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Family Run Business
Alton Garden Centre was founded in March 1971, Derek Bunker borrowed £1,000 from the bank and on a tiny area off the Arterial road just big enough for ten cars, he opened the doors to a lean-to greenhouse and Alton Garden Centre was born.
Fifty years on, we are still a family run business with Derek at the forefront, joined by his wife, three sons and a daughter, all of whom work in the business alongside another six members of the extended family. The Altons team has also grown considerably with over 90 full-time staff, some of whom have been with the business for over 30 years.
We stock a wide range of top-quality plants. We are so confident that our hardy plants are the best in Essex, that we give you a 2-year guarantee of satisfaction after purchase, provided they are given reasonable care and you have proof of purchase.
We believe in shop local, support local, so many of our plants are locally sourced and some are even grown on our on-site nursery. This also means that they are suitable for local growing conditions, meaning they’ll really thrive in your garden.
We have numerous experts in our store, who can help you with any questions you may have and offer you advice and support you need.
Come and visit our extensive outdoor plant area, speak to our Plant Advice team and get your garden looking its best all year round.
Watch your career grow.
Here at Altons we pride ourselves on being a great place to work. Many of our team have been with the business for over 15 years, which really reinforces the great working environment we have created.We understand that people spend most of their time at work so we really are like one big family here.
Over the last fifty years, the garden centre has grown with the industry. Garden centres as we once knew them have changed dramatically and now offer more products than ever before.
The success of the business can be attributed to our dedicated staff and loyal customers, who have adapted to the changes in the industry. There are no professional buyers working in an office at Altons. Each department has its own manager working on the shop floor who is responsible for buying the stock and they are supported by a team of assistants that specialize in their category. We pride ourselves on our customer service and always strive to provide a professional and knowledgeable service to every customer.
Today, Altons stocks everything you need for your garden and conservatory, as well as a vast range of gifts and goods for all the rooms in your home.
The last year has been incredibly difficult for so many people, and we are grateful that we have been able to remain open during the majority of this period. Many of our customers have been shielding and unable to visit the store itself. Our staff have made it possible for many of them to be able to get hold of all the items that they need, through our online and telephone services, and even personally delivering items to customers, in order for them to continue to enjoy their garden.
Here’s to the next 50 years!
Alton Garden centre
The number one family run garden centre in the heart of Essex. come in to explore our amazing products and offers for home improvement.
Our wide range of top-quality plants, combined with the depth of knowledge and expertise offered by our Plant Advice team means you can be confident that you are buying the right plants for your needs. Come and explore our bedding perennials and alpines now!
We believe that gardening and good food go hand in hand, we are now proud to say that we can sit 140 people. We take immense pride in serving locally sourced meat and vegetables. There’s a great breakfast menu offering a good selection.
Struggling for the perfect gift? Let them choose themselves! Altons gift vouchers are available in £5, £10 and £20 values and National gift vouchers are available in £5, £10, £25 and £50 values. These vouchers can be redeemed in-store but not online.