Lovely family run business - very friendly if you make the effort!
Henry Shannon who started it has just passed on so they have been shut for a few days.
This reminds me to pop by and offer my respects.
Shannon’s Garden Centre
Lovely family run business - very friendly if you make the effort!
Thank you! I have lived here 25 years and never knew. Sorry to hear about the owner. I don’t drive, but I am garden mad and my only options (I thought) were Homebase and Savacentre. Is it up near the fire station? I need to plant some bulbs in sept/oct so I will be sure to visit.
Here is Shannon’s. Handily also located by a Travis Perkins and a Maplin.
Thanks for that! I will visit soon to buy my bulbs for Spring flowers!
The Garden Centre has been in Forest Hill longer than most of us.
I got this email as I am on their mailing list so passing it on. They should have reopened by now.
Dear Customers & Friends,
We would like to inform you all of the sad news that our dear father Henry ‘Bob’ Shannon passed away on 17th July 2017.
Although he was a good age at 86 he had not been ill and so this was a great shock to all of us.
As many of you know - our father opened our Garden Centre in 1989 and worked with us until his retirement.
He then went back to live in his beloved hometown of Loughrea in Co Galway where he was so bored he started working again and did not stop until he was 83. He has been living here in Sydenham near to all of us, his 4 children, for the last 18 months and you may have seen him on his frequent visits to the shop to check up on us !
We are a family business and have carried on opening the shop since he passed as that is what he would want us to do.
However his funeral will be held at the end of this week and we feel, in honour of his memory and to enable us to celebrate his life with our relatives, we will now need to close the Garden Centre.
So we would like to inform you that the shop will be closed from the close of business 5 pm on Wednesday 2nd August 2017 and will reopen on Monday 7th August 2017 at 9 am.
Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time,
The Shannon Family
Bernard, Linda , Paul & Mary-Clare
Went in today to stock up on new plants for all my pots. What a lovely selection as ever, and such knowledgable staff who help me find the right plant, size etc. The staff really do go over and above. Definitely worth a visit if your beds and pots are looking a bit dreary still.
I was there today too buying tomatoes, sweet peas, courgettes and strawberries. And compost. I never seem to have the perfect combination of pots, plants and compost. The staff are lovely and sometimes you will see a neighbour’s cat who makes themselves at home in the shop and completely ignores all the activity going on. They also deliver if you can’t carry what you want.
Thanks Chris. He’s lovely.
Not sure if I’m using the right categories here. Just to say that it’s worth keeping an eye on Shannon’s FB page. Yesterday I spotted they had veg seedlings. You drop them an email with your wish list. They call you back and go through what they have, you pay by card and then go to the back gate and phone to collect your order. Really easy and good to support them. Doesn’t seem right that B&Q can be open but garden centres closed.
Yes they seem to be restocking, getting lots of orders, then restocking again - I hope this is helping them. For a garden centre the lockdown has come at the worst possible time.
Just collected a couple of grow bags. Got tomato plants last week and then realised I needed something to put them in! Talked to one of the partners. They are well down on business so need all the support we can give them. They’re working on 4 laptops so getting back to people quite quickly.
I spoke to them yesterday and although they are working they are operating at 20% of turnover so it is very hard for them. They are a great bunch so I encourage everyone to try to channel a bit of business their way - tough times for everyone and we need to support our local services.
Follow them on Facebook as they have different plants in each day.
Today trees, peonies shrubs.
They respond so quickly.
Definitely recommend Shannon’s at the moment - and they’re just had a compost delivery this afternoon. Very speedy response when you email them
Shannons are great lovely people and every plant I’ve ever brought from them has thrived wonderfully where as ones I’ve purchased elsewhere have been pretty rubbish in case anyone was thinking Im an ace gardiner!
Sent an email yesterday. Got a call today. Will pick up my order tomorrow.
Shannons are fab. Everything I’ve ever bought they tell me how to care for. Everything (and I’m no green thumb) thrives from there. Can’t wait to go there when it’s opens.
Shannon’s are opening their doors on Saturday. We are going to go on Monday, when we hope it won’t be so busy, even though a lot of the stock may have gone, we can still have a look!
According to their website, they’re not open on Monday.
We are hoping to be open to customers on foot by Saturday for a trial period of two days. The opening times will be 10am - 4pm. Entry and exit will be via our back gates in Malham Road SE231AH only.
We will be closed to the public on Mondays to be able to look after our stock and do our ordering.
From Thursday we will be unable to take any email orders and ask that all existing orders are collected before Saturday.
Thank you for letting me know. We will have to go Tuesday instead!
Went along this afternoon and didn’t have to queue for too long. There’s plenty of choice. I got herbs, geraniums and lobelia. They were due to open at 10 but people started to arrive at 9 so they opened earlier. I do hope this means they will survive.
Anyone know if they’ve got houseplant compost? I’ve got a monstera crying out for more space and online advice is to use compost with perlite through it rather than general purpose. It’s a bit of a hike down to Shannons just for that if they don’t have any.
Change of plan. Open tomorrow, Monday, 12-4 according to their Twitter feed.
We sold out of lthe 8 litres houseplant compost this weekend. It is on order and hopefully should be with us by the end of this week. We have 4 litres £4 if you need a small amount
As Saturday and Sunday were our first days open- we are having to see how we go and review our position for the safety of staff and customers regularly-
We need to order, restock and of course water our stock which we can not do with customers in the yard with social distancing in place. We will be open this week-
Tues-Fri 10.30 -3.30pm
Sat and Sun 10-4 pm
Entrance via gate in Malham Road - last entry 30 mins before closing.
We update our website, twitter, instagram and fb with hours accordingly.
Its great to have cutomers back in the shop again!
Thank you for all your support,
Hi Shannons, I’ve got quite a few empty cardboard boxes - are you still accepting/in need of these?
Thanks for letting me know. It’s 2 20cm pots that I’m planting into so 4l might be fine. I might see you later! So glad to have you ‘back’
yes we are happy to take the boxes you have - if you still have them.
If its ok you can drop to us
Thank you for thinking of us.
If anyone has any spare boxes I’ve just noticed on Twitter that Shannon’s have posted that they are in need of them for customers to use to take their plants home:
Oh great, I have a few, I was about to jump on them and squash them into the recycling bin - happy to drop some off. Do we get to queue jump if we bring boxes
Just got an email from them - looks like they have been busy and it’s great that so many have been putting custom their way…
We have sold out of compost, vegetable seedlings, herbs and we are so low on shrubs and perennials that it is unbearable. We have therefore taken the decision to close the shop tomorrow BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 25th MAY 2020 in order to do our ordering and get as much stock in to be able to serve you better in the weeks ahead.
Pop into Shannon’s earlier today. It was busy already, they still have compost left but no peat free, lots of stuff sold from when I was Las in there so if you are planning an Easter garden change, best get there as soon as you can!
They have deliveries constantly and are always restocking. Worry not.
My husband bought a lilac cherub from there a few weeks. He knew when they should be coming in, & because he was off work at the time, was able to go there in the week, just as well as he said they only had a few left.
My neighbours went at the weekend, & said it was really busy & hardly any stock.
At least they are a business that is thriving though.
So pleased about my new house plants I purchased a week ago such joy. Now one is thinking about buying more… now what and where to place them!! Hubby just called me jungle Jane mind you 1 has been called worse
Oooh… whatcha buy? Please post them in the Houseplant Hill thread - we’ve not had much new in there for a while. I was going to post my spotted begonia cutting but didn’t want to jinx it…