Scrummy specials in the coffee shop this Bank Holiday

This Bank Holiday Weekend as part of our Garden Party Weekend we have lots of delicious home cooked hot lunch specials, perfect if you want to escape from the kitchen and fancy a day out in rural Essex: Saturday: Ham & Spinach Lasagne and Leek & Potato Filo Sunday: Beef Florentine and Vegetable Lasagne Monday:… Read More »

Spring flowering bulbs in stock now

The first of our Spring flowering bulbs, for Autumn planting, are now in-store and online. There are more varieties being added to the range every week and we stock the biggest range in Essex. We only sell quality bulbs from reputable suppliers like Taylors Bulbs from Lincolnshire, UK. Includes fill-a-bag and bulk bags of bulbs… Read More »

Save the date for the Perrywood Christmas Open Evening!

Where: Perrywood Garden Centre, Essex, CO5 9XW When: Thursday 22nd November. Late opening 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 we’ll have lots of demonstrations and ideas to help you decorate your… Read More »

Building works at Perrywood

You may have noticed that building firm Evers is on site at Perrywood. We’ve taken on this local company to demolish an existing greenhouse (where wild bird care used to be situated) and to replace it with a two storey building comprising of modern retail area on the ground floor, and first floor offices above.… Read More »

B1023 road closure cancelled

In a previous blog post we warned you that the B1023 was due to be closed for repair works at Hinds Bridge near Feering. We’ve today been informed that Essex Highways have changed their plans, and the road closure will no longer go ahead. Instead they will repair the damaged parapet without closing the road.… Read More »

Essex garden centre wins more awards!

Perrywood is a member of the Garden Centre Association, which audits it’s members each year to maintain standards. We were audited earlier this Spring and last week we met up with other GCA members in the North Thames region to find out which centres had performed best. We were delighted to score enough to receive… Read More »

Summer sale on furniture, BBQs, garden accessories and home & giftware

We have a number of items available in the Perrywood in-store summer sale, including home and giftware, solar lights, tools, packets of seeds and more. If you are planning to summer parties now the weather is set to improve you can pick up some brilliant bargains to spruce up your patio or conservatory – like… Read More »

Charities & schools say thanks to Perrywood

We regularly give raffle prizes and plants for plant sales to help raise money for local charities and schools. It’s lovely when they get in touch to let us know how they got on. This is some of the feedback we’ve received recently: I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for donating the… Read More »

August Garden Party Weekend

This August Bank Holiday we’ll be running our Garden Party Weekend again. Like last year we’ll be setting up a number of display gardens to inspire you! We’ll be raising money for Essex Air Ambulance and there will be lots to see and do. We hope you’ll join us. The event runs all weekend and… Read More »

Free BBQ demonstration at Perrywood

Earlier this year Kirsty, Stuart and Simon visited the Weber Grill Academy to learn about all things barbequed. They came back with lots of recipes, hints & tips so we’d like to share them with you. When: Saturday July 21st 11am to 3pm Where: Perrywood Garden Centre, near Tiptree in Essex They’ll show you how… Read More »

Well worth a visit…but don’t take our word for it!

Every month we read all the comment cards you fill in when you visit. Here are some of our favourite comments you left us during June. “Always reliable and friendly” Cynthia from Braintree “Don’t go to Chelsea, come to Perrywood”, G Metson, Howe Street “Thanks for having free tea for cyclists and for not having… Read More »

Supporting local schools

This  morning we enjoyed welcoming some special visitors to Perrywood. Pupils from Baynards Primary School, which is just up the road in Tiptree, have set up their classroom role play area as a garden centre, and came to see the real thing in action. They were very enthusiastic and many of them knew lots of… Read More »

New signs to help you find your way around

One of the things we’ve been asked for in the in-store comment cards you’ve filled in is more signage so you can easily find your way around the centre. This week another lot of new signs has gone up so we hope you will find them useful. These include signs in the ‘Garden Shop’ so… Read More »

Perrywood open and accessible during nearby road closure

Please note since we wrote this article the date of works has changed to August 6. Those of you who receive the Tiptree Tribune will have seen the front page article this week about the planned closure of the B1203 (Inworth Road) at Hinds Bridge near Feering, as the bridge needs urgent repairs to the… Read More »

Offers on Outdoor Living

During June we have some fantastic reductions on garden furniture, BBQs and chimeneas. For example: The Alexander Rose San Marino range has been reduced. The Relax Hut (pictured) was £2299 and is now £1999. The set with a rectangular table and 6 square armchairs was £1799 and is now only £1499. If you need some… Read More »

National Bike Week

We are offering a free tea or coffee* to any customer who arrives by bike during National Bike Week 16 – 24th June. Simply turn up on your bike and let them know in the coffee shop that you’ve used your own pedal power to get there. Anyone arriving on pedal bikes, tandems, unicycles and… Read More »

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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