There are loads of places you can go to in Bedford to buy Garden equipment, plants and furniture but why not try a more local business for a change? Seasons Garden Centre is based in Wilstead, right next to Wixams just off the A6. They have a second store just outside Bedfordshire further down the A6 in Burton Latimer, Northants. They have been in operating for over 75 years so they should know a thing or two about what they sell and why.
Now that the weather is getting a little warmer it’s time to turn our attention to the garden. We start to think about entertaining outdoors and the possibility of a slim but wonderful chance of having a BBQ this summer. Sitting out with friends, drinking a glass or two of wine and enjoying the hard graft we’ve put into our garden.
I go to Seasons in Wilstead pretty much every week, I love to shop local and it’s also a great place to take children too. I also have a challenging garden, which makes me a frequent visitor thanks to our house being a new build and the soil is pretty rubbish, so is the lawn.
So what are my top 5 favourite parts to the store?
Living on a new build estate brings with it a whole new level of gardening challenge. Firstly the rubbish soil, awful drainage to our lawn and the challenge to find plants that will survive. I have purchased several plants from Seasons, all of which have been excellent quality and of a reasonable price. That said, gardening is expensive and hence why I go back to the store regularly as we can’t afford to do everything in one go. My front garden looks much nicer this year thanks to the new shrubbery I bought at the beginning of the year to replace the dead shrubs originally planted by the builder. I am also trying some ferns in the back garden to give a small border to our lawn. We have bought roses, lavender, climbers, buddleias and some perennial plants over the years and will continue to expand our garden each year thanks to Seasons. The lawn and garden needs regular food which we lovingly give it and any new plants are treated to new compost and old (rubbish) soil removed. Seasons have an extensive range as you walk into the store and I have never been disappointed with the range on offer.
The range of flowers, plants and trees is extensive and I have never come away thinking they needed to stock more. However of course you will find larger retailers who will offer rows upon rows of trees, shrubs etc . Personally I find it too overwhelming but it's personal taste and I do not claim to be an experience gardener, just a homeowner looking to improve her home and garden.
My 2 sons and I love visiting the pet shop within Seasons. It’s big enough to spend a good half an hour looking at all animals, which include fish, rabbits, hamsters, budgies and canaries. They have a good selection of cat and dog food plus all the usual accessories too. We recently bought a pet hamster from Seasons after falling in love with her. She is called Ninja and a very happy addition to our family. They had everything we needed when buying the hamster and a good selection of cages to choose from to suit all budgets. We loved all the little toys on offer for the hamsters but chose the traditional ball and hamster treats to start with. Total cost for everything was around £50.
The other big attraction to the pet shop is Ringo the talking Parrot. He is not for sale and lives permanently in the store. He talks occasionally and welcomes everyone into the store. He can bite so don’t get too close!
It’s usually quite when we go to visit the café and we always find a seat easily. A lot of people just come to the café for a coffee and a catch up and if you are local to Wixams it’s the perfect place. There is a wide selection of hot and cold food available at reasonable prices. You can also buy cakes, biscuits and ice creams. On a Sunday they do a carvery from 12-2pm which is incredibly popular. You don’t need to book but you do need to arrive early as there is usually a queue. Beef is served every week with a guest meat also provided (Pork, Gammon or Turkey) The meat is supplied from a very popular butcher in the area called Woburn Country Foods. www.woburncountryfoods.com Only £7.50 (at time of writing) per portion with a vegetarian option also available.
4.Dinosaur slide and swing
Whilst you are wandering around the plants/trees/shrubs outside you come across a rather fabulous Dinosaur slide and swing (for 2 children) Its quite retro in its look and appeal but a pleasant surprise as you wander round, it’s a hidden gem and one which I always smile at when I walk by it. My eldest boy who’s 5 can’t resist a go down the slide every time we visit.
From candles, to clocks, jewellery, statues, books, birthday cards and photo frames. Seasons has a little bit of everything so perfect for buying for that someone who you are not really sure what to buy for. Sometimes you just need a bit of inspiration and this store always delivers, especially for the older people in my life that I need to buy for. They even have pick n mix and a selection of traditional biscuits, sweets and treats on offer .
Seasonal items such as Christmas /Halloween decorations, lights and gifts are also available at the selected times. My top tip is to visit at Christmas as they have a great display for the children which is all for charity and the range of Christmas decorations and lights are lovely. We bought lights for the front of the house last Christmas and they looked wonderful. Santa also makes an appearance at selected times throughout December.
Other items on offer include:
Barbecues, Pizza ovens and Chimineas – they always have a great selection. I am tempted by a Chiminea but nervouse with young children so will wait a few years before buying one I think.
Fencing and stone paving - Not something I have purchased yet but its there just in case!
Lawnmowers- A good selection with a variety of brands on offer.
Garden Equipment- All the ususal bits and bobs needed for the novice and experience gardener
Cane, Pine & Garden Furniture: These include every year a lovely selection of Children’s garden furniture, all in miniature.
Sledges, Snow shovels : Its one of those purchases that you really should make but never do until it snows. Then you are desperately finding somewhere that sells them – well Seasons has them every winter.
DIY store located inside the building I go in there mostly to buy lightbulbs and batteries (who ever has enough of these?!) but you can also buy wallpaper, paints, kitchen wares, timber, tools and much more. Please note that these are separate businesses and you need to buy your purchases separately.
So to summarise, Seasons Garden Centre offer customers a huge range. It’s a great local independent and they are open 7 days a week. You can also check out the reviews on google here. They score a worthy 4.1 stars with 120 reviews at the time of writing.
Check out their website for the most up to date opening times, but at the time of writing this post they were:
Monday – Saturday 9.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday 11.00am – 5.00pm
Seasons Garden Centre
Bedford Rd, Bedford MK45 3H