The friendliest Garden Centre serving Reading, Maidenhead & Wokingham.

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Soil-testing by hand

Sow annual flower seeds now for a pretty display by early summer, but make sure your soil is warm enough first. Hold the back of your hand against the ground, and if it feels chilly, your seeds will shiver too: when it's comfortable to the touch for three consecutive days, you're ready to go.

Patching a lawn

Holes in the lawn can be caused for all sorts of reasons. Too much traffic, especially at times of drought or extreme wet, can wear the grass out; an over-enthusiastic session with the lawnmower can 'scalp' the grass; or you might have recently dealt with a weed or moss outbreak, leaving weed…

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Loyalty scheme

 Members of our 'Friends of' Club are invited to collect their postcard from any till.  If you are also a member of Tuesday Club (for members 60 years and over, flash your members card for the second special sheet of offers.

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The current offers run until end of March.

Easy Gifts

We sell vouchers:
Garden Centre Gift Vouchers - accepted in many UK stores
AND Hare Hatch Sheeplands Vouchers - accepted here!

Plant of the Week: Rhododendrons

Plant of the Week: Rhododendrons

It's time for the most spectacular firework display in the gardening calendar, as rhododendrons and azaleas burst into bloom filling the garden with day-glo colours.

These days you don't need a huge garden to enjoy these late-spring superstars: the new 'yak' (yakushimanum) varieties grow happily in the smallest of spaces, even in containers. Buy them in full glorious flower right now from our garden centre: particularly lovely varieties to look out for are 'Sneezy', in bright pink, pure white 'Blewbury', and soft lilac 'Ernest Inman'. None reach more than about 1m tall and enjoy a roomy pot – about 35-45cm – and ericaceous (lime-free) compost.