Plants and flowers and produce in West Sussex
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Loder Plants is still very much open to the public, even though Leonardslee Gardens closed a few years ago (but great news - they may open again in 2018!). Loder Plants have with one of the widest ranges of rhododendrons, azaleas, hydrangeas and camellias available in Europe and also stock a selection of other plants, especially shrubs. Please note that Loder Plants prefer you to call them before you visit. Find them here
Then there's the Architectural Plants Centre at Nuthurst and at Chichester, both in West Sussex. The centres specialise in shapely, exotic plants - Japanese and European Topiary, hardy palms, bananas, bamboos, plants for screening, and a huge range of rare evergreen trees. They are the home of the interesting, unusual, quirky and bizarre - the tropical and the jungly, of both big and small specimen plants. The Nuthurst one (I haevn't been to the Chichester centre) is very relaxing to visit - do pop into the loo! It's one of the prettiest I've ever seen - you get a great view from the window!)
One of my favourite garden shops to visit is actually a farm shop, Swains Farm Shop & Garden Centre just outside the pretty village of Henfield. The staff there are very friendly & helpful, and if you've got small children, it's a must, as there are donkeys and small ponies, goats & pigs etc to visit. (Stop off and buy a bunch of carrots at the shop before you take the kids to see the ponies & donkeys). They've got a small but lovely selection of plants & flowers, and a visit there is always fun & therapeutic - I always feel better afterwards. Walking into their fantastic food section is like visiting a spa for a weekend - you feel better instantly just looking at the fresh fruit & veg sections, and there's a wonderful selection of cakes as well.
I say, if your knees aren't green by the end of the day,