Garden Centre

With our horticultural background, plants have always been a key part of Meadow Croft Garden Centre. W.D Smith & Son (the owners) have been growing plants and selling them to retailers in the South-East of England for over 80 years.

We pride ourselves on the quality and range of plants offered, many of which are grown in our glasshouses. Approximately 75% of the garden plants sold at Meadow Croft Garden Centre are grown on our nurseries just across the road. This means we only use approximately 130 delivery miles in a year for 75% of our plants. Another 7.5% of plants are grown locally in Battlesbridge and 96% of our garden plants are English and grown within 100 miles of Meadow Croft.

The entrance glasshouse is a showcase for the products grown on our own nursery, including our free range vegetables and homegrown bedding plants. The best thing about our bedding plants is that they are grown locally meaning they are already hardy to our climate.

We are extremely well-known for our homegrown Viola & Pansies – each year the garden centre holds the largest independent variety trial of these plants in Great Britain and visitors to the garden centre play an important part in the trial. More information can be found on our Viola & Pansy Festival page.

We stock a large selection of hardy plants that will compliment any garden for many years to come. Don’t be shy to ask any member of staff for help in finding what you need. We stock a large selection of roses in our dedicated rose garden. Fruit, deciduous and evergreen trees can also be found in the Rose Garden, almost all of which are grown within a 100-mile radius of our centre.

We are so confident that our plants are of the very best quality that we offer a ‘no quibble’ 3 year guarantee on all our hardy perennial plants. If for any reason any of these plants should fail to establish with reasonable care, we will offer you a full refund or replacement. Find out more here.

We aim to cater for the needs of all – the experienced gardener will find an enormous range of plants of all sizes to suit every garden situation, and a lot more besides. For the first time gardener, our trained horticultural staff are available to give advice and guidance. We also look after the garden owner who isn’t a gardener or has no time to spare. Meadow Croft Garden Centre always has a wide range of planted containers and hanging baskets ready to take away. All you have to do is remember to water them.



Homegrown Bedding

The entrance glasshouse is a showcase for the products grown on our own nursery, including our free range vegetables and homegrown bedding plants. We have been growing plants and selling them to retailers in the South-East of England for 80 years. 




Newly renovated and expanded, our Houseplants department is where you will find plants that will bring your home to life with their colour, vibrancy and impact. Houseplants are becoming increasingly popular due to the wellbeing benefits. Houseplants are known to purify the air we breathe, lower stress and anxiety as well as create a calming environment for everyone to enjoy.

With regular deliveries, we pride ourselves on having a vast selection available as well as sourcing the most unusual houseplants. You can find flowering houseplants that add a splash of colour to your home or office space or foliage style houseplants that provide year-round interest with their striking leaves. Our trained horticultural staff are happy to help you with your houseplant purchase, so please do ask any questions you may have.



The Garden Shop


In the arches, our garden shop stocks all the products you need to keep your garden healthy including feed, fertilisers, weedkiller, and lawn care. You’ll also find a wide range of containers, compost, tools, and garden ornaments.

Our wild birds need our help all year, especially during the cold of winter. We have a great range of wild bird food, feeders, nesting boxes and other accessories to keep our native species thriving.

Our trained staff are on hand to answer any question you might have about the best products to use in your garden.

Come and choose your festive wreath this weekend!⁠
Handmade on our nursery
Simon, our garden centre manager, advises on the best gardening jobs for December
We have some beautiful table decorations in our Houseplant Department, all perfect for your Christmas table displays
What are you up to this weekend? ⁠
Visit us and pick your Christmas Tree!
❤️ Christmas Poinsettias are now in stock! ❤️⁠

£7.99 each ⁠
Available in our Houseplant Department. ⁠

Tips to a great Poinsettia⁠

❤️Only buy a plant that has not been exposed to draughts as this can cause the leaves to drop suddenly. ⁠

❤️Keep the plant wrapped for the journey home to protect it from the cold. ⁠

❤️Do not overwater or let the plant dry out. Consistent watering is the key to a healthy plant, using tepid water if possible. If the leaves turn yellow or fall off it is incorrectly watered. Only water when the plant is noticeably dry, lift the plant up and if it feels light it needs watering. Watering can be done from the top of the pot or by standing the pot in water for half an hour and then allowing to drain freely.⁠

❤️Poinsettias need warmth and light but must be kept away from draughts including open windows, fireplaces, open doorways etc. ⁠
Temperatures between 15-22 degrees are ideal and preferably placed in a light spot.⁠

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We stock the very best Nordmann Needle Retentive Christmas Trees!⁠

Come along and hand pick your tree. All trees are unwrapped so you can see the shape and height of each tree.
Santa's Snug ❤️ ⁠

Featuring rich red, gold and green jewel tones, this colour scheme adds an instant Christmas elegance to your home. ⁠

We also have our real Christmas Trees now in stock - come and choose your tree and decorations all in one place!⁠

#meadowcroftgardencentre #christmasdisplays
We only have 6 German Market evenings left!
We’re open tonight, tomorrow (30th) and Friday (1st) until 8pm!

Our final evenings are on the 6th, 7th & 8th December until 8pm.

Browse the German Market stalls
Our final German Market Late Nights are this week! ⁠

We're open until 8pm this evening, Thursday and Friday. ⁠

Come along with friends and family to enjoy a late night shopping experience, as well as German Sausages, Beer or Gluhwein!
How to care for your Christmas Tree
The Meadow Croft German Market hosts a Live Music Weekend! ⁠

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