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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Perrywood Poinsettia

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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