The Palmers Story

Where did we begin and where are we now?

It began, all those years ago, on a small allotment on the edge of Leicester. George Palmer and his wife Julia grew fruit, vegetables and flower crops to sell to the local community. Five years later George and a friend bought a six acre field in Narborough, at auction. They planned to have half each, and tossed a coin to see who had which half, then planted a hedge down the middle to divide it up. George’s three acres became first a flourishing nursery which then grew into Palmers Garden Centre.

2011 was a big year for Palmers as we celebrated our 100th year and also expanded the business.  The Palmers family business now consists of two garden centres, one in Enderby and another in Ullesthorpe.

In the 1960s son Harold Palmer and Grandson Brian Palmer created a retail nursery and the transition to garden centre was made.  Palmers is now in the hands of an incredibly proud fourth generation of the Palmer family; Caroline Palmer and brother Robert Palmer, Great Grandchildren of the founder.

Caroline is our Managing Director. She moved from a busy life in London, back to Leicester in the late 1990s. She had a vision to develop the garden centre and make it more than the ‘traditional ideal’ of what a garden centre should be.  Palmers is a place to take the family for a day out; a leisurely walk amongst the beautiful flower displays followed by homemade, delicious goodies in the cafe.

Palmers now sells all you need for garden and home; plants, gardening accessories, gifts, homeware, furniture and outdoor features. There’s something for everyone.  The loyalty of our customers, and dedication of our staff, have brought success to Palmers for 100 years. We have retained our reputation for unrivaled quality in the Leicestershire area and we are extremely proud of this.  We aim to provide a first class service to all of our customers through staff attentiveness, advice and assistance. Many of our staff have been with us for a number of years and our customers have come to rely on them for their consistency of advice and customer service.

We hope that you enjoy your visit to Palmers Garden Centre, and we look forward to seeing you!

Palmers Garden Centre - Leicestershire’s Best Garden Centre
Palmers Garden Centre - Leicestershire’s Best Garden Centre

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“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.”
Gertrude Jekyll