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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