Derwen college garden centre ready to spring into action

Derwen College Garden Centre and Gift Shop is set to reopen in time to officially welcome in the spring.

Horticultural student at Derwen college, Sophie preparing for the re-opening of the garden centre
Horticultural student at Derwen college, Sophie preparing for the re-opening of the garden centre

The team at the Garden Centre and Shop which offers work experience to students with special educational needs and/or disabilities at the college near Oswestry have sprung into action, ready to open the doors to customers from March 15.

Garden Centre commercial supervisor Sharon Jones said everyone was ready to help gardeners to enjoy the season of brightly flowered bulbs, blossoming trees, and all the prep that needs to be done for the summer.

"Spring is a busy time in the gardening calendar; the period where weeds start to grow, seeds need to be sown and planters, pots and baskets can be replenished for beautiful floral displays," she said.

“We are really excited to be opening again and to welcome visitors back in time for spring. It’s the busiest and most exciting time of the year for gardeners, so we’ve got all the plants and seeds needed to make gardens bloom with a boom and to start planning plots for a fruitful harvest.

“We also stock beautiful gifts and cards, many from unique and local artisan businesses and a food area filled with fine fare, including bread, cakes, jams and chutneys made by students at Derwen. It’s the ideal place to buy spring treats and Easter or birthday gifts.”

The Horticulture students have been busy ensuring that the plants are at their best as usual. While, in the Garden Centre Gift Shop, retail students have been creating stunning spring and Easter displays to tempt shoppers.

The Garden Café will be reopening for outside table service and take away April 12.

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