An orange crush at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Hannah Powell, our Communications and Business Development Manager, went to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week. Here are some of her highlights.   Chelsea Flower Show left me wanting more orange in my garden. Along with purple (which already features heavily in my garden) it was one of the colours which seemed to pop… Read More »

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Enter our Chelsea Competition to Win a VegTrug Herb Planter Kit

It’s competition time: win a VegTrug Herb Planter Kit! In celebration of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show we are giving away a VegTrug Herb Planter with a selection of Italian themed vegetables and herbs, inspired by the Chris Evans Taste Garden at this year’s show. The garden is in the Feel Good Gardens Category and… Read More »

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Greening up the offices at Broomfield Hospital!

Last month, we donated over 50 houseplants to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford. The houseplants were given out to each department or office within the hospital to mark World Earth Day (22nd April) and as a thank you to staff for the wonderful service they provide.     As well as greening up the indoor spaces and… Read More »

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Join us for a blooming great tea party!

Join us in our newly refurbished Terrace Room on Wednesday 28th June (3pm-4.30pm) for a blooming great tea party! Tickets are £14 per person – this includes tea or coffee, a selection of finger sandwiches, a fruit scone and 2 slices of cake. All proceeds go to Marie Curie, providing care and support for people… Read More »

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Enter our Spring Colour Competition

It’s competition time: win a Perrywood Planted Spring Container! This Spring we’re having fun with colour, inspired by Pantone’s top ten collection of seasonal shades. Instore, our teams have been busy creating exciting displays using these innovative colour combinations, and we’d like to share our excitement. We are giving TWO lucky people the opportunity to… Read More »

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Spring demonstrations with expert Kevin Waters

Join us in-store on Saturday 22nd or Sunday 23rd April for FREE Spring demonstrations on the hour, every hour from 10am until 4pm Herbs Made Easy – 11am, 1pm, 3pm Fruit in Tubs – 10am, 12pm, 2pm Handy hints and tips from expert Kevin Waters, be inspired to create your own at home!

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New staff facilities officially opened

We have invested £160,000 in building a new staff room facility with canteen, locker room, toilets, shower and outside terrace with seating. Our team is very important to us, and this new space is a fantastic space to relax in during their break-times and lunch times.   The build was mostly completed using local contractors – including… Read More »

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GUEST POST: Greening up your home

Kate Chilver is a Colchester based photographer and mum of 3 who has a passion for houseplants. Her fantastic Instagram page, Tribeandus is full of styling inspiration. Check out her guest post below which beautifully demonstrates how houseplants can transform any area of the home.   GREENERY: BEFORE & AFTER by Kate Chilver I have lived with plants my whole… Read More »

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2017 Easter Opening Times and Coffee Shop Menu

Join us in-store this Easter and browse our extensive range of products for the home and garden. Our award winning plant area is heavily stocked with an abundance of plants and trees. It’s time to get planting! Easter opening hours Good Friday (8.30am – 5pm) Saturday 15th April (8.30am – 5pm) Easter Sunday  CLOSED –… Read More »

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Join us for a fantastic Weber® BBQ cook-along event!

PLEASE NOTE – THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT Join in the fun when Weber’s certified barbecue chef presents the latest Weber® products and dishes up plenty of inspiration with these hands-on BBQ sessions You will enjoy an exciting time barbecuing numerous dishes and learning new skills along the way. Experience useful tips and tricks that… Read More »

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Over £1,000 raised for Greenfingers at our charity quiz night!

We are delighted to have raised £1,155 for Greenfingers at our charity quiz night last Thursday. Greenfingers is a fantastic charity that create magical gardens for children’s hospices. Each year, the charity holds a Garden Re-Leaf Day when garden centres across the UK kick-start the gardening season and raise valuable funds and awareness for the… Read More »

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Enter our Skip Hop competition!

It’s competition time: win a Skip Hop Otis Owl Zoo Back Pack, Zoo Lunchie and Straw Bottle! The Skip Hop Zoo collection is new to Perrywood and is a fun, colourful and durable range of accessories that every child will love – see in-store for the full range including back packs, lunchies and lunch kits, bibs, placemats,… Read More »

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Fantastic February fundraising at Perrywood!

During February, team members Ruth, Tanya, Selina and Heather have raised over £2,000 for one of the company’s nominated charities, Mid and North Essex Mind. Ruth Bonnick recently donated 14 inches of her hair to the Little Princess Trust. Her sponsored hair cut on Friday 24th February raised £372 for Mid and North Essex Mind. Perrywood have… Read More »

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Add some colour to your garden and home this Spring!

Each year Pantone (best known for their colour matching system) comes out with their ‘top ten colours for Spring’, which this year are reminiscent of the hues which surround us in nature. It includes paler colours such as Hazelnut and Pale Dogwood, and more vibrant selections including Primrose Yellow and Lapis Blue. Also included is their… Read More »

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Ringing the changes at Perrywood

Some of you may have noticed that we are making more changes at Perrywood! We have builders on site for two projects which we hope will improve our site for our teams, and for our customers, although most of what’s happening will be behind the scenes! Firstly we are investing in a new staff room… Read More »

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Enter our Katie Loxton competition!

It’s competition time: win a Katie Loxton ‘live love sparkle’ perfect pouch (worth £16.99) for you and a friend! Here at Perrywood, we are talking about all things hygge* this month. If you are not familiar with this Danish term, its all about the simple, small pleasures that make life great, such as spending quality time with… Read More »

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WIN a Terrarium kit for your home!

Enter our competition for your chance to WIN a Terrarium kit! This month we are banishing the winter blues and championing all things hygge*. If you’re not familiar with this Danish term, it’s all about enjoying the simple things in life… *Hygge: (Danish) 1. life moment brimming with happiness, comfort, loved ones, favourite things, beautiful… Read More »

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Enter our WoodWick candle competition!

It’s competition time: win a WoodWick ‘Evening Bonfire’ eclipse candle (worth £24.99) for you and a friend! Here at Perrywood, we are embracing the hygge* concept this month. If you are not familiar with this Danish term, its all about enjoying the simple things in life… *Hygge: (Danish) 1. life moment brimming with happiness, comfort,… Read More »

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Introduce a bit more ‘hygge’ to your life this Winter

Hannah Powell (nee Bourne) is our Communications & Business Development Manager and helps run Perrywood with her two brothers, Simon and Tristan, and her parents Alan and Karin who have owned the business since 1984. She tells us why Perrywood is championing hygge* (pronounced hoo-gah) this Winter… *Hygge: (Danish) 1. life moment brimming with happiness,… Read More »

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Supporting local charities at Perrywood

In 2016, the team at Perrywood raised over £10,000 for local charities including St Helena Hospice, Headway Essex and Greenfingers through a combination of in-store events and staff activities. We are thrilled to have raised this huge sum and thank all our customers for their support. Highlights include: The quiz night in the Coffee Shop… Read More »

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Perrywood wins bronze at The Greatest Christmas Awards

We are delighted to have scooped two awards at The Greatest Christmas Awards held at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate last night. The two awards are: Bronze Award for The Greatest Christmas Display (large garden centre category) Bronze Award for The Greatest Festive Plants Team (large garden centre category)   Christmas at Perrywood is a real team effort and… Read More »

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Christmas Opening Hours

For those of you planning to visit us during Christmas and New Year, we are open as follows: Christmas Eve  Saturday 24th   8.30am-5pm Christmas Day  Sunday 25th     CLOSED Boxing Day  Monday 26th      CLOSED Tuesday 27th   8.30am-5pm Wednesday 28th   8.30am-5pm Thursday 29th   8.30m-5pm Friday 30th   8.30am-5pm Saturday 31st   8.30am-5pm New Year’s Day… Read More »

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Celebrating our long serving employees

Last night we celebrated our 2016 successes at our annual Christmas party, which this year we hosted at The Barn Brasserie in Great Tey. Owner Alan Bourne thanked all the team for an incredible year at Perrywood, and gave three employees a special long service award: • Carole Savage (Payroll and personnel) – 10 years… Read More »

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The Greatest Christmas Awards – please vote for us!

Voting is now open for The Greatest Christmas Garden Centre Team of 2016! This is the most sought after Christmas award in our industry as it’s voted by the people who really matter most to our business – our customers. If you love our festive displays and the overall Christmas  experience at Perrywood, please vote! You… Read More »

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Plants as presents!

Visit our Indoor Plant department this Christmas for an abundance of plant gift ideas. Treat your friends and family, or even yourself, to one of our beautiful containers made with the freshest of plants. Choose from a wide range of sizes, colour combinations and styles from the traditional basket display to a quirky bucket or contemporary… Read More »

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Spreading some Christmas cheer in North Essex

Christmas is great fun if you have friends and family to share it with. For some people we know it can be a lonely time, with painful reminders of lost loved ones or past events. Following on from the success of our Christmas cheer campaign last year, we are once again asking you to send… Read More »

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Festive fun and games at our Christmas open evening

Thank you to everyone who joined us for another successful Christmas shopping evening last Thursday – we raised over £600 on the night for St Helena Hospice and Headway Essex, our two nominated charities for 2016. Perrywood is donating a further £400 to make a final total of £1,000!     There were lots of… Read More »

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Perrywood wins Social Media Team of the Year Award!

The social media team at Perrywood is celebrating this week after winning the ‘Greatest Social Media Team of the Year Award’ at the first-ever Greatest Marketing Awards. These awards were presented at the Horticulture Trade Association (HTA) Marketing Forum last Tuesday in Northamptonshire. These new awards have been established to recognise excellence in garden centre… Read More »

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Team member Zoe raises over £2,900 for charity

Team member Zoe Willis has raised more than £2,900 for St Helena Hospice by running the Chester marathon. Zoe personally raised £1,467.90 and Perrywood have doubled this amount to £2,935.80. Perrywood match fund any amount which is raised by staff for the company’s nominated charities. Zoe ran the Chester marathon in memory of her grandmother,… Read More »

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Locally produced, award-winning Hayman’s gin now in-store

Following on from the success of the Tiptree Liqueur Gin, we are now stocking Hayman’s Gin. You may have already tasted this gin, as this is the gin used in the Tiptree Liqueur Gin. The Hayman family are local gin-makers (Witham, Essex) who have been distilling gin for five generations – they are the only… Read More »

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Enter our Joma Jewellery competition!

It’s competition time! Win a friendship bracelet for you and a friend The range of ‘little’ necklaces, bracelets and earrings from Joma Jewellery are proving very popular and make perfect gifts – whether its a ‘little’ friendship, love, karma, 21st birthday, special Auntie there is something for everyone. For Christmas, why not give a little joy, sparkle, snowflake… Read More »

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Christmas Open Evening – Thursday 17 November

Join us on Thursday 17 November, 5pm-8pm, for our popular Christmas Open Evening, raising money for St Helena Hospice and Headway Essex! There will be festive games, tasty eats and treats, a children’s corner, prizes to be won, gift ideas for all the family and more! Plus, the first chance to visit Santa and his elves in his… Read More »

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Perrywood raises £1000 for St Helena Hospice as part of the Birkett Long £50 Challenge

We are delighted to have raised £1000 for St Helena Hospice by taking part in the Birkett Long £50 Challenge!   In June we collected our £50 note, donated by solicitors Birkett Long and the challenge was to turn this into as much money as possible for St Helena Hospice by September. This year, the Perrywood team… Read More »

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Explore our ‘Magical’ Christmas shop!

Our ‘Magical’ Christmas shop is now open and packed full of enchanting displays. This year, we have six different themes to inspire you when decorating your home and garden: Magic at Midnight – purple, pink, a hint of black and gold A Very Berry Christmas – berry ribbon, red, green, gold and copper Nordic Noël… Read More »

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Enter our Bulb competition!

It’s competition time! For your chance to WIN a cake inspired Spring Bulb Planting Kit, simply tell us what your favourite spring bulb is and why! We will choose THREE winners, who will each get one of our cake inspired planting kits which include: Carrot Cake (Shades of orange collection),   Fruit Cake (Rich colour collection)… Read More »

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Tickets for Santa’s Grotto now available to book online!

Tickets for our popular Santa’s Grotto are now available to book online  – please book early to avoid disappointment! Children and their accompanying adults can take a walk through our magical Christmas winter wonderland grotto before they meet and speak with Santa and his elves, where he will give them a small gift to take home. The price is… Read More »

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Refurbishing our coffee shop – Sept 19th to Oct 7th

  From September 19th to October 7th we will be refurbishing our coffee shop interior decor. What are we doing?  We are working with a local interior design company, Harp Commercial Interiors, to address the acoustics and to introduce a modern, fresh design to add colour & interest. The work includes a new floor in the… Read More »

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‘Capture the COLOUR’ art weekend

On the weekend of the 6th & 7th August we hosted our first ‘Capture the COLOUR’ art weekend, with local artist and illustrator Sue Pownall as our artist in residence. Sue was busy sketching and painting and capturing the beautiful colour that is currently on display in our plant area.   Customers were able to join in the creativity… Read More »

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Customer service update regarding emails

Earlier this week a virus caused problems with our server, which resulted in us losing a few emails. If you emailed us and have not heard back please resend your email to us! Thank you.

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FREE Autumn Planting Demonstrations

We will once again be holding our popular autumn planting demonstrations on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September. Planting expert Kevin Waters will be here delivering FREE demos on the hour, every hour from 10am until 4pm. Successful spring bulbs – 11am, 1pm, 3pm Autumn/Winter hanging baskets – 10am, 12pm, 2pm   Why not join us in-store for… Read More »

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Winner announced: the Fuchsia Society School’s Competition!

The winner of this year’s School’s Competition is St John’s Church of England Primary School in Colchester. This was announced at the Colchester & District Fuchsia Society 2016 Annual Show on Sunday 17th July. Rose Kingston collected the winning cup on behalf of the school.     Eleven local schools took part in the competition… Read More »

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Find out how we did at the Regional Garden Centre Awards!

Last night the team attended the regional Garden Centre Association (GCA) Awards. Awards are given out to members in the North Thames region, which covers East Anglia, London and across to Oxfordshire. All GCA Garden Centres are audited annually and the awards are given out on the basis of these scores. This year we are delighted to… Read More »

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Enter our Miniature World Competition!

It’s competition time! Create your own Miniature World and share it with us to win a £20 Perrywood gift voucher. Our range of accessories from Miniature World are proving very popular – whether it’s a beach scene, a fairy world or a gnome garden, there is something for everyone and this summer holiday is the perfect… Read More »

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Launching our New Garden Explorers Club

Here at Perrywood, we love encouraging our children to go outside and explore.  With all the work we have done over the years with our Children’s Gardening Sessions and playing host to lots of wonderful local school children who clearly are excited about trees, plants and nature we thought it would be ideal to start… Read More »

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The Big Butterfly Count is on!

The Big Butterfly Count starts this Friday and is a nationwide survey set up by the charity Butterfly Conservation. Butterflies react quickly to any changes in their environment and can be an early indicator that something is wrong.

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Capture the COLOUR Art Weekend 6 and 7 August 2016

We are delighted to welcome local artist Sue Pownall to be our “artist in residence” for the weekend of 6 and 7 August 2016.  Sue will be on site sketching and painting, and capturing the colour in our plant areas. Come and watch her in action! www.suepownallartist.co.uk Give a donation to Headway Essex to take… Read More »

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The Fuchsia Society School’s Competition – winners soon to be announced!

The winners of this year’s School’s Competition will be announced at the Colchester & District Fuchsia Society 2016 Annual Show which takes places on Saturday 16th July (1pm-5pm) and Sunday 17th July (11am-4pm) at Victory Hall, Stanway. The prize giving begins at 2.45pm on the Sunday. Eleven local schools are taking part in the competition.… Read More »

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New to Perrywood – The Bay Tree range

Be tempted by this new range of artisan chutneys, accompaniments, sauces, marinades and dressings from The Bay Tree. The Bay Tree was formed in 1994 when two food enthusiasts met and developed their passion for food. Perfect for alfresco dining and the barbecue season, we love the Spiced Mango dressing, a fruity addition to any salad and… Read More »

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Congratulations to our amazing Plant Team at Perrywood

We are delighted to announce that our fantastic plant team have won two awards at the Garden Trade News ‘Greatest Plant Retailing Team Awards 2016’. These awards celebrate excellence in garden centre plant retailing across the UK. This year we won: Silver Award for ‘The Greatest Plant Advice Team, large Garden Centre’ Bronze Award for ‘The… Read More »

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Perrywood is supporting the Birkett Long £50 challenge!

As the Birkett Long challenge in the aid of St Helena Hospice enters its fifth year, we are pleased to announce that we are once again taking part in this fantastic challenge. We’ve collected our £50 note, generously donated by local solicitors Birkett Long and the team are now working hard to turn our £50 note into… Read More »

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Go Alfresco this Summer!

The term alfresco dining is borrowed from our Mediterranean friends on the continent meaning eating out ‘in the cool’ or ‘fresh’ and so whatever the occasion….nothing says summer to us Brits quite like enjoying a meal outdoors… Whether you have a terrace or small patio in town, or a sprawling country garden or simply looking… Read More »

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