Our Latest News and Event

Here we will keep you posted and up to date about latest news and events at the garden centre, you can also take a look at some pictures of past events in our events gallery. Soon we will be starting up our own Facebook page so we can all keep in touch.

Look out in the Wantage and Grove Review for our monthly Gardening and Pet Columns

Visit Santa in his Grotto this December

Christmas has arrived!!

Congratulations to Harwell Primary School

Every year local schools take part in the Charlton Park Challenge Cup to see who can grow the greatest weight of potatoes from the tubers provided. This year the winner is Harwell School with a magnificent 3.65 kg. All the schools did really well this year and we have loved seeing your pictures. If we get the ok from the schools we will put up some of the photos of the kids enjoying the Challenge. The lovely potatoes above were grown by Charlton Primary School.


Brownies Grow Their Own

It was lovely to welcome Wantage 1st Brownies to the garden centre

this week. They planted up our Grow Your own area with,

amongst other things, runner beans, tomatoes and lettuce.

New uses for Old Tools

Tool Shed April 2014

Thank you to all our customers who have brought in their old garden tools for refurbishment. Last month we sent a significant number to Wandsworth Prison where they will be repaired and repainted so that they can be used by local community projects.

If you are involved in a local project and would like to be considered for free garden tools, next time they become available, please get in touch by clicking on the Contact Us tab or giving Hazel a call on 01235 772700.

We are still collecting tools so please keep us in mind. Tool Shed is a national project run by the Conservation Foundation.


Do you know someone under 14 years of age who would like to win a £20 voucher to spend in the Christmas Department this December? We have a Christmas tree that needs decorating and we are asking local children to make a decoration and put it on the tree in November. The decoration will need a label on it with name, age and an adult's contact details. The winner will be notified the first week in December.

Orchid Day - Saturday 9th November

Come and meet Peter White, President of the Orchid Society of Great Britain. Peter will be holding a workshop between 10am and 4pm and giving talks on Orchid Care and Repotting at 11am and 2pm. Tickets for the talks are £5 but entitle you to a £5 discount on orchid products in the day. Tickets and further information available now in store.

Children's Paint/Draw a Garden Bird Competition

We have had some fantastic entries in our competition. The shortlisted entries are now on display in the Garden Centre. Come and vote for your favourite.

Voting closes lunchtime on Saturday 2nd November and winners will be announced at 3pm.




Starting today we are offering FREE DELIVERY when you spend £10 or more in the Pet Department.

Delivery is limited to within a 5 mile radius of us and excludes Saturdays and Sundays.

We will aim to have your items with you within 48 hours (excluding weekends) and you can

order by phone (01235 772700) or in store. Offer open for a limited period only.

Childrens Drawing/Painting Competition

Draw or paint your favourite garden bird.

Bring or post your entries to Charlton Park Garden Centre by 26th October 2013. Please put the childs name, age and a contact e mail address on the back.

There will be 3 age groups -under 7 years old, 7 to 12 years and 12 +.

The shortlisted entries will be on display in the shop for Half Term, from 27th October to 2nd November 2013.

Customers will be able to vote for their favourite.

The winner will be announced at 3pm on Saturday 2nd November

Prize for each age group- A selection of bird  feeders and  bird food so you can feed your favourite birds at home.

Garden Furniture Sale Now On

The garden furniture sale starts 1st August with lots of great bargins but you will need to hurry as there is generally only one of each set available. We have reduced furniture from Hartman (see the Fire Pit on the home page), Kettler and Daro to name just a few. 

Charlton Park Challenge Cup

Winners announced

Thank you to all the schools that took part in this year's Challenge to grow the most potatoes from the packs provided. As you can see from the picture below a good time was had by all! The winners in the Oxfordshire area were Stanford in the Vale Primary with a whopping 3.5kg. The winner in the West Berkshire area was Hermitage School with 1.3kg. Well done to everyone who took part. If the winners would like to send us their photos we would love to put them on our page.

Thanks to Harwell School for this fantastic picture of the potatoes they grew as part of the Charlton Park Challenge Cup. Over 20 schools in Oxfordshire and West Berkshire have been competing to see who could grow the most. RESULTS WILL BE OUT TUESDAY NEXT WEEK on our Facebook page and website.


Tickets are now on sale for this coming Half Term Activities. Come and make a Suncatcher to hang on a bedroom window. This activity is suitable for most ages. £5 per ticket, drop in sessions as follows; Wednesday 29th May 10-12pm and Thursday 30th May 2-4pm.

Tickets still available for Kids Easter Activities

Bring your kids along to our build a bottle garden sessions on Wednesday 10th 10-12 and Thursday 11th April 2-4pm. Tickets are £5 per child and they get to take home a great bottle garden designed and made by them. Please call 01235 772700 to book tickets.

Building Work Starts at Charlton Park

During the coldest March on record (or so it looks) we have started a programme of building work and improvements at Charlton Park. The first part of this has been to replace the roof in the main part of the shop. Already we can see the benefit i.e. the snow and rain are not coming in through the new bit. The building work will cause a level of disruption for which we apologise. Please don't hesitate to ask if you are finding it difficult to find anything or you need assistance. We will always be happy to help you.

Challenge Cup for 2013 Launched

The Challenge Cup is a gardening competition for local schools. It is in the memory of Mrs Dorothy Stevenson, know to many as Gran. Gran was very keen on gardening and would be pleased to see her enthusiasm being passed down to younger generations. She lived and worked at Charlton Park until she was 101 years old. A picture of her starting the garden at Charlton Park in the 1920s can be seen below.

This year we currently have twelve schools competing in the challenge to see who can grow the greatest weight of potatoes from the seed potatoes provided. Each school has bee given a pack which includes a potato planter, full instructions and an easy to follow recipe. We wish them all luck and hope for a better season than last year when even the professionals found potato growing tough.


Bottle Gardens made by Vicky and Carolyn

Vicky and Carolyn made these great Bottle Gardens this week.

Read on below to find out how your kids could have a go at making one at Charlton Park in the Easter Holidays

Kids Events Spring 2013

Plant a Bottle Garden - Easter Holidays

Wednesday 10th April 10am to 12pm and Thursday 11th April 2pm to 4pm

Price £5 (including bottle garden and plants)

A bottle garden is ideal for a kid's bedroom or a kitchen window sill. They will be able to plant up a 2 litre plastic bottle with mini plants to take home. Full care instructions will be given at the time. These are drop in sessions but last admission will be 20 minutes before the end. Some children may be able to do this without help but you will need to stay with them and enjoy the fun.

Make a Sun Catcher - May Half Term

Wednesday 29th May 10am to 12pm and Thursday 30th May 2pm to 4pm

Price £5 (includes sun catcher to take home)

Ideal to hang on a bedroom window these sun catchers can be made from many different natural things. These are drop in sessions but last admission will be 20 minutes before the end. Some children may be able to do this without help but you will need to stay with them and enjoy the fun

Large selection of Primroses now in


Just arrived this week loads of lovely primroses. Ideal for winter colour. Some supplied by the nursery interviewed on Gardners' Question Time last week. See picture

Mothers' Day Sunday 10th March

Valentine's Day

Had a really busy Valentine's Day at Charlton Park. It started early with Ruth Stevenson being interviewed by BBC Radio Oxford just after 7am and our delivery drivers were out for most of the day. Thank you to all of our customers.

French Seed Potato varities arrive

After what feels like a long wait the french variety seed potatoes are now arriving. When I counted this morning we had 98 different varities of seed potato in stock. If you are not sure what variety would suit you best you can buy loose tubers, allowing you to try out different varities. We are happy to recommend varities to you, perhaps you have a particular type of soil or need a slug resistant variety. Just ask and we will help.

Seed Potatoes

New varities of seed potatoes are arriving every day now. The season has been slow to start and is approximately two weeks behind due to supply problems. The poor weather of 2012 has had an impact also on varities that are available. If you are after a particular variety now is the time to buy before stocks start to run short.

Visit Santa in his Grotto 2012

Visit Santa in his Grotto

From 6th December

Thurdays and Fridays 2-4pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11-1pm & 2-4pm

From 17th December

Monday to Friday 2-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 11-1pm & 2-4pm

Christmas Eve


Price is £4 per child and includes a gift

Christmas Door Wreath Workshop

Thursday 29th November 7-9pm

Friday 30th November 7-9pm

Make your own Christmas Wreath. Materials are provided but you will need your own secateurs. Light refreshments included. Booking essential

Tickets £35

Orchid Day

Saturday 17th November

Free Clinic 10-4pm, Talks (£5) 11am and 2pm

Come and meet Orchid Master Peter White, President of the International Phalaenopsis Alliance (UK) and Chairman of the British Orchid Growers Association.

Tickets for talks £5

but entitle you to £5 off orchids or orchid products on the day

Kids Snow Globe or Decoupage Box Activity

Thursday 15th and Thursday 22nd November


Ideal activity for kids. Come and make either a snow globe or a decoupage box for Christmas

£3.50 per child per activity

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