News and announcements from Grosvenor Garden Centre, Chester


Archive for March, 2011

Lavender’s blue, dilly, dilly…

Not only is Lavender a beautiful and distinctive addition to your garden, it is also well known for its healing properties.

Simply rubbing the flower between your fingers will give you an instant feeling of calm so no wonder it is used in so many medicinal products, candles and toiletries.

Did you know Lavender is not only antibacterial and helps to heal burns and cuts, it also reduces anxiety, inflammation and pain; aids sleep and even eases headaches when massaged gently onto the temples?

And here at Grosvenor we have plenty of lavender to choose from. Why not take a look at the ‘Silver Anouk’ variety which has beautiful dark purple flowers and distinguishing silver-green foliage to add interest in your garden?

And now you can buy a 3 litre ‘Silver Anouk’ for only £14.99 or two for only £20! (Whilst stocks last)

Discover The Good Life with Grosvenor

Grosvenor will be helping visitors to enjoy a taste of ‘the good life’ this weekend, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March, from 11am until 3pm, with expert advice, demonstrations and a mini farmyard too.

As part of its ongoing initiative to inform and advise visitors how easy it is to create or improve their own Edible Garden for a bountiful supply of fresh fruit and vegetables all year round, Grosvenor will be offering beginners and more advanced gardeners the chance to learn from the experts with tips and visual demonstrations in their own Edible Garden.

Grosvenor will also be helping visitors sign up to the One Pot Pledge encouraging children and visitors to the garden centre to get growing.  A national scheme in conjunction with Garden Organic, a charity in support of organic growing, the One Pot Pledge encourages everyone to get growing even with just ‘one pot’.

Visitors wishing to learn more about rearing their own animals and the importance of their impact on the countryside can see and stroke goats, guinea pigs, lambs, pigs and rabbits in Grosvenor’s visiting farmyard.  And spinning wheel demonstrations will be taking place showing the journey from fleece to wool, and there will be a fun fruit and veg quiz too with a free packet of seeds for every entrant.

On Sunday 20th March, the ‘100 Day Waste Challenge Roadshow’ will be at Grosvenor, offering hints and tips on reducing household waste through recycling, composting and raising awareness of how even the smallest actions can have a big impact.

“Here at Grosvenor, we are passionate about encouraging everyone to make the most of their gardens and to use even the smallest area to create a ready supply of the most nutritious fresh fruit and vegetables available.  Our Good Life weekend will provide the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in giving it a go to learn all they can and plenty more about enjoying self sufficient lifestyle,” commented Claire Binns, Events Co-ordinator, Grosvenor.

Award Success Continues for Grosvenor!

Following the announcement that Grosvenor has achieved the award of Garden Centre of Excellence for an unprecedented 11th consecutive year, Grosvenor’s award success has continued, judged to be one of the most environmentally aware garden centres in the UK.

In conjunction with the Garden Centre Association, to receive the Colour Your Life Green Community Award is a prestigious honour focusing on illustrating how important plants, shrubs and trees are on the environment, both economically and socially, and the impact of environmental awareness within a forward thinking business such as Grosvenor.

“Here at Grosvenor we aim to nurture an interest in gardening whilst at the same time promoting the benefits of plants in our everyday lives,” commented Julie Gregory, Colour Your Life ‘Champion’. 

Green Grosvenor“The impact plants can have on our wellbeing and the environment is vast but over the last 12 months in particular we have focused on redeveloping and rejuvenating the impact that the Grow Your Own experience has had on our visitors – a practice which is continuing to grow and reap rewards on the green space around us.”

A ‘Green Grosvenor’ team is in place at the Garden Centre with members from every area encouraged to devise initiatives to move the Colour Your Life initiative forward and continue to raise awareness of how Grosvenor works together with the local community to improve their effect on the environment and reduce their carbon footprint.

“Having won the Colour Your Life Green Community Award (previously known as the Green City Town & Country Award) each year since its inception three years ago, we are delighted to have once again retained such a prestigious environmental award to underpin our values and efforts here at Grosvenor,” said Iain Wylie, Managing Director.

“Grosvenor has once again shown that their focus on improving their impact on the environment with inspirational initiatives has been excellent and I was delighted to judge them one of the best in the UK.  I would like to thank them for their continuing support of this award and look forward to witnessing their new ideas over the coming months,” said Mark Long, Colour Your Life Green Community Award.

For further information regarding Grosvenor’s environmental policy, see