlands

 

Halls Garden Centre

4.3 stars based on 676 reviews

211 Chester Road, Sutton Coldfield B7 5BD

"Lovely independent garden centre. It's my go-to for pots and plants. They have great variety, a friendly team, and excellent prices. The aquatic centre is nice, too."

"Gorgeous garden centre - loads of unique things you couldn't find anywhere else. Friendly staff and a lovely little cafe next door to get a slice of cake! Stunning."

 

Pacific Nurseries

4.4 stars based on 1.4k reviews

Chester Road, Sutton Coldfield WS9 0PH

"Family-run garden centre based on Chester Road, Streetly. Homegrown plants from our nursery in Little Hay, a lovely cafe and farm shop full of delicious local food".

"Lovely garden centre with lots of variety. The beautiful cafe was a welcome surprise, and I recommend the scones and clotted cream with jam! Great coffee too."

 

Cypress Nursery

4.6 stars based on 139 reviews

128 Powke Lane, Rowley Regis B65 0AG

"Family-run business, great selection of plants and a good price"

"Lovely owner who can advise on all the plants. Lots of choices at reasonable prices".

 

Greater Manchester

 

Daisy Nook Garden Centre

4.1 stars based on 1,116 reviews

Daisy Nook Garden Centre, Stannybrook Road, Daisy Nook, Failsworth, Manchester M35 9WJ

"Independent garden centre. Helpful, knowledgeable staff reasonably priced products."

"Outdoor plants are their speciality with one of the largest, most varied selection of plants available in the Manchester area. They stock plants suitable to grow and thrive in our region, from long-lasting trees, conifers and climbers and larger statement plants for the larger garden to alpines, herbaceous, seasonal bedding, and herbs for the smaller garden. Their range will satisfy any size garden or budget".

 

Bents Garden and Home

4.4 stars based on 8.6k reviews

Warrington Road, Leigh End, Glazebury, Warrington WA3 5NT

"Gorgeous garden centre! It's more than a garden centre. You might end up spending a good couple of hours here."

" LOVE this garden centre. It's fantastic. With a huge range of gifts, things for the home, furniture, garden fireplace, sweet treats, and more. They also have a fantastic restaurant serving wonderful hot and cold food, beverages, a patisserie and a delicious bakery with a fabulous range of cakes and desserts".

 

Bud Garden Centre

4.7 stars based on 264 reviews

Omer Drive, Manchester M19 2JN

"Small independent garden centre, great selection of plants, really well cared for by a knowledgeable proprietor and staff. Bit of a hub for local gardening enthusiasts."

"What a gem. This is a wonderful place to shop! So many beautiful plants in such a compact area. Always top-quality plants, bulbs, pots etc. Also, the only place I know in the area to buy Strulch, which is amazing for keeping down weeds and helping plant growth".

 

West Yorkshire

 

Tong Garden Centre

4.4 stars based on 6.4.k reviews

Tong Lane, Bradford BD4 0RY

"A trendy place with a massive car park, toilets, cafe and restaurant, indoor and outdoor children's play area, food shop, pet shop, tropical fish area with a large tank of fish that can be fed".

"What a fantastic garden centre. It's full of fun things to look at great quality items. There's a casual cafe and a more sit-down meal restaurant upstairs. The cakes are enormous and very well priced. The staff are very friendly, and it's a great place to take kids".

 

Whiteleys Garden Centre & Café

4.1 stars based on 1.3k reviews

Far Common Road, Mirfield WF14 0DQ

"One of the best independent garden centres around for miles. There are many plants indoors and outdoors and equipment for the garden too".

"Absolutely mind-blowing garden ideas and equipment, a big range of bulbs. Recommend!"

 

Lumby Garden Centre

4.4 stars based on 666 reviews

Leys House, Lumby, Leeds LS25 5LE

"A family-run, traditional garden centre".

"Excellent selection of indoor and outdoor plants, staff are friendly and helpful".

 

Kent

 

Brookside Garden Centre

4.5 stars based on 1015 reviews

Seven Mile Lane, East Peckham, Tonbridge TN12 5JG

"A lovely independent garden centre with a good range of plants etc. and a lovely coffee shop".

"Fantastic independent garden centre. Caters for all your garden, pet and gift needs".

 

Tenterden Garden Centre

4.4 stars based on 695 reviews

Appledore Road, B2080, Reading Street, Tenterden TN30 7HT

"Lovely garden centre, family owned".

"Large Garden centre, selling just about everything garden related. Cafe sells amazing food, worth a visit just to eat in the cafe".

 

Coolings - Garden Centre and Plant Nursery

4.5 stars based on 400 reviews

Rushmore Hill, Knockholt, Sevenoaks TN14 7NN

“Good independent garden centre with a huge selection of plants, bushes, and shrubs. Very good restaurant with a variety of meals cooked on site. Worth a visit if convenient.”

"So many choices of every kind of plant you can think of lots of special offers plus loads of other garden furniture and tools."

 

Hampshire

 

Mud Island Garden Centre

4.4 stars based on 612 reviews

Southwick Road, North Boarhunt, Fareham PO17 6JF

"Nice independent garden centre, with a reasonably priced choice of plants".

"Absolutely love this garden centre, has lots of outdoor parking spaces, and is reasonably priced, especially the section of fake flowers!"

 

Elm Park Garden Centre

4.4 stars based on 353 reviews

Aldermaston Road, Pamber End, Tadley RG26 5QW

"Very good, independent garden centre".

"Always good service, products and staff, a much-needed place these days."

 

Avenue Nurseries

4.3 stars based on 642 reviews

Avenue Road, Lasham, Alton GU34 5SU

"Great independent local garden centre with a good cafeteria."

"Lovely independent nursery, lots of unusual items and gorgeous homemade style cakes".

 

Cornwall

 

Trevena Cross Nurseries

4.6 stars based on 976 reviews

Breage, Helston TR13 9PY

"Love this place for variety, prices, good food and helpful, knowledgeable staff"

"Great prices and lots to choose from, staff friendly and helpful, café is definitely worth a visit".

 

Carnon Downs Garden Centre

4.2 stars based on 1,156 reviews

Carnon Downs Garden Centre, Quenchwell Road, Carnon Downs, Truro TR3 6LN

"Loads of produce and products under one roof, friendly staff."

"This is such a great garden centre! I can't think of anything that I would want for my garden that I couldn't get from Carnon Downs Garden Centre."

 

St. Austell Garden Centre

4.4 stars based on 421 reviews

Boscundle Close, Saint Austell PL25 3RJ

"Good prices, selection and variety, the staff are always polite and helpful, and a well-appointed café is a great touch with a nice outside area and again friendly staff. A great local garden centre".

"Excellent independent garden centre. Well laid out, lovely healthy plants. The staff are very friendly, excellent customer service. They are very knowledgeable".

 

Gloucestershire

 

Highfield Garden World, Gloucester Garden Centre

4.4 stars based on 564 reviews

Bristol Road, Whitminster, Gloucester GL2 7PB

"Amazing independent garden centre. Excellent restaurant"

"Lovely garden centre with lots of small shops contained within it. Restaurant was great with very helpful staff."

 

The Fairview Gardener & The Tea Room

4.7 stars based on 400 reviews

Chapel Lane, Birdwood, Gloucester GL2 8AR

"Really lovely place, and good to know it is a family-owned independent business. Lovely staff, beautiful plants and beautiful gift shop".

"An absolute gem of a garden centre! Fabulous choice of plants and great advice and assistance from friendly staff. Great parking. The shop is a delight, and the cafe is the same. Our dog was welcome too"

 

Trioscape Garden Centre

4.4 stars based on 856 reviews

Trioscape Garden Centre, Highleadon, Newent GL18 1HQ

"Very popular garden centres, especially the restaurant. Large, independent business built up by a family who still runs it. A large variety of plants, outdoor and indoor.”

"Love this garden centre. Could spend hours just looking around. They have a great outdoor light selection".

 

Merseyside

 

Whitakers Garden Centre

4.3 stars based on 749 reviews

Liverpool Road, Prescot L34 3LX

"Everything you want for the garden, beautiful well-groomed flowers, fruit trees, different shrubs, visiting makes you feel at home in the garden.”

"Amazing centre, stunning plants and staff are friendly and understood what I was after."

 

Carr Farm Garden Centre

4.2 stars based on 1829 reviews

Birkenhead Road, Meols, Wirral CH47 9RE

"Nice garden centre has a good selection of plants. Good farm shop and the bonus of other shops inside. Also, the restaurant does excellent food."

"Fantastic garden centre with numerous shops and things to browse through. Lovely cafe and food is excellent."

 

Gordale Garden and Home Centre

4.4 stars based on 3.3k reviews

Chester High Road, South Wirral, Neston CH64 8TF

"Medium-sized garden centre, probably one of the neatest cleanest ones I've ever been to, everything on display was so organised and tidy, well done. House plant area was really good, with lots of variety."

"A really great garden centre. They sell everything that anyone could ever need in the gardening, leisure and household lines."

 

Tyne and Wear

 

Cowell's Garden Centre

4.6 stars based on 1,081 reviews

Main Road, Woolsington, Newcastle upon Tyne NE13 8BW

"Fantastic garden centre. The choice of plants is huge! Great independent centre. I don’t go anywhere else now. Good selection of pots & planters".

 

Tyne Valley Garden Centre

4.4 stars based on 406 reviews

Mickley Square, Stocksfield NE43 7BT

"Great little independent garden centre".

"I always go here for my plants as they are good quality and reasonably priced compared to the bigger garden centre chains."

 

Lintzford Garden Centre

4.1 stars based on 720 reviews

Lintzford Road, Rowlands Gill NE39 1DG

"Good range of pots and accessories".

"Excellent staff, very friendly. Lots of different choices in garden furniture."

 

Leicestershire

 

Sapcote Garden Centre

4.3 stars based on 1.4k reviews

Hinckley Road, Sapcote, Leicester LE9 4LG

"A traditional garden centre with an excellent choice of well looked after plants, shrubs and trees at reasonable prices. Lots of sundries inside with a lovely cafe."

"Best place for choice & quality plants etc, great staff on loading up for you too."

 

Sunnyside Garden Centre Ltd

4.4 stars based on 1,055 reviews

Leicester Road, Ibstock LE67 6HL

"A great little garden centre for your basic gardening needs."

"Independent garden centre and restaurant. Always had a good breakfast and lunch. Staff are polite and friendly. Garden centre prices aren't the cheapest, but the flowers / plants are high quality."

 

Hawgrip Plant Centre & Nursery

4.4 stars based on 1096 reviews

Seine Lane, Enderby, Leicester LE19 4PD

"Excellent garden centre. I love it. Staff are very helpful and always good, healthy, reasonable plants."

"If you want to shop at a nursery that stocks thousands of quality plants, indoor and outdoor at reasonable prices, look no further, because this is it, outstanding."

 

Cumbria

 

Beetham Nurseries

4.5 stars based on 1,049 reviews

Pool Darkin Lane Beetham, Milnthorpe LA7 7AP

"A good variety of quality outdoor furniture, trinkets and gifts."

"Excellent range of plants and products for indoors and out. There is also a nice selection of children's toys and books, and an excellent cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. Helpful staff, dog friendly in non - food areas."

 

Bay View Garden Centre & Restaurant

4.3 stars based on 394 reviews

Mill Lane, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth LA5 8ET

"Lovely independent garden centre with a great cafe/restaurant AND THE BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE"

"Bay View Garden Centre is such a lovely place; the restaurant is superb! Great food and friendly staff with a fantastic view across Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland Fells."

 

Charnley's Home and Garden

4.5 stars based on 648 reviews

Crooklands Terrace, Dalton-in-Furness LA15 8JH

"A good place to buy indoor and outdoor plants. The food counter looked and smelt amazing! The staff were very helpful while I needed help choosing indoor plants."

"Absolutely brilliant. Not the biggest garden centre I've ever been to- but without a doubt the best."