Grow Your Own Meal! – Endless food supply with our VegTrug Starter Kits…

There’s great satisfaction in growing your own produce, nurturing tiny seeds or small plants and watching them thrive. The best part is getting to taste and enjoy the fruits of your labour, knowing it is as fresh as it can be! Our VegTrug themed starter kits come in three different sizes, they include compost and a… Read More »

Grow Your Own with Perrywood VegTrug Starter Kits

Available in-store in January

If you haven’t been in recently here is a quick round-up of what’s looking good: In our Gift Shop this month we are creating new displays with fresh spring lime greens, yellows and creams in abundance. You’ll be sure to find something to fill the bare space left by your Christmas decorations which we hope are back… Read More »

Last minute Christmas present ideas for all the family!

Still have Christmas shopping to do? Never fret, we have plenty of inspiring ideas all available in-store… Gift Ideas for Bird Lovers: Jacobi Jayne top quality bird care products; seed feeders, window feeders for those less mobile, and there’s the squirrel buster, guaranteed to be 100% squirrel proof! A time lapse camera is a great… Read More »

Petface Christmas Reindeer Ring

Real Christmas trees – find your perfect fir at Perrywood!

By Louise Clarke, Perrywood Online Sales Manager… There is something really quite special about having a real Christmas tree. As a child I always had an artificial tree at home, which was lovely but in recent years I’ve bought a real tree, since working here at Perrywood actually! The choosing of the tree, bringing it… Read More »

Christmas Tree buying service at Perrywood

The festive season is in full swing at Perrywood!

The festive season is in full swing at Perrywood and it all began with our Christmas Open Evening last Thursday. Hundreds of people came to see us, helping make it another successful event. To the great excitement of our younger customers, Father Christmas and his three elves arrived early in the evening to greet everyone.… Read More »

Santa's elves at Perrywood

Perrywood’s Visual Display Merchandiser talks Christmas themes and trends…

In this month’s Essex Life magazine, we feature in an article within the ‘Top Trends’ section. The article focuses on the latest Christmas themes and displays. We thought you might be interested in reading the full interview with Danielle Rumble, Perrywood’s Visual Display Merchandiser: Why is it important for a home to be decorated at Christmas? It’s… Read More »

Perrywood Regal Christmas Display

Perrywood is ‘Britain’s Best Plant Retailer 2013’!

We couldn’t have been more proud when legendary garden writer Peter Seabrook called to tell us we had been named ‘Britain’s Best Plant Retailer 2013’! The competition, in it’s second year and run by The Sun newspaper, covers 170 garden centres nationwide and calls on customers to vote for the plant retail outlet they think… Read More »

Peter Seabrook presents Perrywood with their award

Alan Bourne, owner of Perrywood, reflects on the success of Perrywood!

By Louise Clarke, Perrywood Online Sales Manager… Alan Bourne, current owner and director of Perrywood (pictured above with his wife Karin and son Simon), is the son of Mary and Les Bourne who founded the business in the 1950’s. It was Perry Wood next door that lent its name to the site and business. It all… Read More »

Alan, Karin and Simon Bourne of Perrywood Garden Centre and Nurseries

Garden Retail Awards 2013

By Simon Bourne – Perrywood Garden Centre Manager On Tuesday 5th November I headed to London with Alan for the Garden Retail Awards 2013 at Grosvenor House, Park Lane.My hosts for the evening were our glove and wellington boot suppliers Town & Country. It was a great evening, celebrating all that is good about garden retailing.… Read More »

Garden Retail Awards 2013

Perrywood Christmas Open Evening 2013

We’re counting down to the… Perrywood Christmas Open Evening on Thursday 21st November 6.00pm-9.00pm. If you’re looking for gift ideas, decorating inspiration and delicious food look no further! If you haven’t visited recently you will be amazed by our fantastic Christmas displays. With themes such as Peacock, Woodland, Gingerbread and Regal there really is something for… Read More »

Christmas at Perrywood

Can Perrywood Garden Centre appeal to a younger audience? Part 2

Part 2 of 2: Last week I launched the first of a regular blog to keep you up-to-date with what I get up to here at Perrywood. I used my first blog to explore how we are engaging with a younger audience. This week I’m going to share some of the ideas we’re planning to… Read More »

Perrywood 'Attracting a Younger Audience Part 2

No power and no phones – but the show goes on at Perrywood!

Following this week’s strong winds, and our subsequent loss of power from Monday morning until Wednesday morning, we’d like to say a massive THANK YOU to all our customers and staff for their patience and hard work through this challenging time! Whilst we were able to activate our invaluable generators immediately following the power-cut, it’s simply… Read More »

Stong winds cause power-cut at Perrywood

Perrywood customer is Regional Winner of nationwide Christmas Card Competition!

We’re delighted to announce that one of our customers has been named as Regional Winner in a national competition to design a Christmas card. The competition, organised by National Garden Gift Vouchers (NGGV), ran in our store last month, as well as a number of other garden centres across the country. Isobel, aged 9, from Colchester, was… Read More »

Isobel's winning card in the NGGV Christmas Card Competition

Halloween celebrations at Perrywood!

Here at Perrywood we love making the most of seasonal themes. With Halloween on the horizon we are cooking up all sorts of spooky treats in the Coffee Shop, and have planned exciting activities for children on their half-term next week. Spooky treats in our Coffee Shop… Our talented in-house pastry chef, Lauren Glibbery, has… Read More »

Homegrown Pumpkins at Perrywood

Can Perrywood Garden Centre appeal to a younger audience? Part 1

Part 1 of 2: At our recent, industry trade show, GLEE, I spoke on a panel about the subject of attracting a younger audience into garden centres. Following this I attended the HTA Gardening Futures Conference where again this was a hot topic. For as long as I can remember garden centres have been worried… Read More »

Perrywood 'Attracting a Younger Audience Part 1'

Perrywood is celebrating National Apple Day!

Monday 21st October is ‘National Apple Day’! At Perrywood we’ll be celebrating this day by serving up a different mouth watering apple dish every day next week in our popular Coffee Shop! How can you resist one of our delicious apple specials?!… Monday – Sausage & Apple Pasties Tuesday – Filo Veg & Apple Pie… Read More »

National Apple Day at Perrywood

‘Brainwave’ Charity Quiz Evening at Perrywood!

Come join us on Friday 25th October for a charity quiz evening hosted in our Coffee Shop. All proceeds are going to the ‘Brainwave‘ children’s charity centre in Witham, where they work tirelessly to provide important therapies to babies and children with neurological disorders. Why not join us for a fun filled evening and help… Read More »

Brainwave Charity Quiz Night at Perrywood

Christmas Open Evening – Thurs 21st Nov

Join us on the evening of Thursday 21st November, 6pm-9pm, for our Winter Wonderland Christmas Open Evening! There’ll be something for all the family! Come and see Father Christmas in his magical grotto! Sample some of our delicious festive dishes served in our popular coffee shop. There’ll be music to get you in the mood,… Read More »

Children’s Half Term Halloween Club

Following the success of our Children’s Summer Gardening Club, we will be running a Children’s Half Term Halloween Club! All children between 4-10 years old are welcome. Date: Thursday 31st October Time: 9.30am-11.30am Price: £10 per child Each child will go away with something they have created in the class. To book your little one… Read More »

6-1 Victory: Tiptree Perrywood FC’s first league match!

Saturday 14th September was a momentous day for Tiptree Perrywood FC, as it was their first league match of the season, and their first league victory! Comfortably winning 6-1 away to St. Ives, it seems those pre-season friendly matches against teams of far higher leagues are paying off! Saturday’s goals came from Jamie Beadle (2), Benjy… Read More »

Tiptree Perrywood FC!

A new adults Tiptree football team has been formed for the coming season and we are pleased to announce that Perrywood will be the team sponsor! This brand new team will be competing in Division 3 of the Colchester & East Essex football league for the 2013/2014 season, and will play their home matches on… Read More »

Making the most of your barbecue!

The famous Beer-Can Chicken has been so popular at our weekend barbecue demonstrations we thought we’d pass on the recipe! This version has the added interest of being ‘smoked’! SMOKED BEER-CAN CHICKEN Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Heat: Indirect medium heat 180° to 230°C (350° to 450°F) Grilling time: 1¼ to 1½ hours Ingredients:… Read More »

Children’s School Holiday Gardening Club

Come join us… We will be holding a weekly children’s gardening club, starting on Thursday 25th July (9.30am-10.30am) and running throughout the school summer holidays. The RHS has been campaigning hard to demonstrate the importance of giving children the opportunity to garden, highlighting the value it has in enriching a child’s learning, and contributing to their mental and… Read More »

Perrywood Chelsea plant makes ‘RHS Plant of the Centenary’ shortlist

The 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show is over for another year but the memories will live on! For the second year running, Perrywood provided plants for the British Plant Nursery Guide stand. We’re delighted that the exhibit won a ‘Certificate of Commendation’, the highest award possible within its category! Amongst the Perrywood plants on display at… Read More »

Weekend barbecue demonstrations in-store throughout June & July

Every Saturday and Sunday throughout June and July we will be conducting a series of barbecue demonstrations to provide you with some useful tips and techniques for better barbecue cooking! Using our quality range of Weber barbecues and accessories, La Hacienda pizza ovens and Leisuregrow Grillstreams, we’ll show you how versatile and delicious barbecue cooking can… Read More »

A small taster of perennials we have in-store…

We thought it would be a nice idea to display a very small range of our perennials online. The plants cannot be purchased online as yet, but it gives customers a flavour of what’s available in-store. This really is just a tiny selection, the nursery is beaming with a mass of perennials, shrubs, trees and summer… Read More »

FREE pair of Town & Country Comfort Grip Secateurs with EVERY online order over £10!

Throughout May, we’re giving away a FREE pair of Town & Country Comfort Grip Secateurs with EVERY online order over £10 (while stocks last!) Perfect for spring pruning and cutting branches and stems up to 2cm thick. These fetching lime green secateurs have clean cutting blades, a cushioned handle for extra comfort and a handy safety catch. The… Read More »

Bluebell Walk in aid of Canine Partners

It was great to see so many happy walkers taking part in Sunday’s Bluebell walk, in aid of the charity Canine Partners. The location was Langford Grove near Maldon and it couldn’t have been a better spring day. Whilst the Bluebells weren’t all fully in bloom, (a consequence of the prolonged cold temperatures), it didn’t… Read More »

2013 Amateur Wildlife Photography Competition: Winners Announced!

It’s the moment of truth…we can finally announce the winners of our 2013 Amateur Wildlife Photography Competition! Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter, we received over 160 entries! The quality and variety of submissions were high class, making the judging process an impossible task, but we have reached a decision! You… Read More »

Outdoor Living 2013

With summer just round the corner – our new Outdoor Living catalogue will be available in-store soon – and you can download it here now! Our new range features lots of great brands including Barlow Tyrie, Jamie Oliver and BBQs from Weber.  With a nationwide delivery service, it couldn’t be easier to find the perfect… Read More »


Perrywood is FAB-U-LOUS!! As Craig Revel Horwood would say!

Thank you to everyone who completed one of our customer comment cards throughout January, February and March, we very much appreciate your thoughts. Congratulations to the following customers who were picked out of the comment box, all win a £10 Perrywood Gift Voucher:  January winner – Mrs P Eden, Sandon, Essex February winner – Mrs D… Read More »

Raising vital funds for the Greenfingers charity…

Thank you to everyone who showed their support for Garden Re-Leaf Day on Friday 8th March. This was a day when garden centres across the country ran various initiatives to help raise funds for Greenfingers, a charity that provides magical gardens for children’s hospices. We’re delighted that here at Perrywood we raised a total of… Read More »

Get 75% more fruit from ‘Grafted Vegetables’

We are really excited to now be stocking Suttons Seeds Grafted Vegetable Plants! In a nutshell, ‘grafted plants’ mean more fruit, earlier and over a longer period! How are plants grafted? Two plants are grown simultaneously; a tasty fruiting variety and a superstrong rootstock. The tops of the fruiting variety and the super-strong rootstock are carefully and skilfully… Read More »

Easter Opening Hours

For this Easter we have a whole host of lovely gifts, chocolates, and house plants to browse and purchase for you and your loved ones! And why not take a look at our new range of outdoor furniture and get ahead for the summer. We’re now stocking a number of stylish and quality brands like… Read More »

Garden Re-Leaf Day: Friday 8th March

On Friday 8th March Perrywood will be taking part in ‘Garden Re-Leaf Day‘! This is a day when garden centres across the country will be organising various initiatives to celebrate the spring gardening season and raise money for Greenfingers, a fantastic little charity that provides magical gardens for children’s hospices. We will be organising some… Read More »

Perrywood Amateur Wildlife Photography Competition

THE COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED…AND FURTHER ENTRIES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. THANK YOU! ————————- Following the success of last year’s Amateur Wildlife Photography Competition, we have decided to open up the competition again this year. You may already have a winning shot in your collection? If so, we’d love you to share it with us.… Read More »

Coffee shop counter developments…

It’s an exciting moment for our coffee shop from this Monday (4th February), as we’ll be unveiling our new coffee and cake counter! For a temporary period only, we’ll be using the counter to serve our hot food while the kitchen extension work continues. Then from the 1st March, the counter will revert to a… Read More »

Silver Winners of GTN’s ‘The Greatest Christmas Display Team’ award

Last Sunday, Garden Trade News announced the winners of it’s Greatest Christmas Awards at a special evening event in Harrogate. We’re delighted to have been named as Silver Winners of The Greatest Christmas Display Team award. Over 100 centres were visited by the GTN panel of seven judges. Key criteria of displays included; imagination, attractiveness,… Read More »

December’s customer comment card winner…

The refurbishment work taking place on our customer toilets is progressing nicely, the new toilets will be completed at the end of January. We continue to be fully operational during this time with temporary toilets in place. We’ve also created some extra temporary seating in the market area (see above), which is reminiscent to a… Read More »

We’re the region’s ‘Best Garden Centre’!

2012 was a great year for Perrywood, and to top it off we were awarded regional winners of ‘Britain’s Best Garden Centre 2012’, as voted for by readers of The Sun newspaper, and mentioned on page 44 of the publication on Saturday 29th December. Out of 160 outlets across the country there were only five regional… Read More »

We loved the Christmas displays, really we loved everything!

Another great month for lots of positive customer feedback. Below are just a few highlights… Usually shop at ‘Bents’ voted best in country – Perrywood equals this. Carol Harvey, Rayleigh Your plants are the best. Mrs. Mary Gladas, Braintree We are so lucky to have such a great place in Tiptree. Mrs. Phyllis Woodwiss, Tiptree Your Christmas goods… Read More »

Pre-Christmas bargains to be hand!

This week we’re making a number of reductions across our Christmas decorations, artificial wreaths, biscuit selection, and many more products. Some items are up to 50% off! It’s a great opportunity to bag yourself some last minute bargains in time for the big day next week, or take advantage of the reductions and get ahead… Read More »

Plants that make great Christmas gifts!

Don’t be stuck for gift ideas this Christmas, why not treat your loved ones to a beautiful plant…something they can admire through the grey days of January! Plus, we are offering a free wrapping service (an additional decorative bow can be applied for a small charge). Here are a few delights that look particularly good… Read More »

Christmas Opening Hours

December Christmas Eve Monday 24th – 8.30am to 4.00pm Christmas Day Tuesday 25th – Closed Boxing Day Wednesday 26th – Closed Thursday 27th – 8.30am to 4.00pm Friday 28th – 8.30am to 4.00pm Saturday 29th – 8.30am to 4.00pm Sunday 30th – 10.00am to 4.00pm Monday 31st – 8.30am to 4.00pm January New Year’s Day… Read More »

Primary School Christmas Tree Decoration Competition – Winners announced!

The winners of our Primary School Christmas Tree Decoration Competition have been announced! Pupils from Baynards Primary, Gt Totham Primary, St Luke’s Church School, and St Nicholas Tolleshunt D’arcy CofE Primary School took part in our competition and their entries have been on display at Perrywood since our Christmas Opening Evening. Judging was based on… Read More »

We are very proud of our staff at Perrywood!

Some of our customers kindly complete feedback forms, and below are their comments from October. Our wonderful staff never fail to get a mention!   Keep same staff all very good and helpful. B Poulter, Halstead Staff excellent, very friendly. Food piping hot and very tasty. Mr. J.E.W Winterflood, Wickford Lovely food and friendly staff as always. B.J.Fox,… Read More »

Coffee Shop Christmas Opening Hours

Over the Christmas period, why not take a break from slaving over the stove, entertaining guests or watching re-runs on the television, and come and enjoy the homemade food in our coffee shop! We will be opening and looking forward to seeing you as follows: December Christmas Eve Monday 24th – 9.00am to 3.45pm Christmas… Read More »

Thank you to all those involved in our Christmas Open Evening last night!!!

A huge thank you to everyone involved in the Perrywood Christmas Open Evening last night. It’s the first time we have held an event like this and we were overwhelmed at the support we received, and the number of people who made the effort to join us for the evening. We’d especially like to thank:… Read More »

Perrywood reveals more details of Christmas Open Evening

Where: Perrywood Garden Centre, Essex, CO5 9XW When: Thursday 22nd November, 2012. 6pm until 9pm Come and visit our festive winter wonderland. We have the best Christmas displays in the area (in fact they are award winning!) and during our special open evening our knowledgable team and external experts will be sharing lots of ideas… Read More »

Visit our Christmas Shop, near Tiptree in Essex

Our Christmas Shop is now OPEN in-store and online! In-store we have a huge Christmas Shop including decorations for home & garden, gift ideas, lighting, wrapping paper, cards & ribbon and not forgetting advent calendars, biscuits & chocolates. Last year we won awards for our Christmas displays, and we this year we again have plenty… Read More »

Damage caused by the Great Storm in 1987

My parents took over Perrywood Garden Centre in 1984. Just 3 years later in 1987 the hurricane caused devastating damage, as you can see in these pictures. It caused a lot of damage to glasshouses and polytunnels, and many plant crops were ruined because they were full of glass. As a nine year old girl… Read More »

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