Blooming Paradise: Unveiling Kent’s 7 Top Garden Centres for Green Enthusiasts

If you are a resident of Kent or planning to visit the area, you might want to check out some of the best garden centres in the region. Explore our handpicked selection of 7 top-notch nurseries and green havens for gardening enthusiasts.

1. Coolings

Coolings is an award-winning, independent Garden Centre group located in Kent and East Sussex. Perhaps we have a soft spot for Coolings being LawnsOne shares their ‘family business’ roots but that doesn’t negate the fact they have a stunning range of plants, garden accessories, and gifts. 

The centre is designed to inspire and educate gardeners of all levels and we highly recommend a visit.

Address: Rushmore Hill, Knockholt, Sevenoaks TN14 7NN, United Kingdom map
Phone: +44 1959 532269
Google Review Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars

2. Ruxley Manor Garden Centre

Ruxley Manor Garden Centre is a multi-award-winning garden centre located in Sidcup, Kent. The centre has been around for over 100 years and offers a wide range of plants, garden accessories, and gifts. They also have an excellent restaurant and a pet department so it’s great for the kids/grandchildren.

Address: Maidstone Rd, Sidcup DA14 5BQ, United Kingdom Map
Phone: +44 20 8300 0084
Google Review Score: 4.3 out of 5 stars

3. Longacres Garden Centre, Bybrook Barn

We think Longacres is a superb spot after, some years ago, they completed a very extensive renovation. There’s a pleasant little restaurant and in addition to a beautiful range of plants and flowers, they have a furniture and barbecue department and a wide range of fish, reptiles, tanks and accessories.

Address: Cemetery Ln, Kennington, Ashford TN24 9JZ, United Kingdom Map
Phone: +441233631959
Google Review Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars

4. Polhill Garden Centre

Another brilliantly family-owned garden centre with over 50 years of experience, Polhil shares LawnsOne’s values around community; it’s a great place to enjoy afternoon teas and snacks in addition to their exceptional range.

It’s also great for kids or grandchildren with all-weather surfaces, slides and climbing frames among other activities. 

Address: London Rd, Badgers Mount, Sevenoaks TN14 7BD, United Kingdom Map
Phone: 01959534212
Google Review Score: 4.4 out of 5 stars

5. Millbrook Garden Centre

With a lovely back-story, Millbrook is another garden centre sharing LawnsOne’s values of supporting local charities and family business history. It was originally started in the humble surroundings of just “three leaky greenhouses and a summer house (the office)”. 

Their customers are saying things like “The range of plants is superb” and “everything you would want or need for the garden and gifts galore”, we think it’s definitely worth a visit!

Address: Station Rd, Southfleet, Gravesend DA13 9PA, United Kingdom Map
Phone: +44 1474 331135
Google Review Score: 4.3 out of 5 stars

6. Gardening World Limited

No, it’s nothing to do with the popular BBC show or magazine but rather, what sets this centre apart is its vast display of exclusive, hand-made flower pots from as far away as Vietnam & Ghana. 

It shares its location with the “largest collection of West African crafts in the UK ” so makes a perfect pitstop for a less than usual present. 

Address: Lower Hartlip Rd, Newington, Sittingbourne ME9 7SZ, United Kingdom Map
Phone: +441795841199
Google Review Score: 4.7 out of 5 stars

7. Woodlands

Established in ‘69 and located near Sevenoaks, Woodlands welcomes gardeners of all ages and experiences to talk to their friendly and knowledgeable staff (even if you’re just browsing). 

Address: Ash Ln, Ash, West Kingsdown, Sevenoaks TN15 7EG Map
Phone: 01474 852788
Google Review Score: 4.6 out of 5 stars


8. Chartwell

Winston and Clementine Churchill’s family home for 40 years, Chartwell is one of the most stunning historical locations cared for by our National Trust.

The garden at Chartwell is quite remarkable and “as varied as it is beautiful all year round”. From Lady Churchill’s Rose Garden to the ‘Walled Garden’ dating from the mid-20’s, there’s no better place for a lazy afternoon’s stroll, steeped in history.

There is also a small shop at Chartwell with both familiar National Trust goodies including plants, local products and souvenirs. Not quite a garden centre we know, but home to plenty of inspiration for your home even if your garden(s) might be considerably smaller. 

Address: Mapleton Rd, Westerham TN16 1PS Map
Phone: 01732 868381
Google Review Score: 4.7 out of 5 stars

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