We raised £1,605 at our Greenfingers charity quiz night!

We are delighted to have raised £1,605 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 »


We’re voluntarily recalling three glass jars, which we used for planting up as terrariums, due to a potential safety issue. We have had some reports of the glass unexpectedly breaking. We would like to ask customers to stop using the glass and we will issue a refund of £9.99. You can do this in two… Read More »

It’s competition time!

Our #houseplants team have been busy this week planting up beautiful Mothers Day Containers ready to give to your special person this Sunday 11 March 2018. You could WIN a beautiful container worth £19.99 to give to your mum this Mothers Day! To WIN all you need to do is to LIKE, SHARE and COMMENT on… Read More »

Details about Friday 2nd March Opening at Perrywood

Perrywood are currently open as usual.  We are monitoring the forecast closely and will update our website if these plans change due to further adverse weather.

Team member Zoe’s amazing charity challenge!

Last year, Zoe, our Houseplants team leader ran her first ever professional race, the Chester marathon, in memory of her grandmother, and raised £2,000 for St Helena Hospice. This year, Zoe has set herself an even bigger challenge – to complete EIGHTEEN half marathons, to raise money for Mid and North Essex Mind. Perrywood Garden… Read More »

Perrywood sponsors the Growing Communities competition

Has your school entered this competition? Deadline to register is this Friday 23rd February! We are delighted to be sponsoring the Growing Communities Healthy Packed Lunch Plot Competition this year. All primary schools in Essex are invited to take part in designing a healthy kitchen garden plot and also creating a recipe for a healthy… Read More »

It’s competition time!

We are celebrating #friendship this February as part of our #health and #happiness theme! We are giving you the chance to win a beautiful Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid  for you and your best friend worth £12.99 each. Plus…  TWO tickets to our Orchid Event  which is running in our #houseplants area Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February worth £5… Read More »

Perrywood Team WIN ‘Big’ at the National Garden Centre Awards

The whole team at Perrywood are today celebrating amazing successes at the National Garden Centre Association (GCA) Conference and Awards, the industry’s most prestigious event of the year for U.K. garden centres.   Placed 4th in the Garden Centre Association (GCA) league table of ‘top 100 UK garden centres’ Hosted by comedian Jo Caulfield, the Annual… Read More »

Win a Heritage bird feeder for your garden!

It’s competition time: win a Heritage Bird Feeder worth £29.99 As part of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch running 27th, 28th and 29th January 2018, we are giving away this unique, fully functional, quirky, Post Box Bird Feeder – one of a range of beautiful Bird Feeders from the Heritage Collection just arrived in our Garden… Read More »

Come and meet our Orchid Expert, Dr Manos, here at Perrywood

Do you love Orchids as much as we do? We are very much looking forward to welcoming Dr Manos Kanellos, Orchid Expert, to give talks on ‘General Orchid Care at Home’ in our houseplants area on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February! Tickets are only £5 per person, you can bring your own Orchid to… Read More »

Over £14,000 raised for our chosen charities in 2017!!

We are very proud to announce through great team work between our staff and customers, we raised this impressive amount for our charities last year, please read our press release below to find out more. ‘On Monday 15 January, Tiptree based Perrywood presented cheques totalling a value of over £14,000 to its chosen charities at… Read More »

Do something creative this January!

Are you starting the New Year with lots of creative ‘New Year Resolutions’?  We have the perfect solution if you have decided to learn a new craft – our houseplant Terrarium Workshops. About Terrariums The trend for terrariums is a growing phenomenon for both experienced and novice gardeners.  This “1960’s revived” indoor activity makes use of… Read More »

Spreading Christmas cheer across North Essex!

Our Christmas cheer campaign (now in our third year) has been another huge success and all planters have now been delivered to twenty deserving individuals in the local area. For some people, Christmas can be a lonely or emotional time, with painful reminders of lost ones or past events. In November and December, we asked… Read More »

Win a LillyPuds Christmas Pudding!

It’s competition time: win a LillyPuds Christmas Pudding worth £16.99! Why not delight your Christmas diners with a scrumptiously light and fruity LillyPuds Christmas Pudding! Say goodbye to dark, heavy, stodgy Christmas pudding and enjoy one of these lighter, fruitier and healthier ones from a small, family producer in East Anglia and now on sale in… Read More »

Real or Artificial? Which Christmas Tree will you choose this year?

It’s the time of year when Christmas trees go up, becoming the centrepiece of our family festivities. We will adorn their branches with twinkling lights and colourful baubles and place our lovingly wrapped gifts underneath. As such a focal point in our celebrations, getting the tree right is important. We have lots of Artificial varieties… Read More »

Enter our Skip Hop Competition!

It’s competition time: win a Skip Hop Deer or Bear Back Pack! The Skip Hop Zoo 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, lunch kits, melamine plates, cups, bottles and umbrellas – ideal stocking fillers! There are two prizes… Read More »

Plenty of fun and games at our Christmas Open Evening!

The Christmas spirit had certainly arrived at Perrywood last Thursday evening! We raised over £700 for Marie Curie and Mid and North Essex Mind, our two nominated charities for 2017. Perrywood is donating a further £300 to make a final total of £1,000! The Colchester Saxophone Quartet created a wonderful festive ambience with their seasonal… Read More »

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 to… 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 their tips… 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 Maple (white/snowy, silver and pale… Read More »

We are on a mission to green up local classrooms!

As part of our ‘Green up your home’ 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 well 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 Wash… Read More »

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 to show them. It was such a beautiful… Read More »

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 a close… 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 with… 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 level.… Read More »

‘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 »

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 charity… 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 year,… Read More »

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 are given out… Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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