Shrubs and Garden Plants in Swansea - Our Shop in Singleton Park

The shop is open on Wednesdays from 7th February. 2018. 10am - 2pm. Throughout the year and on Saturdays from 31st March. Easter Saturday.

Where

  • The Friends Plant Shop is just inside the gate in the north wall of the Botanical Gardens in Singleton Park. 
  • Come in through the Gower Road entrance. You will see a number of polytunnels over the hedge.  
  • Ours is the first one.
  • Refreshments are available in Botanical Gardens from April to September.


When

  • Open each Wednesday February to November 10 am to 2 pm.
  • Open from Saturday 31st March to 29th September 2018. 10 am to 2 pm
  • Open Easter Monday, 2nd April. May Day Bank Holiday Monday, 7th May.
  • Spring Bank Holiday Weekend, 26th -28th MAY. PLANT SHOP IS CLOSED over this Bank Holiday weekend.
  • Open on all Sundays in August.  Check "STOP PRESS" at top of website near to these dates for times on these days as they may differ from the norm.


What to buy . . . and Prices

Looking for Garden Plants in Swansea?

Come to the FCSBC.  We have one of the best ranges of trees, garden plants and shrubs in Swansea and and many perennials.   We also stock tulip bulbs, vegetables and herbs in the appropriate season. We stock House Plants as well.

Because our volunteers are local gardeners we can give you good advice bearing in mind our soil and weather conditions.    We will tell you if a particular plant will not thrive in your plot.     

Some of the stock is bought in from reputable suppliers, some is propagated from plants growing in the Botanical Gardens;  all is tried and tested and cared for by volunteers.


Prices 

Our prices are very competitive because we have no labour costs.  

If you are starting a new garden, you will find our prices particularly attractive.   

Our plants are small but they will grow on quickly once they are out of the pot.

For the some of the best plants shrubs in Swansea come and visit us. house plants




Why we do it . . .

All the profit from the Plant Shop is invested back into the three Parks of Botanical Gardens, Clyne Gardens and Plantasia.   Over the past twenty years we have spent around £300,000 on improving the facilities in these parks.



PLANT OF THE MONTH

Plant of the Month - OCTOBER - CRAB APPLES

Crab Apples are perfect for small gardens. They are compact ornamental trees providing blossom in the spring, perfect for pollinators then colourful fruit in the autumn which can last all through the winter if you can resist picking them. Crab apples are sour but when made into a jelly or jam are delicious and a great accompaniment to cheese. Crab apples are tolerant of most soli conditions and are very low maintenance.

We currently have 2 varieties in stock dripping with fruit. Malus x robusta “Red Sentinal” which has gorgeous cherry red apples and Malus “Butterbal” with a prefusion of yellow fruit. Pop down on a Wednesday to take a look, they are splendid in autumn light.




About Us

FCSBC plant shop

Our Plant Sales shop is run by volunteers.  All profits from plant sales are reinvested into the gardens.

Annual Wildflower Seeds

SEEDS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO BUY AT THE BEGINNING OF MAY FROM OUR PLANT SHOP

FCSBC have been selling annual wildflower seeds for four seasons.   From our experience, they are not easy to grow in Swansea’s wet clay soil.   To give yourself the best chance, please consider the following:


  • Select your sunniest spot;  no shade at any time;
  • The soil must be clean of every weed;
  • Reduce the fertility by digging out at least the top 6 ins/15 cm;
  • Rake to a fine tilth so that it looks like the top of a good apple crumble;
  • Don’t go anywhere near the selected spot with any form of fertiliser;
  • Sow in May at the maximum rate of 3 grms/sq m.;
  • Water if it doesn’t rain in the first 7 days;  [ha,ha]
  • Enjoy a glorious sight until September/October,  depending on your choice of seeds and the weather;
  • In November, cut back all the old growth, remove it from the site;  
  • Start again next spring.

Don’t be too disappointed if your wildflowers don’t look like the verges and roundabouts in Swansea.  The Council has machines to do the work that you are going to be doing by hand.  If in doubt, sow in a large container but still follow the advice above.


If this is all too much, why not come to the Botanical Gardens and enjoy the large wildflower bed we will be sowing on the slope facing the lake?  In 2017 it bloomed from June to October with a changing colour palette every month.


But go on, give it a go!   It is a very small price to pay for months of colour in your garden.