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Garden Centres

There are a good selection of Garden Centres in Dorset. They vary in size, stock selection and character so whether you have a big project you need to buy for, or just fancy a mooch around and a coffee and cake before or after you've had a browse, you'll find the best choice of Dorset's Garden Centres to suit you below.


Compton Acres Plant Centre

Compton Acres Plant Centre

About: Located in the large privately owned garden Compton Acres, you could easily spend a full morning or afternoon mooching around The Plant Centre. Perhaps take some inspiration from their stunning grounds and gardens and then visit their shop to take a little away with you?

The Plant Centre at Compton Acres supplies a wide range of perennials, shrubs and seasonal bedding plants. They specialise in unusual and exotic plant species, including a number found within the grounds themselves. Some of their most popular plants include Acers, Rhododendrons and top quality David Austin Roses.

You'll also find pots and sculptures, bird care, indoor plants, garden tools, solar lighting, and a variety of seeds and bulbs.

As it's a part of the estate, why not pop in to the cafe while you're there for a treat?

Location: 164 Canford Cliffs Road, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7ES

Opening hours: 7 days per week, 10am to 6pm Mon to Sat, 10am to 5pm Sun

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B&Q Poole

B&Q Poole

About: Although B&Q isn't a dedicated garden centre it has everything you need for your gardening projects. Seasonal plants, pots, furniture, tools, fencing - you name it, they have it. You can order online and click and collect too for convenience

Location: Fleets Ln, Fleetsbridge, Poole BH15 3BN

Opening hours: 7 days per week, 8am to 5pm Mon to Sat, 10am to 4pm Sun

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Chestnut Nursery

Chestnut Nursery

About: Chestnut Nursery is a garden plant nursery which grows and sells a range of bedding, perennials, climbers, shrubs, grasses, bamboos, ferns, herbs, conifers, fruit trees and exotic. You can also buy compost, pots, honey, coal and logs. It's conveniently located adjacent to the western entrance of Poole Park, it occupies the former Poole Council nursery site and is open to the public six days a week.

Chesnut Nursery is a mental health charity project run by volunteers.

Location: 75 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1TN

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Lytchett Matravers

The Piggery

The Old Piggery Garden Centre

About: The Old Piggery Garden Centre site is based in Lytchett Matravers just 6 miles from the centre of Poole. It has had significant restoration and is a magical gardening experience in stunning grounds. You can find anything from bedding plants, shrubs, perennials, specimen trees and more. They have a great selection of terracotta pots, french gardenalia and garden furniture

Location: Bere Farm, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset BH16 6ER

Opening hours: Tues to Sat 10am to 4.30pm

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Garden Centres

Thorngrove Garden Centre & Secret Garden Cafe

About: Thorngrove Garden Centre has been a beloved fixture in Gillingham for more than half a century, offering a charmingly traditional experience.

Alongside an extensive array of plants and gardening necessities, they are home to The Secret Garden Café, renowned for its delicious homemade fare. From hearty breakfasts to satisfying lunches, and a tempting assortment of sandwiches, coffee, and cakes, they cater to every taste. Additionally, their gift and lifestyle shop showcases a distinctive collection of homewares, unique gift ideas, books, greetings cards, locally sourced products, and an array of sundries. Thorngrove is also known for hosting seasonal events, including engaging crafts for children and informative gardening workshops.

Location: Common Mead Ln, Gillingham SP8 4RE

Opening Hours:

  • Monday-Saturday 9:00-17:00
  • Sundays 10:00-16:00
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Wimborne Centre

Stewarts Broomhill Garden Centre

About: At Stewarts Broomhill Garden Centre you will find an Animal & Play Area with lots of space for your children to run around, a playground, picnic benches and our resident chickens, ducks and goats! FInd all you could want for your gardening needs, and stop off at their cafe afterwards to complete your trip.

Location: Broom Hill, Wimborne BH21 7DF

Opening Hours:

  • Monday-Saturday 8:30-15:30
  • Sunday 10:30-16:30
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Garden Centre Wareham

Holme for Gardens

About: Enjoy breakfast, lunch and cakes in Holme for Garden's conservatory area or dine 'Al Fresco' around thier Landscaped Gardens and Ponds with your dogs! When shopping for gardening essentials, explore their vibrant plants and gardening tools. Also, don't forget to browse their Farm Shop and stunning gardens.

Location: Holme Nurseries Ltd, West Holme, Wareham BH20 6AQ

Opening Hours:

  • Monday-Saturday 9:00-17:30
  • Sunday 10:30-16:30
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