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Friday 13 June 2003 8.36pm
Hi all,
Not the easiest of things to find? Can you help?

I am looking for a descent garden centre, somewhere with a bit more choice than B&Q and its bedding plants. More on offer, like bamboo and ferns, but not at Chelsea Gardener prices!

If you can suggest anywhere please reply soon.
Many thanks

Friday 13 June 2003 10.34pm
Columbia Road Flower Market in Hackney on a Sunday, if you can stand the crush.

Sunday 15 June 2003 11.01pm
It's not "local", but I think Camden Garden Centre is very good - 2 Barker Drive, St Pancras Way, NW1.
Monday 16 June 2003 9.56am
It is worth discovering 'Roots and Shoots'. Just outside SE1, on Walnut Tree Walk SE11, on your left as you enter from Kennington Road.

Its a long standing project that involves training teenagers with learning difficulties in gardening and carpentry, with providing education facilities for local schools and people. Plus they sell good quality plants. The garden is open to members and has a great newt pond, a beehive, interesting planting including a meadow and nettle bed, and some curious sculptures. They also have regular open days where disparate parts of the 'community' pull together. Last time there was a 30 strong choral group singing. You also get good advice when you buy as people know their plants. All sounds a bit worthy, but it really is great, and kids love it.

The Museum of Garden History by Lambeth Bridge also has regular plant sales. And a good cafe.

For cheapness try the flower market on Nine Elms Lane. They have some really big things in pots and trays of potting plants. But it closes around 7.00am!

For specific plants - what does grow in a north facing lightwell - I sometimes go down to Wisley gardens in Surrey, the RHS place. There is a huge choice, everything is top quality, lots of advice and you get a day out into the bargain.
Monday 16 June 2003 11.56am
You could take a look at the garden centre which is at the Limehouse end of the Rotherhithe tunnel - just under the DLR station.

Monday 16 June 2003 3.51pm
There' a smallish garden centre up Camberwell rd. Quite reasonably priced and a nice selection. It's past the centre of town and up the hill a ways - get off the bus just after the hospital. Sorry, cant remember the name of it, it may be the grove nursery.
Monday 23 June 2003 1.44pm
The best one I've been to in the whole of Southwark is the Dulwich Gardening Centre. It is right near the train station on Dog Kennel Hill, right down the hill past the big Sainsbury's. There is plenty of space to park up the side aswell. Their plants are fantastic, although their containers are well expensive. We get our plants from Dulwich and our containers from B&Q in the Old Kent Road.

Thursday 26 June 2003 4.39pm
There is an excellent garden centre in crystal palace called "the secret garden". Its near the safeway there. V extensive range of plants and better priced than Dulwich Garden centre (in east dulwich). Theyre v knowledeable and will send you out a regular news letter too.
Also try columbia rd on sunday mornings - but this is best for bedding plants at knock down prices!
The plants at b&Q are v badly looked after - as is all the stock is their terrible store.

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