Who are we?
Bosworth’s Garden Centre is the Retail arm of the Bosworth’s Garden Company and has developed from humble nursery beginnings to being one of Northamptonshire’s most respected Garden Centres.
We are one of the few Garden Centres in the country that grows a large proportion of the plants that it sells on site, we specialise in growing Seasonal plants for colourful displays in Pots and containers and are also growers of permanent Garden Plants such as Shrubs and Herbaceous perennials.
Although we are proud of our horticultural pedigree, we also recognise the importance of providing a relaxing ambiance and providing a mix of gifts and seasonal products to enhance all the rooms of the home, including the most important of all; the outside room.
We also have on site our own ‘Poppies Coffee Lounge’ which provides a range of quality Beverages, Cakes and light lunches. Our website is here to provide as much information as possible, but as we are not able to recreate the ‘touchy-feely’ nature of plants on screen, we hope you will visit the Garden Centre soon to really appreciate the range and quality of our products and service.
You can also shop online with us by clicking here.
1950's - (Click to open)
Frank and Helena Bosworth and their son John move to a smallholding site in Finedon Road, Burton Latimer. The site had ONE Greenhouse and ONE pre-fabricated bungalow (the White Bungalow) on it at that time. The Greenhouse was demolished in the mid 1990’s, but the bungalow is now used as a Staff Room and customer toilet facilities within the Garden Centre.
1960's - (Click to open)
John and Jill Bosworth get married and build the bungalow that is still located a the front of the Garden Centre. John and Jill’s son, Sam is born. John and Jill’s son, Ian, is born and the family is brought up in the bungalow
1970's - (Click to open)
During the 1970’s the site is mainly used for Agricultural and Horticultural crops including Tomatoes, Cut Flowers, Runner Beans, Strawberries and Raspberries, along with livestock such and Pigs, Chickens, Goats and Geese. John and Jill begin to sell produce on Kettering and Corby markets. Frank Bosworth passes away. John and Jill Bosworth take over the business with Jill leaving her job as a reporter on the Kettering Evening Telegraph
1980's - (Click to open)
During the 1980’s, agriculture on a small scale becomes more difficult, so horticulture became more relevant. Livestock disappeared and cut flower, vegetables, fruit and bedding plants were sold “at the farm gate”. The retail Nursery was established. The Bosworths were approached by the South Midlands Co-Operative society to look at the possibility of creating a residential development. The Co-Op owned the field to the south of the Nursery where Riverview and the Rushes are now situated. They had owned this pasture for a number of years as they used if for grazing the horses which pulled their milk carts around the village.Sam Bosworth goes to Writtle College in Chelmsford to study Commercial Horticulture
1990's - (Click to open)
Sam returns from college and on Boxing Day takes a sledgehammer to one of his Dad’s cold frames adjacent to the bungalow. John was not amused. Jill was excited about the retail opportunities. The cold frames are replaced by the first retail structure on site, a steel framed polythene clad structure to sell bedding plants from. Remarkably that structure is still there now and houses the coffee shop. Sam and Tania Bosworth are married. Bosworth’s approach a landowner around the new Burton Latimer bypass to discuss a new Garden Centre site. The site is around the Cranford Road and A6 junction. A “housing crash” means that relocation becomes unlikely. After a remarkable winters work, taking down greenhouses, chicken sheds and pig stys and building Car Parking, Shops and Plant Areas, the new Garden Centre opens in the Spring. Bosworth’s take the plunge and put relocation on the back burner as they submit an application to redevelop the Nursery site into a Garden Centre.
2000's - (Click to open)
Between 1996 and 2005 work carries on to develop and grow the Garden Centre business. Following in his grandparents and parents footsteps, Sam and Tania build a new house on the Garden Site . Their first son Oliver is born. Further land is purchased to the rear of the site allowing the nursery to relocate to a new area and the whole of the original site could be used for the Garden Centre. In December, Jill Bosworth suddenly passes away aged 66 having inspired a lot of the retail development and changes that have taken place. One of Jill’s dreams was to open a coffee shop. Poppies Coffee Shop was opened in March 2007. Tania Bosworth, having given up her nursing career to look after the three boys was instrumental in the set up of this venture. This was also the time that Tania became more involved in running the Gift and Christmas departments within the shop. John Bosworth is tragically diagnosed with cancer in August and passes away just before Christmas.
2010's - (Click to open)
The Garden Centre is now fully using all of the available space. The coffee shop is approaching capacity, the car park is regularly full. It is time to begin looking at relocation again. A Planning Application is submitted to the Council for consent to build 30 houses on the existing Garden Centre Site. This is the culmination of 18 months of work with planners, ecologists, transport consultants and the local councils. Planning Application Submitted December 2012. We can confirm that in December 2012 we submitted a planning application on the Garden Centre site for change of use from Garden Centre to Residential Housing. Consent is granted in March for these 30 houses. A second application is submitted, this time including the nursery land to the rear of the site, bringing the total of houses applied for to 69. After much delay and technical issues, the application is unanimously approved by Kettering Borough Council’s planning committee in April, on the basis that the area is now more suited to residential development that commercial use, and mainly to see the business continue to grow and flourish.
Onwards - (Click to open)
The search begins for a new site. Over the intervening years many sites have been considered, but the hunt is on for somewhere that will give good access, good visibility and room for the business to grow and develop, ensuring that it is close enough to the existing site to maintain our customer base. Our first main website launches followed a couple of years later by our online shop. As the world of retail both on and offline are ever evolving we are looking forward to exciting times ahead.