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by Tony Collins (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer specialising mainly in health and education and living in Staffordshire. Find me on Linked In
Published February 6th 2016
A Joy To Visit Even If Your Fingers Aren't Green
A whole host of gardening programmes on television have led to an understandable surge in interest in all things plants and flowers.

And that has inevitably led to an increase in interest with huge garden centres now to be found in most towns, cities and even villages around the country.

Shenstone Garden Centre
The main entrance of Shenstone Garden Centre


Despite the start of Spring still being quite some way away, I took the opportunity to visit the impressive Shenstone Garden Centre which lies just yards from the M6 Toll motorway near the cathedral city of Lichfield.

Its setting, in the middle of beautiful Staffordshire countryside, makes this an even more enjoyable garden centre to visit, even during the cold winter months.

Shenstone Garden Centre
No shortage of plants for sale


But despite the winter season meaning that little is going on in the garden, there is still plenty to see at Shenstone Garden Centre, which began life as a family owned business but is now in the Wyevale camp.

Open seven days a week, the Shenstone centre has long been renowned for its home-grown bedding plants, and there was certainly no shortage on display when I visited.

Shenstone Garden Centre
Plenty of other goods to buy at garden centre


But, despite the focus clearly being on flowers, shrubs, and trees of all description, as well as a vast array of gardening products, there is almost a small shopping centre feel about this place.

Retail units range from shoes and other forms of clothing to pottery, Jacuzzis and even travel goods, while visitors can also put their feet up and relax over a cuppa or something to eat at the garden centre restaurant.

Shenstone Garden Centre
Inside Shenstone Garden Centre


And as an added incentive, the restaurant's winter menu offers customers a special offer of two main meals for just £12 through until March 15, although this excludes Sunday roasts and jacket potatoes.

Facilities also include a children's soft play area, Wi-Fi access, and the availability of plant experts to answer visitors' questions on a variety of horticultural matters.

Shenstone Garden Centre
The garden centre also has a huge outdoor area


In fact green-fingered youngsters will also be catered for during the upcoming half-term holiday, with a Little Diggers Wildlife Week between February 15 and 19. Children's events during the week include a Pollination Station, Little Bug Bakery and an opportunity to Decorate Your Own Bird Box.

For more information visi www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk/garden-centres/Shenstone/1Q
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Why? A Must Place For Green-Fingered Enthusiasts
When: All year
Phone: 0844 288 5163
Where: Shenstone Garden Centre, Birmingham Road, Shenstone, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 0QQ
Cost: Free to enter the centre, 2 meals for £12 in restaurant
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Nice to hear they are encouraging a love of gardening and birdlife with their workshops for children.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4056) 988 days ago
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