Bridgemere Garden World, Nantwich, Cheshire
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Bridgemere Garden World is big, very big!
But big is not always beautiful, or is it? We visit and review
This is an independent GardenAction review of
Bridgemere Garden World in Nantwich, Cheshire. Click any
picture to enlarge it.
Bridgemere Garden World grow a good proportion of
their own plants, the picture on the right testifies to that (click
any picture to enlarge it). It was taken from the top of the
Bridgemere Mountain. It isn't clear from the brochures or website
however, what percentage are grown on site.
The outdoor plant area at Bridgemere was huge, one
of the largest we have ever seen. The layout was attractive with
lots of "islands" of plants. The paths were wide (more than wide
enough for wheelchair users), level and uncluttered. Signs for plant
types were plentiful which made locating a specific plant an easy
The outdoor area had a fully equipped plant information
centre. Even in January it was manned and we saw several people
making use of this facility.
The plants looked in excellent
condition, fully watered and well cared for. We could find no
sign of any guarantee for the hardy plants. This is
disappointing because the majority of large (and some smaller)
garden centres offer a hardy plant guarantee.
We were impressed with the plant support system at Bridgemere
Garden World. In many garden centres when wind strikes, the taller
plants are blown over which inevitably results in some plant damage.
Not so at this garden centre! The taller plants are placed in bays
which have plastic collars to support them in windy conditions.
Click the picture on the left to see more clearly.
The range of plants on offer was huge. It's hard to say if
Bridgemere specialise in any particular area of plants because
all popular plants are well-covered. On the right is a picture
of their large range of ornamental trees, but roses, clematis,
bedding plants and many more are equally well-stocked. Probably
their area of specialisation are the unusual plants which you
are unlikely to find at other garden centres.
Besides plants, the outdoor area stocks a variety of other
garden goods. Of note was the large range of greenhouses on offer.
They are attractively displayed and easy to examine. As well as
greenhouses, a large range of sheds and garden buildings was on
to go to the GBC website for more details of the garden buildings on
Our test shopping basket showed the prices to be average. A shopping bag set of prices for 2008 are shown below:
Rose, 3 litre pot
Common shrub (e.g. potentilla, hebe)
Runner Bean seeds (4m)
�3.99 (3 for �10) Arthur Bowers
Fish, Blood and Bone, branded, 3.5kg
Tomorite 1 litre
Miracle Gro, soluble plant food, 1kg
Large cup of coffee in cafe
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