40 challenges to raise money for the MIND charity

Our Communications & Business Development Manager, Hannah Powell, is turning 40 this month. She is going to complete 40 challenges in 2017 to raise money for one of our nominated charities, Mid & North Essex MIND. Any money she raises will be match funded by Perrywood and her target is £500 which will be doubled… Read More »


Terrarium Workshop….a perfect present

  Whether you are looking for a unique Christmas present or an unusual birthday gift, we think our Terrarium Workshops are a wonderful way to treat your family and friends. The trend for terrariums is a growing phenomenon, who wouldn’t want to show off their very own living piece of art.  Plus, creating a terrarium… Read More »

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Christmas Terrarium Workshop 16 November at 7pm

Last weekend we launched our first ever Terrarium Workshops for customers. We have had such amazing feedback from customers who have said that the sessions were really informative, fun and great value for money!  They also praised Zoe and Selina from our houseplant team who ran the sessions! The November sessions are almost sold out… Read More »


The Coffee Shop are raising money for The Royal British Legion

We are delighted to welcome Vic and Margaret Wright to the Coffee Shop this morning.  Vic and Margaret have been working hard all year to make beautiful poppies to raise money for The Royal British Legion.   The whole Coffee Shop team are wearing their handmade poppies with pride and have kindly donated £5 each from… Read More »

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A Christmas feast in the Coffee Shop!

Our talented Coffee Shop team have a feast planned for you this Christmas… Christmas dinners will be served from Sunday 26th November and then every Wednesday and Sunday up until and including Sunday 17th December. Our Christmas afternoon tea menu will be served from Thursday 16th November and throughout November and December. A selection of… Read More »


Christmas Open Evening – Thursday 16th November

Join us on Thursday 16th November, 5pm – 8pm, for our very popular Christmas Open Evening, raising money for Mid and North Essex MIND and Marie Curie! Walk through our Lost in the Forest magical Christmas experience, join in our fun festive games, enjoy tasty eats and treats, plus little ones can enjoy our Christmas crafting corner. … Read More »


Tickets for Santa’s Grotto are 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 elves. Santa will give each child a small wrapped gift to take… Read More »


Visit our Christmas shop for a magical experience!

Our ‘Lost in the Forest’ themed Christmas shop is now open and packed full of magical displays. This year, we have five different themes to inspire you when decorating your home and garden. Blazing Birch (red, white and green or red, white and blue):       Frosty Oak (green, white, copper, soft gold):     Misty… Read More »


We are on a mission to green up local classrooms!

As part of our ‘Green up your gaff’ campaign, our houseplant team are on the road this week and next week, visiting eleven local primary schools and delivering over eighty houseplants to classrooms. It is well known that houseplants can be hugely beneficial to health – they boost concentration, improve air quality and reduce stress levels. As… Read More »


Perrywood wins GOLD twice at the GTN’s Greatest Awards 2017!

We are extremely proud to announce that Perrywood has won GOLD twice at the Garden Trade News’s Greatest Awards 2017 this week: Gold award for The Greatest Garden Centre Team 2017 Gold award for The Greatest Merchandising Team 2017 As well as these two gold awards, Perrywood also won gold awards for The Greatest Pot… Read More »


Planting Demonstrations with our favourite Celebrity Gardener

Join us in-store on Saturday 14th October for FREE demonstrations with our favourite TV Celebrity Gardener, Lee Connelly, The Skinny Jean Gardener. Lee will be in our Plant Area all day giving us his fun and exciting twist on creating a Takeaway Garden using unique planting styles and containers. Demos take place: 11 am |… Read More »

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Houseplants & cake with the South East Bloggers Club

On Thursday night Hannah (Communications & Business Development Manager) and Zoe (Houseplant expert and Team Leader) enjoyed a lovely evening at Layer Marney Tower with the South East Bloggers Club. They enjoyed talking to bloggers from Essex and further afield, and took along some houseplants, Thought Clothing, Katie Loxton bags and items from our Christmas Shop… Read More »

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Over £1,000 raised for Mid and North Essex Mind at our quiz & curry night!

We are delighted to have raised £1,146 for Mid and North Essex Mind at our charity quiz & curry night on Thursday evening. Over 90 people joined us in our Coffee Shop and the money was raised from ticket sales and a fantastic raffle. Congratulations to ‘The Minders’ who took home the winner’s prizes after… Read More »


Our Houseplant Expert Zoe joins the IGCA Congress 2017 Youth Tour in Canada

We are very excited to announce that our Houseplant Expert Zoe has been selected to attend The International Garden Centre Association’s 2017 Congress hosted by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association in Niagara Falls, Ontario.   Zoe was put forward for this amazing trip by Hannah, our Communications Manager, who says: “Zoe has grown and developed… Read More »


Perrywood scoop GOLD for The Greatest Plant Retailing Team!

There are celebrations at Perrywood as our fantastic plant team are awarded GOLD for The Greatest Plant Retailing Team at the Garden Trade News Greatest Awards 2017.   Trevor Pfeiffer, Managing Director, Garden Trade News commented: “Perrywood demonstrates excellence in all areas of plant retailing.  Excellent quality, dramatic displays, customer service and advice of a very high… Read More »

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‘How to’? Leaflets

Over the next few weeks, we are launching our very own range of ‘How To’? Leaflets in-store. They have been written by our wonderful team who wanted to share their knowledge and love of our plants & products, and will be available around Perrywood to help you become inspired and improve your own homes and gardens.… Read More »

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Enter our Skip Hop ‘back to school’ competition!

It’s competition time: win a Unicorn or Monkey back pack! The Skip Hop collection 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, snack cups, bottles and umbrellas. There are two prizes up for grabs: a Unicorn back pack… Read More »


Over £8,000 raised for charities so far this year!

It’s been a busy year at Perrywood so far with over £8,000 raised for charities. We are delighted with funds raised and our target of £12,000 is in sight! We appreciate all the support from our staff and customers in raising this fantastic amount of money. We have raised over £2,000 for Greenfingers, an amazing… Read More »


Team member Tora Cook reaches the next stage of Rising Stars!

We are delighted that Perrywood team member Tora Cook has reached the next stage of this year’s Westland ‘Rising Stars’ programme, run by the Garden Centre Association (GCA). Tora is now one of eleven candidates from garden centres across the country, competing to win the prestigious title of Rising Star 2017. Now in its ninth… Read More »


Sensational sculpture in an amazing aboretum!

Recently Hannah Powell, communications & business development manager, was at the preview evening for the Marks Hall Sculpture Exhibition. Read on to find out why she thinks it is well worth a visit.   I have been a member of Marks Hall Garden & Aboretum for a couple of years and I always find it… Read More »

Colourful sculpture at Marks Hall

Celebrations at Perrywood as we scoop FOUR regional awards!

We are celebrating at Perrywood this week after scooping the ‘Best Destination Garden Centre’ award at the regional Garden Centre Association (GCA) awards last Thursday. To say that we are delighted is an understatement!   The North Thames region covers East Anglia, London and across to Oxfordshire. All GCA Garden Centres are audited annually and the awards… Read More »

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Win a La Hacienda Wildfire Steel Fire Pit!

It’s competition time: win a La Hacienda Wildfire Steel Fire Pit worth £99! Create warmth and ambience in your garden this Summer… We have one La Hacienda Wildfire Steel Fire Pit worth £99 to give away! The Wildfire Steel Fire Pit is perfect for outdoor cooking and entertaining and you really can create a ‘wild fire’… Read More »

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Our BBQ sales team win Bronze at The Greatest Awards

We’re delighted to have achieved a Bronze award for The Greatest BBQ Sales Team, at this year’s Garden Trade News ‘Greatest Outdoor Leisure Sales Team Awards’. Held at the Solex 2017 Exhibition in Birmingham last week, these awards highlight and celebrate excellence in retail sales teams across the outdoor leisure sector in UK garden centres. Congratulations to our BBQ… Read More »

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Enter our WOW Toys Competition!

It’s competition time: win a WOW Toys Emergency or Fairytale Gift Set It’s nearly the summer holidays, when there will be plenty of time to entertain little ones! We have two WOW Toys gift sets to give away – an Emergency 3 in 1 and a Fairytale 3 in 1, each worth £34.99! WOW Toys are great quality… Read More »


Over £1,300 raised at our Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party!

We are delighted to have raised a fantastic £1,316 for Marie Curie at our Blooming Great Tea Party on Wednesday! The charity event was held in our newly refurbished Terrace Room and seventy customers enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea of freshly made sandwiches, scones and cakes.     We were delighted to have two fantastic volunteers from… Read More »


Win breakfast for two people in the Perrywood Coffee Shop!

It’s competition time! What better way to start the day than breakfast at Perrywood! Our Coffee shop is open every day from 9am (9.30am on Sundays) and serves home cooked breakfasts (until 11am) including gluten and dairy-free options. We are giving away a delicious breakfast of your choice for two people (including drinks). To enter… Read More »


Congratulations to our Coffee Shop team!

We are delighted to announce that our talented Coffee Shop team have won two awards at the Garden Trade News ‘Greatest Catering Awards 2017’. These awards celebrate excellence in catering in garden centres across the UK and were announced at the HTA Catering Conference dinner last Tuesday at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield. This year we won:  … Read More »

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Our private tour of Marks Hall Gardens and Aboretum

On Tuesday night we were given the fantastic opportunity of a private tour of Marks Hall Gardens & Aboretum, a local gem which should be on everyone’s list of places to visit in Essex. The curator Jonathan walked us round the estate over three hours and talked us through some of its fascinating history as… Read More »

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Our Rising Stars create displays to inspire customers

Three members of our brilliant team have been selected to take part in this year’s Westland ‘Rising Stars’ programme, run by the Garden Centre Association (GCA). Tora Cook, Heather McFee and Tanya Gates are among 25 hopefuls from garden centres across the country, competing to win the prestigious title of Rising Star 2017. Now in it’s… Read More »

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Bring a little holiday to your home and garden this Summer!

You may have noticed a few of our new displays around the store as we start to introduce our new Summer theme, ‘holiday at home’. Throughout June, July and August, we will be helping you to ‘holiday at home’, to bring plants and products into your home and garden which remind you of being on holiday. In… Read More »


Daffodils help raise £1,700 for Marie Curie!

We are delighted to have raised another £1,766 for Marie Curie, one of the charities that Perrywood is supporting in 2017. Marie Curie provide care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. They’ve been carrying out this vital work for over 65 years – last year alone they cared for over… Read More »


Enter our competition to win a Weber iGrill2 Bluetooth® thermometer!

It’s competition time: win a Weber iGrill2 Bluetooth® thermometer! This week is #nationalbbqweek and to celebrate, we are giving away a Weber iGrill2 Bluetooth® thermometer worth £99.99. The thermometer monitors food from beginning to end, and notifies you via the Weber iGrill app once it has reached the perfect degree to serve. The essential accessory for a… Read More »


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 »


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!


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »