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. 

 


 

Houseplants

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.


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!⁠

#The10thHole #MiniGolf #DaysOut #MeadowCroftGardenCentre⁠
THIS WEEKEND ONLY!!⁠

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 ????????⁠

⭐ 25% OFF THIS WEEKEND ONLY ⭐⁠

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 ⁠????⁠

#croton #houseplants #meadowcroftgardencentre #meadowcrofthouseplants
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!⁠ ⁠
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/meadow-croft-garden-centre⁠

#linkinbio #meadowcroftgardencentre #characterbreakfast #toystorybreakfast #disneypixar #disney⁠
???????? OUTDOOR LIVING JUBILEE BONANZA ????????⁠

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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