Today opened from 09:00 until 17:30

Your independent Plant Centre
for all the Family

  • Come and choose from our delicious breads and cakes this Christmas

  • We've fresh trees from 25th November, decorations and gifts in our dazzling Christmas Marquee

  • Enjoy a piping hot tea, coffee or chocolate on our heated Cafe´Terrace

  • The finest local ingredients for your Christmas dinner from our newly extended Farm Shop

  • We have a fantastic choice of gifts for all ages in our Christmas Marquee

    Happy Halloween!

    Happy Halloween!

    Happy Halloween! It's the witching hour, and that means just one thing: giant pumpkins! They're super-easy to grow yourself to hollow out and carve into a Hallowe'en lantern to scare all those ghosties and ghoulies away from your doorstep.

    We've got plenty of record-breaking varieties you can try in our garden centre. 'Atlantic Giant' is the big daddy, and regularly produces pumpkins over 200 kg in weight, but if that sounds a bit large for your doorstep, you'll also get great results from more manageable varieties like  'Jack O'Lantern' or 'Gold Fever'.

    To grow a giant pumpkin for next year's Hallowe'en, sow seed in April, one to a 10cm pot, and move the seedlings into larger containers as they grow (and they do grow, very quickly indeed). The richer the ground, the larger your pumpkin: one trade secret for show-stopping fruits is to dig a large pit, up to 1.2m wide and deep, and fill it with well-rotted manure (you'll find plenty of rich soil improver for sale in our garden centre, so just ask a member of staff). Then plant your young pumpkin plant in the top after the last frosts.

    Keep it well-watered, pinch out all but two of the fruits and lift them off the ground onto pallets or straw as they swell. Around the end of October, just in time for Hallowe'en, they'll be ripe and ready for turning into scary lanterns. Happy carving!