Garden Centre Manager (holding)
Located just off the A38 in Findern, South Derbyshire and inspired by the Dig for Victory campaign, Findern Garden Centre started life in 1953 as Oakdale Nurseries, growing vegetables for roadside sales and the markets of Derby and beyond. Owned by the Woodhouse family and named after the surrounding oak trees, business boomed. By the 1970s, the range included bare-rooted stock wrapped in hessian and plants potted into jam tins to prolong the planting season, as well as countless Dutch bulbs promoted with a giant windmill at the entrance.
Woodhouse's innovations continued with the development of eco-compost with Percy Thrower and unusual plants imported from abroad, including, according to Central Television News, 'the largest rubber plant in captivity' at one stage!
To this day the centre's horticultural credentials remain impeccable, with top quality growing stock and helpful horticultural experts offering a warm welcome and sound advice to skilled and amateur gardeners alike.
Links with the local community are extremely strong and the centre supports several local and national charities. With an extensive range of products and concessions as well as a sleek new restaurant serving delicious home-cooked food, little wonder 4th generation customers from the same family are no rarity!