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The Fairweather Family

he Fairweather's team is a friendly group with a shared vision of delivering a great service to our customers.

Fairweather's Garden Centre was established in 1961 by the late Christopher Fairweather and his wife Aline.  Patrick Fairweather, the eldest son, caught the horticultural bug from his parents and naturally took over running Fairweather's, where eventually his wife Steff came on-board to manage the cafe, Steff's Kitchen.

It's come a long way since selling plants in baked bean tins in the 60's and the Fairweather family strives to keep it more than just a garden centre, it's a unique place to visit in a historical part of the New Forest.

Plant Team

All our knowledgeable plant team are keen gardeners and know how to look after and nurture plants, which means our plants are healthy and we can provide you with expert advice.

Aline Fairweather the matriarch of the Fairweather family and founder of Fairweather's Garden Centre is still very much involved in sourcing you the best quality plants from local specialist nurseries.

Garden Centre Team

Our team in the shop have been with us a long time! They pride themselves on sourcing products that they know you will love and need.  Planning is done in advance and we attend shows to bring you the latest and trending items including furniture.

Steff's Kitchen

The wonderful team in our cafe are passionate about the food that's cooked and served.  Our menu is planned using local produce from Patrick's Patch and by supporting our local suppliers.  Our chef inspires to cook fresh and seasonal recipes along with traditional family favourites.

Patrick's Patch

Our Head Gardener Rachel is supported by a team of wonderful volunteers.  Together they ensure a continuous supply of fresh fruit and vegetables to our cafe, engage with local school children who visit and have fun making crafts with the children who attend our Potting Shed Club.

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Tamarin Glinkowski

Role - General Manager/Plant Buyer

What got you into gardening? - My mother was a florist in London, and I enjoyed learning about the flowers she used from a young age. It then progressed into outdoor plants with a keen interest in herbaceous nothing more exciting than waiting for those plants to emerge from the soil in Spring.

What do you do in your spare time? - I walk a lot with my Spaniel Charlie and like to swim when I can. I have a passion for books or maybe an obsession and can’t leave a bookstore empty handed. I also enjoy learning new things and recently finished a course in Psychotropic Plants.

What is your favourite flower and why? - Lily of the Valley is my absolute favourite. As a child we had a whole flower bed full of it and I couldn’t wait for the tiny little white bells to emerge followed by the most captivating scent. I even chose it for the buttonholes for my wedding.

What Seasonal Plant would I add for Summer? – Rudbeckias have starry flowers which are robust, they are long flowering plants that shine in borders, containers and prairie-style plantings. They can also look attractive through winter. The stems and distinctive rounded seed heads persist well, providing food for birds and shelter for wildlife.

If you didn’t work for Fairweather's where would you be? - I would probably have been a doctor or psychologist I enjoyed learning the Latin names which linked with learning the Latin plant names, but I prefer working outside so maybe a job relating to the environment.