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Our History

Creative Gardens has been a family run business for almost 40 years. Starting from a small plant nursery at the Gass family home, they now have 4 award winning garden centres across Northern Ireland. It's been a long journey to get here but their passion for plants has only grown stronger over the years - after all, it is where it all began.

 

  1985

Diana begins to grow plants in the glasshouse at the family home in Donaghadee. As you can see, the entire family was happy to chip in and help out where they could.

  Oliver & Philip Gass help their grandfather unpack a plant delivery

 

 

  1988

The first garden shop is constructed at Donaghadee

 

 

  1990

Construction begins on the new Donaghadee Garden Centre

  The glasshouse in this image is now the Garden shop in Donaghadee today

 

 

  1992

The first cafe is built in Donaghadee with 60 seats

  Some of the team members in this image are still with the company today

 

 

  1997

Diana & Nigel Gass gain recognition becoming part of the Garden Centre Association

 

 

  2002

Donaghadee Garden Centre is re-branded as Creative Gardens

  Did you know the colours in our original logo represent lavender, foliage and Terracotta pots?

 

 

  2003

The family purchase Ballyliken Garden Centre and re-open it as Creative Gardens Bushmills

 

 

  2014

The family open their third centre in the grounds of Galgorm Castle

 

 

  2017

Renovations at Bushmills. Cafe extension added and new Weber World Store Opened