Autumn / Winter 2022


We are hoping for a better than usual autumn display this year and a walk amongst the brightly coloured trees will help to clear our minds. Nature has a wonderful way of putting our worries and concerns to one side, even if only for a short while. It’s traditionally the time we begin to tidy up our gardens but please remember that birds, insects and animals enjoy using all the seedheads and broken bits of wood and detritus as food and habitat. Apart from that, dried plants and grasses look lovely when frosted. However, do clear fallen leaves from your lawn as this can lead to dead patches.

Plants and trees

We will continue to have our regular plant offering, albeit on a slightly smaller scale at this time of the year. You may find it’s time to replace the plants in your containers; try pansies, violas, cyclamen and other plants such as calluna. They mix well with a backdrop of a heuchera or an evergreen fern.

Alleyn Park Plants for Shade

For some early colour and scent in 2023, try Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’ with its glowing yellow citrussy-scented flowers. Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ is a large shrub that has scented flowers from autumn to spring and gives you a little pop of colour when there’s not much else going on; you can also cut branches to use in the house for both plants.

We have a small selection of both ornamental and fruit trees; the soil is still warm and they will have time to get their roots down by spring. There is Prunus (Cherry), Betula (Birch), Amelanchier and Sorbus (Rowan) amongst others. Prunus ‘Amanagowa’ is a very useful columnar tree suitable for a small garden or corner.

Alleyn Park Amanogawa

Indoor plants

We always have a small selection of houseplants at this time of the year and there are lots of amazing terrariums already made up which will make lovely Christmas presents. We also stock all the ingredients you need to make your own.

We will have some gift sets of Plantsmith products which are really useful presents for houseplant addicts. As usual, we always stock composts, feeds and accessories for indoor plants.

Alleyn Park Terrarium

Gifts and home

Our little shop will be turning Christmassy very soon, with decorations and lights – cute little felt characters as well as classic baubles. We will have some beautifully packaged scented candles and diffusers from Canova and a small range from True Grace. As before, individual coloured dinner candles will be available to dress your table, also gorgeous little silver or coloured glass tea light holders to create an atmospheric glow.

There will also be lots of other Christmas gift ideas such as boxes of Italian La Florentina soaps - Pomegranate, Grape Seed and Garden Olive.

Alleyn Park House Soap

We are stocking Niwaki tools again this Christmas. The Hori Hori has proven to be one of the most popular tools amongst gardeners, also their snips and smaller shears make brilliant gifts for your gardening friends and relations.

Alleyn Park Niwaki

Christmas trees

It seems like summer has only just finished but we start taking pre-orders for Christmas trees from 1st November! We think that the quality of the trees was the best they have ever been last year with very little loss of pine needles and perfect shapes. Some customers have stayed with us for years, and we always really appreciate our loyal clientele supporting our small business. We always buy premium grade trees, unlike many other sellers on street corners.

Alleyn Park XmasTree

As usual you can submit your Christmas tree order online; just go to our website and follow the link on the home page. Once we receive your details we will give you a call to take payment and arrange a convenient delivery day.

  • Our Nordmann (non-dropping) trees are cut from sustainable stock and whittled to fit in to a stand.
  • Order and pay for your tree in November to receive 10% off the price and get free delivery within our local area. If you order from 1st December onwards there will be a delivery charge of £10 and the full price of the tree as below will apply.

You can, of course, come by and check that you’re happy with the tree we’ve reserved for you prior to delivery (and change it if necessary and while stocks last). Alternatively, we can hold your tree ready for collection. Prices this year are as follows:

3' (90cm) £29.95
4’ (1.2m) £39.95
5’ (1.5m) £54.95
6’ (1.8m) £76.95
7’ (2.1m) £84.95
8’ (2.4m) £99.95
9’ (2.7m) £159.95
Taller trees: Price on request – please order in November
6’ traditional £39.95 Norway Spruce
Potted & pot grown We will have a wide range of sizes from table tree size through to 4ft.
Metal stands £19.95 – 4” for trees up to 6’
£24.95 – 5” for taller trees

Wreaths, Table Arrangements and Cut Flowers

We will start to have Christmas wreaths available from the beginning of November; if you think you have nowhere to hang one, try one of our metal door hangers. Table decorations will start to become available from the first half of December.

Alleyn Park Cut Wreath

We will have a good selection of cut flowers and foliage in December so you can put vases of mixed flowers together yourself.

Come and see our full-size Santa’s sleigh which will be arriving in November! (Children are very welcome to sit in the sleigh for a photo but must be supervised at all times by an adult.)

Remember to stock up with firewood so you’re always able to light that open fire or wood-burner on a chilly afternoon or evening. As always, we have a supply of wonderfully aromatic and slow burning olive wood, along with sustainably sourced hardwood, kindling and non-toxic eco firelighters. Our reasonably priced 56cm Saunton fire pits are still available and would make a nice addition to a patio area or small garden so that you can be outside for as long as possible!

Alleyn Park Cut FirePit

We hope to welcome you to the garden centre very soon.

With warm wishes

Robby and the Team


Opening hours

Opening hours November:

Monday - Sunday                   10am - 4pm


Monday to Saturday                 9am - 5pm
Sunday                                   10am - 4pm

We will close at lunchtime on Christmas Eve.

Contact us

Phone: 020 8670 7788

Rear of 77 Park Hall Road
(Entrance opposite Gastronomia)
West Dulwich, London SE21 8ES


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