Our garden centre was opened in 1989 and was the realisation of a dream for our father Henry Shannon who had always wanted his own garden centre. It is now run by us, the next generation of the family, Bernard, Linda, Paul & Mary-Clare.  Sadly we lost our father Henry 'Bob' Shannon in July 2017  at the grand age of 86.  We still strive to maintain his high standards.

Our company has been pleasing customers for years. In fact in July 2019  our Garden Centre was 30 years old !

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Wednesday 1st July 2020


Most days we have no queues and the carpark is open - but we are unable to help you put any goods into your car.  

Deliveres are suspended until further notice


Children are allowed but please be mindful of other customers and keep them within touching distance. There is a one way system in the shop area to keep the 2m distance - this is a regulation that we have to adhere to if we are to remain open so please do not be offended when we ask you to follow these rules 


WE HAVE COMPOST  back it stock now. 

New horizon 60 litres peat and organic now in - £7  

We have had to restrict the purchase of compost.   This is to ensure everyone gets their fair share in these times when compost is not easy to get hold of - please do bear this in mind and do not try and buy more.  


We now also have in stock 

Bloomin Amazing Organic Soil Conditioner 70 litre £8

which is a good subtitute for manure and helps break down clay soil when planting - this needs to be added to your soil and not used in pots. 


Melcourt Organic & Peat free compost is on order but there is a delay on this also -  we are trying as hard as we can to get it in - the suppliers just can not cope with the demand at the moment


We are not due in any tomato grow bags - but multi purpose compost is a suitable growing medium for this - as usual you would be still adding tomato food ( high potash) to them once they start flowering to increase more flowers and thus more tomato fruit.


Strulch 100 litre £10

No manure /soil conditioner/topsoil /coarse grit or bark as there is a national shortage of them all .

ROSES ARE NOW IN - £12.99 & £14.99 


WOODLODGE POTS ARE ALSO IN TODAY !  We have heritage troughs and hanging pots but we do not have their pot range as Woodlodge have no stock.

We also have the terracotta pots from 35 p upwards



Bedding plants are now in  - we have petunias, lobelia, begonias nicotiana, impatiens in packs of 6 £3.49.  We have to take what they have ready and dont know when the next delivery will be if any!


This time period will coincide with the lockdown when the growers stopped growing as did not know what was going to happen - add it to the sudden interest in gardening with the good weather and  now there is a shortage...

We do have a large anount of pot geraniums and pot osteospurnums at £3 each. 


We do have a lot of vegetable seedlings including courgette, cucumbers, and tomatoes in now and selling fast as well as a large amount of herbs


and seeds that are suitable for sowing now  - are in and more due in 





ELHO  - PLASTIC POTS AND TROUGHS AND SAUCERS HAVE ARRIVED!  A large delivery came in yesterday so we are well stocked up with another delivery due in soon. 


Woodlodge Pots are now in.   There are no heritage pots available from the stockists so these are not on the delivery expected.  

We do have some  of the our popular terracotta pots which range from 35p to £11.99 - these are also in low stock at the stockists and we have been told that after this delivery they have none left until they get deliveries into them !


We are not asking customers to wear masks - but we do ask that if you come to the shop together that you stay together to be counted as one.   Also any children must be kept close by to their guardian.  We can not have children running round the yard or shop.  

Please respect other people and keep the 2m distance rule.  We have a one way system in the shop and we will direct you which way to go. 



We have had a busy first week with intermitent stock coming into us  - the growers are unable to keep up with the large amount of orders they are getting.   

On lockdown the growers understandably stopped growing bedding plants as  they did not know what was going to happen to their stock -  this period we are now in is the time that those plants would have been ready.  So the race is on to grow and every gardener knows this is a not something that can be speeded up!



During this time the garden centre will  be open 

Monday 11-4 pm  

Tuesday- Friday  10 - 4 pm

Saturday & Sunday 10- 4pm


Last entry permitted will be half hour before closing as this will help us serve customers alrrady in the shop and close at 4 

Hope you understand this - we have deliveries into us that need putting out and also need time to care for plants which we cannot do when we have a busy shop and we have to control social distancing



Thank you you to everyone who came to our shop since we reopened!

It was busy but hopefully the queues were not too bad and you managed to shop. 


Following our trial we have decided to open daily with limited hours.  Access on foot only  will be via our back gate in Malham Road.  Contactless payment preferred nut we will accept cash and also HTA gift vouchers and cards.   2 per group- queue system in force with one in one out once we have reached capacity.


 Thank you for all your support!


We will be unable to take any more email orders and ask you to visit our shop.   





Vegetable & Flower Seeds can be planted now - indoor or outdoor depending on variety. We have today received a delivery of vegetable seedlings.  Bulbs are also a good thng to plant right now 



We are happy that you have decided to visit our internet site. As an old established business we want to give you the opportunity to stay up to date with our company and any seasonal offers we may have. We also have a FACEBOOK page and TWITTER account so please follow us and look out for special offers.

Our company was in existence as a landscaping company since 1959 and won major awards for works carried out. The ultimate being the '1988 Principal Award for hard Landscaping Construction' awarded by the British Association of Landscapes Industries. This was for works carried out at Coin Street River Walk, Upper Ground, London SE1, the site between the OXO Tower and the old London Weekend Television Studios by Blackfriars Bridge.

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We are located at:

Shannon's Garden Centre

99-105 Stanstead Road

Forest Hill


SE23 1HH

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During this strange time the garden centre will  be

Monday 11- 4pm  

Tuesday- Friday  10- 4 pm

Saturday & Sunday 

10- 4pm

Last entry permitted will be half hour before closing as this will help us serve customers alrrady in the shop and close at 4 

Hope you understand this - we have deliveries into us that need putting out and also need time to care for plants which we cannot do when we have a busy shop and we have to control social distancing