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Better than Wyevale

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 19:41

Just to bring everybody back round...


We're just back from Frosts (yes, I know... a chain!) in Brampton, but found it very pleasant. A chilli festival going on with live music and chilli based food and products; but with quality plants and and gardening taking centre stage and at prices which a half of what Wyevale are trying to charge for absolute rubbish.


Staff seen attending new stock carefully and interestedly.


Excellent!

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 15:10

Just to bring everybody back round...


We're just back from Frosts (yes, I know... a chain!) in Brampton, bu tfound it very pleasant. A chilli festival going on with live music and chilli based food and products; but with quality plants and and gardening taking centre stage and at prices which a half of what Wyevale are trying to charge for absolute rubbish.


Staff seen attending new stock carefully and interestedly.


Excellent!

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 09:16

Come on , people; let's stay on topic...

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 15:33

It's heartening to see that it isn't just me who is sick to the back teeth with Wyevale's over-pricing, tricksy "special offers", crappy plants and "pile 'em up and ship 'em out" approach to what is plainly no more than a business to them, rather than anything to do with actual gardening.


Do remember to pop over to the Better Than Wyevale thread and post your independent recommendations though, please. County - Town - Name of outlet.


Still waiting for something to be recommended there near to me in Rushden, Northants; but we'll be having a trip out to a group of 3 that have been highlighted over in Peterborough direction shortly.


Better than Wyevale

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 16:47

Excellent work, people! This is what we want.


Purely selfishly, I'm hoping that somebody posts something for Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire or Huntingdonshire... I'm in Rushden.


Keep 'em coming

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 15:50

We were at Wyevale in Northampton last weekend (the old Queen Eleanor site) and it looked as though they were dismantling everything in sight!


My guess is that they are getting ready to turn the whole chain into a gigantic Christmas shop as soon as they've finished turning it into a massive Halloween shop.


No plants necessary for any of that of course - except for the Poinsettias which they will stock right next to the doors to take full advantage of the draughts!

Better than Wyevale

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 15:46

I'm starting this thread as an antidote to being forced into shopping at Wyevale, which seems to be increasingly dominating the market!


Can I suggest that any posts here take the following format:


County...


Nearest Town...


Name of Garden Centre...


Any brief notes on specialities or particular highlights...


I wish I had one to start the ball rolling, but Wyevale have bought up pretty much everything around me and are driving them all into the ground!

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 15:30

I agree absolutely Fairygirl. What's the point in having half a dozen garden centres within a small radius, all offering precisely the same plants? Wyevale aren't a garden centre, they're a sales robot. Though if the diminishing customer numbers at my previously favourite independent which has been taken over, are anything to go by, they won't be selling for much longer.


By the way, I just looked at the last loyalty vouchers that I had through from them (which I know makes me guilty of having bought stuff there, but I'm over a barrel locally cos they're buying ALL of the garden centres!) and I see that they have an expiry date of only a few weeks, rather than being open-ended and accumulatable (is that a word?!) as they were when Podington was independent!


I hope people will continue to post to this thread; but I'm going to start another one called "better than Wyevale" and see if we can get a bit of extra business for all of the independents who are hanging on to their independence; and get us a better selection while we're at it.

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 08:19

I agree - It is nice to wander around a good garden centre or nursery or open gardens; either to get ideas or to pick up the plants that you see "in the flesh". Online can't replace that experience unfortunately...

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 07:06

Thanks for the pointers Cloggie. We'll check out those nurseries you linked.


I wonder if there's anything we can do to get one of the GW gardeners to speak out on the matter? I can't imagine the likes of Monty Don, Carole Klein, Joe Swift or Rachel de Thame have much time for them!

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