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About Dobbies

It all started in 1865 with James Dobbie who created a business selling seeds. He named it Dobbie & Co. The company went on to build up a customer base and started opening garden centres that fast became a go-to destination.

A new turning point in the business came in 2019 with the acquisition of 37 stores, more than doubling our national footprint. We are UK’s leading garden centre retailer with 74 centres nationwide.

Our smallest store is little dobbies Clifton and the largest is Morpeth at 18,973sqm.

Dobbies is not your average garden centre; we exist to enrich people’s lives and nurture connections between people, the community and the environment. Dobbies offer carefully considered ranges in-store and online, high quality services, great restaurants and cafes as well as engaging experiences.

Dobbies is proud to be part of the #TerraCarta from HRH Prince of Wales’ Sustainable Markets Initiative.

Quick facts

  • Founded by James Dobbie in 1865
  • We are the largest garden centre operator in the UK with 74 stores nationwide
  • We are privately owned by Midlothian Capital Partners Limited and Hattington Capital LLP
  • We currently employ around 4000 Team Members

Press releases


Dobbies search for Britain’s ‘Not Your Average Gardener’

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre, is on the lookout for Britain’s best gardeners with its Not Your Average Gardener Awards.  

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Dobbies launch new foodhall partnership with Waitrose

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, announces today a new partnership with Waitrose, to provide Dobbies’ customers with Waitrose’s wide range of high-quality food, grocery products and everyday essentials in over 50 Dobbies Garden Centres across the UK.


Dobbies expands compost bag recycling scheme across UK

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has expanded its compost bag recycling scheme following a successful trial across 10 of its stores.



Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, is donating the outdoor and indoor plants from its five star, award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show ‘green sanctuary’ stand to two UK charities; Stroke Association and Horatio’s Garden.  

Dobbies wins hat-trick at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Dobbies wins hat-trick at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has received a trio of awards at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including the RHS Sustainable Garden Product of the Year Award, the RHS Assessors’ Award for Retail Innovation, new for 2022, and, a five star rating for its trade stand.

New Reading Store

Dobbies granted planning permission for new store at Reading

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, announces it has been granted planning permission to build a new 60,000 sq ft store in Reading. The retailer currently has a store at Hyde End Road, Shinfield, and the new store will be built on the land behind the existing store.


Dobbies embraces ‘green sanctuary’ at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The world’s most iconic horticultural event, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, is back in May for 2022, and the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, Dobbies, is set to mark its return with an inspirational stand that will showcase how to embrace your own green sanctuary as well as sustainable gardening solutions.  



Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has announced the recruitment for three senior managerial roles, at their brand-new flagship store in Tewkesbury, ahead of the store opening in autumn.  


Dobbies marks successful partnership with Too Good To Go

Ahead of Stop Food Waste Day (27 April), leading garden centre retailer, Dobbies, announces it has saved more than 44,000 Magic Bags from landfill through its partnership with surplus food app, Too Good to Go.


Dobbies announces Helping Your Community Grow shortlist

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre, is helping Britain’s community projects brighten up their green spaces with its Helping Your Community Grow initiative.


Dobbies Garden Centre partners with The Tree Council as a Jubilee Partner

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, will be planting 500 trees and 100 metres of hedgerows across the UK, as part of its partnership with The Tree Council, formed in celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  


Spring has sprung at Dobbies Two thirds of Brits can’t wait to be back in the garden

It’s officially spring and Dobbies stores across the UK are gearing up for their busiest spring ever. In fact, new research from the UK’s leading garden centre retailer has found that a huge 76% of Brits can’t wait to get back gardening now that spring is here.



Planning permission has been granted for a 110,000 Sq ft Dobbies Garden Centre in Northern Ireland – one of the largest retail lettings in the UK and Ireland in recent years. 


New garden recycling scheme provides solution to plant pot landfill problem

Two industry leading horticultural brands have joined forces to provide gardeners with a solution to plant pot recycling, preventing further plastic waste ending up in landfill. 


‘Grow How’ to Know How Free demonstrations relaunch at Dobbies Garden Centres

The UK’s leading garden centre retailer, Dobbies, relaunches its highly requested free in-store ‘Grow How’ demonstrations, taking place on the first Saturday of every month.

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Dobbies launches its nationwide Helping Your Community Grow initiative

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre, is helping Britain’s green spaces blossom this spring with the return of its much-loved Helping Your Community Grow initiative, with an enhanced sustainable focus for 2022. 

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This Christmas, three local communities will enjoy a very special festive season as Dobbies reveals the worthy winners of its Not Your Average Community campaign.  

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Dobbies fundraises £100k for National Charity Partner Teenage Cancer Trust

Dobbies has supported Teenage Cancer Trust since 2014 and is pleased to announce that in 2021 the team has raised a grand total of £100,000 for the charity.


Dobbies Garden Centres rolls out EV charging with GRIDSERVE

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, is partnering with sustainable energy pioneer and charge point operator, GRIDSERVE, to install EV chargers at stores nationwide.

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Construction has begun on a new flagship Dobbies Garden Centre at Cotswolds Designer Outlet (CDO), a premium retail and leisure destination taking shape in one of the UK’s tourist hotspots. 

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Annual Report and Financial Statements

Dobbies demonstrated particular resilience and progress, despite the significant challenges caused by the Covid pandemic.  

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Dobbies marks Bring Your Christmas Tree Home Day

Dobbies is encouraging people to think sustainably this Christmas, as they mark ‘Bring your Christmas Tree Home Day’ (4 December 2021). 


Dobbies strengthens leadership team

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre, announces three senior appointments, strengthening its team as it continues to develop its platform for growth. 


Dobbies continues investment in London as it opens third little dobbies in the capital

Dobbies Garden Centres opened the doors of its Richmond little dobbies today (November 4 2021), as it continues the roll-out of the new concept stores across the country.


Dobbies spreads festive joy this Christmas with ‘Not Your Average Community’ campaign

In the festive spirit of giving, Dobbies has launched a new campaign to share some joy in the run up to Christmas. 

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Discover behind-the-scenes at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in Dobbies’ latest podcast

With RHS Chelsea Flower Show still fresh in the minds of gardening fans, Dobbies Garden Centres has released its latest podcast which goes behind-the-scenes at this year’s show.


Dobbies secures five stars at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show officially opened to the public today and the team at Dobbies is celebrating, after being presented with a five star award for their trade stand. 


Dobbies set to showcase team expertise at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The most iconic horticultural event of the year, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, is back in bloom for the first time since 2019 and the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, Dobbies, is set to celebrate its return in sustainable style from 21 to 26 September.  


Dobbies opens second London little dobbies

Dobbies Garden Centres, the UK’s leading garden retailer, has opened its second London-based little dobbies, enjoying the strongest opening to-date.


Dobbies announces ‘Not Your Average Gardener’ award winners

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has announced the winners of its first-ever ‘Not Your Average Gardener’ awards. 

Dobbies launch nationwide votes for community garden funding

Dobbies launch nationwide votes for community garden funding

Residents in communities across the UK are being asked to vote for their favourite local community gardening project to receive support.


First London little dobbies opens

Dobbies Garden Centres, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, today (Thursday 8 July) opens its first London-based little dobbies.


Plan for Jobs: Environment Minister visits Dobbies Garden Centre

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow visits Dobbies Garden Centre in London to hear how they are creating jobs and planting for our planet


Dobbies brings forward peat-free target to 2021

Dobbies, the UK’s largest garden centre retailer, confirms that it will be peat-free in six months, in relation to bagged compost, bringing forward the original target of 2022.  


Trial launched for UK’s first compost packaging recycling scheme

Waste-aware gardeners will now be able to recycle compost packaging thanks to a trial scheme from the country’s biggest garden retailer. 


Boost for UK wildlife with new peat-free compost

Dobbies Garden Centres has launched a new peat-free compost containing John Innes standard material. It will be the first own-brand product of its type in the UK. 


Bloomin Amazing™ lands at Dobbies

Dobbies Garden Centres has announced that it is stocking Bloomin Amazing™, an organic and environmentally friendly soil enricher.

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Dobbies welcomes peat-free deadlines

Dobbies Garden Centres welcomes the announcements from DEFRA and the HTA identifying proposed deadlines for retailers to be peat-free. 


Dobbies announces second Northern Ireland store

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, announces plans for a second store in Northern Ireland, located at The Junction Retail and Leisure Park.


Two London locations announced for little dobbies

Dobbies Garden Centres, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, today (Wednesday 12 May) announces the next two little dobbies stores that will open this year: Chiswick High Road and Westbourne Grove.


Dobbies springs forward with opening of 71st store

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, today (Friday 30 April) opens its 71st store, located in Boston Lincolnshire.


Dobbies teams up with Butterfly Conservation in its latest podcast episode

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has launched the latest episode of its popular podcast, this time in collaboration with Butterfly Conservation to hear more about its ‘Nurture for Nature’ campaign.


Sustainable Dobbies

The UK’s leading garden centre retailer, Dobbies Garden Centres, demonstrates its support for the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) National Gardening Week (26 April – 2 May) with the launch of new sustainable products and the start of its #sustainabledobbies campaign.


Dobbies acquires Johnsons Garden Centre

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has announced the acquisition of Johnsons Garden Centre (Johnsons) located in Boston, Lincolnshire. This takes the total number of Dobbies stores to 71.


Dobbies partners with Butterfly Conservation

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has teamed up with UK wildlife charity, Butterfly Conservation, as the official partner for their Nurture for Nature campaign, in a bid to encourage people to look after themselves by looking after the natural world this spring.

Press release

little dobbies opens its doors in Bristol

Dobbies Garden Centres, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has opened a brand new format store in Bristol – little dobbies.

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Dobbies teams up with the RSPB for latest podcast episode

Dobbies Garden Centres has teamed up with the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, the RSPB, to release its latest podcast episode.


Annual Report and Financial Statements

Dobbies Garden Centres Group Limited (the “Group”) has filed the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the Group and its subsidiaries. These accounts are for the 53 weeks to 1 March 2020.


Dobbies partner with Too Good To Go in a bid to tackle food waste

The UK’s leading garden centre retailer, Dobbies, has partnered with surplus food app, Too Good To Go, in a bid to combat food waste across its stores.


Dobbies raises £1million for Teenage Cancer Trust

Dobbies Gardren Centres has hit a major fundraising milestone, raising £1million for UK-wide charity, Teenage Cancer Trust.


Dobbies launch new format store in Scotland’s capital

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer announces the development of its first small format store – Little Dobbies.


Dobbies builds partnership with Stroke Association

Dobbies has announced its support for the Stroke Association; a charity which provides specialist support and funds critical research for people affected by stroke.


Dobbies and Sainsbury’s launch grocery partnership

Dobbies Garden Centres announces an exclusive wholesale partnership with Sainsbury’s to bring a range of high quality food and grocery products to its centres.


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