I beg your garden? A Guide to Chichester’s Nurseries and Garden Centres

by | Nov 3, 2021

Chichester and its surrounding areas are peppered with nurseries and garden centres, allowing us to connect with our gardens, fields and even balconies in a wealth of ways.

 

Garden Centres and nurseries are similar, but not quite the same. Generally speaking, garden centres offer more products and services than nurseries, which specialise in plant cultivation and retail. Chichester’s garden scene is proud to boast many family-run nurseries which take pride in the plants they grow and cultivate on-site.

Because nurseries focus on growing their own plants, their plants are generally healthier and hardier than those available in a garden centre, making them the perfect choice for any green-fingered buyers. If you’re the serious green-thumbed type looking for plants or tailored, personal advice – head to a nursery!

Bellfield Nursery, Birdham, has been run by the same family since 1947 and take pride in growing the vast majority of their plants on-site – that’s over 1000 varieties! Just across the road from them is Tawny Nurseries, also a family-run nursery that offers plants from all around the world. You’ll also find the Tawny Flower Shed where you can purchase gorgeous fresh flower bouquets for weddings, birthdays or everyday admiration. East Ashling Nurseries, just west of Chichester, also boasts a wide array of seasonal plants, with helpful, expert advice from staff. Chidham Lodge Nurseries, yet another independently run nursery just outside of Chichester, has a wealth of plants on offer. Their new venture, The Little Farm Corner, offers the local community free-range eggs and sausages from Chidham – the perfect ingredients for a Sunday brunch!

Chichester also hosts specialist nurseries focussing on specific plants, perfect for supplying your garden’s centrepiece that you can’t wait to show off. One such nursery is Apuldram Roses on Birdham Road. This family-run business is a team of highly experienced growers who, after 40 years, know everything there is to know about roses. Apuldram Roses also offer a satisfaction guarantee on the off chance you face any issues with your perfumed purchases. Meadowgate Nursery in Sidlesham specialises in cultivating and selling ornamental grasses. The staff at Meadowgate take pride in their diverse and unusual collection of specialty grasses, with tassel-like seed heads and long sweeping leaves.

Whether you know exactly what you want or are still looking for some inspiration, a nursery is the perfect starting point when transforming or titivating your garden’s plants. But let’s not forget about garden centres; they are perfect for those looking for an afternoon out and about, a spot of tea and cake, or a shiny new barbecue.

Russells Garden Centre, a stone’s throw away from Tawny and Bellfield Nurseries, has a dizzying array of homeware, furniture, gifts, wall art and more for your home as well as pots, seeds, bird feed and garden furniture to bring homely touches outside too. At this time of year, the team at Russells are gearing up for Christmas, with breathtaking Christmas showrooms you can lose yourself in for hours. Russells are full to the brim with baubles, lights, candles and festive food, yet more exciting still will be the arrival of their real Christmas trees in late November. With hundreds of quality trees to choose from, Christmas at Russells will put a smile on the whole family’s faces.

Christmas is also full of magic at the Brick Kiln Garden Centre on Bognor Road, east of Chichester. On top of their usual pots, firepits, flowering bulbs, pool care and pet care, The Brick Kiln are now stocking Christmas lights, decorations and more. From the 20th of November, Father Christmas will be at the Brick Kiln – taking visits from the Good Children of Chichester in his Grotto. As for the Good Parents of Chichester – they are welcome to have a festive two-course lunch in the Brick Kiln’s newly renovated restaurant.

More Christmas fun can be found at the Hillier Garden Centre in Bosham, west of Chichester. For the creative minds among us, Hillier offer workshops in Christmas Wreath Making and Christmas Table Decoration. Their restaurant, Mulberry and Thyme, offers a glorious afternoon tea on Sundays – a perfect treat for Granny.

The Manor Nursery Garden Centre in Runcton offers flower arranging courses for any budding florists out there – and their restaurant, The Palm House, offers tasty treats to visitors. In addition to fruit trees, shrubs, flowers, seeds, and bonsai trees, Manor Nursery has both indoor and outdoor furniture to browse, as well as garden tools and machinery. At this time of year, you can find their Christmas display, adorned with ornaments, trinkets and gifts.

Whether you’re an experienced gardener or you have only just got your green thumbs, Chichester’s nurseries will have what you need. If you’re not a gardener at all, but are looking for somewhere fun for the kids to let off some steam – or a new table for the patio – any one of Chichester’s garden centres have got you covered.

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