11 of the best garden centers and nurseries in Suffolk

The sun is out and there’s no better time than now to tidy up your garden.

Here are 11 of the best garden centers in Suffolk.

Swann’s nursery


Swanns Nursery in Bromeswell
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Or: Eyke Road, Bromeswell, Woodbridge, IP12 2PN

With 35 acres dedicated to top-quality plants, trees and evergreens, Swanns will have you covered whether you are looking to fill a planter or plant a kindling.

Established over 40 years ago, the staff at Swanns are on hand seven days a week to help you find what you are looking for.

Also on site is the Wild Blackberry Cafe, which serves breakfast, lunch, drinks, and coffee.

Suffolk Factory Center

Or: Suffolk Plant Centre, The Nursery, Main Road, Pettistree, IP13 0HH

The Suffolk Plant Center has a wide variety of things to put in your garden, including a wide selection of pots and containers, and more importantly, a wide selection of plants.

Currently, they specialize in perennials, roses, bedding plants, topiary, shrubs and exotic plants.

Customers have said they “love this place” and that the Suffolk Plant Center has “great people who know everything you need.”

Garnetts Gardens

Or: The Street, Hatcheston, IP13 0DT

Established in 1994 as little more than a small shed by Jenny and David Garnett, Garnetts Gardens now has a large garden centre, farm shop, cafe, gift shop and caravan site.

Garnetts focuses on home-grown plants, but also offers items ranging from ornaments and pots to garden tools and fertilizers.

Roots and shoots

Or: Roots & Shoots Garden Centre, Stowmarket Road, Badley, IP6 8RR

As well as a wide range of garden furniture, tools and bird and pet care items, Roots and Shoots has an impressive range of indoor plants, including succulents, ferns and Moreover.

Specializing in bedding plants, they grow a wide range of geraniums, begonias and petunias on site.

Plus, it offers a full hanging basket service and has a cafe serving hot food, handmade cakes, and barista-style coffees.

Rougham Hall

Or: Bury Road, Bury St Edmunds IP30 9LZ

Founded 60 years ago and currently run by a third-generation nurseryman, growing plants is at the heart of Rougham Hall’s business.

In recent years, the nursery has shifted even more towards growing plants itself and sourcing local when that is not possible.

It stocks a range including bare root fruit trees and potted berry shrubs, which are ideal for starting a garden.

Woolpit Nurseries

Or: Old Stowmarket Rd, Woolpit, IP30 9QS

Originally growing tomatoes for commercial purposes, Woolpit Nurseries expanded into bedding plants and hanging gardens 25 years ago.

Woolpit Nurseries supply and install In Bloom displays in Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury, Newmarket and Stowmarket, and have won awards for this, including a Gold Anglia in Bloom Award for Bury St Edmunds.

Beyond that, it also stocks a range of Mediterranean plants straight from Italy.

Bourne Garden Center


The Bourne Garden center is located next to the Bourne Bridge on the outskirts of Ipswich

The Bourne Garden center is located next to the Bourne Bridge on the outskirts of Ipswich
– Credit: Bourne Garden Center

Or: Bourne Garden Centre, 578 Wherstead Road, Ipswich, IP2 8LS

Located on Wherstead Road, Bourne Garden Center has been open since 1997 and has established a reputation for quality plants and garden accessories.

Expect to find plants and garden items for sale as well as furniture, pots, compost and shelters.

Laurel Farm Garden Center

Or: Laurel Farm Garden Centre, Henley Road, Ipswich, IP1 6TE

Trading for over 35 years, Laurel Farm Garden Center offers everything you need to maintain and improve a garden, from fish food to fountains and compost to evergreens.

In addition to selling gardening supplies, Laurel Farm operates an agricultural shop and cafe.

Victoria Nurseries

Or: 1 Kettlebaston Rd, Westerfield Rd, Ipswich IP4 2XX

A small independent garden center on Westerfield Road north of Ipswich, Victoria Nurseries offers a wide variety of plants including shrubs, ornamental and fruit trees, bedding plants, and all manner of gardening supplies.

In addition to this, he maintains a farm shop that sells fresh fruits and vegetables, local dairy and eggs, homemade cakes and pies and much more.

oven farm nursery

Or: Kiln Farm Nursery, Main Road, Kesgrave, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP5 1BJ

A family business started on owner Ruth’s family farm, Kiln Farm specializes in shrubs and perennials, but also grows trees, leaf litter and vines.

Expect to find commodities such as turf, fertilizers, chemicals, arches, arbors, obelisks, benches and tables made of wood and ironwork.

Kiln Farm also operates an on-farm store, stocking local and home-grown produce including scarlet beans, rhubarb, butternut squash, beets, zucchini, leeks and zucchini.

Katie’s garden

Or: Katie’s Garden Plant Centre, Ipswich Road, Newbourne, IP12 4NS

Whether gardening is your passion or you just want something to brighten up your patio, Katie’s Garden says there will be something for you.

Growing most of its stock on its two-acre site, the garden center’s carefully selected range of plants includes roses, lavenders, alpines and ferns, and much more.