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Tree ferns in a gorgeous stumpery

Matt Keightley, Designer from Rosebank Landscaping, has sent us these fantastic pictures where the Palm Centre has been the supplier for the Tree Ferns. We are really happy with the results, good job Matt!

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Posted in Planting Projects

Summer Sale 2016

Our Summer Sale is still going strong and we still have a great quality stock of plants waiting for you.

This is a great opportunity to buy the plant that you’ve been dreaming of but could not afford until now! Decorate your garden or your house with a choice from our large range of indoor and outdoor plants!

We are offering up to 50% Off on selected items online, but we also have many other plants with 50% discount available only at our nursery. Come to visit us for the best deals!

We are be open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM and Sundays from 10:00AM to 5:00PM.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Posted in Palm Centre and Nursery news

You can now track your order online!

We are very happy to announce that since August 1st all orders placed online can be tracked so you can know at any point the status of your order. The tracking system is be able to show you in real time what is happening with the order, as well as information regarding the courier who will deliver and when you should expect it. The system automatically notify you about key changes in the order, like the scheduling of dispatch or when the courier collected it.

Palm Centre order tracking

Have you already placed an order with us and it’s pending dispatch? Then go online to and enter your order number and postcode to see when it will be delivered.

Posted in Palm Centre and Nursery news

Summer sale at the Palm Centre – latest on road works in the area and update on how to get to us

It’s time for our summer sale at the Palm Centre and we are ready to offer our customers up to 50% off on all our plants. The sale will start on August 1st, and all of our colleagues will be happy to help you pick the plants you need according to our regular schedule.

road worksIf you are thinking of coming over to have a look in our nursery, please be aware Petersham Road will be closed from August 1st until early September, due to the National Grid carrying out essential gas main replacement works around this area.

This will mainly affect you if you’re coming from Richmond as Petersham Road will be closed to all traffic from the junction with Star and Garter Hill, up to the traffic lights outside 149 Petersham Road. There will be a physical road closure from outside 141 to 143 Petersham Road.

Pedestrians and cyclists
Pedestrians and cyclists will have access along the whole of Petersham Road during the works as normal. Cyclists are required to dismount.

An alternative route from Richmond is along the river. It a 20 minutes’ walk from Richmond and you can enjoy beautiful scenery, if the weather allows.

Arriving by car

If you’re coming from Richmond follow the diversion through Richmond Park. However if you’re coming from Kingston you shouldn’t have any problem to get to the nursery.

Getting here by bus

Route 65 and N65 will be diverted via Teddington, Twickenham and Richmond.

Route 371 will not run and will be replaced by a split service 565, 571 and 572. Please check the TfL website for more information or download a map of the services running

We recommend you to ask to the bus driver before you get on the bus for more information.


Posted in Palm Centre and Nursery news, Palm Centre Events

Keeping a gardening journal can be very useful

Gardening is a pretty physical job that can be really rewarding and fun, even more so if you keep a gardening journal.

When you keep a gardening journal you have a historical record of your actions; it is agreat tool for keeping records of previous year’s bounty and failures, thus helping you to improve your efforts and skills over time.

Gardening JournalPhalinn Ool – Creative Commons

You can record every activity you perform in your garden like watering, fertilizing, trimming, winter protection, your transplanting dates and weather particulars such as rainfall, frost dates and results. The sources and cost of your plants, a sketch of your garden from season to season and even pictures can also be included. It’s actually up to you how much information you keep.

There are many ways to do this: you can use a common notebook, a specialized garden notebook, a spreadsheet, your computer or even some gardening journal apps for your mobile.

And if you feel that you need some extra help for the care of your plants and a detailed description of their growth, you can visit our website’s sections:

Plant care and advice

Plant sizes guides

Plant Winter protection

Plant Hardiness

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Trachycarpus fortunei – palm tree

We received this amazing picture of 4 of our Trachycarpus fortunei palm trees from one of our customers. The palm trees came in a 45 Litre pot and they are 180/200cm tall with 80/100cm of trunk. You can find them in our online shop and currently there is an offer on this size of palm tree for just £149! Don’t miss this bargain!

Trachycarpus palm tree

Posted in Palm Centre and Nursery news, Planting Projects

40 years old Eucalyptus tree comes crashing down.

Last Saturday, high winds and strong rain in the Richmond area brought severe damage to The Palm Centre. Three of our Eucalyptus trees fell down and one of them fell into the propagation greenhouse.

All visitor parking in the nursery has been closed for the last few days, although customers can come in by foot.  The tree pictured is finally being cleared today so the nursery will be open as normal from tomorrow. The glass house will need some extensive repair but this will not affect our regular business.



Posted in Palm Centre and Nursery news

What about the Gift Vouchers from The Palm Centre this Christmas?

Choose between our £10, £20, £50 and £100 gift vouchers, all beautifully designed by a local artist. We will send them to you with one of her unique presentation cards to make your present even more special. If you would like us to send them directly to the recipient’s address, you can include a message inside the Special Instructions box when you checkout.

They can be exchanged at The Palm Centre or when you buy your plants online adding the promotional code in your basket.

A gift of a plant will flourish for many years.

Have a look here and order your Gift Vouchers Now!

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Posted in Palm Centre and Nursery news, Plant Promotions

We welcome two new members to our staff: Tsuyeko Western and Sarah Carrington.

The Palm Centre‘s team is growing and we are very happy to welcome Tsuyeko & Sarah to our Palm Centre’s family.

Sarah is our new Nursery and Trade Salesperson and she holds plenty of experience in the business as she’s been working for 7 years with another central London nursery.  She is a trained florist and also has experience with small garden landscaping. She has lots of knowledge & experience with plants and in particular the herbaceous and indoor plants.

Tsuyeko is a Californian girl and is our new Propagation Manager. She has been working in the World famous Royal Botanic Gardens Kew for four years. While working there she gained the Kew Diploma in Horticulture.  But this is not everything, her broad understanding and knowledge of plants stems from completing an additional 2 year degree in Design & Horticulture in the US as well as gaining experience working in a nursery and designing small gardens.

Sara Carrington & Tsueko Western

Hello & welcome to both of you and hope you enjoy working with us!

Posted in Palm Centre and Nursery news

Sale ends this Sunday – Last opportunity!

The Sale will finish this Sunday the 8th of September after 2 successful weeks.This is your last opportunity to get 30% discount on all plants with some selected plants half price, so don’t miss out!We still have lots of beautiful plants for sale!

Have a look at the plants on our website and take advantage of your 30% off!!!


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Posted in Palm Centre and Nursery news, Plant Promotions

The Summer Sale 2013 is here with 30% off all plants!

As every year, we welcome the Summer Sale 2013 at the Palm Centre. We are offering our customers 30% discount on all plants and half price on selected items.

This is a great opportunity to buy the plant that you’ve been thinking of for your garden or to decorate your house.

We are specialists in hardy plants and we have a large range of plants.

Have a look at the plants on our website and take advantage of your 30% off!!!

Plants on sale

Posted in Plant Promotions

Job Vacancy at The Palm Centre!

Propagation Manager at The Palm Centre

This is a great opportunity to start working at The Palm Centre and develop an interesting professional career with us.

We are an expanding nursery and would welcome a candidate who would like to add new species of plants to our existing range, as well as, maintain the core range of plants widely used in UK gardens.

Our estimated production of 2/3ltr pot plants is currently around 40,000 per annum and it is mainly for the landscaping trade but also some online and retail sales stock.
We currently have 8 full time staff at the Palm Centre and we would like to welcome you.

As a Propagation Manager you will:

  • Cultivate a diverse range of herbaceous/grasses and other plants.
  • Will be required to manage additional temporary staff during busy periods.
  • May be required to go through planting lists with designers and landscapers.
  • Must be organised and self-motivated.
  • Computer literate.
  • Keen to develop a 2-3 year growing plan.

Working hours are Monday to Friday 9-5pm.
The starting salary is negotiable depending on experience and will be reviewed annually. The more successful we can make the nursery the more all the staff will benefit.
Start date is September 2013 onwards.

If you are interested please send us your up to date CV to and we will contact you.

The Palm Centre

Posted in Palm Centre and Nursery news

Like Us on Facebook this July!

Are you still not a fan of The Palm Centre’s Facebook page?

Like us and you will have Free Delivery on your next online purchase over £50 from during the whole month of July**

Like Us on Facebook

By being a Palm Centre’s Fan you will also:

– Get access to other promotions
– Be aware of our Special Offers
– Be up to date about our news and events
– And much more!

Be part of our community in Facebook!

** Valid from 1/07/2013 to 31/07/2013. Only for online orders over £50.
In order to have a free delivery charge please like us on Facebook and add a note in
Special Instructions in the checkout process. Items with additional shipping are not
included in this offer.

Posted in Palm Centre Events

We feel proud to be part of the Chelsea’s 100 years history!

Chelsea Flower show 2013 will start tomorrow the 21st of May and will finish Saturday the 25th of May, so don’t miss it!

But this year will be a special event as they celebrate the 1913-2013 Chelsea’s centenary with beautiful garden shows and a display of 100 years in pictures.

The Palm Centre feels really proud to be part of the Chelsea flower show history and this is not just because we have regularly supply the Chelsea show with lots of plants like ferns, grasses and herbaceous plants for years, but because the Palm Centre has won two Gold Medals, in 1989 and in 2011.


The first Gold medal was with a novelty great palm display when the Palm Centre was itself a young seedling of a business, when even the Times declared on its front page “Palms Make a Comeback at Chelsea“.

The second Gold medal was awarded when Martin Gibbons decided to enter giant bamboos surrounded by rare and unusual ferns display. The design of the stand was to be two square tiers and the location of the stand was brilliant in the Great Pavilion. It was hard work, lots of late nights and early mornings but in the end was richly rewarded by the Gold Medal that we now proudly display in our Sales Office where it creates much interest from our customers.

As Martin says “While we are not at the Chelsea Flower Show in person this year, we are certainly there in spirit as the Show celebrates its 100th Birthday. It is a wonderful institution, one that we feel proud to have been a part of in the past, and who knows, maybe in the future too“.

Posted in Palm Centre and Nursery news, Palm Centre Events

The Palm Centre is participating in the Ham Open Garden 2013

The Palm Centre will be in the 2013 Ham and Petersham Association’s Ham Open Gardens on Sunday 19th May, from 2-5 pm.

The  Ham Open Garden event is organized every year, there will be 14 private and community gardens open to the public.

This is a good event if you like the horticultural scene and you can pick up ideas and inspiration for your garden as well as enjoy some light refreshments.

You can buy your tickets on the day at a stall on the Common next to St Thomas Aquinas Church. Tickets cost  £8 per person or £15 for two, although children under 16s have free entry.

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Come and visit us this Sunday at the Ham Open Garden!

You can visit the Ham and Petersham Association website for more information.

Posted in Palm Centre Events

We are open all Bank Holiday Weekend!

The Palm Centre will be open this Bank Holiday weekend. So if you are around come and visit us, we are looking forward to seeing you and offering you our range of plants.

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Posted in Palm Centre and Nursery news

Have you seen this van in the street? We now deliver in our new van and we like it!

Recently the Palm Centre put its new delivery van on the road.  Our aim is to offer the best service we can and deliver the lovely plants we sell with the care and attention they deserve.

Currently most of the deliveries are within the M25 area, we can go further afield but for smaller orders it’s more economical to use a nationwide delivery company.

After the plants have been wrapped and ready to ship, our driver will deliver them in perfect condition and on time, thanks to our new van.

So next time you see this van in the street say hello to the driver or honk your horn at him! That would mean you know The Palm Centre and you like our van too!

plants online

You can learn more about our delivery service here.

Posted in Palm Centre and Nursery news

Be inspired by National Gardening Week 2013

It looks like we have spring at last!  And now is the time to get out into the garden after the long dark, cold winter….

What better way to celebrate it than by attending the National Gardening Week 2013 organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, one of the best events of the year for all those passionate gardeners around the country.

national gardening week 2013

The National Gardening Week 2013 will start on the Monday 15th April and will run until Sunday 21st April, a full week that will join together events across the country at all four RHS gardens plus at lots of local greenfingered hotspots.

Be ready and to get more information from the official website.

Remember that The Palm Centre will supply you with the best plants for your garden through its Online Shop. Visit us and check out our range of plants!

Posted in Palm Centre Events

We are open during the Easter weekend

The Palm Centre will be open every day over the Easter weekend from 9am to 5pm.

We have a great selection of new stock just in that you are welcome to browse and choose from. And if you can’t fit your purchases in the car, we can arrange delivery to suit your requirements.

You can also visit our Online Shop to see our range of plants.

We look forward to seeing you!


The Palm Centre, Ham Central Nursery, Ham Street, Richmond TW10 7HA

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We say goodbye to Rob and hello to Alejandra

New things have been happening over the last month at The Palm Centre. Rob Besant, our Sales Manager who has been with us for 10 years, has decided to make the switch to a new life to pursue a career in photography, his other passion.
His first destination is in Kenya where he has already lined up some work. We really wish him the best with his new venture and thank him enormously for all the hard work and creative ideas he contributed to the Palm Centre.

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We welcome Alejandra as our new Ecommerce Manager, we have decided to focus more on developing our website and in turn hope to drive awareness and increase our internet sales. Alejandra, from Spain, brings lots of previous experience managing websites and holds a certificate in Digital Marketing and is a member of IDM.
Welcome to The Palm Centre family!

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