Visit to a quirky … Garden Centre?!

30 Jun

Q.   IS IT A GARDEN CENTRE; KITSCH SCULPTURE PARK; RECLAMATION YARD; OR A TEA SHOP FROM ALICE IN WONDERLAND?

A.   All of the above, or at least what I imagine a tea shop from Alice In Wonderland might be like…

Garden Centre Teacup and Genie

Giant Teacup and Genie -of course! Photo by Original Minnie

It’s the most bizarre yet brilliant Garden Centre I’ve been to.  Located ‘up North’ in Cheshire, it’s partly a garden centre selling plants – as you would expect – alongside street lights, statues, chimney pots, and when I went, an old Morris Minor.

Garden Centre Huge Lanterns

Some beautiful reclaimed pieces. Photo by Original Minnie

‘Hidden’ amongst the undergrowth are huge kitsch larger-than-life My Little Pony sculptures that were originally used in the Blackpool Illumination displays back in the 1980s!

Garden Centre My Little Pony statue

My (not-so) Little Pony. Photo by Original Minnie

There were also small units dotted around, one of which was a funky little clothing boutique with great retro style dresses.

Garden Centre Clothes Boutique

Clothing Boutique. Photo by Original Minnie

The tea shop is almost indescribable… it was a scorching day when I went, so we sat outside – it was a maze of little booths and ‘rooms’, with tables nestled underneath a gazebo, or maybe inside an old converted fairground stall.

Garden Centre Tea Shop Cup and Saucer

Tea Shop Real Cup and Saucer. Photo by Original Minnie

A big ‘thumbs up’ goes to the tea shop for using real china cups and saucers for serving the tea in!

Garden Centre Pud

Generous Portion of Pud. Photos by Original Minnie

And the deserts we had were not skimpy on portion size – yes that is for one person!

Eat up…

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One Response to “Visit to a quirky … Garden Centre?!”

  1. gillyflowerjewellery July 5, 2009 at 10:16 pm #

    What an amazing place! The tea shop caught my eye the most 😀 The pudding looks yum!

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