7 April 2020 With some people spending more time at home, there has been a renewed interest in gardening and growing. Whether you have a garden, window box or window sill, Spring is a good time to get seeds planted. Gardening is excellent for mental well-being especially in these uncertain times we’re living through. Plants and trees help improve air quality, as they produce essential Oxygen for our lungs, and absorb Carbon Dioxide, a major contributor of Global Warming. Growing your own fruit and veg is fun and some colourful Spring and Summer flowers will help to lift our spirits in months to come and help to #MakeBrentfordGreener.
The Coronavirus pandemic led to garden centres closing and reports of nurseries needing to throw out all of their plants. These were able to open again post lockdown. Here are some suggestions we’ve put together for suppliers:
LOCAL GARDEN CENTRES (now re-opened post lockdown)
• Osterley Garden Centre, part of British Garden Centres are formulating a way to sell more via their online website, so keep an eye on http://www.gardenstoreonline.co.uk
and there are already seeds and bulbs you can order for home delivery.
• Squires are offering home deliveries, use their contact form, http://www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk/garden-centres/twickenham/
• Adrian Hall are offering home deliveries – you will need to order and pay by phone,
HARDWARE STORES and SUPERMARKETS
• B&Q are doing Click and Collect for seeds, plants and bulbs
• Homebase have an interesting idea ‘a garden on a roll’… check it out if you have a patch of soil you’d like to fill up with a nice plant border. Delivery within 28 days. They also have roses and seed bundles they can deliver too.
• Morrisons, Tescos, Sainsburys, Lidl, Waitrose often have bulbs, boxes of seeds and some garden plants and house plants to buy in store.
Here’s a selection of suppliers seeds can be bought from:
• Sutton Seeds http://www.suttons.co.uk
• Thompson & Morgan http://www.thompson-morgan.com
• Chiltern Seeds http://www.chilternseeds.co.uk
• Kings Seeds http://www.kingsseeds.com
• Real Seeds http://www.realseeds.co.uk
• DT Brown Seeds http://www.dtbrownseeds.co.uk
Houseplants can be purchased at Supermarkets and Hardware stores listed above.
• Gardens for You http://www.gardens4you.co.uk/house-plants
• Patch Plants http://www.patchplants.com
• House of Plants http://www.houseofplants.co.uk/index.php
• John Lewis http://www.johnlewis.com
Watch Gardener’s World on BBC2 on Friday evenings at 8.30pm for some gardening tips from Monty Don, repeated Sunday 8pm.