Find out what's going at St. John's for children, adults and families, plus regular gardening tips and features.


6 Mar
african violet

Mother’s ‘SPECIAL’ Day

Give mum a treat with a ‘growing gift’ to treasure. Orchids for the home give delight all year round.
We have other flowering plants available for this weekend, some great 2 for 1 discounts.
African Violet £2.99 each
or 2 for £5.00
Cyclamen £5.99 each
or 2 for £10.00
+ many more.

7 Mar

British Pie Week

A different pie each day. All pies made in our kitchen by Shaun or Mike - and they would love your feedback.
Mon: beef, baby onion, Guinness
Tues: chicken, leek, bacon
Wed: spicy check pea, sweet potato
Thurs: lamb, mint, apricot
Fri: beef, stilton, mushroom
Sat: salmon, spinach, cream cheese, egg

19 Mar
dendrodium orchid

Orchid Festival

Indulge at this fabulous flower weekend on 19th/20th when many of the well known orchids start to grow new shoots. Varieties such as the Moth Orchid, Cymbidiums, Dendrodiums, Miltonia and many more.
See our range on display during March and get advice on how to keep these plants looking good.

19 Mar

Fabulous Orchid Arch

Check out our impressive orchid arch by the café entrance - now on display. Just shows how impressive these flowering plants can be. You might even produce your own version at home, as we have plenty of orchids for you to browse and buy.

25 Mar
hot cross buns

Easter Weekend

Chef has just announced that we will have freshly baked hot cross buns appearing at 10am on Good Friday and Easter Saturday in the café... form an orderly queue please! And don't forget the butter!
Treat the family after you browse around the store this holiday weekend.

13 Apr
Queen 90 Birthday

The Queen’s 90th Birthday celebration – red, white & blue plant display

Coming soon and honouring the Queen's 90th birthday on 21st April 2016. We will upload a picture of the display when launched.

24 May

2016 Chelsea Flower Show New Plants – featuring Chrysanthemum ‘Charlotte’

Five NEW plants featured here at the garden centre including 'Charlotte' Chrysanthemum - £3.99 each | 3 for £10.00; Petunia 'Night Sky' £2.99; Osteospermum 'Serenity Blue Eye' £6.99; Bidens 'Bee Dance' £2.99; Cosmos 'Xanthos' £2.49.

28 May
cat rabbit hamster dog

James Wellbeloved In-store Nutritional Pet Event Saturday 28th May

Advice for your favourite pet friend during this Saturday - with nutritional help, special offers and money off vouchers. Come and chat with our experts and find out how you can improve and maintain your pets nutrition.

9 Jul
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Super-Duper Summer Special Saturday 9th July

A super summer special for children and the family! Glitter tattoos : Captain Coconut entertains : Balloon flowers : Kiddies fair rides : Make a hanging basket : Hot Dogs : Ice cream Soda : Cream teas.
Note: Some activities may not be running - check with us to avoid disappointment.

6 Aug

North Devon Woodturners 25th Anniversary Exhibition Saturday 6th August

Book this date in your diary, to view, admire and buy selected items from this exhibition. You will also be able to obtain advice on woodturning courses available locally with experienced crafts people. Start a new hobby!

10 Sep
Crop of vegetables. Potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and other vegetables.

Autumn Horticultural Show 10th-11th September

The very best in local produce from the Barnstaple & District Horticultural Society - marvel at the giant veg, exquisite flowers and displays, food and handicraft. Follow the judging on the Saturday. All the displays are open for the public to enjoy.

1 Oct

Christmas display…

Now open and a 'must see' for all Christmas watchers - it's never too early.

Check out all the fabulous traditional and contemporary baubles, decorations and lights. Fantastic artificial trees of all sizes, shapes and prices. Table display features, toys and gifts + loads more.

8 Oct
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St.John’s Wildlife Weekend Saturday 8th-Sunday 9th October

One of our favourite annual weekends - and yours too by the numbers that attend. Already booked are the owls, hawks and Prof St.John with his kiddies craft. Keep a look out for more animal interest to be added nearer the time.

18 Nov

Santa Arrives Friday 18 November 5.30pm

Get ready to meet and greet Santa! Arriving on his horse drawn sleigh - Rudolph and his mates are otherwise engaged. Santa in his grotto from 6pm for the children - £6.00 for a visit which includes 2 gifts. Kiddies rides, balloon animals, Captain Coconut, and huskies to hug during the evening.

18 Nov

Santa’s in town!

From Friday 18th November Santa will be in his grotto every weekend until and including December 24th. He is also around weekdays during the Christmas holidays - check the website or in store for details.

24 Nov

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland is a wow! Just for fun try our reindeer quiz on your way through to Santa's Grotto. Or perch on our Giant Santa Chair for a family or face book photo - just be careful with the kiddies that they don't fall off!

24 Dec

St.John’s Opening

Our Christmas Opening Hours:
Sat 24 Dec 9am-4pm
Tues 27 Dec 9am-4pm
Wed 28-Fri 29 Dec 9am-5.30pm
Sat 31 Dec 9am-4pm
Mon 2 Jan 9am-4pm
Tues 3 Jan Normal Hours
The café closes half an hour before the store

1 Feb
Labrador / Golden Retriever Guide Dog studio portrait.

Name a Guide Dog

Our customers gave £3,500 pounds over Christmas for GUIDE DOGS - thank you! Take this opportunity in store to name a new Guide Dog puppy. Just drop £1.00 in the collection 'dog' and slot your name suggestion in the box provided.
A name will be chosen in early March from those supplied.

14 Feb

Valentines Day 14 February

Give a growing gift to the one you love on Valentines Day. The choice is huge, the quality impressive and our prices are very accommodating. And chocolates only last a very short while! OK, a fabulous orchid and a box of chocolates - all bases covered. Men like them too!

1 Mar

Mother’s Day 26 March

Pamper your mum this Sunday with a carvery lunch in our conservatory restaurant and a growing gift of an orchid or house plant - she deserves your attention for the day. St.John's gift cards are also available for mum to select her own plant or garden product of her choice.

18 Mar

Propagation & Potatoes

An opportunity to see demonstrations of all forms of seed sowing - division, cutting, etc. Learn how to propagate your plant for the new season. Find out about the wide range of potatoes you can plant, starting with Earlies through to Main Crop. What's best for chips, mash, salad and roast?

14 Apr
easter flower (sharper)

Easter Weekend Store Hours (click to see)

During the Easter weekend our opening hours are as follows:
SATURDAY 9am-5pm
MONDAY 9am-5pm

22 Apr

Lawn Care & Fertilisers

How can I improve my lawn? Using the correct variety of grass seed and feed will improve your lawn and existing grass can be improved by applying fertiliser incorporating moss and weed killer. Fertiliser gives all plants extra nourishment, but there are so many varieties. Ask our experts for advice.

1 May

Hanging Baskets 20-21 May

Hanging baskets, tubs and bedding plants.
Have you made hanging baskets before? Come along to this weekend and see live demonstrations of how to put your basket together. Get advise on the correct compost to use and which varieties of plant are best and the 'new' ones for 2017.

4 Jun

Bee & Honey Weekend 3rd-4th June

The North Devon Beekeepers are once again here for the weekend with their display of 'bee' products - honey, candles etc. Also plenty of opportunity for advice and information about bee keeping from the experts. See our bee and insect friendly plants available for your garden.

8 Jul
desser vale suite

Garden Furniture event 8th-9th July

A weekend to browse, sit-on and select a single piece of furniture or suite for your patio or conservatory. Bistro sets for 2 or a large family table, and chairs for 8. We are slashing prices on selected items, so spot the yellow offer display cards and grab yourself a bargain whilst you can.

5 Aug
Chris Webber 00740 (smaller)

North Devon Woodturner’s Show 5th August

This impressive annual craft event is again hosted by St.John's Garden Centre. Delicate small pots, giant rustic bowls, boxes, goblets, platters and wooden fruit. Try your hand at woodturning during the day and ask the experts for advice on courses available. There will be selected items for sale.

9 Sep
purple cabbage

B&DHS Autumn Horticultural Show 9th-10th September

Hosted by St.John's the Annual Barnstaple & District Horticultural Society Show is a fabulous feature over this weekend. It is a 'must see' for all vegetable and flower growers. Displaying the best in local produce, including honey, floral arrangements and crafts. Prize giving is on the Sunday.

7 Oct
Owl huge

St.John’s Wildlife Weekend 7th-8th October

This is one of our favourite family weekends with things to see and do for everyone. More details to follow soon but forsure we will have the owls and hawks with us again and Prof St.John with his kiddies craft work to make and take home. So, book the dates now and we'll see you later!

17 Nov
Dancing Santa

Special visitor coming! Friday 17 November 5.30pm

Can you guess who guess?
It's autumn now so not too long to wait!
Full details on our Christmas Winter Wonderland web page from around late October.