A Brief History

The history of Park Garden Centres is very much a family story.  We have been proudly inspiring our communities for almost 80 years.  Phil Hodges is the third generation of Hodges to run the garden centre.  His grandfather Fred Hodges started the business in 1933, renting a 16 room house and 17.5 acres of land from the Hiatt Baker family in Almondsbury at 1pound 6 Shillings a week.

The business developed with the guiding hand of his son Keith Hodges, who only recently retired. “When Dad took over in 1969 the business was predominantly a wholesale nursery.  He had the foresight to develop the retail side of the business and help to turn it into what it is today”

In 1992 we added Lechlade Garden Centre to the group and in 2005 made a major investment in its successful refurbishment.  The latest addition is the purpose built Cheddar Garden Centre which opened in 2006.  Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Mendip Hills this 350,000 sq ft site is our flagship garden centre.

“It’s not so much of a business as a passion for us” says Phil “we are all passionate about gardening and we have a knowledgeable, friendly team of 150 people working with us who feel the same way.  Gardening is a popular hobby that crosses age and social boundaries; you just have to see the mix of people visiting our centres to appreciate this.  People love the idea of growing things for themselves – it’s creative and relaxing.  In fact apart from the soil, it’s good clean fun and the whole family can do it”

To get more information or get some expert advice call now on 01454 457 300 or visit one of our Garden Centres CLICK HERE.

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