Special announcement - Coronavirus : COVID-19

Closure of Friends Plant Shop

It is with great regret that the decision has been made to close the plant shop FROM FRIDAY 20th MARCH for the foreseeable future due to the CORONAVIRUS issue.  

The last opportunity for some while for you to purchase plants, shrubs, trees and perennials will be on FRIDAY 20TH MARCH between 10.00am and 2.00pm.

We're so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice.

We wish the best to everyone of our subscribers and supporters. Please stay safe and we will look forward to welcoming you back to Our Plant Shop in the not too distant future.

Wildflower Seeds

We regret that the Friends plant shop will not be selling wildflower seeds this year as we have been given a grant to purchase the seeds and therefore we cannot sell them on and make a profit from the grant. 

BUY Plants and Shrubs in Swansea Visit our Shop

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2020 Plant Sales Shop opening hours.

 Open Saturdays : from 4th April until 26th September - 10am until 2pm

Open Wednesdays : throughout the year -weather permitting - 10am until 2pm


Bank Holiday Opening 2020

Easter Monday : 13th April 

Early May Holiday : Friday 8th May

Spring Bank Holiday : Monday 25th May

August Bank Holiday : Monday 31st August 


Refreshments are available in the Botanical Gardens from April until September.

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How to find our Plant Shop

Where

  • The Friends Plant Shop is just inside the gate in the north wall of the Swansea Botanical Gardens in Singleton Park. 
  • Here we sell plants and shrubs and garden plants.
  • Come in through the Gower Road entrance. You will see a number of polytunnels over the hedge.  
  • Ours is the first one.



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What to buy . . . and Prices

Come to the FCSBC shop.  We have one of the best ranges of fruit trees, ornamental trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials in Swansea. We also have a great selection of indoor plants, not only do they improve the air quality in your house but perfect for livening up a room. We grow many herbs and in the summer we stock a variety of chillies, tomatoes and vegetables for you to enjoy home grown produce.  


There is always someone on hand to give you good advice taking into account your aspect, soil and particular tastes. We propagate many of our plants from the Botanical Gardens either from seed collected at the end of summer or from  plants lifted and divided from the borders. The majority of the stock is bought in from reputable suppliers, then grown on all potted up in peat free compost ready for sale. Many of the varieties are selected for their attractiveness to pollinators as we recognise the importance of supporting our beneficial insect population, please ask about our bee friendly plants



  • Our prices are very competitive.
  • 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 their pots.
  • For the some of the best plants in Swansea come and visit us. 

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Why we do it . . .

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



Plant of the Season

 Magnolia


Magnolias are known for their wow factor and now is exactly the right time to plant one!
Magnolias are an ancient genus, they preceded bees and evolved their unique flowers to encourage pollination by beetles.

They are among the first trees to blossom in the spring, often flowering before the foliage appears making an impressive display in the garden. Although slow growing many varieties do grow into very large specimen trees. If space is limited however, Magnolia stellata (star magnolia) is the one to pick


Magnolias are fairly easy to grow. They like a sheltered spot in full sun or partial shade. They benefit from moist rich soil. Most varieties don’t like chalk but we have one that will happily grow in alkaline soil. Pruning should be kept to the minimum so what’s not to like! 

We have 4 varieties in stock. 
There’s bound to be one that will appeal to you.

Plant of the season

Magnolia leobneri “Merrill”

Magnolia leobneri “Leonard Messel”

Magnolia leobneri “Leonard Messel”

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A small deciduous free flowering tree with oblong leaves. Its white star shaped flowers open before the foliage

Magnolia leobneri “Leonard Messel”

Magnolia leobneri “Leonard Messel”

Magnolia leobneri “Leonard Messel”

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This magnolia can tolerate chalk soils. It forms a large shrub/ small tree with blush pink star shaped flowers

Magnolia stellata “Waterfall”

Magnolia stellata “Waterfall”

Magnolia stellata “Waterfall”

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A native to Japan where it is found growing alongside mountain streams. A great choice for a small garden with its compact form and beautiful fragrant white flowers

Magnolia soulangeana

Magnolia stellata “Waterfall”

Magnolia stellata “Waterfall”

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A very popular variety with gorgeous goblet shaped pink flowers that open in April before the foliage appears

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