News and announcements from Grosvenor Garden Centre, Chester

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Archive for February, 2012

We have been judged the greenest Garden Centre in the UK!

We have been chosen as the national winner of the Green Community Award for our work on environmental issues within the community.

Colour your Life Green Community Award Winners, Grosvenor

Colour your Life Green Community Award Winners, Grosvenor

With strong competition from leading garden centres in the UK, we impressed the panel with our consistent outstanding commitment to enable customers to plant trees, shrubs and plants to deliver maximum benefit and beauty to their outside areas.

“Enhancing the environment of our customers and within the community is very important to us here at Grosvenor.  We show how important plants, shrubs and trees are on our green space, both economically and socially and work to reduce our carbon footprint with a comprehensive environmental policy in place. This prestigious award underpins our efforts as an innovative garden centre and we were thrilled to be announced the winner,” concluded Iain.

We did it again!

We have just been awarded Garden Centre of Excellence status for a record breaking 12th consecutive year!

Garden Centre of Excellence for the 12th consecutive year

Garden Centre of Excellence for the 12th consecutive year

Audited annually by the UK Garden Centre Association (GCA), results determine which garden centres continue to achieve the highest standards of excellence and only these top centres achieve this much sought after award.

“Not only has this award shown that we have continued to offer our customers the very best expertise, service and range of products but to achieve this unequalled recognition from the GCA underpins our efforts to not only maintain but to also improve the experience we offer here at Grosvenor,” said Iain Wylie, managing director.

“Garden centres must provide standards of excellence to be accepted as members of the GCA.  Awarded to the top 10 centres in the country each year, it is a great achievement for all the team here at Grosvenor to be chosen as Garden Centre of Excellence – especially as we are the only Garden Centre in the UK to have achieved this honour for 12 successive years,” Iain continued.

“We were delighted to present Grosvenor with this award.  Not only do they continue to offer an admirable level of knowledge to their customers, they never rest on their laurels, nor take the award for granted.  Each visit highlights to us exactly how much they continue to achieve with even greater improvements year after year and their continued success in the annual audit is a great testament to their efforts,” commented Gillie Westwood, Chief Executive, GCA.

Our February Plant of the Month - Camellia

Not only is the Camellia ideal for winter colour, it is easy to grow so the perfect starting point for gardeners just starting out.

The Camellia will complement any flower border with a fantastic range of colours to choose from including striking whites, pale pinks and deep reds.  Pick your varieties carefully and you could enjoy colour from November to April.

February Plant of the Month: Camellia

February Plant of the Month: Camellia

Lovers of an acidic soil, Camellias prefer a sheltered position, ideally in shade and away from direct sunlight.  If you try to grow your Camellia in an exposed location, you must water frequently.

Make sure you prepare the spot with plenty of compost to strengthen the root system and add mulch in winter with a deep layer of bark.  If you don’t have acid soil in your garden, try growing your Camellia in a container – use ericaceous compost and use water collected from the water butt rather than direct from the tap. Use an acidic fertiliser to make sure your Camellia receives the correct balance of nutrients.

Plant alongside these acid-loving Rhododendrons, Pieris, Enkianthus and both deciduous and evergreen Azaleas for beautiful displays.