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

August highlights at Perrywood…

Our creative team have been busy upcycling unwanted handbags into beautiful and fun flower planters. Why not give your old household items a new lease of life?! The children at next week’s gardening club will be busy planting up their own unwanted items, check back on Thursday to see pictures! Plant of the week has… Read More »

Upcycling handbags into planters

Last chance for in-store anniversary offers….

This weekend is the last chance to take advantage of our in-store anniversary offers, marking Alan and Karin’s 30 years at Perrywood! A number of products on offer including: Perennials £6.99 – buy 2 get a 3rd free Basket plants – £1.99 or 6 for £6 New Guinea Impatiens (6 pack) £4.99 – buy 2… Read More »

New video: 30 years at Perrywood

As part of our celebrations to mark Alan & Karin being at Perrywood Garden Centre for 30 years we have created a Perrywood 30 video, which features interviews with owners Alan & Karin and their two children Hannah & Simon who help run the business. It also includes photos of our family business over the years and… Read More »

A great night had at our 30th anniversary party!

On Saturday friends & family of the Bourne family joined the Perrywood team to celebrate Alan & Karin’s 30 years in business. The weather was perfect allowing us to sit outside all evening. Music was provided by ‘Dukes of Essex’. with one of our team, Shaun, on the drums. Guests were treated to a hog… Read More »

Great success at the 2014 GCA Regional Awards

The annual Garden Centre Association Regional Awards took place on the evening of Tuesday 22nd July. This year’s event was hosted at Van Hage Garden Centre (Perrywood hosted the event last year). We’re delighted to have been awarded second place over all in the best ‘destination’ garden centre category in the North Thames region (covering East… Read More »

Collecting the numerous awards at the 2014 GCA Regional Awards

Anniversary offers now in-store

Our owners Alan & Karin are celebrating 30 years at Perrywood. To thank our customers for their support over the years we’ve come up with a whole host of crazy special offers in-store. Includes the following: Miracle Gro All Purpose Soluble Plant Food 1kg – was £4.99 now £3.49 Basket plants – £1.99 or 6… Read More »

30th anniversary offers at Perrywood

Tour de France fever hits Perrywood!

To celebrate the Tour de France coming to Essex next Monday, we have transformed a number of old and unwanted bikes into eye-catching displays featuring the many colours of the Tour jerseys. Come and pay us a visit this month and see our creations. Four bikes take on the four jersey colours (yellow, red & white,… Read More »

Children’s Summer Gardening Club

We will be holding a children’s gardening club, every Thursday during the school summer holiday from 9.30am -11am, you may book one or many sessions. Our gardening club is an opportunity for children to learn, stimulate their senses, but above all, have some fun! Mums can take the opportunity to enjoy a quiet hour and… Read More »

Celebrating 30 years at Perrywood

In July 1984 Alan & Karin Bourne took over Perrywood from Alan’s parents Mary & Les, and moved on site with their three children Hannah, Simon and Tristan. To celebrate 30 years at Perrywood we are asking staff, customers and suppliers to share their memories of Perrywood via a special website page. Please share your… Read More »

FREE Barbecue demonstrations at Perrywood…

It’s Barbecue Season Again! Free Barbecue Demonstrations in-store every Saturday during June and July. Let us show you how to make the most of dining alfresco! Members of our team have recently spent time at both the Weber Grill Academy (the UK’s barbecue cooking school), and Weber Roadshow. Our Jake has been selected to join… Read More »

New Clothing Range Comes to Perrywood

We have a new range of women’s clothing in store by Braintree, which is proving to be very popular. What’s more, we now have a fitting room in store to allow customers to try on clothes before buying. We have a small selection of key items online so you can get a feel for the designs and colours… Read More »

Clothing at Perrywood

White Garden Winners

Our Tanya and Cerys are very excited to be at RHS Chelsea today after winning tickets for our White Garden Display in the competition run by Hillier Nurseries, one of our plant suppliers. A green and white colour theme can be incorporated into any garden, so if you’re inspired to create your own we’ve put… Read More »

Cerys and Tanya at the White Garden

May Bank Holiday Weekend – Open as normal

We are open as normal on both May Bank Holiday weekends: Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm Sunday: 10.00am – 4.00pm* Monday: 8.30am – 5.00pm * Browsing from 9.30am on Sundays

Our NEW collection of outdoor garden furniture and BBQ’s

Create the perfect outdoor space with our beautiful new furniture range and distinctively designed barbecues. Browse our new brochure to get a flavour of what’s available. This is just a taster of what you can expect in-store and online. There’s something for everyone, from intimate bistro sets to eight seat dining sets in stylish metal or contemporary… Read More »

Semerang Garden Furniture Set sold at Perrywood

Tiptree Perrywood FC make the final of the Amos Cup!

Tonight is a big night for football as Tiptree Perrywood FC take on Cinque Port First in the Colchester & East Essex Football League ‘Amos Cup’. Win or lose, our Tiptree Perrywood boys have done us proud! A newly formed team this season, their route to the cup final, and their success in Division 3,… Read More »

Tiptree Perrywood FC

Now in – 2014 Perrywood Grown Summer bedding & basket plants

The first of our larger bedding and basket plants are now in store including petunias, geraniums, pelargoniums, vegetables and tomatoes. They must be protected from frosts, which can damage plants until the end of May, so they are ideal if you have a greenhouse or conservatory to get them going in. The benefit of buying… Read More »

Win £10,000 worth of National Garden Gift Vouchers!

For your chance to win up to £10,000 of National Garden Gift Vouchers you need to team up with your neighbours to spruce up your front gardens and make your street a nicer place to live – as part of Cultivation Street. Cultivation Street is a national competition created and organised by TV gardener David… Read More »

Easter at Perrywood

We are hopeful that the Easter weekend will give us four days in which to get outdoors in the garden. We can’t guarantee the weather but we remain optimistic! Easter opening hours Normal opening hours Good Friday and Easter Monday (8.30am – 5pm) Extended opening hours Saturday 19 April (8am – 6pm) Closed Easter Sunday… Read More »

Garden Re-Leaf Day at Perrywood raises a massive £1,650!

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in our Garden Re-Leaf Day on Friday 14th March in aid of the Greenfingers children’s charity. The support we received from staff, customers, friends and family was very much appreciated. Congratulations to Louise, Cerys and Sandra for winning our ‘Pimp Your Gloves’ competition,… Read More »

Garden Re-Leaf Day 'Pimp Your Gloves' competition

It starts with a pot

This spring and summer we are joining the Horticultural Trades Association in encouraging everyone to plant something in a pot. The message is ‘whatever space you’ve got, it starts with a pot’. There is a website with lots of information about planting in pots and we will also be sharing lots of ideas and advice… Read More »

Orchid Weekend is now on!

Today and tomorrow Orchid Care Talk & Repotting demonstrations will be conducted by ‘The Orchid Master’ Peter White, who is President of the International Phalaenopsis Alliance (UK) and President of the Orchid Society of Great Britain. Peter will be discussing: – How to look after your orchids – How to make them reflower – When… Read More »

Get set for Garden Releaf Day on March 14th

Friday 14th March is Garden Releaf Day, a national day to kick start the gardening season and to raise money for Greenfingers. We have organised activities across the week and hope you can join us. Look out for: From Friday we’ll be displaying our ‘pimped up’ gardening gloves, which our staff have decorated. We are donating… Read More »


Mum’s the word in March

Mothering Sunday is  a chance to stop and say thank you to your mum, and we are here to help! Take a look at our present ideas or bring your mum out for lunch in our coffee shop: Saturday 29 March Chicken in a tortilla wrap with sour cream and red pepper relish. With salad,… Read More »

Get behind the scenes at Perrywood

Every year we grow three quarters of a million plants on site in our state of the art production nursery. Normally it’s off limits to our customers but we are now offering you the chance to go behind the scenes for an exclusive tour. The tour will last 45 minutes and you will get the… Read More »

Perrywood donates kitchen kit to Baynards Primary School

This morning Hannah Powell popped down Baynard’s Primary School to deliver some colourful silicon kitchen items including spoons, colanders, muffin cases and moulds from our Cook Shop. The utensils were donated for use in the new children’s kitchen, which was recently created within the main school kitchen as a place for pupils to practice their culinary skills… Read More »

Orchid Weekend: 22nd & 23rd March 2014

Once again we will be holding our popular Orchid Weekend on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd March. An Orchid Care Talk & Repotting Demonstration will be conducted by ‘The Orchid Master’ Peter White, who is President of the International Phalaenopsis Alliance (UK) and President of the Orchid Society of Great Britain. Peter will be discussing:… Read More »

Orchid Weekand at Perrywood
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