A major transformation project at Hillier Garden Centre Marlow that began just before the spring has now been completed. Significant improvements to the centre include a 10,000sqm covered outdoor plant area, completely refurbished restaurant and total refit of the indoor shop area.
The developments have all been designed to make the experience much more enjoyable for visitors. From the moment of arrival, an impressive new canopy is clearly visible, making a clear entrance point into the centre. The canopy has been created using glulam (glued laminated timber), a natural alternative to steel or concrete. Underneath the 10,000sqm canopy and throughout the plant area, visitors will find it easier to locate the right plants for the right area of their garden thanks to new tables and clear signs.
Inside the centre, the shop has undergone a total refit. This has improved the layout and experience. Hillier has also brought in new ranges, including new garden items, food ranges and giftware.
The Mulberry & Thyme Restaurant at the centre has also experienced a full refurbishment. A private function room has been created that, in time, will be able to hold events and workshops. Together, the restaurants and function room can accommodate up to 57 covers, with social distancing measures in place.
“We are delighted with the transformation at Marlow,” says Chris Francis, Hillier Garden Centre and Wholesale Nurseries director. “Since taking over the centre, it was always our intention to invest in it in order to create the best destination possible for the local community. I am pleased we have been able to continue work on this project, even during more difficult recent times. The new canopy and whole refit look fantastic; now we look forward to welcoming the local community to experience the improvements.”
Marlow joined the Hillier Garden Centre family in late June 2019, when Hillier took over the site previously owned by Wyevale. The transformation of the centre is a major step forward in showcasing the top-quality plants and exciting product ranges that Hillier is renowned for, as well as creating an improved dining experience, making it a real destination for visitors.