Perrywood Tiptree has launched a brand new and unique ‘Garden Advice Service’. The family-run garden centre has created the service to help gardeners and new homeowners, but anyone is welcome.
A Perrywood gardening expert provides a one-to-one session, advising how to prepare the garden and recommending the best plants for their preferred style, soil type and aspect.
Customers receive tailored advice, letting them choose the right plants and create their ideal garden.
Perrywood introduced the service after the plant area team observed that although plant displays inspired many customers, their limited knowledge meant they were still unsure how to start creating their own.
They recognised that customers would enjoy dedicated time with an expert so they can ask many questions.
For example, a participant recently requested advice on creating a shady garden: “We were having problems trying to find the right shrubs/perennials for this part of the garden as it in shade most of the day.
“We booked a gardening advice session to get some help. The plants we chose have been in for approximately 6 weeks are we’re pleased with the progress so far.”
Other popular garden styles are wildlife-friendly or contemporary. Drought tolerant plants have also been a regular request.
More customer feedback confirms that the service has been top-rated so far:
“We learned so much, and the lady taking us through the plants was knowledgeable and patient!”
“I received some helpful advice. My garden now looks amazing; it’s like being on holiday. Once established, the drought tolerant plants I chose will be low maintenance through the drier months.”
Tanya Mackintosh, Perrywood Tiptree Plant Area Manager, says, “We enjoy sharing our knowledge and helping customers to choose the best plants for their garden projects.
“We love helping Essex homeowners get more plants in their lives and hope they will send us some pictures as their dream gardens blossom and grow.”
Sessions are usually available twice daily at 10am and 3pm, six days a week. The service is free, with a redeemable £5 fee to secure a space.