- Councillor’s Michael Costas-Michael and Monica Walsh officially re-opened Cardiff, a Wyevale Garden Centre alongside returning Garden Centre Manager, Mike Greenwood and founder of the original nursery in 1952, Jean Hughes.
- Crew Manager, Richard Ball and two local fireman from Cardiff Central Fire Station celebrated the opening of the garden centre on the 2 year anniversary of the fire
- New Centre boasts a new improved state-of-the-art redevelopment
Wyevale Garden Centres celebrated the reopening which took place on the 2 year anniversary of the fire that tragically burnt down the previous centre on 19th November 2013. In support of the opening, Crew Manager Richard Ball who fought the fire joined in with the festivities at the centre along with two local fireman from Cardiff Central Fire Station.
The new centre re-joins the Wyevale Garden Centre family, the largest garden centre retailer in the UK. Special guest, Councillor Michael Costas-Michael officially re-opened the centre alongside returning Garden Centre Manager, Mike Greenwood who has been working for other centres since the fire.
The re-opening of Cardiff, a Wyevale Garden Centre has provided 69 people with jobs. Re-joining Garden Centre Manager, Mike Greenwood is 15 former employees of the previous centre.
Mike Greenwood, Garden Centre Manager at Cardiff Wyevale Garden Centre, said: “We have been really touched by the response from the local community as they have helped to celebrate the re-opening of our beloved centre. We have worked hard to create a shopping and leisure environment where visitors can shop, relax and pick up new tips along the way. There’s everything you could hope to find in a Garden Centre and so much more as we open with an exciting Christmas line up starting with Father Christmas’s arrival on the 21st November. We look forward to welcoming back our loyal customers as well as new visitors in time for Christmas.”
Councillor Michael Costas-Michael commented: ” The re- opening of the garden centre is a huge vote of confidence in Cardiff and the local jobs that flow from it will make a difference to my ward Trowbridge & St Mellons. As a city we need leisure destinations that provide the variety Wyevale Garden Centre provides here.”
The new garden centre will spark a love of gardens in all ages. The space has an improved and inspirational retail environment combining shopping, leisure, dining and events. Customers can explore the store’s extensive range of plants, home and giftware or simply sit back and relax at the brand-new Botanic Kitchen which will be serving a classic twist on British dishes. Botanic Kitchen’s open-plan design, within beautiful plant-filled setting, features a new festive cakes and hot drinks menu.
New concessions including; Regatta, Yankee Candle, Bon Marche, Cotton Traders, Hot Springs and Edinburgh Woollen Mill will open in December adding to the extensive offering available. Shoppers can also keep the little ones entertained at the new kids indoor and outdoor play areas. Maidenhead Aquatics will open in the New Year.
Whether a novice or a garden wiz, visitors can brush up on their gardening skills with expert advice and inspiration available. Early next year, the garden centre has plans to introduce the Greenhouse, a unique learning area run by expert gardeners where horticultural experts will provide daily top tips and be on hand to answer questions and inspire gardeners.
Cardiff Wyevale Garden Centre is set to bring Christmas magic to visitors with festivities including; Father Christmas’s arrival in a Rolls Royce on 21st November at 10am followed by an Elf workshop, kid’s activities, face painters, balloon artists and . Plus, the garden centre will offer the first 50 customers through the doors at 9am an exclusive goody bag which will include toys, tasty treats and special gifts from Regatta and Bon Marche.
On 28th and 29th November customers can enjoy tasty delights at the Food & Drink Weekend and on 5th-6th or 12th-13th December, shoppers can enjoy hot chocolate and choose their real Christmas tree as part of our Real Tree Weekends.
The Christmas retail set-up includes new and improved ranges and offers an exceptional Christmas shopping experience with everything anyone would need to create a perfect Christmas home.
Prior to the fire, Cardiff, a Wyevale Garden Centre traded as Blooms. In July 2014, The Garden Centre Group rebranded as Wyevale Garden Centres.