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About us

Who are Creative Gardens?

Creative Gardens was established by the Gass family in the early 1980's. It has grown from a small nursery business, established when Diana started to grow tomatoes in the glasshouses around the house in Donaghadee, into a family of 4 wonderful Garden Centres & cafes around Northern Ireland. The business has won countless awards for it's centres and cafes over the years and as the only NI members of the prestigious Garden Centre Association. Customers can be assured of top notch experience when they visit any Creative Gardens location.

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Did you Know we have been a member of The Garden Centre Association for over 25 years?

Creative Gardens has been winning awards for many years - the latest includes 'The Best Garden Centre in Northern Ireland 2019' issued by the National Garden Centre Association. As members of the GCA, our customers are assured of an excellent level of service, plants, gardening products together with innovative lifestyle displays, professional advice and information. As a member we are audited and marked yearly to ensure these high standards are maintained. 

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Donaghadee Garden Centre first became members in March 1992, Bushmills joined in June 2004, Galgorm in February 2014 and Logwood in April 2021. As members of the Garden Centre Association, each of our garden centres is required to achieve a high level of good business practice before we can be accepted as an Approved Member. Only when each centre has passed the initial inspection were we eligible to join and receive ‘GCA Approved’ status. To ensure that the standards are maintained and to assist centres improving further, we are then inspected annually. The inspector’s visits are unannounced so they really can see our centres through a customer’s eyes. The inspections assess the quality of our garden centre’s infrastructure, the facilities offered, the range of products stocked with a particular emphasis on the range and quality of plants and the levels of service and expertise.


GCA No Quibble Plant Guarantee

As members of the Garden Centre Association, all of our Hardy Plants carry the guarantee that we will replace or refund the cost of any Hardy Plant which dies within 5 years. Providing of course that it has received reasonable care. At Creative Gardens, we give you an extra year, replacing any Hardy Plant which dies within six years, when it is returned to the centre within that period (with proof of purchase). We sell timber products that are certified by the FSC Policy which means that the furniture you purchase from us comes from healthy forests and strong communities. We will also only offer peat products that are responsibly sourced to ensure the protection & respect of the environment. 


What can you expect?

At Creative Gardens we aim to be focused on providing customers with excellent service in a highly creative and relaxing environment.  At our centres you'll find a wonderful range of fresh and top quality plants as well as all the gardening sundries and equipment you'll need.  We have gorgeous gift shops and world class Weber BBQ shops and furniture showrooms.  We aim to inspire our customers with interesting and creative displays, if you want to give your home a style overhaul then come and see us!

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Whilst we love you to come and visit our centres, we also now sell a range of product via our website, we ship all over the UK and Ireland, but primarily deliver to our local customers around each of our centres using our own fleet of vans to ensure we give the best service possible to our valued local customers.


The Food lovers at Creative Gardens

We are mad about food at Creative Gardens! We love nothing more than home-cooked, hearty meals, delicious desserts as well as yummy cakes and traybakes. Our talented chefs and bakers make everything from scratch each day ensuring freshness and quality. We use only the finest ingredients; you won't find regular chocolate topping in our kitchen, only the best Belgian chocolate is used! We serve breakfast, lunch & all of your favourite scones, desserts and traybakes in our cafes.

Please note: since re-opening, our lunch menu has had some changes. We will no longer be serving hot food from the counter, instead bringing some of your favourite dishes (and some new additions!) straight from our kitchen to your table.

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Where are the centres of Creative Gardens?

We have four fabulous centres located in Donaghadee, Bushmills, Galgorm and  now also at the former Logwood Mill Garden Centre in Ballyclare. Our centres are all unique, but have the same familiar quality feel. All have comfy, stylish cafes offering a delicious range of home made style food; we love food at Creative Gardens and it forms a very important part of what we do.