History

 

Meadow Croft was acquired by W.D. Smith & Son in 1999 from the Snellings who had founded Meadow Croft Nurseries (as it was then called) shortly after the end of the Second World War. They first specialised in growing rose bushes. 

The Meadow Croft you see today is quite different from the original footprint. Most of the original buildings have made way for the greenhouse, restaurant, car park and plant area.

 

 

With 4 generations of horticultural growing experience behind it, Meadow Croft continues to grow from strength to strength. 

 

A Family Business

 

Meadow Croft Garden Centre is owned byW.D. Smith & Son, a local family of nurserymen who have been growing plants for gardeners for nearly ninety years.

The ‘Smiths’ arrived in South Woodham Ferrers as market gardeners before 1900, but soon began to specialise in growing garden plants from seed.  Fast forward almost 90 years and they have expanded to supply plants to retail nurseries and garden centres all over south east England. As industry leading bedding plant growers they have been at the forefront of change both technically and culturally, striving constantly to improve the range and quality of their plants. Every year searching out the new, the biggest and the best, to keep the range of plants on sale at Meadow Croft Garden Centre the very best selection available.

By the beginning of the 1900’s Henry Smith was market gardening in South Woodham Ferrers from a nursery on a plot near the train station, where he was already growing tomatoes in greenhouses and selling into London markets.

In 1915, Henry’s son William Henry Smith, then aged 25, was described as a ‘Market Gardener of Hullbridge Road, Woodham Ferrers’ on his marriage certificate.  By the 1930’s he had moved his growing operation to what was the former ‘Plant Home’ site on Woodham Road. 

William went on to have 11 children, many of whom grew up to create several well-known local horticultural businesses which are still around today. One of his sons; William Henry Deavin Smith, married in 1939, aged 23 and left his father’s business to start his own horticultural business at Grange Nurseries on Woodham Road.  The name Deavin was his mother’s maiden name, and so to distinguish his own business from his father’s (which was still active at the Plant Home site), William Henry Deavin Smith named his business W.D. Smith & Son.  The business is still situated on the very same site today and continues to provide plants to garden centres across the South East of England.

 

 

 


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Pick up a bag in our outdoor plants area
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Here's Meadow Croft's plants manager Elaine explaining some of the types we have on offer
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These hardy beauties thrive with minimal water, making them ideal for conserving resources and keeping your garden lush.

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A massive well done to all the schools that took part in Schools in Bloom this year, these are just a few photos from when our judges visited the entries!

It's always fantastic to see the kids getting involved with gardening and getting creative with their displays
Last chance to buy!
We're pleased to announce that Hockley Primary School are the winners of Schools in Bloom 2024!

It was an unbelievably close competition this year, but Hockley Primary's school-wide participation, upcycling initiative and how they used their garden to tell a story saw them take first place. Congratulations

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