At first site Bents garden centre, in Glazebury near Warrington Cheshire, is one of your typical large garden centres selling furniture, clothes, shoes, food pet supplies oh and plants. But there is more to it than that. To start with 60% of the plants sold are grown in the site nursery. Whilst the entrance to this garden centre looks modest it hides a vast array of wonders.
This is a vast site with a huge range of plants, If you know what your looking for a large number of the plants are arranged in alphabetical order allowing you to easily find them. There were plenty of staff available to assist you if you require advise.
Bents garden centre has an extensive range of greenhouses, sheds and other garden structures on the site to provide you ideas or to help you bring those ideas to life.
There is an out door seating area where you can eat a meal or have a cup of tea whilst looking out over a water display with a lake behind. Various water fowl could be seen waiting expectantly at the edge of the lake. But don’t worry there is plenty of space inside if the weather isn’t perfect. Bents garden centre offers several dining options. I haven’t tried the food yet but it certainly looks good.
Open Skies Glasshouse
Bents garden centre boasts a huge glazed area they call the open skies glasshouse. The palm trees in the picture below show the scale of the building. The open skies glasshouse contained a huge variety of more tender outdoor plants and set piece displays.
Others Shopping Areas
- Food Court
- Edinburgh Woollen mill a stalwart of a lot of garden centres.
- Cooks Shop
- Pets store
Bents Garden Centre Guarantee
Bents garden centre offer a 5 year guarantee on perennials. If your plant dies or you are unhappy with it in any way within 5 years they will replace it. All you have to do is keep your receipt and the plant label.
So What Tempted Me
Most of the perennials are fairly mature and as such more expensive than I usually pay. I had therefore not intended to buy anything. However resistance was futile. There were a lot of things that I would have liked to add to my garden including a giant yellow scabious whose flower stems were easily five feet, numerous roses and hostas. Maybe a greenhouse. In the end It was the centauraes , a particular favourite of mine that broke my resolve.
In the end I left with
- A White Cenaurea
- A yellow (Centaurea Orientalis)
- A Fox Tail Lilly (Eremurus Cleopatra)
- A Yellow Helenium (Autumnnale Helena Gold)
Bents garden centre is well worth the visit and there will be something here for everybody. There was a good variety of plants but they are on the expensive side however they are a good size and they are well looked after. The staff are knowledgeable and very helpful. For more information take a look at their website