Henleaze Garden Shop, near Bristol
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Henleaze Garden Shop has been in the same family
for 60+ years. John Stenner started it in 1946, his son
Robert now runs the shop.
Of all the "garden centres" we have reviewed, this was the most
interesting. Read on for more.
This is a totally independent GardenAction opinion of the
Henleaze Garden Shop near
One of the locals, Andy Harrison, has written a brief and
interesting history of Henleaze Garden Shop.
Click here to read it.
The format of this review will be different from all
our other reviews because the Henleaze Garden Shop is quite
different from all the other garden centres we have reviewed!
shop is now two shops knocked into one. Inside the "shops" is the
indoor sales area, and the garden area of the shops is the outdoor
At first sight, chaos seems to reign. The plants are
displayed in every nook and cranny of the outdoor area. The indoor
area is not quite so chaotic but it is definitely jam-packed full.
The local shoppers are adding to chaos, have no doubt that the
Henleaze garden Shop is extremely popular amongst the locals. They
describe it as as institution.
Examine the chaos a little closer though and things become a bit
clearer. The staff know where everything is and so do most of the
Those that don't know where everything is are even luckier because
this is a great garden centre to wander round. Healthy looking plants
everywhere you look, some common ones and some definitely not so common.
The mix is commendable and many of the larger garden centres could learn
a lesson from the Henleaze Garden Shop
With any garden centre or shop, prices are
important. We fully expected the prices to be significantly higher
compared to your normal out of town garden centre. But this high
street garden centre matches the big boys. The bottom line appears
to be that the indoor goods (hardware, fertilisers etc) are a tad
more expensive, whilst the plants are a tad cheaper. That's quite an
achievement for a garden centre on the high street.
So what do they sell? Well that's the curiosity. It's a shop on
the high street, a large one admittedly, but they sell a range of
almost everything the standard gardener would need. And right on
their doorstep, lucky people!
The Henleaze Garden Shop is hardly likely to attract visitors from
around the country, nor does it want to do that. But it serves the
local gardening community in a way that no out of town garden centre
can. The business model of this shop is one that should be
investigated by any entrepreneurial gardener who wants to contribute
to the local community.
We have no hesitation in recommending this
"garden centre" and applaud the service it provides to the local
DIRECTIONS AND CONTACT
The address is:
Henleaze Garden Shop
146 - 148 Henleaze Road
Bristol BS9 4NB
A map can be found
Tel: 0117 9620418
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