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

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 »

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