Welcome to Birchen Grove Garden Centre NW9
Birchen Grove Garden Centre NW9 (formerly The Greenhouse Garden Centre) is one of London's hidden gems. Surrounded by woodland and located right next to the beautiful Welsh Harp Nature Reserve, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in the heart of the countryside. But, in fact you are just 5 minutes away from Wembley Stadium, Brent Cross Shopping Centre and the North Circular Road. Plus there are 250 free parking spaces! Having been established for 10 years, the Birchen Grove Garden Centre is the largest garden centre in Greater London and carries an unrivalled stock of Indoor and Outdoor Plants, Garden Furniture, Barbecues, Tools, Garden Sundries and much more!
Plant of the Week: Kniphofia
You’ll spot right away how these spectacular South African plants came to be called red hot pokers. The ramrod-straight spires rising above handsome evergreen strappy leaves are topped with a magnificent bottle brush of a flower in shades of red, orange or yellow – looking every bit as if it were on fire.
Despite its exotic looks kniphofia is easy to grow, drought-tolerant and hardy down to at least -9°C as long as the soil is free-draining. Look out for butterscotch-coloured ‘Tawny Glow’, dainty ‘Little Maid’ in palest primrose (ideal for containers) and the classic red hot poker, K. rooperi, its huge 1.2m tall flowers topped with blazing red-orange.
- Two elm trees thought extinct in Britain have been discovered 21 October 2016
- Dry tomatoes and other fruits 19 October 2016
- A prison in Lancashire has won a prestigious award for its gardens 17 October 2016
- Clear away plant supports 14 October 2016
- British gardens have a new and unwelcome visitor 12 October 2016
Sow a batch of sweetpeas now and they'll spend winter as sturdy seedlings, ready to race away next spring and flower weeks earlier than usual. You'll find dozens of sweetly-scented varieties in the garden centre: sow into root trainer modules, water in and they'll be up in a couple of weeks.