Buckingham Garden Centre, Bucks
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An impressive entrance to this garden centre.
This garden centre majored on plants, the range was extensive with
several speciality areas.
This is a totally independent GardenAction opinion of the
Buckingham Garden Centre in
The official name for this garden centre is Buckingham
Nurseries and Garden Centre. This reflects the fact that they
concentrate fully on the plants aspect rather than the accessories side
of the business. It will satisfy many of your non-plant garden needs but
it will certainly exceed your expectations in the plants department.
The first feature you see in the outdoor plant area
is the "Potting Shed". It houses a large range of hanging basket and
Buckingham's will also take an existing hanging
basket or pot and refill it to your design. The staff are there to
plant them up exactly to your requirements.
There is a huge range of plants for sale and the
signs make it easy to find specific plants. Near the entrance to the
plant area you are directed to general areas, then further signs
help you to locate your plants. Excellent.
The whole area is tidy
and clean with wide aisles. The overall layout is one of the most
pleasant we have seen to date.
The picture on the left shows just some of the fruit
trees on offer, the range was superb. But this applies to many other
plants as well.
Conifers, lavender, grasses, clematis, herbaceous plants, hedging
and acers to name but a few. Take our word for it, you will need to
go a long way to find such a comprehensive range of plants.
There was a manned help centre with leaflets and other
helpful information. Attracting the attention and help of staff was
never a problem.
We were unable to see any guarantee offered on hardy
plants which was disappointing. Buckingham's have a comprehensive mail
order service and the guarantee offered in their literature was only 3
days. Very poor for a garden centre of this size.
The price of plants was slightly above average maybe because of the huge
range available. The price of accessories was definitely below average.
See the typical shopping basket below.
Rose, 3 litre pot
Common shrub (e.g. potentilla)
Potted fruit tree (various rootstocks)
Growmore, branded, 2.5kg
Growmore, branded, 1kg
Miracle Gro, soluble plant food, 1kg
Evergreen Complete Lawn, 100sq m
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