In the mood for getting green-fingered? A garden centre is a good place to start, and can make an enjoyable trip for all the family.
Whether you're looking to purchase some serious shrubbery or simply have a potter about and sample the delights of the tea room, our Local editors have rounded up the best of the bunch in their areas.
Fron Goch Garden Centre Caernarfon
At Fron Goch Garden Centre you'll find a wide range of plants - everything from herbaceous perennials to alpines. Most of the high-quality bedding, patio and container plants are grown at the Fron Goch nursery, and as well as ornamentals there are vegetable plants and herbs on sale.
- Gwynedd garden centres
Trebaron Garden Centre Blackpool
Trebaron Garden Centre is a family business that offers a wide range of plants, gardening products, garden furniture and interiors giftware in a warm and comfortable environment. Experienced horticultural staff are always on hand to assist customers with plant-related or general gardening queries.
Dunscar Garden Centre Tarleton
This is more than a garden centre, with a cook shop, café and restaurant, selection of clothing, indoor and outdoor furniture and of course plants. Well worth a trip.
Trowell Garden Centre Nottingham
Trowell Garden Centre is an independent business that originated in the early 1970s as a landscaping business. It now sells plants, garden furniture and accessories, clothing, giftware and pet accessories, and has a café on site.
A large family-owned centre selling everything you could need for your garden, as well as an extensive range of gifts. There's an aquatics centre in store, along with a restaurant and pet centre. The Sky Trail is something for all the family to enjoy. Planters was awarded Garden Centre of the Year 2013.
Frosts Garden Centre Brampton
From choosing the right shrubs for a new planting project, to helping you get started with a vegetable patch, you'll find all the expert advice and help you need at this garden centre. There are also often events and activities for children going on.
BHN Garden Centre Chelmsford
Here you'll find a huge stock of plants, shrubs and trees along with ornamental statues, water features, pots, tubs, indoor plants and a complete range of soil and fertilizers - including BHN's own peat/loam-based compost used throughout the nursery. Whether you're an avid gardener or tending to a small space, from a patio to a hanging basket, the friendly team at BHN are always on hand to assist.
A great little farm shop with extensive plant nursery and garden centre attached. Risby Nursery has a comprehensive range of plants, bedding plants, trees and flowers. You can also buy fresh fruit and vegetables and other produce.
- Cambridgeshire garden centres
- Chelmsford garden centres
- Norfolk garden centres
- Suffolk garden centres
Morden Hall Garden Centre Morden
Often described as London's most beautiful plant centre owing to its peaceful location in the old walled kitchen garden of National Trust property Morden Hall. A wonderful setting for an extensive collection of plants - especially herbs, fruit trees and bushes. The large shop specialises in a comprehensive range of garden furniture, barbecues and horticultural sundries.
- Merton garden centres
Dummer Garden Centre Basingstoke
This centre sells top-quality growing stock, gardening products and garden furniture as well as birdcare products, floristry, houseplants and books. There's also a range of giftware and greeting cards. Staff are friendly and helpful, priding themselves on giving good practical advice to expert and amateur gardeners alike.
Stansted House Garden Centre Havant
Stansted House Garden Centre is managed by the Dorset Plant Company and recently underwent a major refurbishment. The custom-built nursery in Wimborne produces more than 3 million quality plants, containers and hanging baskets a year.
Millbrook Garden Centre Tonbridge
Millbrook Garden Centre is a family-run, independent garden centre. It provides customers with a wide range of quality plants, shrubs, trees, furniture, barbecues, gifts and food items.
Hare Hatch Sheeplands Reading
In addition to being the home of a great farm shop, well-stocked garden centre and tempting café, Hare Hatch also hosts craft markets, specialist fairs and shows, and fun events for young and old alike. There's a spacious children's play area and a mini-farm with donkeys, chickens, goats, rabbits and more - open spring to autumn. Plenty to fill a family day out.
Mayfield Nurseries Weston
Through the sales of high quality plants, shrubs and consumables, Mayfield Nurseries provide a place for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities to develop skills and confidence to gain employment, volunteer, or take positive steps towards improving their wellbeing.
- Hampshire garden centres
- Kent garden centres
- Portsmouth garden centres
- Reading garden centres
- Southampton garden centres
Chestnut Nursery Longfleet
Open to the public six days a week, selling a wide variety of perennials, shrubs, trees, ornamental grasses and seasonal crops. Chestnut Nursery is a Sheltered Work Opportunities Project (SWOP), which provides meaningful work in a supportive and pressure-free environment for adults with severe and enduring mental illness. SWOP aims to use the therapeutic nature of horticulture to restore mental well-being.
Heligan Plant Centre Heligan
Within the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the Plant Centre showcases a wide selection of quality specimens, carefully nurtured on-site in the Heligan Nursery, which reflect the wonderful diversity and atmosphere of the gardens. A fine selection of shrubs, perennials, alpines and exotica are on offer, as well as more traditional flowers, vegetables, salads and herbs and a large range of wildflower seeds.
Bring the children along for a morning or afternoon at the garden centre. The animal and play area is a large safe space of open grass, play equipment and some very friendly animals. With plenty of picnic tables dotted about there is room to sit and relax while watching your children play. A coffee shop provides everything from children's munch boxes, take away teas, coffees, sandwiches and ices.