Bulb sales have started well with repackaging of netted bulbs into brown paper bags helping add to their appeal. Having loose bulbs available to touch helps sales too, says Beckworth Emporium's Mike Easom.
He said staff put 10 bulbs in brown paper bags and re-label them, rather than selling pre-packed netted bulbs. Alongside are loose bulbs, giving customers the chance to examine them.
Beckworth's sister centre, Rosebourne in Andover, Hampshire, is due to launch this autumn, with benching currently going in.
Meanwhile larger Wyevale Garden Centres will host a series of talks and demonstrations to ‘Get Britain Bulbing’ on 17-18 September.
Gardening specialists demonstrate the best bulbs to plant, how to plant them and when to plant them.
Wyevale Garden Centres and charity partner Marie Curie have teamed up to offer customers the chance to pick and mix several loose, mixed daffodils for £4.99, with 10 per cent of every purchase going directly to the charity.Customers will simply need to fill a 3 litre pot with their chosen daffodil bulbs, take their pot to the till where staff will transfer them into a bulb bag ready to take home.