Visit us to spend time in our stunning gardens, enjoy some retail therapy and finish off with home-cooked food & perfect coffee in the Wildflower Cafe.
Open from 10am to 5pm. Call (01) 825 6678.
Beautiful borders which now take up over half of our space. A showcase for the plants we stock.
While other garden centres are becoming 'lifestyle oriented', we at Ratoath Garden Centre continue to put plants first.
“Our motto is ‘mad about plants’ and we think it shows in the quality and selection of plants we offer.”
— JOHN LORD, FOUNDER
Ratoath Garden Centre is a garden centre in a garden. Half of our space is taken up with 'Ratoath Gardens' planted borders which contain 5000 plants. We now have one of the largest show gardens in Ireland which John Lord or as some of you know him @plantlord, maintains to a high standard. It is very impressive, even if we do say so ourselves!
We have been established for over 19 years. Starting off as a nursery, growing cottage garden plants, it developed into a garden centre originally called the Cottage Garden Centre. Over the years we have grown, we changed our name to Ratoath Garden Centre 4 years ago and we are now the largest plant focused garden centre in Co. Meath.
Whilst we have grown, so has our love of plants. In this day and age where more and more garden centres are becoming 'lifestyle oriented', we at Ratoath Garden Centre continue to put plants first. We pride ourselves on our plant knowledge, a lot of it gained with our experience over the years in our own borders. And, more importantly, we are happy to pass on our knowledge and advice to our customers.
If all of this is not enough to convince you to visit we also have the 'Wild Flower' cafe on-site, which has great coffee and the most fabulous wholesome food menu for miles around. It has a very loyal following of 'Caffeine Heads' who cannot begin to function without a Latte. Also 'Foodie Lovers’ from near and far are coming in through word of mouth, as customers are recommending not just the good too but also the friendly service too.
Shabazz had to extend the garden to her front lawn but even then, it wasn’t enough to feed all who wanted to be involved. With neighbors January Blum and Lucas Dupont, Shabazz found a large vacant lot on Main Street and secured it as a farming cooperative. Word about Project Sprout spread throughout Kent County, so the team was invited to help start other community gardens.
Kent County is one of the most severely underserved communities in Tennessee. To combat this adversity, Project Sprout seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. All members get a portion of each harvest and surpluses are donated to low-income families whose work schedules prevent them from volunteering.
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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.
If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.