A little while ago, I ran a poll on “What’s the reason you go into a Garden Centre?” interestingly Product Range topped the poll with 44% of voters selecting this.
Plant Quality came in 2nd with 31% of voters choosing this. There’s no question about it, one of the main attractions of garden centres is the range of plants and flowers they offer. You can find everything from annuals and perennials to shrubs and trees, as well as exotic and rare species.
But, garden centres are not just places to buy plants and gardening supplies anymore. They have evolved into destinations that offer a variety of products and services for the whole family. Whether you are looking for a relaxing day out, a gift for a loved one, or a way to improve your health and well-being, there is for everyone!
Many of them also have outdoor living sections where you can browse through furniture, accessories, lighting and barbecue equipment. You can also find pet and bird supplies such as food, toys, cages, and bedding. Some even have their own petting zoos or animal enclosures where you can interact with different animals. It’s now becoming the norm for garden centres to stock homeware such as candles, books, home appliances and artwork.
If you are looking for something more than just shopping, garden centres also offer a variety of activities and events for all ages. You can enjoy a delicious meal or a cup of coffee at their restaurants and cafes, which often use fresh ingredients from their own gardens or local farms. You can also join workshops and demonstrations on topics such as gardening, cooking, crafts, and wellness. Some centres even host special events throughout the year, such as festivals, markets, concerts, and exhibitions.
This is becoming more and more evident with the breadth of roles we now recruit for in the Garden Centre Team. Although we recruit for Garden Centre Managers and Plant Area Managers, we also cover roles that you may not typically think are found within a Garden Centre. Due to the range of services and products on offer offer, job roles within are varied. We’re currently recruiting for a range of different roles such as Outdoor Leisure & Christmas Managers, Restaurant Managers, Pet and Aquatic Manager and Goods in Managers. A candidate doesn’t necessarily need specific plant knowledge to be able to work in a garden centre!
They have adapted to the changing needs and preferences of their customers, as well as the challenges and opportunities of the market. Garden centres have become one stop shops that cater to a wide range of interests and lifestyles.
So, if you're interested in new recruitment opportunities within Garden Centre Retail, get in touch with us!