The Smiths

 

 

 


Meadow Croft Garden Centre is owned by W.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.

 

 


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, and with 4 generations of horticultural growing experience behind it, continues to grow from strength to strength.

 

 


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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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. ⁠

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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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???????? 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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