Our Story in Ruthin
Seven Oaks Garden Centre in Ruthin was purchased by Ian Forsyth in 2001 and has steadily grown in size and also popularity since then. Ian has a lifetime of gardening and horticultural expertise and his team of experienced and dedicated staff are always on hand to assist customers so that they can get their gardening right first time. The name ‘Seven Oaks’ comes from Ian’s home town Sevenoaks in Kent. Like its namesake Seven Oaks has weathered a few storms, including an electrical fire which almost destroyed the garden centre several years ago. Above all, Ian’s determination along with many loyal customers has enabled this independent garden centre to re-build, improve and expand. This has resulted in the charming countryside attraction that you will find today.
A Hidden Gem in North Wales
Nestled in the stunning Vale of Clwyd in North East Wales you will find the pretty medieval town of Ruthin and Seven Oaks Garden Centre and Café. We are situated just 30mins from Chester and Llangollen and surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can certainly expect to find a friendly and helpful service, a relaxing atmosphere and an extensive selection of quality plants and gardening products. Our popular café benefits from lovely views of the Vale of Clwyd and sells home-made, home-baked and locally sourced produce.
The Local Area
The attractive market town of Ruthin makes a great base to explore the gentle Vale of Clwyd hills and the Area of Natural Beauty AONB that surround. It is notable for its half-timbered buildings and higgledy-piggledy Nantclwyd y Dre, which dates back partly from 1435. A red sandstone castle stands on the edge of town and Ruthin Gaol, winner of Visit Wales Hidden Gem Award in 2016, 2017 and 2018, offers a unique portal into life in the Victorian prison system. Ruthin is the perfect place for escaping to the valleys and exploring North Wales; the castles, the National Trust properties and gardens, the steam railways, Snowdonia, the stunning coastline and cultural coastal towns. The ‘Rough Guide’ selected Ruthin as one of the ‘6 must-visit places in Wales that you have probably never heard of’ and we definitely agree!
Parking and Access
We have a large dedicated parking area and access for wheel chairs and prams.
‘A little gem! Only small but sell everything for gardeners. Lovely cafe. Well worth a visit.’
‘Food and service are spot on! In the garden centre I received knowledgeable advice and bought a beautiful healthy plant. What more could you ask?!’
‘Friendly and helpful staff in a lovely and comfortable environment. Excellent meals in the cafe.’
‘Well stocked with large selection of healthy plants and various related goods. Staff always pleasant and helpful. Lovely cafe, can recommend the scones! Don’t really know what more you can ask for from a garden centre.’
‘We showed up about 30-60 mins before closing on Sunday – a large group of cyclists. The staff were really accommodating and even though they’d officially stopped doing hot food, continued to feed the hungry cyclists. The food was great and the manner of the staff was welcoming. Definitely recommend!’