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The Fairweather Family

The 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.