MONKTON ELM GARDEN CENTRE
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Monkton elm Garden Centre is one of the largest in the area and it
rightly attracts lots of visitors. It could be described as a large Dobbies type
garden centre but with lots more charm and interest. A great deal of thought has
gone into the design and in our opinion it has paid off.
This is a totally independent GardenAction opinion of
Monkton Elm Garden Centre in the Taunton, Somerset area. Click any
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The layout of the outdoor plants area is very appealing and at the same
time the paths are wide and allow easy access. They have made full use of signs at this
garden centre, and they are needed in this very large area.
The range of plants is
very extensive and they all looked in excellent condition. This is backed up by a long
five year hardy plant guarantee.
Because the number of plants for sale is so large it is difficult to name one
particular area of specialisation. At the time of our visit though, there was a
commendably high number of ornamental and fruit trees. They also had a large and very
interesting range of New Zealand flax plants for sale.
An information centre outside is not unusual for a garden centre of this size but the
fact that it was manned was unusual.
INDOOR SALES AREA
Immediately we entered Monkton Elm Garden Centre, it was clear that the indoor
sales area was large. But a quick wander round revealed that it was larger than our
initial impression led us to believe. It is attractively laid out in separate areas,
making it an interesting area to wander round.
It sells gifts, cards, books,
indoor and outdoor furniture, barbecues plus all the usual gardening accessories.
It's the size of a small department store!
The cafe serves home made meals which are truly tasty. This is some of
the best food we have tasted at a garden centre cafe for a long time.
There are three separate eating areas: indoor, conservatory and outdoor. The
conservatory area was particularly pleasant. They serve main meals specials daily from
�5 to �7 and we thoroughly recommend them.
There is a full range of snack meals including hot filled potatoes, paninis
and sandwiches. There are lots more snack meals to choose them and an excellent range of
home baked cakes, coffees and teas.
Yes, includes live small animals and reptiles plus a full range of pet accessories.
Yes, a good range of accessories plus a small range of live fish.
GARDEN SHEDS / GREENHOUSES
They stock a very comprehensive range of garden sheds and greenhouses.
Yes, possibly the largest we have seen at a garden centre.
They cover just about everything, including a full range of plants.
Yes, ladies, gents, disabled and baby changing facilities.
Extensive car parking area mostly just outside the entrance. the overflow car park is 30
seconds walk away. It is flat and level.
DIRECTIONS AND CONTACT
The address is:
Monkton Elm Garden Centre,
Somerset TA2 8QN
A map can be found
Our sat nav got us to about a quater mile away based on post code.
Tel: 01823 412381
Email: Not known
Excellent all round access plus special toilets. Wheelchairs are available at the
Monday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm
Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm
An excellent garden centre with an excellent and very comprehensive range of plants.
There is a large indoor sales area stocking a wide range of goods. The cafe serves truly
homemade food at very reasonable prices. This garden centre is worth travelling some
distance for a visit.
The lowest rating is 1 star, the highest rating is 5 stars.
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