Bringing garden centres from across our region together

Last night we hosted the Garden Centre Association’s North Thames Regional Awards and garden centres from across East Anglia, London & Herts joined us to celebrate their achievements. Each garden centre is visited annually by a GCA inspector and the scores from this audit are used to decide on the regional winners in a number of… Read More »

Well Done Boys!

Over £400 was raised for our charities in store yesterday! As part of the Perrywood 1000 Mile Cycle Challenge (#perrywood1000), our Josh and Ryan spent all day yesterday in store cycling to raise money for this years chosen charities; St Helena Hospice, Wipe Away Those Tears and Headway Essex. With a little extra help from the… Read More »

Perrywood is supporting the Birkett Long £50 challenge!

This year we have five teams taking part in this fantastic challenge to raise money for St Helena Hospice. Each team has been given a £50 note, donated by solicitors Birkett Long. The team have until the end of September to turn that £50 into as much money as possible for the Hospice using their… Read More »

Coastal Living

Whether you live by the sea, or just dream about it, why not enhance the beauty of your home with a selection of our coastal themed accessories? We have a vast selection in-store ranging from sea-themed pictures, ceramic and earthenware pots, glass lanterns, wooden birds and fish and much more. You could add splashes of colour… Read More »

Congratulations to our talented plant team!

We are delighted to have notched up yet another award – this time a silver award for Large Planteria Team at The Greatest Plant Retailing Awards last Tuesday. Our talented plant team aim to give our customers the best plant buying experience they can, offering quality plants together with the very best customer service. They are able to… Read More »

Thoughtful fashion from the Braintree Clothing Company

We have stylish new summer clothing in-store from the Braintree Clothing Company, including tops and tunics, soft knits, loose trousers, skirts and dresses. Braintree Clothing is an organic fashion company originating in Sydney, Australia and now based in London. They use a range of eco-friendly, natural and sustainable fabrics to create beautiful, timeless pieces whilst caring… Read More »

Sit, relax & dine this summer!

Shop our stylish Summer 2015 collection of garden furniture, barbecues, fire pits, garden lighting and more. Recently awarded ‘Sales Team of the Year 2015’ at the Garden Retail Awards, our experts are on hand to offer extensive advice and assistance for selecting the perfect products. Our garden furniture collection is available to purchase in-store, online and… Read More »

Perrywood Summer Days garden furniture

Greatest Afternoon Tea Experience – WINNERS!

We are celebrating this week after scooping the Greatest Afternoon Tea Experience Award at the Greatest Catering Awards held at The Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield last Tuesday. We now serve more than 200 of our delicious afternoon teas per month in our modern Terrace Room. Our talented pastry chefs have designed a menu including finger… Read More »

The Jam Shed arrives at Perrywood

We’ve got some delicious new preserves in store from local company The Jam Shed. Husband and wife team Libby and Ted make the jams using traditional cooking methods at home in their domestic kitchen. Ingredients are chemical free, locally produced or foraged and free of additives. They make an impressive 40,000 jars and bottles a… Read More »

Thank you for our TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

The coffee shop at Perrywood has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually… Read More »

Send us pictures of your gardens to WIN!

Send us a picture of your garden during May and June and you could win one of ten £20 Perrywood Gift Vouchers. We’ve had some fantastic entries so far – share pictures of whatever you like. Perhaps your favourite outdoor area for relaxing in, plants which are looking particularly good, your pets in the garden… Read More »

Open 8.30am to 5pm Bank Holiday Monday!

We are open today and have lots of stunning plants and excellent value products in store for you today – including: Perrywood Grown bedding and basket plants Lots of perennials and shrubs as seen on the TV coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gardening gifts and home ware inspired by botanicals We hope to… Read More »

Plant Area at Perrywood Garden Centre

Perrywood wins Hillier’s ‘White Garden’ Competition!

For the second year running we have been selected as winners of the Hillier Nurseries ‘White Garden’ Competition! The aim of the garden was to create a place of enchantment, timeless in simplicity and elegance – something that would inspire and engage our customers and drive sales. The judges commented: “What is so nice here… Read More »

Hillier's White Garden Competition 2015

You are now on an award winning website…

Last week we attended the Essex Digital Awards, at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. After some very chilly pitch side drinks we enjoyed a lovely meal before listening to comedian Mark Dolan. Finally the award winners were announced and in our category – Lifestyle & Culture- we picked up a Silver award. Thanks to all… Read More »

May Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 – Opening Hours

We are open as normal this May Bank Holiday Weekend: Saturday & Monday: 8.30am – 5pm Sunday: 10am – 4pm (Browsing from 9.30) Our plant area is beaming with quality herbaceous, shrubs, and Perrywood grown basket and container plants. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re after perennials, annuals, alpines, herbs, or citrus plants! If that’s not enough,… Read More »

Plant Area at Perrywood Garden Centre

Weber chefs cook up mouth-watering BBQ dishes!

Around 100 people attended our live barbecue cooking event last night, led by talented chefs from the Weber Grill Academy.   Perrywood catering staff greeted customers with arrival drinks and nibbles, before Weber chef Dan took to the stage to demonstrate just how delicious and versatile barbecue cooking can be.   A number of mouth… Read More »

Dan the Weber Chef prepares the Pork Belly Roast

What’s your plant personality?

TV gardener David Domoney is asking people to choose the 20 plants that make them the happiest – and learn what they say about their personality in the process. This is part of a unique experiment at the Chelsea Flower Show 2015 (19-23 May) aimed at answering the question: what plant makes the nation happiest? Five categories… Read More »


Our year of fundraising gets off to a great start!

This year we are raising money for four charities – Headway Essex, St Helena Hospice, Wipe Away Those Tears and Greenfingers. Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day On Friday 27th March we raised money for Greenfingers – a national charity dedicated to building beautiful gardens in children’s hospices. Customers and staff showed their support by taking part… Read More »

Spring cleaning in our car park

You may have noticed that we have been making some changes in our car park. We have replaced gravel with tarmac and block paving which is easier to walk on, and to push buggies and wheelchairs on, and this is something you have been asking for. We are also due to have white lines drawn… Read More »

April Fools!

I’m sorry to tell you that our earlier story about hiring staff to stroke seedlings is, in fact, an April Fool. In fact we use fans in our propagation house to move the air around and add stress to the seedlings – this then makes them stockier and more resilient. We do stroke the seedlings… Read More »

Stroking seedlings

We’ve just read James Wong’s new RHS book, Grow for Flavour, and were impressed by lots of the stats in there. One in particular impressed us. He said that stroking seedlings can improve their establishment rate by 70%, make them 37% stockier and increase their cold tolerance by six times. We grow 750,000 plants a… Read More »

Easter holiday activity for children

During the Easter Holidays (Friday 27 March to Monday 13 April) we are running an activity for children to decorate a pot and sow mixed red and green lettuce seeds. We are asking that those who take part donate to Greenfingers – who create magical gardens for children’s hospices. It’s a simple way to get… Read More »

Greenfingers and gloves galore!

Friday 27th March was Greenfingers Garden Releaf Day, when garden centres across the UK kick-start the gardening season and raise money for Greenfingers – who create magical gardens for children’s hospices. Once again our customers and staff have given us their support: Charity quiz night Around 90 people joined us for a charity quiz in our… Read More »

2015 Easter Opening Times

Join us in-store this Easter and browse our wide range of wonderful products for the home and garden. Our award winning plant area is heavily stocked with an abundance of wonderful plants and trees. And why not stop for a spot of lunch in our Coffee Shop where we’ll be serving up a number of delicious… Read More »

2015 Easter Opening Times at Perrywood

Help us raise money to build gardens for children’s hospices

Friday 27 March is Greenfingers Garden Releaf Day – which aims to kick off the gardening season in garden centres, and to raise money for Greenfingers, which creates magical gardens for children’s hospice. Last year we raised more than £2,000 for Greenfingers which helped them build a garden at Little Havens Hospice in Southend. This… Read More »

Be inspired by ‘Love The Plot You’ve Got’

This weekend we joined the ‘Love The Plot You’ve Got‘ campaign team on their stand at Alexandra Palace for the Edible Garden Show and Good Life Live. The campaign aims to bring together everything you need to make the most of your outdoor space, whether that’s a balcony, window box or a little space for… Read More »

Weber Grill Academy on Tour – Live Barbecue Event!

Join us on Tuesday 28th April (6.30-8.30pm), for a 2 hour live cooking show with fantastic barbecue recipe demonstrations and tastings. Experts from the Weber barbecue grill academy will be here demonstrating first hand how to grill, roast and bake the Weber way. They’ll be teaching all the skills you need to recreate these delicious recipes… Read More »

Mussels cooked at the Weber Grill Academy On Tour roadshow

Mother’s Day Weekend

Make your mum smile this Mother’s Day with one of our beautiful planted pots – something she can reuse time and again. We also have lots more gift ideas available in-store and online. Our why not present mum with one of our special Afternoon Tea gift vouchers, something she can enjoy at a time that’s convenient… Read More »

Mother's Day at Perrywood

Best, best, best award winners!

Last week Simon and Alan attended the Garden Retail Awards, a glitzy affair hosted by comedian Rob Beckett which awarded ‘retailing brilliance’ in the garden centre industry. We were up for several awards and were delighted to come away with three trophies and a regional award! Best Catering Facilities! Sales Team of the Year! Best Plant… Read More »

This weekend is Orchid Weekend!

Last year the ‘Orchid Master’ Peter White joined us to share his wealth of knowledge about one of Britain’s best loved indoor plants – the orchid. This year he will be with us on February 21st and 22nd and will again be offering a clinic service as well as a care talk with re-potting demonstration.… Read More »

Orchid Weekend at Perrywood

‘Greenfingers’ Charity Quiz Night – Fri 27th March

Please join us on Friday 27th March for a charity quiz night in aid of Greenfingers, a small national charity who are dedicated to creating much needed gardens for children who spend time in hospices, along with their families, to relax in and enjoy. The quiz will cover everything from general knowledge, music, film, sport, food, gardening and… Read More »

We are a ‘Garden Centre of Excellence’ nurturing Rising Stars!

We have all been on cloud nine following our success at this year’s Garden Centre Association annual conference in Chester. Here’s a run down of our latest achievements: Risen to 6th position in the GCA’s top 100 British garden centres league table Named a ‘Garden Centre of Excellence’, an accolade given to only ten garden… Read More »

Perrywood are awarded 'Garden Centre of Excellence' at the 2015 GCA conference

How inspiring are TV gardening programmes? By Hannah Powell…

This month we have seen a plethora of gardening programmes shoot up and appear on our TV screens. But what are they like? Do they inspire people to grow food and flowers? I had a watch of the first episodes and for what it is worth here is my opinion…   The Big Allotment Challenge… Read More »

The Big Allotment Challenge

2014 – a year of ‘more’

Wow what a year 2014 has been for us here at Perrywood. At our Christmas party last week one of our owners Alan Bourne said it had been a year of ‘more’. Here’s why: More good weather – an early, mild Spring, a warm summer and no snow. Great weather for gardening and enjoying the… Read More »

Christmas Opening Hours

If you are planning to visit during Christmas and New Year, here are our opening hours: Christmas Eve – 8.30am to 4pm Christmas Day – closed Boxing Day – closed Saturday 27th – 8.30am to 5pm Sunday 28th – 10am to 4pm Monday 29th – 8.30am to 5pm Tuesday 30th – 8.30 to 5pm Wednesday… Read More »

Shortlisted for 'Best Catering Facilities'

Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day

Last Friday 12th December, members of our team took part in the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day! The initiative was simple, wear your Christmas jumper to work and donate £2 to Save the Children. Just £2 can pay for potentially life-saving antibiotics to treat three babies with infections. We raised £40 from the staff members who… Read More »

Perrywood team taking part in the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day

We are finalist in the Garden Retail Awards 2015!

We’re delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in this year’s Garden Retail Awards in the following categories:   Best Catering Facilities   Best Planteria   Retail Outlet of the Year   Sales Team of the Year   According to the judging panel, “the standard of entries this year has been phenomenal and as… Read More »

Garden Retail Awards

The Greatest Christmas Awards – Please vote for us!

The Greatest Christmas Garden Centre Team Awards is the most sought after Christmas award in our industry as it’s voted by the people who matter most to our business – our customers. You can find voting slips in-store. Tell us about the things we do best at Christmas. Your feedback is the most important thing… Read More »

The Greatest Christmas Awards

Christmas treats & gifts for foodies!

From 23rd November you can enjoy Roast Turkey and all the trimming in our Coffee Shop. This will be served on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays from 11.45am to 2.30pm. Our chefs will prepare wonderful home cooked Roast Turkey with all the festive trimmings – including roast potatoes, vegetables, pigs in blankets, cranberry & stuffing! You do… Read More »

Afternoon Tea at Perrywood

Add sparkle to your home & garden

Our Christmas Shop is now open and is better than ever! We have beautiful themed tree displays – including a stunning new theme Copper & Blue and of course Perrywood favourites like Peacock and Nordic Noel.   Our lighting areas are bigger than ever – everything you need to light up your home and garden! We have… Read More »

Perrywood Plant Area judged as best in region for 2014

This week we have been announced as the regional winners of the annual Ruxley Rose competition (in the Destination Centre category for larger centres), which judges outdoor plant areas and recognises excellent quality and range of plants. It is run by the Garden Centre Association and is regarded as one of the most prestigious awards… Read More »

Want to work for an award winning, family business?

We now employ more than 100 staff and are currently recruiting for a wide variety of positions. We are looking for people with catering or hospitality experience to join our busy coffee shop team – as part-time or full-time catering assistants or as a sous chef, preparing our salads and sandwiches which are made daily.… Read More »

Members of the Perrywood team showcasing their certificates from the GCA Regional Awards 2014

Perrywood Rising Stars recognised by national Garden Centre Association!

We have many rising stars among our team at Perrywood and this month we are delighted that two of our retail sales team, Kirsty and Cerys, have been selected as finalists in the Westland Rising Stars programme, run by the Garden Centre Association (GCA). They started the scheme, alongside two other Perrywood rising stars Jake & Terri, earlier… Read More »

Children’s Half-Term Halloween Gardening Club

Our ever popular Children’s Gardening Club will be taking place during the school half-term holiday. Wednesday 29th October, 9.30-11am OR Thursday 30th October, 9.30-11am (the Thursday session is now sold out). Both sessions will be exactly the same, this just gives more people a chance to book. Spaces are limited so early booking is advised. The… Read More »

Children's Half-Term Halloween Gardening Club

Lene Bjerre homeware & gifts now in-store!

We’ve recently added a beautiful new range to our Gift and Home Shop. Lene Bjerre is a Danish brand which includes stunning candle holders, chic picture frames and striking statement pieces. If you are looking for a unique gift or statement piece for your home which reflects who you are then we might just have what you are… Read More »

Autumn planted container demonstrations with expert Kevin Waters

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October Join us in-store for FREE autumn planted container demonstrations on the hour, every hour from 10am until 4pm How to plant an Autumn container  – 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm Layering bulbs in a pot for colour & impact – 11am, 1pm, 3pm Be inspired by our demonstrations and ask… Read More »

Planting an autumn container demonstrations

Autumn gardening projects

Our Children’s Gardening Club in the school holidays has proved very popular and confirmed to us that children LOVE gardening. They love the creativity, the science, getting their hands dirty and getting up close to plants and wildlife. Below is a list of ideas of Autumn projects you could run with groups of children in your… Read More »

Enter the ‘Design a Christmas card’ competition (under 13s)

National Garden Gift Vouchers are running their popular Design a Christmas Card competition again this year. Last year Isobel, aged 9, entered via Perrywood and won the regional competition with her Robin card (pictured)! This year there are two categories: Schools category – The winner gets presented with their printed card and £1,000 of National Garden… Read More »

For all your baking essentials!

The excitement of the ‘Great British Bake Off’ is mounting. We’ve observed contestants baking biscuits, bread and baked alaskas and we’re not even half-way through yet! If like us you’re completely addicted to the show, chances are you love getting in the kitchen too. If so, we have a wide range of beautifully designed baking… Read More »

Perrywood Cook Shop

Meet some of the Team!

Watch our video to have a look around Perrywood, including our nurseries, garden shop, gift shop and coffee shop.  You can also meet some of the team and find out more about why you should take a visit to Perrywood! Perrywood Garden Centre from Perrywood on Vimeo.

Bank Holiday at Perrywood!

Our normal opening hours apply this Bank Holiday Weekend. Open 8.30-5 Saturday and Monday, and 10-4 Sunday (open from 9.30 for browsing on Sunday) We have reductions across our garden furniture and barbecue ranges, while stocks last! Reductions on bistro sets, dining sets, sun loungers, gazebos and more, including this lovely Celtic Four Seat Dining Set (above), designed… Read More »

Celtic Four Seat Dining Set
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