Careers at Meadow Croft Garden Centre

Meadow Croft Garden Centre is part of W. D. Smith & Son, a family-run  business with four generations of horticultural experience behind it. This family-inspired ethos is woven through the very fabric of our business and extends out not just to our team members, but to our customers too. We are dedicated to placing customers at the heart of what we do and aim to offer the best customer service experience. We are dedicated to being the best garden centre possible, offering customers a wide range of plants, providing quality products, trustworthy advice, value for money and inspirational ideas to create the gardens they aspire to.

We pride ourselves on the quality and range of plants offered, many of which are grown in our own glasshouses on-site at W. D. Smith & Son’s growing facility. Not only do we produce plants, but we also have extensive giftware, homewares, and outdoor living departments, together with pet care and a huge range of garden sundries. We also hold regular festivals and events across the year, including our now renowned German Market & Christmas Fair, Food & Drink Festival, and our unique Viola & Pansy Festival.

Our restaurant, Meadow Croft Kitchen, is an integral part of our garden centre, as are the team members that make our restaurant so successful. Meadow Croft Kitchen has a well-established reputation for serving delicious homemade dishes, bakes and cakes, together with daily specials and afternoon tea.

We know that our team members are one of the main reasons Meadow Croft is such a great place to visit and we are proud of the friendship and support our team members offer and share with each other. We also offer a wide range of employee benefits.


Employee Discount Scheme

Above statutory holiday allowance (up to 32 days per annum, pro-rated)

Subsidised food and drink from our restaurant (which includes up to 50% discount for garden centre team members and a meal allowance for restaurant team members)

Employer Contributory Pension Scheme

Employee Assistance Programme

Training and development, including an ongoing e-learning training programme

Uniform provided (including an allowance for protective footwear)

Free parking



Vacancies & Applications

Most of our vacancies are advertised on our website (below) or through our social media pages. However, we also welcome speculative applications, especially from candidates who have experience in horticulture, retail or hospitality and catering. Even if a relevant vacancy is not listed, please send in your CV if you think you have experience we would be interested in - for the right candidate(s), we will always keep you in mind for potential upcoming positions.

To apply for a vacancy, or to submit a speculative application, please email us at Please email your CV and a covering letter, detailing the position (or type of position) you are applying for, why you feel you are the right candidate for the position, and outline any relevant experience. Please also confirm whether you are looking for full-time, part-time, or casual hours.

If you are interested in working at Meadow Croft Garden Centre or Meadow Croft Kitchen, please keep an eye out for new vacancies on our Careers page or follow our social media pages. 


Please be aware that unfortunately we are not able to employ students until they have completed their GCSEs.

Our Current Vacancies


Application Process

Please bear with us while we review your application. We normally allow up to three weeks for all applications to be considered, to answer candidate queries and for us to respond to your application. We always try to respond to applicants, including those that have not been successful, but due to the high volume of applications we tend to receive, this is not always possible. However, if you do not hear from us after three weeks, you are very welcome to contact us to follow up on the progress of your application.

In line with our Job Application Privacy Notice, we will keep your details on file for a period of six months which allows us the opportunity to contact you should any suitable, future vacancies arise. For full details on the data Meadow Croft Garden Centre (W.D. Smith & Son) collects and processes personal data during our recruitment processes, and how we meet our data protection obligations, please refer click here.

Our 10th Hole is not just for families and children...⁠

You can come for a bit of afternoon garden centre shopping, grab yourself a sweet treat, glass of prosecco and a beer, and have a nice relaxed drink sat in the sun ☀️????⁠

Fancy mini golf for two followed by a nice cold Crouch Vale Beer, and a glass of Prosecco for the bargain price of £10? ⁠

Come along!⁠

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FREE Egg Chair Cover (worth £19.99) & FREE Egg Chair Solar Lights (worth £24.99) when you buy the London, Montreal or Corsica Single Egg Chair. ⁠

You cannot miss this... ⁠

#SpecialOffer #EggChair⁠

???????? Ceanothus In Bloom ????????⁠


Ceanothus looks beautiful this time of year. It’s a stunning sight, smothered in flowers in shades that range from powder blue to deep azure.⁠

Comes in many varieties, sizes and shapes. Very easy to look after if in good quality soil. ⁠

Amazing for the wildlife, especially bees ???? ⁠

It's common name is Californian Lilac. ⁠

#ceanothus #californianlilac #meadowcroftgardencentre #specialoffer
???? Croton ????⁠

Croton are beautiful house plants, grown for their bold and striking foliage. They’re also known as Joseph’s coat as their thick, oval, pointed leaves are splashed with many colours, including red, pink, burgundy, orange, yellow and green.⁠

Crotons need need plenty of bright light, a consistently warm spot and high humidity. They can take some direct sunshine but keep them away from direct midday sun. ⁠

Keep the soil moist at all times from spring to autumn. Use tepid water and make sure any excess has drained away. Water less in winter, allowing the top few centimetres of compost to dry out between watering.⁠

Mist the leaves daily with tepid water.⁠

Feed every two weeks with a balanced house plant fertiliser.⁠

Wipe the leaves occasionally with a damp cloth to remove dust.⁠

???? Brighten up your home or office, come and pick yours up from our Houseplant Department ⁠????⁠

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Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily) ????⁠

A popular garden border plant as it is hardy & easy to grow. ⁠
They look fantastic in a sunny border amongst other perennials and shrubs, especially roses. Also ideal for growing in pots. ⁠

The flowers are highly attractive to bees and pollinating insects. ????⁠

Once flowers have faded, rather than just cutting off the dead head, remove the whole stem by gently pulling it from the base of the clump – this stimulates new growth. ⁠

#alstroemeria #meadowcroftgardencentre
Tickets are going fast! ⁠

Come along to our Rodeo Roundup Breakfast with this well-known Cowboy & Cowgirl ????⁠

Tuesday 31st May ⁠
9am - 10am ⁠

Each child will get breakfast, a drink and our Cowboy & Cowgirl will walk around to meet and greet each table. You'll have a morning full of memories and lots of photo opportunities. ????⁠

£12 per child.⁠

Tickets must be pre-booked.⁠

Adults go free and are welcome to order their own breakfast on the day! Maximum of 2 adults per booking. ⁠

Secure your place today!⁠ ⁠⁠

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We're holding a Jubilee Bonanza 25% off event across our Outdoor Living Department!*⁠

You'll be able to get 25% off selected ranges* ⁠
⭐Hartman Garden Furniture Sets ⁠
⭐Egg Chairs ⁠
⭐Fire Pits⁠ & Chimineas⁠
⭐Water Features⁠
⭐Cadac BBQ's & Accessories⁠

*whilst stocks last⁠

Friday 20th May - Sunday 5th June Only ⁠

???? Get your garden Jubilee ready and fit for a Queen ????⁠

Share this post, spread the word, come along and grab your bargains!!
World Bee Day ????⁠

#worldbeeday #meadowcroftgardencentre
We've had a huge delivery of gorgeous Roses ????⁠

???? You can get roses in Tree, Bush, Shrub, Patio, Rambling and Climbing varieties. ⁠
???? You can plant a rose for all occasions.⁠
???? Perfect to give as a gift.⁠
???? Fill any outdoor space with colour and fragrance.⁠
???? Interesting for beneficial insects such as bees and hoverflies.⁠

Now is the right time to get your roses, just in time for them looking great!⁠

Come along and browse our beautiful rose garden at the back of our outdoor plant area. ⁠

#roses #climbingroses #patioroses #rosetree #rosebush #roseshrub #ramblingrose #meadowcroftgardencentre
???????? The Queen's Platinum Jubilee ????????⁠

Get yourselves Jubilee ready with our lovely selection of Jubilee products. ⁠

Pick up some Fabulous Farmhouse Pickle, Classy Caramelised Onion Chutney or perhaps something sweet might take your fancy - Lush Lemon Curd, British Strawberry Jam and Marvellous Orange Marmalade. ⁠

Have tea with the Queen with our Luxury Tea Collection from the English Tea Shop or have the Best of British Elderflower Cordial. ⁠

Why not pick up some collectable memorabilia by Alison Gardiner? She has created an illustrated fine bone china mug to commemorate the day. Only 5000 are being sold worldwide, so it makes the perfect royal souvenir! ⁠

We've got everything you need to have the best Jubilee Afternoon Tea celebrations. ⁠

#queensplatinumjubilee #platinumjubilee #meadowcroftgardencentre
???? Clematis - The Queen of Climbers ????⁠

Clematis produce masses of flowers in a wide variety of shapes and colours. With careful selection, it’s possible to enjoy their blooms throughout the year, and with plants suited to growing on walls and fences, up obelisks and pergolas, into trees, in containers and even in a mixed border, it is easy to see why these versatile plants are one of the most popular in gardens. ⁠

For those will little garden space, clematis provide a good way of maximising what is available and still bringing colour! ⁠

Whether it's a Spring flowering, Summer/Autumn flowering or Winter flowering variety you would like, we have hundreds in stock for you to choose from, so come along and choose your Queen of Climbers. ⁠

#clematis #queenofclimbers #climbers #meadowcroftgardencentre
Press Day at the Chelsea Flower Show! ????????⁠

Pictured is a stand in memory of our dear friend Peter Seabrook.⁠

We're delighted to have been able to provide a hanging basket full of Meadow Croft Grown Basket Plants ????⁠

#ChelseaFlowerShow #peterseabrook #RHS #FlowerShow #ShowGardens #Plants #Planting #HangingBasket ⁠

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