Pant Road, Llanfaglan
- Garden Centre
- with Cafe
- with Farm Shop
- with Plant centre
Telephone 01286 672 212
Pant Road, Llanfaglan
Telephone 01286 672 212
The History of Fron Goch Garden Centre
Over the years we have often been asked, What is a garden centre doing in the middle of nowhere? Let me tell you a story………
Born & bred in Caernarfon, Robin attended Caernarfon Grammar School & went on to study Horticulture at London University. After his studies had ended, he started working in the seed trade as a flower breeder where he met & fell in love with Valerie who had studied Horticulture at Writtle College. They married in 1971, moved to Torquay, had both Justin & Melanie & stayed there until 1980.
Both Robin & Valerie had a passion for growing things, Valerie, tree’s & shrubs & Robin anything he could grow & sell! They embarked on a project to buy land & with both young children in tow they came home to Wales & in 1981 Fron Goch with three acres of land was purchased.
Over the next couple of years & after buying other bits of land in the area Robin & Valerie worked hard growing fruit & vegetables to supply shops locally in Caernarfon & Bangor. During this time Robin also worked at Glynllifon, so much of the harvesting & selling responsibility was Valerie’s.
The concept of selling the products on site came a few years later when Robin & Justin (aged 8) weeding strawberries in the front field discussed taking a box of lettuces down to the bottom of the drive to see if they could sell them there! They sold them all & the farm shop was born.
The original shop of Fron Goch was a small shed opposite the main house. As a family they grew new potatoes, cauliflowers, runner beans, flowers & all types of soft fruit. The runner beans grew where the cafe is now situated & chrysanthemums where the shop is. The nursery developed on the other side of the railway line & still remains today.
With the arrival of Supermarkets in the 1990’s the family had to diversify to survive. As both Robin & Valerie we’re now both working full time on the nursery, they had introduced shrubs & tree’s, Valerie’s speciality to the range they offered & the business quickly developed. They also found they were moving more & more down the hill as they expanded into producing their own bedding plants.
By 1996 with Justin returning from work experience in America full of enthusiasm the family took the decision to close the farm shop & expand. They converted the original tomato glasshouse into the shop, expanded the product lines creating the beginning of the garden centre you see today.
Over the next ten years the business grew quickly. Car parking facilities, toilets & customer access were constantly a problem. A major expansion was required. Additional land was bought next door & planning was obtained for a new entrance, car park, toilets & plant area. Along with customer loyalty & the introduction of our popular club card scheme Fron Goch was taking shape.
The final development to date has been the creation & development of the cafe. Built in 2006 & opened in March 2007 it has proved to be a popular community hub for both new customers to relax & local family & friends to regularly meet & share news.
Fron Goch is still a family run business. Alongside the growth of the business so too has the family. Melanie’s marriage to Paul in 2009 & the birth of their little boy Rhys in 2011 has bought two new members to the Fron Goch family.
For the William’s family the journey so far has evolved from many years of experimenting, hard work & a love of growing. This success is in large part due to the loyal & conscientious staff & of course, the most important part – loyal customers.
What next? Guess we will just have to wait & see………..
Grow Your Own
Most of our high quality bedding, patio and container plants are grown at the Fron Goch nursery. As well as ornamentals we sell vegetable plants and herbs.
Grow from seeds or plant into pots and baskets – Fron Goch sells all the items you need to look after your own, healthy plants. If you’re a novice, don’t worry – ask any of our knowledgeable staff for advice or learn for yourself at one of our workshops.
Bedding, patio and container plants make a huge display here from February to December, offering you real outdoor colour all year round, whilst a range from baby plants and plugs to super sized specimens are perfect for instant effect in the garden. Many of these plants are grown in our own nursery, on site.
Our range of fruit trees and bushes, vegetable plants and herbs, is extensive and ever increasing, as more and more of us enjoy and value the opportunity of growing and eating our own food.
Seeds & Bulbs
Whether your a Fritillaria fan or a devotee of Dahlias it worth having a look at our spring and autumn ranges of bulbs. We aim for a wide variety of species and colour, so there should be something to suit most gardeners pallet.
From Propagators (heated and unheated) to Pots (large and small). Then there’s all those other bits and bobs that make the job easier: plug tray inserts, labels, vermiculite and perlite, gravel trays, even replacement propagator lids. No room left on the windowsill or in the greenhouse? Well we normally sell some handy mini greenhouses, which are also great for hardening off tender plants.
|Our Enviromental Policy
Fron Goch Garden Centre as one of the largest leading garden centres in North Wales should be at the forefront of green issues in both the way in which it operates, in the products it supplies to its customers and the ethos in which the business is run.
We have identified seven areas where we as a business can make a contribution to the environment and our surrounding area; this is our small contribution to making the world a better place.
A water butt can be connected to a down pipe so that it collects rainwater from your gutters. If you are using a down pipe, you will also need an overflow pipe or a rain diverter to redirect water into the butt. Once it’s full, water flows down the drainpipe.
Health & Wellbeing
Sell growing medium products supplied by reputable and responsible companies
Ensure information is available so that customers can make informed decisions when purchasing growing medium products.
Stock a range of high quality growing medium that is fit for every gardening purpose and meets government guidelines.
Further information may be obtained from the Forest Stewardship Council via their web site www.fsc-uk.org.
Building Long Term Relationships
Championing Local & British Produce
A More Efficient Business
All our cardboard & plastic that is unwanted by our customers to carry there items home is compacted, baled and recycled.
The recent installation of a biomass wood pellet, renewable heat,energy efficient heating system. Approved by Ofgem through the Microgeneration Certification Schemet (MCS)
Within the restaurant we have introduced a ‘Grounds for Grounds’ policy. We offer our customers free bags of our used coffee grounds for there garden. Its great for the garden, keeps our carbon foot print low & reduces landfill waste.