8 great garden centres in Suffolk
PUBLISHED: 12:35 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:34 15 June 2018
When you’re sorting out or revamping your garden you’ll need a great garden centre you can trust. Here are 8 in Suffolk that will deliver just what you’re after
Lower Road, Glemsford, Sudbury, CO10 7QU | 01787 280341
Willow Tree Farm shop is a traditional family run fine food store, trading for over 30 years and providing a one-stop shop for local families to do their weekly shop.
In 2018 Willow Tree Farm Shop has been proudly recognized in the Country Side Alliance Food and Drink Awards as well as the East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Food and Drink Awards.
Not only are they passionate about fantastic food but they love our garden too. Working closely alongside local nurseries, they are able to stock healthy well-cared for annuals, perennials and summer bedding along with quality composts at competitive prices.
Open 7 days a week, they look forward to welcoming you at Willow Tree Farm Shop.
London Rd, Beccles NR34 8TT | 01502 219110
At the Norfolk and Suffolk Plant Nurseries you’ll find exotic and unusual plants in a unique garden setting. Lose yourself amongst a beautiful maze of cacti and succulents, bamboo, trees, climbers, perennials, grasses, and ferns to name just a few. Both Nurseries have a large selection of houseplants too, creatively displayed within the Cafés.
Urban Jungle have a team of friendly, knowledgeable staff ready to advise and help chose the perfect selection of indoor and outdoor plants for your home, whatever the environment. Many of the plants are lovingly grown and propagated on site, providing them with the best possible start and allowing the team to sell with confidence in their origin and quality.
The Cafe at Urban Jungle is open every day at Costessey and Beccles (and Saturday Nights at Urban Jungle Suffolk). Both have cosy seating totally embraced by exuberant, leafy plants and serve beautiful food, inspired by the vibrant surroundings. Many of the fresh ingredients are grown on-site in the Edible Jungle, and harvested daily.
Woolpit Nurseries Ltd, Old Stowmarket Rd, Woolpit, IP30 9QS | 07766 312201 | 01359 240370
Did you know? They grow 90% of plants here at Woolpit Nurseries, to ensure you get quality plants at the best price.
By growing most of the garden beeding plants on site in Woolpit, they are able to focus on producing the finest quality garden plants at affordable prices for customers. They always use professional composts and provide the best growing environment with over an acre of growing greenhouses, half an acre of outside growing space and a large net sided poly tunnel.
They offer a large range of seasonal bedding plants, including all the favourites for garden bedding, plants for every garden, whether to plant in beds or perfect for hanging baskets, and containers. There are also ready to go pre-planted hanging baskets and containers for an ‘instant garden’.
Bedding plants on offer are:
- Half hardy annuals: Cosmos, tobacco plants, nemesia
- Hardy annuals: Alyssum, calendula, Iberis
- Hardy biennials: Hollyhocks, dianthus, erysimum, ornamental brassicas
- Half hardy perennials: Bellis, New Guinea impatiens, begonia, pelargonium, lobelia
- Half hardy: Cannas, palms, banana plants
- Hardy perennials: Erica, euphorbia and heuchera, algave, dwarf conifers, cordylines, phorium and ornamental grasses
Marlows Home and Garden Ltd, Hollow Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7AP | 01284 763 155
Marlows Home & Garden Centre is the home of perfect plants, horticultural expertise, stylish living, mechanical genius and a tasty café – all wrapped up in a recently re-developed, Scandinavian inspired venue for a great trip out.
The planteria has a great variety of seasonal plants in stock and lots of expertise on hand to help you. You can pick up some bedding plants that make you smile, grow something delicious or simply add a decorative focal point to your garden. Marlows receive seasonal deliveries of amazing specimen plants and topiary from Italy, hand-picked by their very own plantsman, Pete.
With everything from bedding plants to 80 year old olive trees, there is something to inspire everyone. The Tripp Batt mower & machinery department boasts one of the best showrooms in East Anglia. You could even wave goodbye to mowing the lawn, should you buy a robot mower from one of the trained machinery experts.
The lifestyle section is brimming with stylish homeware, beautiful gifts and a huge range of quality garden furniture and BBQs. The Kitchen café has a cool relaxed vibe and is an ideal venue for meeting friends, family or working lunches with free Wi-Fi. During the warmer months you can enjoy the delicious food and drink out in the sun on the terrace.
6 Ipswich Rd, Newbourne, Woodbridge IP12 4NS | 01473 736717
Katie’s Garden is an independent, family run nursery in Suffolk. Unlike garden centres, their focus is purely on the plants. Their experienced staff offer a friendly, helpful service and the quality plants are sold at a competitive price.
Whether gardening is your passion, or you just want something simple and easy to brighten up the patio, they have the plants for you. Most of the stock is grown by them on the two-acre site, so you can be confident that the plants sold are strong and healthy and should thrive with the right care.
Their carefully selected range includes perennials, roses, lavenders, bedding & annuals, herbs, alpines, climbers, grasses, shrubs, ferns, trees and conifers as well as fruit bushes, vegetables, bulbs and more, depending on the season.
They can plant up your tubs and hanging baskets to order and will usually have pre-planted pots and baskets available to buy – perfect for gifts, or as a treat for yourself! Unlike garden centres, their focus is firmly on the plants - with the exception of compost and a small choice of pots they sell nothing else. The knowledgeable staff offer a friendly, helpful service and buying direct from the grower means you save money without having to compromise on quality.
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Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Rd, Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket IP14 6AT | 01449 711103
Established in 2014 on the site of the existing garden centre at Stonham Barns in Stonham Aspal, Bellflower Garden Centre has undergone a transformation over the last 4 years with a lot of work having been undertaken to renovate and improve the garden centre. There has also been a shift in focus towards providing quality British Grown plants, many of which are grown locally in East Anglia.
Having studied horticulture at university, worked in garden centres in both the UK and Australia, worked on three Chelsea Gold Medal winning displays with Thorncroft Clematis, and with over 10 years in the industry it is safe to say that Manager Gareth Roberts is now an expert in his field. Giving customers knowledgeable advice, hints and tips, Gareth is passionate about ensuring customers get the best out of their plants.
Bellflower Garden Centre work closely with Thorncroft Clematis and offer a good range of Clematis from Thorncroft as well as hosting Thorncroft’s annual Clematis Pruning Demonstrations every February and March.
In addition to plants the garden centre also offers an extensive range of other garden products such as tools, pots and compost where again the focus is on providing quality at affordable prices, as well as a good range of animal and pet feeds and accessories.
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The Nursery, The Heath, Tattingstone, Ipswich. IP9 2LX | 01473 327777 | 01473 327737 (for garden machinery)
Tattingstone Garden Centre is a family-run centre offering a wide range of seasonal plants, shrubs, perennials, compost and gardening accessories.
Within the garden centre complex they also run a garden machinery service where they have a vast range of machinery in the showroom from big manufacturers like Stiga, Mountfield, Hayter, Toro, Snapper, Simplicity, Cobra and many others.
They also have fully-equipped workshops offering repair and servicing options alongside their own parts department and transport facilities to offer a collection and delivery service.
New to the centre is an aquatic department where the friendly, helpful staff are available to offer help and advice on all your aquarium needs. In the aquatic department is a newly-opened tropical fish room and a wide range of aquatic accessories.
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Early Dawn Nurseries and Garden Centre by Cherry Lane, Rushmere Road, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, NR33 8HA | 01502 477041
Cherry Lane - Long Melford, High Street, Long Melford, CO10 9DH | 01787 311889
The country’s seventh biggest garden centre group, Cherry Lane is the UK’s only chain of value garden centres.
Each Cherry Lane Garden Centre offers a fantastic range of plants, trees, and everything else for the garden, not to mention an amazing range of outdoor garden furniture and lighting. The stores also have well stocked pet care and wildlife departments, plus great value clothing, giftware, indoor furniture and homewares and much more. With welcoming onsite coffee shops, a visit to Cherry Lane is a great day out.
Cherry Lane prides itself on amazing prices at all times so you can always be sure of the highest quality but at the lowest possible prices. Its expert buying team ensure quality and stock levels are consistently high all year round. Many of Cherry Lane’s plants are homegrown too, delivering the freshest possible plants to help you make the most of your garden this summer – and beyond!