There are some benefits living in leafy Surrey and although I still find life abnormally fast paced down here in the South of England, I like the variety of places I can take my ever curious 27 month old and of course this includes garden centres.
Last weekend was a cracker as far as perfect weekends goes. Mr M took me to see my first ever ballet Swan Lake performed by the English National Ballet group at the Royal Albert Hall (Oh My God it was Amazing!). I instagrammed about that of course!
A BBQ with our fabulously generous neighbours was on the agenda for Sunday and then we headed to quite possibly my favourite garden centre to date Garsons Garden Centre and Farm Shop in Esher. This one is quite literally blooming marvellous! I must be turning into my parents as I love going for a browse at these establishments especially at Christmas where I feel they really do create fantastic festive displays .
As I drove my precious cargo which included my parents down to this centre of delights the sun shone brightly and there were smiles all round. The British Summer continues to be the subject of jokes but I am still ever hopeful that this summer will be kind to us. Garden centres are great way to keep children and err grandparents entertained with lots of things to do.
Garsons of Esher is an award-winning pick-your-own farm. But it doesn’t just stop there, it also has an extensive gifts and homewares selection and a new craft department which I was really impressed with as I’m getting into my artsy crafty stuff these days. I can’t wait to take Jay fruit picking even though he isn’t a fruit fan with the exclusion of apples (sigh).
Home-grown and home-cooked food have new kudos, and garden centres are in prime position to provide both. The food here is so good and I love the glass like dome setting.
I recommend heading to your local garden centre for a morning, afternoon or day out in the fresh air. Life tends to be better when the sun is shining but even on those gloomy rainy days there’s something refreshing about walking around plants and flowers even though you might not know your hardy from your perennials.
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