Dobbies Garden Centre, Perth
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Dobbies Garden World at Perth was purpose built in 2003. We visited
them, checked out the plants, tasted the cafe food and much more. This is our
independent review of their facilities.
This is a totally independent GardenAction opinion of
Dobbies Garden Centre in Perth, Scotland. Click any
picture to enlarge it.
DOBBIES GARDEN CENTRE, PERTH - THE PLANTS
The outdoor plants area at Dobbies Perth branch was more attractive and
engaging than some of their efforts. The regimented straight line criss-cross paths were
frequently broken down by displays (see left picture).
While photographing the small fountains, it quickly became apparent that the kids
loved them! It took ages to get a picture without one of them running through them.
At the end of the outdoor plants area there is an additional higher are that houses
ornamental trees and a variety of other plants. We always look for how easy garden
centres are for wheel chair users and these steps perplexed us. Dobbies normally make
their stores very good for disabled access. Eventually we located a path which ran
reasonably evenly up the entire length of the outdoor area. This effectively allowed
disabled access to the upper area.
But, in order to get onto the path you would need to go to the furthest end of the path. A
significant deviation for a wheelchair user. So we decided to take a picture of those steps
and there they are above. But it took about five minutes to get the picture without any
people in it. Why? Because three or four people with carts full of plants stood, in turn, at
the bottom of those steps with puzzled looks on their faces. How could they take their
carts, full of plants, up the steps to see more of the goodies on offer. Not one of those
people saw the side path and not one of those people ventured up the steps without their
As is the case with many of the larger Dobbies Garden Centres, there was an unmanned
information centre with lots of useful reference material. There was an excellent range
of ornamental and fruit trees.
One issue we had Dobbies Perth branch was the so-called "Children's Play Area" as
advertised on their website. It consisted of one play item (see left picture) and it was
tucked away in a corner which few would ever find. Certainly the left hand picture took
no time to take because, during the time we spent at this garden centre, not one
single child played here. They found the fountains far more interesting and accessible.
DOBBIES GARDEN CENTRE, PERTH - THE PRICES
Prices were average for Scotland as or trial shopping basket below
Rose bush (named variety)
Common shrub (e.g. hebe)
Runner Bean seeds
Multipurpose Compost 60l
�3.99 or 3 for �10
Miracle Gro 1kg
Stainless steel fork
Tomorite 1 litre
Blood Fish and Bone - 3.5kg
Medium cup of coffee in cafe
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