“Gardeners’ World” and “Life in a Cottage Garden” presenter, Carol Klein, was the star attraction at our recent Grand Opening of our latest £400,000 development at Dunscar Garden Centre. The BBC and Channel 4 TV presenter now lives in Devon and had to get up at 5am to attend the opening event.
Prior to the official opening, Carol attended a private champagne reception with some of the many customers who supported Dunscar’s planning application for the new 6,800 square foot extension. After declaring the extension open, Carol then signed several customer copies of her books, “Grow Your Own Fruit” and “Life in a Cottage Garden” before touring the centre to meet Dunscar’s staff and customers.
Carol was opening the new extension as the guests of directors, Hilary and Shaun Lewis. Hilary, herself a passionate gardener, has always admired Carol’s enthusiasm and ability to inspire. She said, “My family love gardening and nature and thus we have prided ourselves on running a traditional garden centre. Our aim is to be the premier plant centre in the North West. When Shaun and I discussed inviting a celebrity to open the new extension, I immediately thought of Carol Klein but never dreamed she would come. She is a real plants person.”
Carol Klein was very complimentary about the centre. Obviously her main interest was the plants but she was also very enthusiastic about the new Cook Shop and the cakes and own blend coffee in the Garden Café. Indeed she even bought some plants and coffee to take home! Carol said, “I think this is the most superb garden centre. The development is an absolutely brilliant and brave move, especially at this time. I am sure it is the right thing to do and I wish Dunscar absolute success. I hope I am lucky enough to be invited back to do a bit of shopping here.”
Not surprisingly, Carol was a great hit with Dunscar’s customers. As customers put it, “My idol and inspiration”, “A brilliant gardener”, “No airs and graces” and “I won’t forget this day for the rest of my life.”
Lancashire One, the local internet TV channel,were on hand to record Carol’s appearance at the site. Click here to see the event.