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About Summerhill Garden Centre

Our garden centre is a friendly and welcoming retail destination for the whole family. We’re dog friendly too!

Where it all began

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 80 staff. 

From small acorns, great oak trees can flourish.

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Customer Service

Providing a great service starts with understanding our customer’s needs. With over 40 years experience, we feel we are ahead of the pack and put all of that knowledge into offering an outstanding shopping experience. 

Staff Appraisal

“Friendly, helpful & knowledgeable”, these three words are the most frequent comments we receive. Providing excellent customer service is important to the whole team.

Passion for Plants

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


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

Creativity and Inspiration

We pride ourselves on our creative displays all around the store, offering inspiration for our customers to try out at home. There is always something to see on each visit!

Meet our Summerhill Team

At Summerhill our staff are often complimented by our customers on how helpful, knowledgeable 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 with one of our helpful team members when next in store. 

Dogs are welcome

At Summerhill, we love our four-legged friends just as much as you do! We welcome well-behaved dogs to join you during your visit to our garden centre. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, please see our Dog-Friendly Policy

Gardening Calendar

Take a look at our month-by-month gardening calendar for tips and advice on what you need to be doing in your garden at any time of the year.

The month of April

Customer Comments

We love hearing from our customers. We pride ourselves on our outstanding service and it’s wonderful to hear of the experiences our customers have had whilst shopping in the garden centre. 

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