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Bridgemere Garden World, Nantwich, Cheshire

Bridgemere Garden World, Nantwich, Cheshire

Entrance to Bridgemere Garden Centre, Nantwich, Cheshire
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Bridgemere Garden World is big, very big!
But big is not always beautiful, or is it? We visit and review Bridgemere independently

This is an independent GardenAction review of Bridgemere Garden World in Nantwich, Cheshire. Click any picture to enlarge it.


Bridgemere Garden World grow a good proportion of their own plants, the picture on the right testifies to that (click any picture to enlarge it). It was taken from the top of the Bridgemere Mountain. It isn't clear from the brochures or website however, what percentage are grown on site.

The outdoor plant area at Bridgemere was huge, one of the largest we have ever seen. The layout was attractive with lots of "islands" of plants. The paths were wide (more than wide enough for wheelchair users), level and uncluttered. Signs for plant types were plentiful which made locating a specific plant an easy task.

The outdoor area had a fully equipped plant information centre. Even in January it was manned and we saw several people making use of this facility.

The plants looked in excellent condition, fully watered and well cared for. We could find no sign of any guarantee for the hardy plants. This is disappointing because the majority of large (and some smaller) garden centres offer a hardy plant guarantee.

We were impressed with the plant support system at Bridgemere Garden World. In many garden centres when wind strikes, the taller plants are blown over which inevitably results in some plant damage. Not so at this garden centre! The taller plants are placed in bays which have plastic collars to support them in windy conditions.

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The range of plants on offer was huge. It's hard to say if Bridgemere specialise in any particular area of plants because all popular plants are well-covered. On the right is a picture of their large range of ornamental trees, but roses, clematis, bedding plants and many more are equally well-stocked. Probably their area of specialisation are the unusual plants which you are unlikely to find at other garden centres.

Besides plants, the outdoor area stocks a variety of other garden goods. Of note was the large range of greenhouses on offer. They are attractively displayed and easy to examine. As well as greenhouses, a large range of sheds and garden buildings was on display.
Click here to go to the GBC website for more details of the garden buildings on offer

Our test shopping basket showed the prices to be average. A shopping bag set of prices for 2008 are shown below:

Rose, 3 litre pot �6.99

Common shrub (e.g. potentilla, hebe) �6.99

Clematis �5.99

Runner Bean seeds (4m) �2.29

Multipurpose 70l �3.99 (3 for �10) Arthur Bowers

Fish, Blood and Bone, branded, 3.5kg �5.79 Westland

Tomorite 1 litre �3.49

Miracle Gro, soluble plant food, 1kg �2.99

Large cup of coffee in cafe �1.70



Name: Paul Lester
Date posted: September 15, 2010 - 03:37 am
Message: Hi

Can you advise the best way to store a canna lily that is growing in a pot. I've read to cut them down to about 5" but not sure what I do then - where and how to store.