5 Lovely Garden Centres to Visit in the South Lakes

Gardening is one of the activities we recommend most often to our elderly clients as a way to stay active. There are many health benefits associated with gardening.

Beetham Nurseries

A family-run garden centre and nursery near Milnthorpe in the South Lakes, Beetham Nurseries is a lovely place to visit, whether to shop for plants and gardening supplies, to walk the display gardens, attend a gardening workshop, or simply have a cup of tea in their garden centre café; one of our recommended spots to get a perfect cup of tea in the South Lakes! In addition to being a welcoming place for older people, Beetham Nurseries has gone out of their way to support Home Instead South Lakes in the past, donating items for our clients and even helping us with our wonderful Garden Rescue project! As such, we couldn’t recommend them more!

Woodlands Garden Centre

Specialists in water garden plants, Woodlands Garden Centre & Nurseries can be found near Crooklands, where visitors can browse a wide selection of flowers and water garden plants. This family-run business offers seasonal gardening guides, monthly tips for gardeners, and more. The Centre boasts its own Flower Shop, where florists can provide a beautiful range of fresh flowers in all manner of floral designs. Woodlands Garden Centre was also kind enough to provide Home Instead South Lakes with sunflower kits for our clients, as part of our Sunflower Competition to encourage gardening as a healthy activity!

Lakeland Gardens

While Lakeland Gardens is primarily a garden design and landscaping business, the Lakeland Gardens Nursery specialises in plants that gardeners can’t always find elsewhere. Spread across a 4,500 square metre garden space, the nursery contains a carefully cultivated selection of plants which thrive in the Lake District climate. Whether you’re looking for new plants for your garden or just interested in seeing a beautifully arranged ornamental garden, Lakeland Gardens is certainly worth a visit.

Halecat Nursery

Owned and operated by Abi & Tom’s Garden Plants, Halecat Nursery is a local plant nursery which grows all of their cottage plants on-site, ensuring that they can thrive in the South Lakes climate (and especially the colder winters). The nursery primarily offers herbaceous perennials, perfect for gardeners who want to plant hardy flowers that will last… and not easily fall prey to the Cumbrian winter frost! Halecat Nursery can be found near Witherslack, and its sister store, The Plant Centre, is located in an old 19th-century coach house in Grange-over-Sands.

Hayes Garden World

One of the largest garden centres in Cumbria, Hayes Garden World has a history that stretches back more than 200 years through the Hayes family of Victorian gardeners. The “Lake District Nurseries” site was opened in Ambleside in 1921, and today, it is the site of Hayes Garden World. Featuring a lovely Terrace Café, as well as the huge “Crystal Palace” greenhouse space, the site attracts more than one million visitors per year. While other local garden centres have wide ranges of plants, Hayes Garden World offers a wide selection of garden furniture, barbecues, statuary, and other ornamental features. As such, it’s a great place to visit for gardeners looking to add something functional to their garden.

The Lake District has a strong history of gardening, and as such, it’s no surprise that there are so many great garden centres in the South Lakes! Gardening is a great activity for older people, and as it’s so important to get out and stay active in your senior years, we encourage and help many of our clients with gardening activities. Find out more about supported living in this area and see if Home Instead South Lakes could be right for you or your loved ones by clicking here!