Posted: 09/01/2015 at 15:14
You would need to differentiate between a Nursery and a Garden Centre.
I would expect a good nursery to raise the majority of the plants on sale and be knowledgeable and willing to offer advice, etc. Compost and pots and maybe even tools but not facilities such as cafes, and definitely not items which have little to do with actual gardening.
A good Garden Centre can be hard to find these days IMO. Too many concentrate on other things to the detriment of a good plant stock. It is increasingly noticeable that plants are being squeezed out to allow for huge displays of general tat. If you are lucky, you may find the odd member of staff who knows one end of a plant from the other. There are still some good Garden Centres but they are becoming a rarity. Apologies to the good ones