Dobbies Garden Centre, Reading
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Formerly known as Grovelands Garden centre, Dobbies took them over in
2006. The original garden centre has been expanded to include gifts, food and a more
comprehensive garden furniture sector.
This is a totally independent GardenAction opinion of
Dobbies Garden Centre in Reading. Click any
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The plants area at Dobbies Reading is set out well, a bit regimented but
not as much compared to the more modern Dobbies. The range of plants is good with no
particular area of specialisation,
All plants are covered by a hardy plant guarantee for five years. A good indicator that
the plants are healthy and well cared for. There is an unmanned information centre which
contains lots of reference books. About a quarter of the outside area is covered,
primarily for seasonal plants.
INDOOR SALES AREA
Dobbies garden centre at Reading is not one of their modern garden centres. The
interior reflects this. The decor and atmosphere is much more that of a traditional
garden centre. The range of goods on offer is comprehensive. Garden tools, feeds and
chemicals, garden furniture and a good range of barbecues. There is also a large are
devoted to gifts, books and a florist. The food stall offers a good range of organic
meats and other delicatessen type foods.
at Dobbies in Reading was closed at the time we visited. This was particularly
irritating because we checked their website prior to visiting and no mention was made of
the temporary closure of the cafe. That's exactly the type of information which should
be on a website such as Dobbies. We will visit the cafe at a later date to review it.
They stock a small range of pet foods and accessories but no live pets.
"World of Water Aquatics" provide a medium range of fish and a good range of
aquatic goods and feeds.
GARDEN SHEDS / GREENHOUSES
A very small range.
None in particular.
In good condition and functional.
Lots of flat and well drained parking.
DIRECTIONS AND CONTACT
The address is:
166 Hyde End Road,
Berkshire RG2 9ER
Tel: 01189 884822
A map can be found
Our sat nav delivered us to the front door based on town, road name and
The majority of areas are accessible to wheelchair users and wheelchairs are available
for free at the front door.
Monday 9.00 to 6.00
Tuesday 9.30 to 6.00
Wednesday to Saturday 9.00 to 6.00
Sunday 10.30 to 4.30
A modern store with a larger than normal emphasis on items for the home rather than the
garden centre. That said, the range of gardening items was also extensive. The cafe was
large but disappointed because of a total lack of atmosphere. The food was average.
The lowest rating is 1 star, the highest rating is 5 stars.
Not open when we visited
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