Shannon's Garden Centre

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Posted by @NEILMUIR1 on
In this day and age with all the chain owned, supermarket style Garden Centres, it is a pleasure to have a family run business with their own Garden Centre. This is a place for plant lovers, from beginners to the experienced. With helpful and knowledgeable staff, If they haven't got what you want, they will try to get if for you!

Shannon's first started on the London Landscaping scene in 1959, then in 1989 opened their own garden centre in Forest Hill in southeast London. Their devotion to quality plants and the knowledge they already had from landscaping has produced a little oasis for anyone who loves gardening or wildlife. Here are some bits of the shop and tools, sundries etc. area.

To enlarge a picture, please just click on it.

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They have a lot of pots as the small London Gardens need them.

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Antirinhums and Pelargoniums outside the shop.

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Standard Fuschias.

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Pots and baskets then assorted sculptures, bird baths etc.

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  Just one of the plant stands and a well planted salad box.

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So you like Japanese maples, a bit of what they normally have!

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A beautiful blue Salvia and on the right another Salvia!

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One of the climbing plants beds.

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Some of the shrub beds. On the left behind the grasses is the Herb section!

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For the lovers of alpine plants.

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Annuals and on the right Herbaceous plants.

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A cosmos and a lovely Lily.

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Festuca glauca with other things, and on the right the Iris stand.

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Some of the Clematis were out in the Clematis beds, I liked these two.

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For the Poppy lovers amongst you, and on the other side African Marigolds.

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  One of my favorites, Ageratum and a gorgeous Daylily

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Every  bit of gravel, pebble, paving slab and rock you require. Or a water feature!

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I really love Dianthus the one on the right is 'Raspberry Sundae'!

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Begonias and corkscrew Box on the front of the shop and a close up of the Begonias.

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More Glorious Dianthus or Carnations! These are hardy perennials
  and we sometimes call them "Pinks."

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Now this is a tiny bit of the herb section! There is a lot of this and the scent is divine.

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A stunning double Petunia and the wonderful Agapanthus on the right.

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lovely Heuchera and a great friend of mine some Verbena.

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Gorgeous variegated Rhododendrons and just look at these Bay trees!

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This is not a big place compared to the chain Garden Centres. It would be almost impossible to take you round every plant, in this article. Just look at the trees and one of the shrub beds and you will see what I mean; it is quality and that is what I like about it!

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The House Sparrows are also welcome, nice to see them, and that someone cares for our wildlife.


My family has always used this lovely place, so have I. Many professional gardeners and landscapers use it. More importantly to me the local people use it, for they know that they are getting sound advice and good plants. There are other Garden Centres close by, but the people I know do not like them; they belong to the big chains, are impersonal and the staff has no idea what you are talking about. Is Shannon's expensive? Well, no is the answer it has to match the chains, but the other places cannot match it for one thing. It has real staff with a passion who are always doing something to look after their plants and doing the most important thing, helping the customers to get the right plant.

Thank you for coming on my little tour!


Here is a map  Shannon's Garden Centre.

Other Peoples Views.




For Nancy.

Comments and Discussion
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Nice to get a tour! by stilldew Nov 21, 2013 5:13 AM 3
Nice very nice! by pajonica Jul 17, 2010 2:21 PM 8
shannons by murielw1 Jul 9, 2010 11:35 AM 2
Amazing by kareoke Jul 9, 2010 6:12 AM 1
I love it. by cececoogan Jul 8, 2010 8:56 AM 4
Oooooohhh... by Petalpants Jul 8, 2010 8:25 AM 1
Love it! by Ridesredmule Jul 8, 2010 6:41 AM 1

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