Visiting a garden centre is a bit of a guilty pleasure for most of us, and these days it’s become less about just going to shop for plants and gardening items and more about the all-around experience of browsing the centre for ideas, grabbing a coffee in the cafe, and even visiting the play area with the kids.
So if you’re looking to while away some tedious hours at a garden centre, here’s our pick of some of the best garden centres to visit in Oxfordshire. Click on the titles or images to read more about the centre, such as their offering and opening hours. You’ll also find links to their website and contact details – should you need to get in touch before you visit.
More than just a garden centre for indoor and outdoor plants, seeds, bulbs and gardening supplies, there is something for everyone at Yarnton Home & Garden, including clothing, pets, speciality foods, gifts and a restaurant.
The centre has a fully stocked outdoor and indoor plant area with an expert team on hand to help you create the perfect patch. There’s also a garden shop stocked full to the brim of products that will support your gardening efforts, from watering & feeding to digging and clearing.
Pop in for a bite to eat – they’re open for wholesome home-cooked breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. And stock up on essentials at the small but perfectly formed Food Hall full of your most-wanted store cupboard food, drinks and treats.
Yarnton Home & Garden (previously known as Yarnton Nurseries) is now considered a destination rather than just a garden centre and has undergone considerable development work under its new owners. It’s well worth a visit.
Visit the Yarnton Home & Garden website.
In 1952 Toby and Skit Stubbs embarked on a new adventure and followed their passion by purchasing a derelict and overgrown ‘walled garden’ outside Henley-On-Thames, originally growing and selling vegetables before specialising in growing plants in 1960.
Now into the third generation of the Stubbs family, Toad Hall Garden Centre in Henley-on-Thames provides some of the best plants, garden products and specialist expert knowledge to a wide range of customers, from local gardeners to country estates and golf courses.
Toad Hall Garden Machinery is one of the largest in the South East with a good selection of mowers, hedge cutters, trimmers, vacuums & blowers, shredders, chainsaws and lots more. Experienced garden machinery staff are there to advise you on a new purchase or provide high-quality, cost-efficient and timely service or repair.
The recently renovated Willows Coffee Shop offers a reason to linger a little longer at Toad Hall. Located within the heart of the garden centre amidst the stunning houseplants, the coffee shop provides a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere.
Visit the Toad Hall Garden Centre website.
Located on the main road that runs from Wallingford to Didcot, just outside the village of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell is Root One Garden Centre & Cafe, a privately-owned independent garden centre.
Expect to find an extensive range of plants, including perennials and grasses, roses, trees, alpines and succulents, climbers, shrubs, edibles, seeds and bulbs, and seasonal bedding.
There’s also a garden care department, a range of quality garden tools and equipment, and an eclectic collection of gifts. Whether you are seriously green-fingered or an absolute novice, they’d be delighted to help.
The top-notch cafe serves hot and cold drinks, sweet and savoury snacks, sandwiches and hot meals with plenty of space for lunch and tea parties. Look out for freshly prepared and locally sourced food, including breakfasts, homemade cakes, and freshly-ground Italian coffee. And if there’s a break in the weather, you can eat on the terrace.
Visit the Root One Garden Centre website.
Burford Garden Company is a one-of-a-kind destination store for those seeking a unique, curated mixture of plants, gardenalia, home decor, furniture, art, clothing and food to reflect their individual style.
The company draws inspiration from the latest garden and interior trends, bringing you an ever-changing visual feast of hand-picked and unique products.
From original and authentic Indian Kadai to elegant mango wood Indian benches, supersized French olive pots, atmospheric Arabian lanterns in distressed finishes, beautiful kilims, vintage jewellery, and original art…Burford is committed to offering something different at every turn.
And then there’s the Burford Cafe which offers breakfast, lunches and afternoon tea with a regularly changing, seasonal menu. The food is freshly prepared in their kitchens using local produce and local ingredients wherever possible. Many of the dishes are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
With a choice of 60,000 individual products, the 15-acre store is a very personal place to shop, making it one of our favourite garden centres to visit in Oxfordshire.
Visit the Burford Garden Company website.
Located just outside Oxford in South Hinksey, close to a nature reserve, Oxford Garden Centre is a family-run business with horticulture at its heart. They stock everything you’ll need to defeat weeds, promote growth and shape a happy and healthy garden.
The centre also offers a wide range of high-quality garden furniture by Kettler and Alexander Rose, along with an inspiring collection of outdoor lighting n a range of themes and colourways and more structural garden lighting solutions for dining after-dark.
Want to make the most of your outside space by enhancing it with an attractive garden structure such as an arch, arbour or pergola? You’ll find a range of wooden wonders that can provide a focal point in your garden design or be used to support climbing plants for full-on floral fancy.
Oxford Garden Centre is big on wildlife – without the visiting birds, bees and small mammals, we have no gardens! They stock a wide variety of bird food, feeders, boxes and baths, and a comprehensive range of fish food and pond and aquatic care products.
Visit the Oxford Garden Centre website.
For the last 25 years, there’s been a garden centre on the hill above the village of Ramsden.
It’s always been a popular destination for residents of Charlbury, Witney, and West Oxfordshire. Charlbury Garden Centre, formally the Hilltop Garden Centre, is part of the British Garden Centres family, owned by Charles and Robert Stubbs.
The centre caters to the keen gardener, stocking products to suit any garden size. On offer is a wide range of plants, including evergreens, perennials, alpines or well-established trees and shrubs, and a great range of tools, feeds and planting solutions, and garden furniture, including BBQs, fire pits, chimineas & accessories.
From summer houses and sheds to tranquil water features, pots and planters, garden storage units, paving slabs, aggregates, and much more, the centre offers a range of products to make a practical and visually stunning addition to your garden space.
Knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you with any of your questions, and they can advise you on planting and caring for your plants.
Visit the Charlbury Garden Centre website.
Nicholson has a 23-acre site in North Aston, Bicester, that offers more than your average garden centre. The site contains a large selection of trees, including bare root, root ball, container-grown, standard and specimen trees in ornamental and native species.
Alongside the trees, the range of plants extends to all the usual suspects – shrubs, a small herbaceous collection, climbers, fruit and bigger screening plants. As soon as you get to your destination, you can tell that the company takes plants seriously.
Also, on the site, you’ll find the Rosara range of furniture celebrates all aspects of a garden using furniture, lighting and accessories – not in a one-stop-shop kind of way but as part of a guided catalogue.
Do stop by the Yurt for a tasteful selection of organic, fresh, and local food in the form of breakfasts, sharing platters and light lunches designed to leave you feeling energised for the rest of the day.
Visit the Nicholson’s website
There are many other garden centres to visit in Oxfordshire for an extensive range of plants, and garden tools and equipment, and you’ll find a growing list in our directory of garden centres in Oxford and Oxfordshire.