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19 High Street Theale 

Reading  Berkshire


Tel: 0118 930 8918



. . . to Britain's Best Garden Centres

Many of the country's leading garden centres belong to the Garden Centre Association and each one has to achieve a high level of good business practice before they can be accepted as an Approved Member. To ensure that high standards are maintained, each garden centre is inspected annually.

At GCA member garden centres you can be assured of excellent levels of service, plants of quality and associated products, together with innovative life-style displays, professional advice and information.

The Association's Plant Guarantee Scheme enhances the GCA's belief that customers should be assured that they can buy plants with confidence at any member garden centre. Any hardy plant that fails to grow, provided it has received reasonable care and is returned to the garden centre within a minimum of one year of purchase, will be replaced.

Reasons to visit Britain's Best Garden Centres

  • Helpful gardening experts trained to advise you
  • Inspiration for your home and garden
  • The widest range of fresh, healthy plants cared for by professional horticulturists
  • Hardy nursery plants guaranteed to succeed or your money refunded
  • The most comprehensive range of gardening products
  • A rewarding experience for all the family all the year round


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GCA Area Award winners for 2016 are:

The results are as follows for the Destination Garden Centre (DGC) category and Garden Centre (GC) category for GCA areas:


Wales and the West

DGC: Monkton Elm Garden Centre

GC: The Old Railway Line Garden Centre

North Thames

DCG: Burston Rose & Garden Centre

GC: Sunshine Garden Centre

South Thames

DCG: Stewarts - Christchurch

GC: Squires Garden Centre - Milford


DGC: Pennells Garden Centre - Lincoln

GC: Fairways Garden Centre - Ashbourne

North West

DGC: Bents Garden and Home

GC: Fron Goch Garden Centre

North East

DGC: Langlands Shiptonthorpe

GC: Cowells Garden Centre


DGC: Simpsons Garden Centre

GC: Garden Wise Dumfries

Northern Ireland

GC: Creative Gardens Donaghadee

The national winners will be announced at the GCA Annual Conference in St. Andrews, 22-25 January 2017


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garden centres of the year

Destination Garden Centre, 2016

Barton Grange, Preston


GCA Awards

Garden Centre of the Year, 2016

Garden Wise