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Margo
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My cousin went to the local garden centre and the lavenders alone were 9.99. I went to the Supermarket and they'd done their usual of not keeping the plants watered. The Gazanias had been reduced to 90cents for 10. I bought 2 packs and brought them home and gave them a good drink and they are perfect. I can't see garden centres doing that.
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dont expect Lidls to do the same....I offered to purchase a Tray of dead-looking Plants { they never water them } and was met with a blunt refusal...they return them to the supplier instead... Sad
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My cousin worked at Aldi and he had to chuck them in the skip out the back
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Margo wrote:
My cousin worked at Aldi and he had to chuck them in the skip out the back



Where is the logic in that...and if your caught removing them from the Skip your charged with Theft.... Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Margo wrote:
I can't see garden centres doing that.

any decent garden centre would look after them in the first place - they couldn't risk losing most of their stock; nearly letting plants die and selling them below cost is not good for business. nor would i frequent a garden centre which was so cavalier with their stock.
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I quite agree, but supermarkets don't think like that. So if the bargains there I take it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the suggestions of where to go. I love going to garden centres and nurseries when i travel the country so it is always useful to have some recommendations.
Hopefully we will get a few more.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Opps we got a bit carried away there with our little rants , If you google some of these listed below you wil find more nurseries worth a visit, Enjoy your trips.
Camolin Potting Shed
Future forests
Kells Bay
Nightpark Nurseries (Dont know if its open to public)
June Blake
Jimi Blake
perennial plants cork
Carbury nurseries near green isle clondalkin and behind that there is another nursery interesting for a poke around
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sorry if this upsets some people. Last year we travelled a long way to this place as it advertised plants that was good for Ireland and for all the climates. As we are really exposed area we went over here to see what they had.
Its one of the worst garden centres/nursery I have ever been to.
The paths had more weeds than plants, as half of them was overgrown. Half of the plants were dead or dying through lack of care and the roses, every single rose had black spot. There was one person behind the counter who was busier on his mobile rather than be of help. When I asked for a certain plant I got told if its not there we haven't got it. Their website makes it look a really good nursery, but its awful. Definitly one to miss

The seaside nursery & garden centre
Claddaghduff
Clifden
Co Galway
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No apology is required Margo...if we are going to praise some Centers why not equally kick Butt if the standard stinks...B&Q in Tallaght had a Retiree working in the Garden area {I dont know if he is still there} but this man genuinely loved his work and was in constant demand by the Customers both for his manner and knowledge of plants...several times when he was off I've heard people say " I'll be back when he's on again "


The Sligo "Open Gardens" will be on shortly as soon as I get more Information on locations and Dates I'll update the Forum.

Did you ever think of giving the Center a feed back...sometimes they can be useful specially if the public have access to the reports...just wondering...
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Geranimojess wrote:
No apology is required Margo...if we are going to praise some Centers why not equally kick Butt if the standard stinks...B&Q in Tallaght had a Retiree working in the Garden area {I dont know if he is still there} but this man genuinely loved his work and was in constant demand by the Customers both for his manner and knowledge of plants...several times when he was off I've heard people say " I'll be back when he's on again "


The Sligo "Open Gardens" will be on shortly as soon as I get more Information on locations and Dates I'll update the Forum.

Did you ever think of giving the Center a feed back...sometimes they can be useful specially if the public have access to the reports...just wondering...


I did on review but I got no comeback
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats another reason to avoid going there...it's evident they dont value Customers concerns and to totally ignore your complaint is very bad Business practice and bad manners...

Another entry in my Black Book...Thanks Margo...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep the comments coming. I had seen that one in Clifden advertised and had thought about visiting it if I was in the area. One to miss by the sounds of it.
Can I recommend this one: http://www.doolingarden.com/ . I go there regularly to browse and never leave without something. Matt is great and always willing to talk and is very helpful. He has great enthusiasm for gardening and is really encouraging.
No - I am not Matt and have no vested interest other than the 'buzz' I get when I go there.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the place we head back to most is the ratoath garden centre (formerly cottage garden centre).
though i did have a disagreement with the owner about whether our veronica we'd bought from him a few years back would self-seed.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a shame its 3 hours away.
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