GO here at xmas time as the displays are awesome. Great little garden center close to the A5 road. It is rather expensive, but aren't all garden centers. Food here is great, expecially on Sunday and close to Christmas
This garden centre is one of the larger in the area and has a variety of wares. There are the usual tools, plants, pots, trees etc,. that you would expect ( I am not green fingered but my parents who know about such things rave about the range). Outside are bedding plants, garden ornaments, water features - but also a small children's play area and a well thought out sand play area which doubles as a welcome distraction for the wee ones as you browse, and also advertises the various sand toys/sand pits/ garden toys that they sell. Cunning.
Inside the restaurant is actually a bit of a find, their cream teas and sunday roasts are particularly good. Be prepared to share your space with mostly pensioners though - its not really a hip hop and happening kind of joint. Still is very civilised and an ideal place to take your granny for a nice spot of lunch and a wander. They also have local artists work on display there which is for sale - mainly landscape and floral pieces and quite traditional - but decent all the same.
I tend to come here for the pet centre (we have gerbils that seem to have bottomless tummies) - and its quite well maintained with a reasonable range of small mammals, reptiles, birds and the accompanying equipment you will need. The staff seem quite well informed in this area and the animals look well cared for although I have to admit I have never bought livestock from here. There is also a large dedicated Aquatics department aptly named 'ripples' which we also use to get food and accessories from. They only stock cold water and tropical (large selection) though - no marine.
Other products include furniture, giftwares, toys, and local produce. I have to say that its also a good place to find a quirky gift for birthdays etc,. as they tend to have unusual bits and bobs, and some nice locally produced handicrafts. This place is huge - so be warned that you may well wander round absorbed for a good few hours.
The best time to come here for me is on the run up to Christmas, their seasonal displays are second to none. About half of the internal space is taken up with festive displays including decorations, gifts and animatronics. If you want something O.T.T and unusual as a centre piece this christmas and money is no object then this is the place to come. It does not come cheap though - my son fell in love last year with these lifesize animated baby polar bears - yes polar bears!! Besides the fact there is no room in my little victorian terraced for such beasts - they also cost £600.00 a pair. Cute though.
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