John's Garden center has a great variety of plants for the city garden. I went here to get some tools to trim the willow tree that hangs over my garden. I was really pleased to find that they sell seeds to grow some herbs, and now I have small pots of coriander and basil on hand when I want them.
Its a bit crowded when you step inside, as all the shelves are stacked up with all sorts of gardening bits and bobs. You'll never find what you're looking for yourself, but the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. Its also a handy place to get organic materials like compost, and will save you a trek to larger stores.
They also sell some potted flowering plants - a better present than flowers I think!
I love plants and I love to garden, for all my gardening and plant life needs I go to John's Garden Centre in Stoke Newington. The staff is friendly and they really do know their stuff when it comes to plants and gardens. I have a very small garden and when I wanted to plant some flowers they asked excellent questions about the soil and light to make sure that whatever I planted wouldn't die.
When you walk into the shop it is filled with plants, seeds and gardening tools. At first I wasn't sure they would have all the things I wanted, but I was lead out back into a gardener's paradise. The back of the shop if filled with plants and all sorts of things that can go into a garden, there is even a shed that holds larger garden tools. I was impressed by the selection of plants. Recently, I went to the shop to pick up a few plants and left loaded down with new plants for my house, a few things for the garden, and bags of dirt for re-potting my current plants. What a great shop!!!
John is very helpful and didn't make me feel stupid at all for having little to no knowledge of anything to do with the garden. It is because of John that we have a healthy herb garden (or at least a few great planters full of healthy herbs) and learnt to get rid of snails. Being a novice, it is lovely to be able to talk to somebody knowledgable about plants- something I know you can't get from a large store.
We don't have a car, so going up to Homebase or MFI isn't really an option for us if we want to buy large or heavy things, so John's garden centre is perfect- we fill up old suitcases with bags of compost and plant pots.
They have quite a large selection of plants out back and a shed full of large tools.
If you can spot it amidst the stickers and shelves full of plants, the door of this shop sports a sign saying 'welcome to the Tardis'. It is indeed true that there's more than their appears the shop itself is long and narrow, and goes on into a garden area that starts long and narrow and opens up (slightly) further down. They have a pretty amazing range of plants, including many that were new to me, and including a good range of herbs, which is something I'm interested in. Tangerine scented sage anyone?
You can also get the associated stuff: netting, soil, bug killers and fertilizer. They also do a big range of pet foods. For the cats, Science Diet and organic foods, not Felix and Whiskas.
I haven't visited as often, and so can't say if they are good at doing seasonal ranges and changing stock. I also have to mark them down a little as there were many plants that looked the worse for wear. While you could excuse this on the basis of recent torrential rain, many were in shelving where I feel watering would have been under the control of staff I was very impressed with the range though, and most of the plants were gorgeous. Definitely worth a visit, and really a 4.5.
Don't be fooled by the small facade of this garden centre in the heart of Stoke Newington. It might be narrow but the property is very long and has a garden full of plants, pots, fencing and well everything else you need when gardening. Indoors there are gardening tools, seeds, pet food, irrigation systems and much more. They also sell coal and smoke free fuel. Its a really nice and friendly place where you can get advice from people who actually know what they are talking about. Even the cat which always hangs out in the back garden is friendly and loves a stroke.
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