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About Summerhill Garden Centre

You’ll find our garden centre a friendly and welcoming place for the whole family, including the dog!

Where it all began

Our Garden Centre was purchased by the Humphreys family in 1981. It was a run-down market garden selling fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. It occupied approx. 8 acres and employed the family plus 2 full-time and 1 part-time staff members.

Since that time, we have expanded to 20 acres and employ seasonally 95 staff – from small acorns, great oak trees can flourish.


Customer Service

Providing great customer service starts with understanding and knowing your customer’s needs. Having been in the business for over 40 years we can honestly say we have got to know what our customers want and expect from us.

Staff Appraisal

One of the most frequent comments we receive is how friendly, helpful and knowledgeable the staff are. Providing excellent customer service is really important to us all.

Passion for Plants

Firstly, and foremost, we love plants! Anyone that visits the garden centre will be able to see that we are dedicated to providing you with plants that have been cared for.


Quality is really important to our customers and a key reason why our customers keep coming back us. If it is important to you, it is important to us and we always go the extra mile to get it right.

Creativity and Inspiration

We try to inspire our customers with beautiful display- showing you what you can achieve with a little bit of help from us.

Meet our Summerhill Team

At Summerhill our staff are complimented by our customers on how helpful, supportive, understanding and passionate they are.

Local Delivery Service

Found something you love, but can’t fit it in to your car? Don’t worry, help is at hand.

Our driver Colin and his team will be happy to deliver for you. We only use our own vans, not outside couriers, so the service is only available locally.

You can find out more by talking to one of our lovely shop staff in person, or you can contact the office.

Free tips, friendly advice and special offers

Our residents, Pip and May, are here to help!

Keep your eyes peeled for Pip and May, who are here to answer your FAQs and provide helpful gardening tips.

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Gardening Calendar

Not sure what you need to be doing around your garden at this time of year? We can help, with our month-by-month guide to the gardening calendar.

The month of August

Dogs are welcome

Your family pet can now come along and enjoy the gardening experience with you.

Please note that our furry friends are unable to go into Allweathers and L’Oliveta restaurant. We provide drinking water for our furry friends to all responsible owners. All we ask is for your pooch to be kept on a lead while visiting and clear up mess and then dispose of it properly.

Customer Comments

We love hearing what our customers have to say. It’s almost always a compliment about our fantastic staff. And, on the odd occasion that we get something wrong, we’re grateful to be told about it so that we can put things right.

The Garden CentreTo Visit in Essex

We have parking spaces for up to 450 cars and easy access both onto and off of the A127, which is the main dual-carriage way into Southend-on-Sea. The A127 is off Junction 29 of the M25 which is a 10 minute drive to our door. Plan your visit to Summerhill today. We can’t wait to see you.

Summerhill Garden Centre, Pipps Hill Road North, A127 Arterial Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UJ