garden centre first opened on Decimalisation day, 1971.
This family-run concern is conveniently laid out, with specific
areas each naturally flowing into the next. The centre offers
an A-Z range of species of flowering and foliage plants, shrubs
and trees and alpine plants. Each comes with detailed
information on its preferred sitting (shade-loving etc) soil
conditions and care regime.
The viewing garden areas feature superb
topiary- a footballer and skier are just two of the whimsical
and expertly produced examples. Throughout the centre, the
information and informative staff provide attentive,
conscientious advice and service to all customers and are able
to help both the novice and experienced gardener.
The garden centre specialises in large
plants and also has a good range of trees and shrubs for small
gardens. Here visitors will find everything they need to plant
and maintain a beautiful and healthy garden, including a range
of composts and top soils, gardening tolls, ornaments and
sundries. For the indoor gardener, there's a superb range of
houseplants on offer.
The well-stocked, attractive gift shop
offers a range of pictures, candles, posters and prints,
frames, games, silk flowers, basketware, games and toys, and
CDs and cassette tapes. In the bookshop, visitors will find a
wide variety of gardening titles.
The coffee shop will satisfy the appetite
with a good selection of sandwiches, salads, cakes and other
snacks, teas, coffees and soft drinks, in a large heated wooden
building or when the weather is fine, guests can sit out in the
attractive patio area. There is a separate but complementary
pool supplies and maintenance department.
Altons Garden Centre