6 great garden centres to visit in Oxfordshire

PUBLISHED: 12:05 13 August 2019 | UPDATED: 15:43 11 September 2020

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There are many garden centres with cafes that can turn a visit to buy plants and garden supplies into something special. Here are 6 garden centres in Oxfordshire every green-fingered enthusiast will want to visit

Waterperry Gardens

Waterperry, Near Wheatley, Oxfordshire, OX33 1LA

Telephone: 01844 339226

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Established by Beatrix Havergal in the 1930's, the eight acre ornamental gardens at Waterperry are home to one of the country's most beautiful herbaceous border. Also don't miss the formal knot and rose gardens, spectacular white and lavender wisteria arch, water lily canal, alpine garden and riverside walk.

The plant centre, housed within the ancient walled garden offers plant connoisseurs and budding amateurs alike the chance to buy unusual varieties of shrubs and herbaceous plants whilst our friendly and knowledgeable staff are always available to provide advice, information and inspiration. There's also a wide range of bedding, herbs and vegetable plants in season and the garden shop has a great range of garden sundries, tools, bulbs and seeds.

The five acres of historic orchards at Waterperry Gardens grow fifty different varieties of apple, many heritage, from which our delicious apple juices and ciders are produced and sold in both the garden shop and the teashop. Our apples are harvested by hand and juiced onsite using time-honoured methods.

Don't miss the chance for a spot of retail therapy - with a gift barn, art gallery and delightful teashop offering homemade chutneys, light lunches and cakes, all made onsite using the finest ingredients - Waterperry Gardens makes for a perfect day out.

Opening times: 10am to 5.30pm

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Yarnton Home & Garden

Sandy Lane, Yarnton, OXON, OX5 1PA

Telephone: 01865 372124

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At Yarnton Home & Garden you can find everything you need (seriously, they're a different kettle of fish to your average Garden Centre!). Find them just north of Oxford, off the A44.

Explore the fully stocked garden and house plant department, packed full to the brim with high quality blooms. Browse their lovely hand-picked homeware, toys and gifts, many of which are from local British creators. Pop in for a bite to eat - they're open for wholesome home cooked breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Containers at the ready! Shop your cupboard essentials in the brand new Yarnton Unpackaged department.

Little ones in tow? Give them a special treat with a trip to the Magic Garden play barn. Full of adventure and surprises that will keep them entertained for hours!

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Nicholson Nurseries

The Park, North Aston, Bicester, OX5 1AQ

Telephone: 01869 340342

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Nicholsons has a 22-acre plant nursery offering much more than your typical garden centre experience. In addition to their signature screening and hedging, they have a huge range of other plants in stock. Colourful herbaceous plants and flowers, fragrant herbs, ornamental and edible fruit trees, glorious David Austin roses, tightly clipped topiary, veggie strips and hairy pots… Take a walk through the magical Plant Centre and be transported with the range of glorious greenery. Nicholson Nurseries' team of horticultural experts will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

As you walk around, you may also find yourself intrigued by Rosara furniture, dotted in and around the plant range - if you are weary of cheap rattan imports and seek something a little more original and designed, they've got it covered.

With so much to look at on site, why not plan a visit to the Yurt Café? Immerse yourself in their stunning oasis of calm, charm, cake and coffee and take a minute to unwind before heading back outside for round two of trees.

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Toad Hall Garden Centre

Toad Hall, Marlow Rd, Fawley, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 3AG

Telephone: 01491 574615

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Toad Hall Garden Centre has been running as a successful family business for over 60 years, providing some of the best plants, garden products and specialist expert knowledge to a wide range of customers, from local gardeners through to country estates and golf courses. Toad Hall Garden Centre continues to develop and flourish. Much of the specialist knowledge can be attributed to the enthusiastic, hardworking and loyal members of staff who continue to utilise their expertise to provide outstanding customer service year after year.

Toad Hall Garden Machinery is one of the largest in the South East with a huge selection of mowers, hedge cutters, trimmers, vacuums & blowers, shredders, chainsaws and lots more! With over 30 years experience their garden machinery staff are in the best position to advise you on a new purchase or provide a high quality, cost-efficient and timely service or repair.

Whether you keep a dog, cat, budgie or rabbit, your pets are part of your family and you'll want the very best for them. At the Henley on Thames garden centre you'll find all you need to keep your pet happy and healthy.

The Willows Coffee Shop is one of the many reasons to linger a little longer at Toad Hall. Recent renovations have proved highly popular with customers and it is fast becoming a popular place to meet or stop while shopping. Located within the heart of the garden centre amidst the stunning houseplants, the coffee shop provides a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere.

Visit the store and find out for yourself.

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Root One Garden Centre & Cafe

High Road, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Wallingford, OX10 0PT

Telephone: 01491 836277

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Root One is a privately-owned independent garden centre with a top-notch Café serving freshly prepared and locally-sourced food. They sell beautifully cared for plants along with garden tools and equipment and an eclectic range of garden related gifts. The service and advice their garden experts give here is second to none.

So, whether you are seriously green-fingered or an absolute novice they'd be delighted to help. Located on the main road running from Wallingford to Didcot, just outside the village of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, they'd love to welcome you to our Garden Centre!

At the fully licenced Root One Café, all their food is freshly prepared and locally-sourced. You can enjoy hot and cold drinks, sweet and savoury snacks, sandwiches and hot meals. Top-of-the-bill are their popular all-day breakfasts, scrumptious home-made cakes, and freshly-ground Italian coffee. Inside, the café can seat 60, so there's plenty of space for lunch and tea parties. And whenever there's a break in the weather you can eat on the terrace.

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Burford Garden Company

Shilton Road, Burford, OX18 4PA

Telephone: 01993 823117

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At Burford, they love things that are a little different. That is their style. Maybe not cutting edge, but well designed, well-made, always beautiful, or else useful, a little quirky, original and individual. It has to be different, be it old or new!

They draw their inspiration from the very latest garden and interior trends to bring an ever-changing visual feast of hand-picked and unique products, with new collections arriving every week.

Burford is committed to offering its customers something different at every turn. They aim to please and delight the senses, to make your shopping experience a pleasure, and fun too. Hand in hand with that ethos, their 60,000 individual products are all underwritten with a reassuring quality and unmatched customer service guarantee.

The staff are lovely too, so a visit to the store is always worth your while. They're open Monday-Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm, 7 days a week.

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