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Crocus Garden Centre

Crocus Garden Centre

Home The Crocus Nursery You can grow a lot of plants on a 30 acre nursery. Crocus grow 2,823 different varieties and last year they delivered 600,000 plants to customers across the country. It takes a lot of doing, but Karen, Crocus nursery manager, has a fantastic team and every year they come up trumps come rain or ….more rain! Peat free compost trials For a long time gardeners and the trade were very resistant about moving away from peat, because it is such a valuable growing medium. However, there are now increasingly good alternatives and this year Crocus will be using a reduced peat mix for all their plants. The mix is 50% peat plus a mixture of bark, wood fibre and coir. Water recycling Despite recent years being some of the wettest on record, water is becoming an increasingly rare resource. As a nursery, Crocus use a vast amount of it. Over the last 18 months they’ve built a network of channels across the 30 acre site to collect water from the nursery and buildings. This water is collected in a reservoir and then re-used on the nursery. Last year they reduced their mains water usage by 80%. Warehouse heating from waste material Crocus used to use oil, but in 2010 they decided to install a wood burner. This burner is capable of burning most of their waste material – like pallets etc, which used to be sent to landfill. In recycling terms, it’s been a bit of a double whammy! Recycled cardboard Like any mail order company Crocus have to package everything in order to get it out to customers. As they send out 650,000 plants each year, that’s a lot of packaging. In 2010 they made sure all their boxes were made from recyclable board. That way they can, in theory, be used again. Useful information How to register/log in Why can’t I use myWaitrose login? Delivery area and costs Returns policy Customer services Contact us About us About Waitrose and Crocus The Crocus nursery Terms of service Terms and conditions Security and privacy policy Cookie policy
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Crocus Garden Centre

The Crocus Nursery You can grow a lot of plants on a 30 acre nursery. Crocus grow 2,823 different varieties and last year they delivered 600,000 plants to customers across the country. It takes a lot of doing, but Karen, Crocus nursery manager, has a fantastic team and every year they come up trumps come rain or ….more rain! Peat free compost trials For a long time gardeners and the trade were very resistant about moving away from peat, because it is such a valuable growing medium. However, there are now increasingly good alternatives and this year Crocus will be using a reduced peat mix for all their plants. The mix is 50% peat plus a mixture of bark, wood fibre and coir. Water recycling Despite recent years being some of the wettest on record, water is becoming an increasingly rare resource. As a nursery, Crocus use a vast amount of it. Over the last 18 months they’ve built a network of channels across the 30 acre site to collect water from the nursery and buildings. This water is collected in a reservoir and then re-used on the nursery. Last year they reduced their mains water usage by 80%. Warehouse heating from waste material Crocus used to use oil, but in 2010 they decided to install a wood burner. This burner is capable of burning most of their waste material – like pallets etc, which used to be sent to landfill. In recycling terms, it’s been a bit of a double whammy! Recycled cardboard Like any mail order company Crocus have to package everything in order to get it out to customers. As they send out 650,000 plants each year, that’s a lot of packaging. In 2010 they made sure all their boxes were made from recyclable board. That way they can, in theory, be used again. Useful information How to register/log in Why can’t I use myWaitrose login? Delivery area and costs Returns policy Customer services Contact us About us About Waitrose and Crocus The Crocus nursery Terms of service Terms and conditions Security and privacy policy Cookie policy
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Crocus Garden Centre

The Crocus Nursery You can grow a lot of plants on a 30 acre nursery. Crocus grow 2,823 different varieties and last year they delivered 600,000 plants to customers across the country. It takes a lot of doing, but Karen, Crocus nursery manager, has a fantastic team and every year they come up trumps come rain or ….more rain! Peat free compost trials For a long time gardeners and the trade were very resistant about moving away from peat, because it is such a valuable growing medium. However, there are now increasingly good alternatives and this year Crocus will be using a reduced peat mix for all their plants. The mix is 50% peat plus a mixture of bark, wood fibre and coir. Water recycling Despite recent years being some of the wettest on record, water is becoming an increasingly rare resource. As a nursery, Crocus use a vast amount of it. Over the last 18 months they’ve built a network of channels across the 30 acre site to collect water from the nursery and buildings. This water is collected in a reservoir and then re-used on the nursery. Last year they reduced their mains water usage by 80%. Warehouse heating from waste material Crocus used to use oil, but in 2010 they decided to install a wood burner. This burner is capable of burning most of their waste material – like pallets etc, which used to be sent to landfill. In recycling terms, it’s been a bit of a double whammy! Recycled cardboard Like any mail order company Crocus have to package everything in order to get it out to customers. As they send out 650,000 plants each year, that’s a lot of packaging. In 2010 they made sure all their boxes were made from recyclable board. That way they can, in theory, be used again.
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Crocus Garden Centre

Take a look around our nursery At Crocus, plants are our thing. Come on in, and have a look around the nursery. Crocus at Chelsea Discover our award-winning gardens including a sneak peak at our garden for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 Crocus videos Watch our videos on everything from how to store dahlia tubers to designing a garden with a top garden designer
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Crocus Garden Centre

April inspiration Border of the month This border will provide a succession of colour from late winter to the tail end of spring. What’s your style? Small spaces can be an exciting challenge. April combination We took inspiration for this combination from RHS Wisley. Open Day Join us for a rare opportunity to look around our nursery and find some bargains. Garden plants & products in store this week Herbaceous peonies for late spring colour Support taller, structural plants Late spring blooming rhododendrons De Wit tools Ensure vibrant garden displays with bedding plants Crocus Open Day Join Crocus Club today for access to exclusive benefits Receive monthly inspiration & care tips, plus our latest offers and new products Sign up
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Crocus Garden Centre

You can grow a lot of plants on a 30 acre nursery. Crocus grow 2,823 different varieties and last year they delivered 600,000 plants to customers across the country. It takes a lot of doing, but Karen, Crocus nursery manager, has a fantastic team and every year they come up trumps come rain or ….more rain!
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Crocus Garden Centre

3. Most of our nursery staff are Polish. They know the nursery like the back of their hands, but struggle with their English. If you have any garden-related questions, please look out for the Crocus staff members who are wearing the blue hi-vis jackets as these people really know their plants. If you don’t see a ‘blue jacket’ while on the nursery, you will find one at the checkout.
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Crocus Garden Centre

Our open days have been likened to the Harrods sale. They are incredibly popular, are great fun and there are some terrific bargains to be had. As we usually don’t get to throw open our doors to the general public, we relish the opportunity to meet our customers – and it appears the feeling is mutual. You will want to allocate lots of time to have a good look around as we have a 30 acre site with well over 2,500 different plants, most of which are sold off at a reduced rate on the day. You may be able to pick up some great deals on products too! How to make the most of our open days 1. Wear suitable clothing appropriate for a working nursery (no stilettoes required). Be prepared to see tractors and forklifts in operation and be aware that there are uneven surfaces, ditches and trip hazards on site so do take care. Children usually enjoy their visit to the nursery, but they should be supervised at all times. 2. On arrival you will be directed to the parking area. Once in, head straight to our ‘meet and greet’ post where you will be given a handout with some general information about the nursery, a pricing guide and a list of our super-special offers for the day. You will also be given a strip (or two) of uniquely numbered, sticky labels*, which can be used to buy plants if you wish. (*there’s more about these in the ‘how to buy plants section’ below) 3. Most of our nursery staff are Polish. They know the nursery like the back of their hands, but struggle with their English. If you have any garden-related questions, please look out for the Crocus staff members who are wearing the blue hi-vis jackets as these people really know their plants. If you don’t see a ‘blue jacket’ while on the nursery, you will find one at the checkout. 4. We have thousands of beautiful plants on the nursery to choose from, but they are regularly moved about to make room for new stock so they are not always laid out in alphabetical order. This makes it very difficult for people who come with a list! We recommend you buy your list online, and use your visit to top up with a few specials. 5. There will be the opportunity to buy a snack or a cup of tea, and we also have customer toilets on site. How to buy plants on our open day 1. After being met and given your handout and uniquely numbered sticky labels (make sure you ask for extra if you are planning on buying lots of plants), please feel free to roam about the open areas of the nursery. 2. If you see a plant you want to buy, peel off one of your sticky labels and pop it on the side of the pot. 3. Leave the pot at the side of the walkway, where one of our team can easily spot it. 4. We will be whizzing around the nursery at regular intervals in buggies, collecting up the plants and placing them into correspondingly numbered trays, which are kept in a separate checkout pen. 5. When you are ready to collect your plants, make your way to the checkout pen and they will be waiting for you there. 6. Once you have your plants, please take them over to the tills (they are in the polytunnel next door) and we can then tot up your purchases and take payment. 7. We accept most credit cards (not American Express) as well as cash, unfortunately we are unable to accept gift vouchers on open days 8. We have trolleys and big strapping lads to help get large purchases to your car.

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