We are a family run garden centre that is well known nationally as a specialist for bare rooted hedging plants and young trees. The Garden Centre always has a good selection of shrubs and plants which are not commonly found elsewhere, together with a wide range of the more commonly sought after plants. Established for over 50 years, the Garden Centre has recently been redeveloped to a high standard. Our shop contains the largest selection of seeds and bulbs for miles around, together with garden chemicals, tools, garden furniture and many other goods. Outside we stock peat-based and peat-free composts, paving, fencing, timber decking, garden buildings and greenhouses, and a large range of pots, statues and garden ornaments. Our aquatics centre has a good reputation for their excellent quality tropical, marine and cold water fish. The Gardeners' Retreat, our coffee shop/restaurant, serves fresh home cooked food and is an excellent way to round off any visit to the Garden Centre.
As I am sure many of our customers know we are very keen on 'things local', trying to stock local products, use locally produced goods in our restaurant, having fresh vegetables available every Sunday from a local vegetable stall and even producing our own honey for sale from our own bee hives!
Back in 2013 a local well known artist, Guy Scott, approached us to see if we would be interested in displaying local artists’ work in our restaurant. This seemed a splendid opportunity to us as we have the wall space which, if used to display really good pictures, would improve the ambience of the area for customers as well as giving local artists an opportunity to display their work, and hopefully sell some to our customers.
We have had on display works of the following artists, Karen Jones from Leckhampstead, Katherine Magan from Stony Stratford, Zietra Rutter from Monkston, Guy Scott from Dadford, Jane Scott from Lillingstone Lovell, John Sharpe from Leckhampstead, John Whitehead from Buckingham, John Credland from Buckingham, Jennifer Davies from Lillingstone Lovell, Nicola Smith from Lillingstone Lovell, Roger Parker from Swanbourne and Bridget Catterall.
The hanging of works has certainly proved a popular move as customers have remarked on how attractive and interesting it now looks, and over 70 works from one artist alone have been sold!
Apart from the pictures we also have a sample on the wall of a special frame which we can provide for displaying your Tower of London Ceramic Poppy. With, on average, over 60 works on display with prices ranging from £27 to £395 at any one time it makes sense to keep your eyes open for the perfect picture to fill that gap on the wall!
The pictures will be changed periodically to give more interest to regular customers to the restaurant, and we shall create a menu on the website so you can view some of the pictures we have on display. This may have some pictures already sold on it.
Next time you visit the restaurant take a while to look at the pictures as, even if you do not want anything immediately, you will have an idea of the subjects, quality and prices and this may solve the problem when choosing a future gift.