Barton Grange Garden Centre, Preston
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Opened in 2008 the Barton Grange Garden Centre at Preston is the
second of their garden centres. This is the most lavishly designed of all the garden
centres we have visited. It's not just like a department store, it's like an
upmarket version in Bond Street!
This is a totally independent GardenAction opinion of the Barton Grange
garden centre in Brock, Preston.
BARTON GRANGE, PRESTON - THE PLANTS AREA
The outdoor plants area is almost totally enclosed, protecting visitors
from the elements entirely. To regulate the heat, the roof has large vents in it which
are automatically closed or opened depending on the temperature and weather. Unique to
all the garden centres we have visited.
The paths are principally straight but there are nooks and crannies off the main
pathways which provide interest.
The paths are spotlessly clean as are the plant bays. They are also
wide, allowing for wheelchair access.
The plants are all in excellent condition, with
a large number of staff to keep them that way. Overhead signs are large and informative
and the plants are generally in alphabetic order. The range of plants is good, though
they occupy a smaller than normal percentage of the whole garden centre.
There are a couple of specialities, the most obvious being the extremely
large range of clematis on offer (see prices below).
In keeping with a modern garden
centre there is plant advice centre, well stocked with reference material.
BARTON GRANGE, PRESTON - THE PRICES
Barton Grange Garden Centre in Preston is not the place to visit if you are
looking for low prices. On the contrary, the prices are high for this area of the UK. The
lowest priced clematis we could find was �12.99, nearly twice the price of some other, less
salubrious, garden centres.
Rose, 3 litre pot
Common shrub (e.g. potentilla)
Clematis named variety
Stainless steel fork
Runner Bean seeds
Multi-purpose compost 60l
�5.99 or 2 for �10
Fish, blood and bone 2.5kg
Tomorite 1 litre
Miracle Gro 1 kg
Large cup of coffee
NOTE: Price comparisons are based on the prices we find at the time of
our visit. We compare to them average prices in the same year as the date of the review.
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