Garden centre going strong after 20 years

Barn Farm Plants, Wardington, food tasting. From the left, Mark Page, Deborah Page, Katie Jackson and Graig Sabin. NNL-150109-123701009
Barn Farm Plants, Wardington, food tasting. From the left, Mark Page, Deborah Page, Katie Jackson and Graig Sabin. NNL-150109-123701009

Barn Farm Plants near Wardington is to celebrate 20 years in business with a food and drink tasting later this month.

The garden centre is run by Deborah Page and her team throughout the year and during that time they have continued to have an impact in the community with various charity events and their popular scarecrow competition with schoolchildren.

Mrs Page said: “We have continued to grow and well know for growing quality season bedding plants and creating hundreds of hanging baskets for homes, businesses, pubs and hotels.

“Having achieved 20 years and growing Barn Farm Plants and being involved in the community and local charities has given us great pride and satisfaction. We look forward to c ontinuing our success and encouraging the next generation of gardeners!”

The food and tasting day will take place on Saturday, September 12 between 11am and 3pm, where people will be able to sample some of the food from the Greenhouse Cafe, which opened at Barn Farm Plants in 2012.

Banbury Antiques Centre also opened its doors at the garden centre last year which has added another attraction.

The garden centre has supported a host of charities over the year, including Katharine House Hospice, Dogs for the Disabled and Macmillan Cancer Support.

And aside from their charity exploits, they also run a range of educational visits with primary schools in Banbury and the surrounding villages. This includes educating children about the different plants and vegetables you can grow in your garden during the year and creating seasonal hanging baskets.

The popular scarecrow competition, which has taken on a variety of different themes, continues to be an event schoolchildren enjoy taking part in and sees customers vote for their favourite design.

They welcomed TV gardener David Domoney in June to talk about the Cultivation Street competition.