Hmmm… fun at the garden centre?! A few weeks ago I would have had a giggle at this too. I mean, what kind of fun can you have trailing up and down rows of plants with a little one or two in tow. I pictured Little Button racing in and out of lines of goods whooping, plucking flower heads and attempting an unruly game of hide and seek. Yup, loads of fun that would be.
Then a few weeks ago I started to come across lovely posts about getting all green fingered and exciting trips to local garden centres to ride miniature stream trains or visit on-site farms. These all sounded like great ideas, except how many garden centres have these kind of facilities?
A last second decision to make a detour to our local garden centre proved that you can find hidden gems if you are willing to give places a try.
On getting there it looked like a typical garden place. Rows of plants, gardening bits and pieces and the obligatory racks of seeds.
However, we were thrilled to find it had a secret. A special glass palm house packed full of exotic plants and grasses, a vast pond full of fish, a little waterfall and a terrapin pool. Exciting stuff! Little Button was mesmerised and set about exploring. ‘Do the fairies live here?’ she whispered. ‘Oh, I expect they do’, I smiled back not wanting to break the spell on our magical through the wardrobe and in to Narnia moment.
A little bit further on and we found desert house, which is home to lots of different types of cactus plants, then further still, an indoor woodland complete with woodland animal sound effects and toy creatures dotted high and low for exploring.
Amazing to think it had taken us all this time to find it, and best of it, it was free!
There were little farm animals to visit too, but she was much more interested in tottering over the handful of bridges and squeezing past the waterfall in the palm house.
Before we went, we decided to pick up a few inexpensive seed trays of herbs and tomatoes as these tend to grow quite quickly, so perfect for under 5’s who don’t tend to like to wait for too long to see their gardening results.
After a week we had little shoots and 2 weeks later they look like this! We were all really impressed.
If you are thinking about popping out to your local garden centre, you might want to consider these other easy to grow plants:
Have you visited your local garden centre yet with your little ones? What did you think?