Bridgemere Garden World
Starting as a family business over 40 years ago (in 1961), Bridgemere is now one of the most widely recognised garden centres in Europe. Its unprecedented size has also earned it the title “Biggest Garden Centre” in the Guinness Book of Records. Covering more than 25 acres, the site attracts around 1.8 million visitors per year.
In a special area of the garden centre - called the Bridgemere Gardens - there are over 20 show gardens on site, covering around seven acres. These have been especially created to provide inspiration to visitors and range from the sumptuously planted traditional English Cottage Garden, (complete with its own cottage!) to a drought loving, exotic Mediterranean Garden.
Also within this area is the original Gardener’s Diary garden where the television series was filmed, together with other inspirationally planted themed areas, including folly, water, woodland, rose and patio gardens.
Winning display gardens seen at the Tatton and Chelsea shows have also been reconstructed to provide amateur gardeners with ideas and tips for their own gardens.
The Bridgemere Gardens has been planted to provide interest all year round. The vibrant colours of daffodils, rhododendrons and azaleas in spring are closely followed by a huge range of summer perennials. The rich colours of autumn foliage are on show during September and October, and winter colour is provided by heathers, snowdrops and other early flowering bulbs.
In the garden centre area over 5,000 plants of various varieties (mostly grown on site) are available to buy in the vast indoor and outdoor gardening complexes. Numerous garden accessories are also available, together with garden furniture, patios, patio heater and conservatories.
A recent addition has been the Hobbycraft undercover shopping centre, selling, amongst other things, a diverse range of gifts, food, clothing and books. Visitors who want to linger at the garden centre can also enjoy the coffee shop and an Egon Ronay- recommended restaurant.