In the early 1970s, Garvin Wylie opened Woodlawn Garden Centre on the Saintfield Road, Belfast on the site of a former hatchery owned by his father. Woodlawn Garden Centre quickly established a reputation for range, quality and customer service and for the next thirty years the business continued to flourish. In recent years however, a desire to offer customers an enhanced shopping experience prompted the decision to re-locate to a state-of-the-art garden centre at Carryduff.
In October 2006, Woodlawn re-opened as Woodlawn Garden & Lifestyle; its bright, airy interiors and covered plant area complemented by the 120-seater Maple Café and Gift Shop. The focus of the business though, remains the same: a commitment to offering a wide range of plants of the highest quality and the best value, with a focus on the new, rare and unusual.
Our location, in the rural heart of County Down, is only a short drive from Belfast, Lisburn, Hillsborough, Ballynahinch and Comber. Experienced and enthusiastic staff members are on hand at Woodlawn to offer advice on all aspects of gardening, including garden design and plant health, garden equipment, outdoor living, barbecues, sheds. With disabled access throughout, complementary wheelchairs, multi-functional shopping trolleys and ultra modern restrooms including nappy-changing facilities, Woodlawn Garden & Lifestyle has set new standards in customer care.
Last, but not least, the view: a timeless panorama of productive farmland, its latticework of mature hedgerows and majestic trees appearing to roll all the way to Scrabo Tower. A reminder, if such were needed, that to plant something, whether seed, spud or tree, and watch it grow… is the easiest and most spiritually satisfying way to reconnect with nature.