Pippa Greenwood opens Ransons Garden Centre

TV gardener Pippa Greenwood has launched Ransons Family Garden Centre at Hatton Country World near Warwick.

L-R J. Coggins, R. Wilson, J. Ranson, M. Vaughan. B. Ranson, P. Greenwood, S. Coggins, J. Ranson.
L-R J. Coggins, R. Wilson, J. Ranson, M. Vaughan. B. Ranson, P. Greenwood, S. Coggins, J. Ranson.

Former Notcutts garden centre manager Julian Ranson set up the centre and former colleagues were at the launch to give advice to customers.

Greenwood toasted the family venture with English apricot wine.

She said: "It’s lovely to be involved in the launch of a new independent family garden centre, with great plants and wonderfully helpful staff. I shall make a point of popping in when I’m next in the area."

Three generations of the Ranson family, from Solihull, are involved in the garden centre, which is headed by Julian Ranson. Some of his former colleagues, all former garden centre managers, also turned out to wish him well and help to get the new season off to a cracking start by serving customers and giving advice.

Julian Ranson said: "It was like a reunion at the garden centre over the weekend. So many of my ex-colleagues turned up to support us that there was a great buzz going on. We calculated that we had well over 100 years of prime horticultural experience on tap last weekend for our customers."

In addition to garden sundries and plants, the 19,000 square foot garden centre has gifts, clothing (indoor, outdoor and fashion), a farm shop and a pet department.

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