London's best garden centres

Unleash your inner Titchmarsh at the capital's finest independent spots for the green-fingered

Whether you have several acres at your disposal or simply a spare windowsill, you'll find everything you need to get a little greenery in your life at London's best garden centres. Plants, herbs, window boxes, seeds – you'll find it all and more at the soily superstores below. 

Alleyn Park Garden Centre

77 Park Hall Road, London, SE21 8ES

The boutique-sized Alleyn Park punches well above its weight. Regularly highlighted as one of the UK's finest garden centres by mags and newspapers, it emphasises UK-grown stock from small suppliers. Fruit trees, herbs and herbaceous perennials (some in biodegradable sacks that can be planted straight into the ground) are a key feature, while a gorgeous gift shop also stocks tools and sundries.

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Dulwich

Boma London Garden Centre

51-53 Islip Street, London, NW5 2DL

Boma isn't just a place to buy your plants - although it's certainly well stocked if you're just looking for some raw garden materials, with its full compliment of bedding plants, trees and bushes, plus pots and cans. It also offers a complete gardening package, from regular gardening services, one-off complete re-landscaping projects, and personal shopping to help guide your choices.

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Kentish Town

Camden Garden Centre

2 Barker Drive, London, NW1 0JW

This award-winning garden centre sells a good selection of plants for window boxes and hanging baskets as well as terracotta pots, medicinal herbs, trellises and fencing.

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Camden

The Chelsea Gardener

Chelsea Farmers' Market, 125 Sydney Street, London, SW3 6NR

One for the moneyed gardener, this picturesque centre sells a wide range of plants, seeds and even fruit trees, as well as fertilisers, pots and tools. Locals love this place for its old-fashioned (but quite glamourous) charm and traditional services. It's an ideal destination if you're looking to transform a small area or create a tranquil terrace.

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Chelsea

Clifton Nurseries

5A Clifton Villas, London, W9 2PH

Visiting London's stateliest centre, established in 1851, fills the amateur gardener with longing and enthusiasm. Among the gorgeous stucco mansions of Little Venice you enter a horticulturalist's paradise, via a shady drive lined with topiarised box trees in lavish pots.

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Little Venice

Fulham Palace Garden Centre

Bishops Avenue, London, SW6

At this large garden centre on leafy Bishops Avenue, the staff are helpful and the selection of plants is strong. Best-sellers include olive trees, lavender plants and evergreen climbers such as honeysuckle and star-jasmine.

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Fulham

Growing Concerns

2 Wick Lane, London, E3 2NA

Hidden between the Union Canal and the St Mark's Gate entrance of Victoria Park, this community garden centre is staffed by a team of horticulturalists and garden designers who are intent on improving the environment for those living in the East End.

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Olympic Park

Neal's Nurseries

Heathfield Road, London, SW18 2PH

At the fringes of Wandsworth Common (and just across the road from Wandsworth Prison), Neal's is one of the largest garden centres in the capital. Pitched at the mainstream gardener, it comes well stocked with a wide selection of popular plants, covering fruit and veg to roses, as well as a small number of specimen trees (which can be delivered for a small fee).

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London

North One Garden Centre

The Old Button Factory, 25 Englefield Road, London, N1 4EU
 
Enjoying a string of awards since its opening, North One Garden Centre has grown from a small backyard independent to a boutique-style gardener's essential with an array of shrubs and indoor plants.

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London

Rassells of Kensington

78-80 Earl's Court Road, London, W8 6EQ

A visit to Rassells is probably as close as you'll get to children's book, 'The Secret Garden'. On first sight, the centre looks like a florist. Cut flowers line the entrance, while inside gift-like pot plants, orchids, indoor plants, seeds and bulbs fill the store. If you're lucky enough to catch someone walking out of a discreet door on the left, you might be inclined to investigate.

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London

West Six Garden Centre

Railway arches, Ravenscourt Avenue, off King Street, London, W6 0SL

A large site at the edge of Ravenscourt Park selling specimen shrubs and ornamental glazed pots (exclusive to the site) underneath railway arches.

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London
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Comments

6 comments
Growstreet1 H
Growstreet1 H

Grow street  hydroponics based in east London why not check us out on www dot growstreet co dot uk

we have everything you need to grow plants all year round like

grow tents, lighting, fans, nutrients, growing mediums, all at very reasonable prices



nice 1 guys  happy growing ;-)


gola
gola

Virtually ALL the garden centres listed here are the ones you get when you google 'garden centre London'. Well done, Time Out, great effort!! Wow!! And yet another GREAT WOW!!!

keryn
keryn

Alleyn Garden is a very expensive and not necessarily worth the effort. The croxted road garden centre in west dulwich has much better quality plants, all the locals use that and Alleyns has to over charge to compensate. This article was not written by an actual gardener. Pointless and misleading exercise.

rebecca
rebecca

I'm looking for a garden centre in the east of london which has a nice, simple restaraunt within it. If anyone can help that would be awesome :) thanks, rebecca x

Louise
Louise

My favourite garden centre is Shoots Garden Centre. They have a huge range of products and departments, are well priced and such a happy, pleasant atmosphere! www.shoots.co.uk

Charaf Ouggag
Charaf Ouggag

Has anyone been to Makro Garden Centre? Surely not! After reading the above article about london best garden centres. I think Makro WSS North Acton brench should the top of them. Really, good displays of plants and all sort of things for the your garden. It is a must see place for anyone with interest for gardens and garden centres.