Taverham Garden Centre, located some 6 miles to the north west of Norwich, is known for its high-quality products, extensive stock lines, competitive prices and first-class customer service. The business has been trading for over 30 years under the same ownership/management, and in that time has established an excellent reputation both at a local level and throughout East Anglia.
Ken Dye and Roy Drane started the business in 1982, supplying strawberry plants and Christmas trees to commercial markets. In the early 1980s, the business began to expand and product lines diversified into sales of plants, peat, compost and basic gardening items. This expansion encouraged the retail side of the business and was to see the beginnings of that strong local customer base that is the core of the business today. The name Taverham Garden Centre is widely known and frequently recommended by word of mouth by local people and visitors to the area.
Further expansion throughout the 1980s and 1990s led to an increased capacity to carry more stock and thus to the development of the company’s product lines, such as the introduction of garden furniture and leisure products which was to prove highly successful. Soon the range of goods on offer provided probably the largest selection in Norfolk. Taverham Nursery Centre is renowned for it’s excellent prices, vast range of goods, and helpful staff.
During this period of expansion, the site at Taverham was reorganised. A Craft and Country Shopping Centre was added and the existing restaurant, Magnolia’s Restaurant, upgraded, improving its food, refreshment and toilet facilities. Norfolks longest established pet food and accessories business, Ken’s Corn Stores, also relocated to the Taverham Garden Centre site, further enhancing the site’s offering and diversity.
More changes and improvements were made throughout the 1990s and into the 21st century, whilst maintaining a high level of customer care delivered by well-trained, knowledgable and motivated staff, some of whom have been with the business for many years.