A London plant centre reveals the pleasure of buying plants in the city.
The long narrow site in SW London runs parallel to the railway line between Battersea Park Road and Winders Road. This may not sound an ideal location for a great little plant centre but the team at Battersea Flower Station have created a magical oasis where gardeners can view and purchase a wide range of quality plants and garden products.
Saleable plants range from ornamentals and edibles to seasonal bedding plants and specimen shrubs. Co-owner John Schofield has extensive horticultural knowledge and experience and can obtain almost any plant that is suitable for growing in London. Part of the built-in customer service is that John will recommend appropriate plants for specific locations. Customers can also request a garden consultation visit to help create their ideal planting scheme. John comments” Many customers need that extra bit of help, and confidence to be able to turn their planting ideas into something special, I am pleased to be able to help as part of our customer service”.
Another valuable service available to customers of Battersea Flower Station is the planting up of window boxes, hanging baskets and containers with seasonal displays. “This is proving popular with customers who may not have the time to do their own containers” He continued that ”They can drop their empty containers in to us and we will replant with varieties of their choice, if requested we will even deliver them back to their house when completed”.
Plants are displayed on an eclectic range of benches, tables and objects creating a wonderfully organised mix of visual pleasure with the foliage and flowers complimenting the divers colour mix. The plants are supplied by growers in the London area or grown in the UK.
The long narrow site is becoming popular with local people who not only purchase their gardening needs but also use it as a pedestrian thoroughfare by using the entrances at both ends. John commented that this flow of people was good because as they walked through they can see the plants and products on show; he then has the opportunity to talk to them and hopefully encourage them to become customers!
The small gift shop has a selection of gardening related products and paraphernalia, many of which are produced locally.”Selling locally produced products is something we are keen to encourage” said John “We welcome local producers to call in and show us their products, we even have a local baker bringing their bread in at weekends” Another building on the site is about to be converted into a sales area for pots and containers. A new glasshouse is also on the development plan for 2014. “This will allow a wider range of indoor plants to be sold all year round” says John. If these plants are displayed as creatively as the outside areas it will be another good reason to visit Battersea Flower Station.
The resident florist sells a range of cut blooms and foliage, individual blooms and beautiful hand crafted bouquets and can supply complete floral displays for functions and events.
For people who enjoy shopping in places with character rather than the brightly polished stores in the high streets or retail parks, a visit to the Battersea Flower Station should be on the to-do list this season.