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Brackenwood Plant and Garden Centre, Bristol

Brackenwood Plant and Garden Centre, Bristol

Entrance to Brackenwood Plant and Grden Centre
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The small entrance to Brackenwood Garden Centre gives no clue to the large range of plants on offer. It surprised us!

This is a totally independent GardenAction opinion of the Brackenwood Plant and Garden Centre in Bristol.

John and Jenny Maycock started Brackenwood over 40 years ago at Portishead. In 1985 they moved to the current site after running out of space. The garden centre is run by their daughter Claire who joined the business over 12 years ago.


Brackenwood Garden Centre is definitely biased towards providing plants. There is a small range of garden accessories which will satisfy most of your needs, but make a visit primarily for plants.

On the right is a picture of some of the very comprehensive range of ornamental trees. Ornamental trees

As well as ornamental trees, this 12 acre garden centre stocks a very large range of herbaceous plants, conifer trees and many more. If you are looking for unusual plants then this is the place to visit. Brackenwood has supplied Bristol Zoo with unusual and exotic plants for over 20 years.

The majority of plants are grown on site which is very different from most of the garden centres of this size. Ask for advice and it's readily available sometimes from the very staff who grow the plants. The plants looked in good condition, well-watered and in appropriate pot sizes.

Signs With such a variety of plants, it's important to be able to locate the ones you want. The signs at Brackenwood were clear and informative.

As well as grouping plants by type, there were good groupings by planting positions such as shade

Access for the disabled was by no means the best we have seen, but most of the garden centre has sufficiently wide and flat aisles. A few aisles were too small for wheelchair access.

The prices at this nursery are on a par or slightly cheaper than the big garden centres and certainly reflect good value for money. In summer 2007 potentillas cost �5.99, clematis �9.99, fruit trees �20.00 and David Austin roses at �5.99.

The address is:
Leigh Court Estate
Pill Road
Abbots Leigh
Bristol BS8 3RA
A map can be found here

Tel: 01275 375292

Summer 2007.

A huge range of plants of all types including many unusual specimens. Excellent to see that most plants are grown on site. We thoroughly recommend Brackenwood Plant and Garden Centre.

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