About Cardwell Garden Centre
Cardwell Garden Centre is a thriving family operated garden centre on the banks of the scenic Firth Of Clyde at Gourock.
Cardwell Garden Centre was started in 1962 by Eric Gallagher with help from his family in Cardwell Bay, Gourock with only a couple of sheds and polytunnels on a narrow strip of land. From day one Cardwell has been a family affair with mother, father and children involved in starting the business, in between their day jobs!
Having established that there was suitable demand for the products, all efforts were focused on improving and growing the business, with the family remaining involved throughout. After some time it became clear that the business was blooming and growing to the point that it could no longer prosper in the limited space that it had and so the decision was made to look for a new site.
Several areas were considered, but only one offered the space for the potential growth that Eric had the foresight to plan for and the land at Lunderston Bay was purchased. Providing a magnificent backdrop of the hills and forest as well as stunning views down the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Bute and the Arran mountains, the land was quickly developed to allow the site to become the main outlet. This development wasn’t without it’s problems as the site had no sewage or mains water, and the area itself was bordered by muddy fields, steep hills and forestry.
Eric’s decision in the late 1960’s to uproot his business and start again from scratch has been a remarkable success story because Cardwell Garden Centre has become one of the most important and popular tourist attractions in this part of the West of Scotland, with well over 500,000 visitors each year.
The site at Lunderston Bay has developed over the last 35 years to become one of the largest and best garden centres in the UK, not just Scotland. We have grown from the initial 3 acres to a total to 9 acres of retail space and 10 acres of nursery facilities, where Cardwell created it’s own growing space for trees, shrubs and bedding plants.
The benefits of having our own nursery are fantastic, being able to control the quality of the plants and ensure that they are fully hardy for the Scottish climate. This control has ensured that Cardwell is able to offer the best quality plants at prices that are highly competitive. Those plants that we do not grow ourselves are sourced from the best nurseries in Scotland, the UK or occasionaly Europe.
Although we specialise in plants and gardening products, we also stock an enormous selection of products for the home and a whole lot more!
Currently Cardwell Garden Centre has over 20 departments, ranging from our superb gift area to our arts, craft and hobby centre. With such a huge variety of products our clients are sure to find something to take their fancy.
And it is all contained within our extensive 100,000 sq ft of covered area, just in case the weather is not conducive to gardening!
Cardwell Garden Centre is in every sense a growing business.
Sadly, Eric passed away in 2013 after a short illness, but Cardwell remains a family affair with Eric’s daughter and 2 sons involved in the day to day running of the business.
There are still strong family ties at Cardwell Garden Centre with several of our colleagues having over 30 years service and experience. You can certainly sense the feeling of pride they have in their work and what they have helped to create.
The future for Cardwell Garden Centre is very promising. Plans are in place to redevelop several areas when the time is right.
May we take this opportunity to thank you for your custom over the years and we hope to be able to count on your continued custom in the future.