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.

 

 

 


With a beautiful weekend forecasted we asked the plant team to pick their favourite plant available right now, they felt it was like being asked to choose their favourite child…..but they did anyway!
Louise chose a hardy gerbera (but snuck in a Bella fuchsia as well when I wasn’t looking), Lorna chose a beautiful Lilac. Tam is obviously staying in with her amazing three stemmed orchid. Kaye, went for 2 hydrangeas and Elaine went big with her cercis tree.
They all look wonderful, and the plants don’t look bad either.
Homegrown 14” hanging baskets are now in stock!⁠

We have a wide selection of colour schemes for you to choose from, perfect for any garden. Both plants and baskets are grown and made at our nursery. ⁠

You can hang these in the garden from now, though be sure to secure them properly in windy weather!
Congratulations to our amazingly artistic winners of the Viola and Pansy Colouring Competition. We look forward to welcoming them back soon to spend their vouchers.
Touch me.......Smell me!

Our Award Winning Home Grown Scented Geraniums are now in stock, they may not look the most colourful plant, but give them a rub next time you pass and you will get an amazing selection of scents.
To attract attention to these amazing plants Jess from our nursery designed these beautiful perfume bottle labels and won an award at the HTA National Plant Show for her designs.
Wow, It looks like it isn't going to rain this weekend! Perfect time to get gardening.
Our nursery is incredibly busy producing plants for the whole country, but don't worry, we’re saving the best for you
Due to technical issues beyond our control, please note that this Sunday 14th April, Meadow Croft Kitchen will NOT be serving Sunday roasts. Our Sunday breakfast menu will be available until 11.30am as usual and then our normal weekday lunch menu will be served from 12pm-2.30pm. We will still have plenty of delicious dishes and treats for you to enjoy.
Thank you for your understanding.
MCK Team.
Milkshakes are officially back at The 10th Hole! ⛳⁠

Choose from Strawberry, Raspberry Ripple, Flake, Oreo, Biscoff, Chocolate, Vanilla and Espresso flavours while you putt your way around the course
Looking to give your plants a boost as the weather gets better? ⁠

Stop by the garden centre and pick up a box of @MiracleGro's all purpose plant food. Get 20% extra feed free! ⁠

Simply feed every two weeks from March to September using a feeder or watering can
Have you seen our new furniture department? Lynn and Simon love it so much that while the weather has been poor, they can be found relaxing in it. With the weather about to improve they’re going back out into their garden. Come and have a look around for some inspiration to create your outside living space.
#outdoorroom #outdoorliving #gardenfurniture #barbecue
It’s opening time at ‘The Meadows’ our in store local bottle shop.
New Hall wine, Essex gin and local beer all available now.

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