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Carpenter’s Nursery and Farm Shop

Make this your one-stop shop for homegrown plants, garden goodies, gifts and local produce, then fuel up at the fab café with its stunning countryside views.

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With nearly 100 years’ experience (yep, 100 – they really know their stuff!), the family-run Carpenter’s Nursery and Farm Shop can be found in the village of Sandridge, just north of buzzy St Albans. Originally a plant nursery with a greengrocer’s counter in a barn, the business is now a well-established garden centre and farm shop, complete with an award winning Café – The Potting Shed – and it’s own branch of The Refill Pantry, where you can pick up all your eco-friendly houshold goods.

Outside, you’ll find a huge array of plants, garden tools and equipment, pots, compost, and decorative items. Unlike most garden centres, Carpenter’s grows a wide range of its plants from seed on site, including vegetables, herbaceous perennials, summer and winter bedding plants and hanging baskets – local and sustainable all the way! Head indoors to find a veritable houseplant emporium, as well as a gift and card department, stocking ranges designed by local artists.

Then there’s the farm shop, which is jam-packed with home-grown seasonal produce – a rainbow of delightfully wonky fruit and veg, as well as a wide selection of locally sourced groceries and treats. You’ll be hard pushed not to find something to tempt you, from freshly baked bread and cakes (the sticky bun is a local fave!), local beers, Carpenter’s own Rhubarb Gin, freshly squeezed orange juice and Cook frozen meals, as well as fresh meat, cheese and deli items.

Open the door into The Potting Shed café and you will be amazed. The beautifully designed cafe is completely different from your ordinary garden centre café. Made fresh to order by the passionate head chef, the food is seasonal (and home-grown, naturally), colourful and creative. It’s popular so be sure to book ahead for lunch to avoid disappointment. There is also a beautiful terrace with stunning views over Herts countryside that’s open from May to September. Pop in for coffee and cake after a walk in Heartwood Forest, then stock up with plants for your garden and go home laden with baskets full of local produce.

We defy you to leave this local one-stop shop empy handed (or hungry for that matter!)

106 St Albans Road, Sandridge, St Albans, Herts, AL4 9LJ
Carpenter's Nursery and Farm Shop
01727 853340

Opening hours
Monday: 9am - 5.30pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5.30pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5.30pm
Thursday: 9am - 5.30pm
Friday: 9am - 5.30pm
Saturday: 9am - 5.30pm
Sunday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

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