Bank Holiday opening hours

We are open as normal during the Bank Holiday Weekend: Saturday, Monday, Tuesday: 8.30am to 5pm Sunday 10am to 4pm (open at 9.30am for browsing) The coffee shop is also open as normal: Saturday, Monday, Tuesday: 9am-4.30pm Sunday: 9.30am-4.00pm (last orders 3.45) We have some fantasic Jubilee treats in the coffee shop, and a fantastic… Read More »

Patriotic Perrywood pulls out the stops with red, white and blue planting for local communities

We are playing our part in helping local communities to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London 2012 this summer. We have donated red, white and blue plants to adorn train stations at Witham and Kelvedon via their ‘in bloom’ teams. Tiptree Parish Council has been given two new tubs with plants to cheer up… Read More »

Scrumptious Jubilee treats

During the Jubilee weekend we have planned a special ‘Best of British’ menu which will be available on all four days. Highlights include: Saturday Ham and Spinach Lasagne Cheesy Bubble Sunday British Beef Goulash with Jersey Royal Potatoes Leek and feta filo Monday British Beef Florentine Cheese and Vegetable Pie Tuesday Salmon and Creme Fraiche… Read More »

Stunning Digitalis wins Chelsea plant of the year

Every year RHS Chelsea finds the best plants and has the unenviable task of choosing their favourite from the many new varieties. This year the prize goes to Digitalis Illumination Pink, and we agree that it is a real stunner. We have plenty in stock, with more arriving before the weekend we recommend you come… Read More »

Perrywood plants will appear at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show!

Today a van load of Perrywood Grown plants has headed to London to appear at the world’s biggest flower show. We have been nurturing Pelargoniums, Geraniums, Nasturtiums, Thyme and Grasses which will all take their place in the British Plant Nursery Guide’s display which has been designed by professional designer Rosemary Coldstream. Rosemary says “I… Read More »

Supporting local charities

It’s been a busy month in terms of our efforts to support local schools and charities. Here’s a quick round-up of who we’ve helped: We sent a huge delivery of vegetable plants, fruit canes, herbs, potted bulbs and a wooden bench down to Autism Anglia who are one of our 2012 nominated charities. They are… Read More »

Bank Holiday Bargains!

This May Bank Holiday weekend you can scoop up some fantastic offers at Perrywood. We’ve gone all out to bring you some absolute bargains so you can save some serious ££s. Here are some of our favourites (more in-store!). Top five offers on gardening products Large hexagonal growhouse – was £49.99, now £39.99 Levington Tomorite… Read More »

As seen on TV

Three products have been hitting your TVs during the ad breaks recently, and we have them all in stock. The Karcher Window Vac sucks up water from windows, shower cubicles and floors. If you don’t believe us you can try it in store! The Fiskars Weed Puller is a great invention for removing weeds, such… Read More »

Enter the Greatest Jubilee Doorstep Challenge

In June and throughout the year many of you will be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Why not create a patriotic red, white and blue display on your doorstop and you could win a fantastic prize! There are three categories: Homes Schools Businesses & community centres The winner of each category will receive £25 worth… Read More »

Behind the scenes at Perrywood

Yesterday we welcomed more than 60 members of the Tiptree Gardening Club into our nursery for a special behind the scenes tour. They were treated to a demonstration of our mechanical transplanter machine which uses hydraulics to pick up individual seedlings from the trays they were sown into and puts them in larger trays which… Read More »

Make the most of the rain!

Some of you will be fed up of the rain. Others will be making the most of it and filling their water butts. After the hopepipe ban was announced there was a huge demand for water butts and we sold as many in April as we did in the whole of 2011. This left gaps… Read More »

Kirsty and Stuart share their BBQ tips

Garden Centre Assistants Stuart and Kirsty recently visited the impressive Weber Grill Academy with our manager Simon to learn more about grilling and Weber BBqs. They tell us how they got on, and share their tips: Kirsty Before my day at the grill academy at webers headquarters, barbecue cooking for me was all about sausage… Read More »

Winners of Wildlife Photography Competion are announced!

More than 100 photos were entered into Perrywood’s first ever photography competition and the judges were genuinely astounded by the overall quality of the shots. They included all sorts of wildlife but were dominated by the many birds and insects which flourish in our gardens. The competition was judged by Hannah Powell from Perrywood and… Read More »

Our in-store delivery service has changed

If you are buying items in store and are worried about how you might get them home, please take a look at our new delivery service for bulky items next time you visit. Depending on where you are based within Essex there will be a £10, £20, £30 or £40 charge – although if you… Read More »

Outdoor living at Perrywood

With the Diamond Jubilee long weekend and London 2012 fast approaching we have selected some great quality garden furniture and outdoor living items for you. We stock high quality brands including Alexander Rose furniture, La Hacienda chimeneas and fire pits, Weber, Broil King & Grillstream BBQs. New for 2012 is the the Jamie Oliver furniture… Read More »

Find out what’s new and looking good

If you want to know what we have in stock you can keep track via our monthly Facebook photo galleries. These give you a snapshot of which Perrywood Grown plants are out for sale, as well as what’s looking good in our outdoor and indoor plant areas. We also keep you up to date with… Read More »

It’s official – we’re one of the best gift retailers in the UK!

We are VERY excited to have been selected as a finalist in the Best Garden Centre Retailer of Gifts category of The Greats Gift Retailer Awards 2012. The winner will be revealed at a glittering awards event at London’s Lancaster Hotel on Thursday 17 May – we’re not sure we can wait that long! Our… Read More »

Another successful Orchid Day at Perrywood

On Saturday 24th March we held an Orchid Day, following the popularity of the Orchid Weekend last year. We bought in lots of different varieties of orchid, and retired professional orchid grower Chris Channon joined us to share his knowledge of orchid growing and care. Many of you took up the opportunity to have your… Read More »

Raising money for Greenfingers

On Tuesday night some of our staff and members of Tiptree’s Gardening Club joined us for a gardening quiz as part of Garden Releaf Day, to raise money for Greenfingers, who build amazing gardens in hospices. The questions had been set and pre-recorded by celebrity gardeners including Alan Titchmarsh, Pippa Greenwood and Bob Flowerdew. The… Read More »

Easter opening hours

If you’re looking for somewhere to visit over the (hopefully sunny!) Easter weekend we will be open as follows: Friday 6th April (Good Friday) 8.30am – 5pm Saturday 7th April 8am – 6pm Sunday 8th April (Easter Sunday) – Closed Monday 9th April 8.30am – 5pm The coffee shop will be open 9am – 4.30pm… Read More »

The hosepipe bans – all you need to know!

There is a lot of confusing information out there regarding the hosepipe bans. Despite reading information from many sources I’m still not clear exactly which areas of the country are affected. The best thing you can do is go to your water provider’s website and put your postcode in and check. Many of our customers… Read More »

Careers at Perrywood

We attended a careers evening at Thurstable School in Tiptree last week, and will be at the Colchester Sixth Form college careers fair next Tuesday too. Here are some of the tips we share with students who are interested in pursuing a career with Perrywood (or in garden centres more generally): Try and secure a… Read More »

Our Menu for Mother’s Day Weekend

If you want to treat your mum over the Mothering Sunday weekend why not bring her for lunch at the Perrywood coffee shop? Our hot specials will be served from 11.45 to 2.30 and we’ve designed a special menu. Of course all our usual options will also be available including quichue, baked potato, sandwiches and… Read More »

Listening to your feedback!

We regularly review the comment cards our customers fill in and have just been looking at February’s. Our entrance displays seem to be popular for many of you: The entrance display (Easter) is truly beautiful and gives a real lift to the spirit – Joan, Rivenhall The entrance gives me a big smile on my… Read More »

Orchid Day 24th March

We will be holding an Orchid Clinic on March 24th with ‘The Orchid Doctor’ Chris Channon, who is a retired professional orchid grower and RHS Gold Medallist. Please bring in your orchid for an MOT. There will also be two talks from 11:00–11:45 am and 2:00–2:45 pm covering Orchid Care and a repotting demonstration. We… Read More »

No Busy Lizzies in 2012

We grow thousands of Busy Lizzies each year and they are a popular choice for many gardeners. This year, in response to a worldwide outbreak of a fungal disease called Downy Mildew, we have have made the decision not to grow or sell Busy Lizzies at Perrywood. Downy Mildew is a fungal disease which is… Read More »

Photography Competition

Please send us your pictures of birds or animals in your garden this winter to be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes. 1st prize package on offer to both 16 years and under category and the over 16s (worth more than £70): Ultimate seed feeder, worth £13.99, and 5kg wild seed mix,… Read More »

Helping Autism Anglia to create a sensory garden

This morning I visited Autism Anglia at Peldon, where they have residential accommodation for 23 adults with autism. They are one of our three chosen charities for 2012, and we aim to help them realise their vision of creating a sensory garden. They have a fantastic outlook over fields and the Abberton reservoir and we… Read More »

Stuart gets shorty for charity

Stuart Hancock, one of our Sales Assistants, is well known at work for wearing his shorts well into the autumn. This year he is taking it one step further and is raising money for Cancer Research by wearing his shorts at work throughout the winter, whatever the weather! Stuart told us: ““The reason I’m setting… Read More »

Our 2012 Charities

Each year we help many charities via in-store collections and events, staff fundraising, and donations. For 2012 we have chosen to support three fantastic charities: Autism Anglia, using monies raised to help them set up a sensory garden at their Peldon Campus near Colchester, which provides residential accommodation and care for 22 adults with autism.… Read More »

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