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. One its most appealing elements is a shop-in-a-shed that is packed with hand-picked antique, vintage and recycled garden furniture and accessories, from old watering cans, to shabby chic ladders. There's also a car park, local delivery service and lots of expert landscaping knowledge among the enthusiastic staff.