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Dobbies Garden Centre, Ayr

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Dobbies Garden Centre, Ayr

Entrance to dobbies Garden centre at Ayr
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Built in 2004, Dobbies Garden centre at Ayr is one of their large modern garden centres. We visited them in June to see the plants, the indoor sales area and the cafe. This is what we found.

This is a totally independent GardenAction opinion of Dobbies Garden Centre in Ayr, Scotland.


Outdooplants area at Dobbies, Ayr The outdoor plant area is half covered and half in the open. The paths are very wide but little thought has gone into making it an attractive area for customers.

The plants come with Dobbies excellent 5 year hardy plant guarantee. They certainly all looked in good condition and well-watered.

Aside from three small specialist plant groupings, there were no overhead signs to direct you to specific groups of plants.

The signs do proclaim that the shrubs are in alphabetic order but this is misleading. Some of the shrubs (e.g. hebes) are in different parts of the outdoor area. This is a pity because you could easily miss some plants entirely.

The range of plants is good but for the overall size of the garden centre, we would have expected more.
If they specialised in anything it was probably conifers (left) and rhododendrons (right).


The price of our shopping basket below indicates that prices are about average for this area of the UK.

Rose, 3 litre pot �6.99 upwards

Common shrub (e.g. hebe) �5.99

Clematis named variety �6.99 upwards

Economy spade �13.99

Stainless steel fork �21.99

Runner Bean seeds �2.79

Multi-purpose compost 60l �6.99 (westland) or 3 for �10 (Dobbies)

Fish, blood and bone 2.5kg �5.99

Tomorite 1 litre n/a

Miracle Gro 1 kg �4.99

Large cup of coffee �1.60

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.



Name: shana ferguson
Date posted: January 14, 2011 - 01:30 pm
Message: I have tried in vane to contact you by telephone,to ask for the phone number of the Cotton Traders shop,as I understand that they are expecting a delivery this week of walking Boots at a special price, I would like to know if they have arrived in store before I make the journey over this weekend. Thanking you . Shana Ferguson. My phone number is 01294 203450.If this of any help to you.