Garden Centre Manager
The centre was established as a nursery nearly 50 years ago by the Cheals family. They specialised in field grown trees and shrubs, later expanding into bedding and houseplants. Many a flower show was held at the centre and the passion for flowers lives on with past and present staff, one of whom 'rediscovered' and named several plants including Daffodil 'Lady Marina Cowdray', Delphinium 'Cowdray Select' and Lupin 'Beryl, Viscountess Cowdray', all named for the nearby Cowdray estate. At weekends the South Downs Light miniature railway operates in the centre - as popular with adults as it is with children!
We sell top quality growing stock, gardening products and garden furniture as well as birdcare products, floristry, houseplants and books. We also have a fabulous giftware and greeting card department and at Christmas, an inspiring display of decorations, lights and trees. Our refurbished restaurant sells delicious home-made snacks and lunches whilst our staff are friendly and helpful horticultural experts who pride themselves on giving good practical advice to expert and amateur gardeners alike. Loyalty is a key factor here - one member of staff, June, has been with the centre for more than three decades!
We all look forward to welcoming you to the centre soon.