Posted: 09/01/2015 at 14:49
Plants, variety and price, good selection of roses and shrubs - all in good condition and well labelled with name and price. Useful gardening equipment and accessories. Decent, clean loo with hot water and paper towels, coffee shop. Helpful, knowledgeable staff. Good range of seeds, bulbs, tubers (in season) etc. Most English GCs I've been to are like that.
The GC near where I live in Dordogne is almost the opposite. No coffee shop, disgusting loo, plants often in poor condition. They don't even sell runner bean seeds or perpetual spinach and only 2 varieties of broad bean. They are having sales at the moment but only the nastiest cheapest looking stuff is in the sale. Sale plants are usually half dead or annuals at the end of the season.
But I still go to it at least once or twice a month. You live in hope!