Two years ago the much loved garden centre in St Mellons, Cardiff suffered a horrible fire that brought it to its knees, it was just before Santa was due to arrive and the local community were pretty shocked and saddened at the news.
Today however Wyevale opened the newly renovated and brand new Cardiff Wyevale garden centre and I went along with my Mum and my girls to see how everything looks.
We headed straight for the Christmas trees because my Mum has been looking for a really big tree for her new living room, and the ‘tree expert’ Ben was lovely and helped her choose the perfect one, meanwhile my girls hurried around every display looking at all the Christmas decorations and the “twinkly lights” and I noted that the staff really were considerate and helpful. One team member even shared his excitement with us that it was finally open and how happy he was to be there.
My youngest girl then fell completely in love with a Christmas ornament but I had to explain that unfortunately Mummy doesn’t carry £200 around as a rule! I certainly started feeling in the Christmas spirit though and I’m usually reluctant to let that happen until at least the middle of December.
I caught up with Mike Greenwood the centre manager to congratulate him on the opening of the new store and I asked him a little bit about the opening, he explained that he was very pleased with the opening and how great everything went today. Mike also explained that this weekend will be very busy as Santa arrives on Saturday in a Rolls Royce and there are elf workshops for the children happening too. Mike said that there were some parts of the adjoining building not quite finished yet but in December there will be new concessions including Yankee Candle, Bon Marche, Cotton Traders and Edinburgh Woollen Mill, plus early next year there will be a learning area run by expert gardeners who will provide daily top tips and be on hand to answer questions. Mike also said some of the fire fighters that originally put out the blaze at the centre two years ago came to the opening too, so it was great for them to see how it has all worked out in the end.
Clearly there is a lot happening at this centre, and with a cafe and play area for the children I can imagine that plenty of families will be visiting this new Wyevale store in the coming months.
Good luck to everyone at the Cardiff Wyevale garden centre and thank you for being so welcoming and helpful on our first visit, no doubt we will be back to explore the shiny new centre again! I also have no doubt that many people that used to love visiting in the run up to Christmas before will be rushing back to experience the new centre too.
I was also lucky enough to be given a goodie containing some lovely gifts. Thanks Wyevale!
To find out more visit the Wyevale Cardiff site here- Wyevale Garden Centre Cardiff