With spring finally arriving, attentions are turning to making the most of our outside spaces.
Whether you have a courtyard or something the size of a football pitch, after the cold and wet weather, it’s likely you’ll be doing a bit of sprucing up.
We’ve picked out some of the area’s best nurseries and garden centres, offering everything you could possibly need – as well as a few cafes!
Take a look at what we found below.
1. Embleys Nursery, Much Hoole
Embleys scores 4.6 out of 5 on Google Reviews.
Set up in 1932, the traditional garden centre has a popular cafe as well as a wide selection of plants and accessories.
One review says: "Great selection of plants and garden tools, compost, ornaments, greetings cards, bird seed and feeders etc. Lovely restaurant and coffee shop called The Arches. great choice of food." Photo: Google
2. Dobbies, Blackpool Road
Part of a national chain, this garden centre scores 3.8 out of 5 on Google Reviews.
It sells a wide range of plants, furniture, has a cafe and now even sells Waitrose food. Photo: Google
3. Avant Garden Centre, Leyland
This is a family-run garden centre with lively cafe, art gallery, plus giftware, artisan food and workshops.
Situated on Wigan Road, it scores 4.4 out of 5 on Google Reviews.
One recent review says: "Beautiful garden centre to look around. Not only a massive selection of plants but some unique gifts and indoor plants too." Photo: Google
4. Barton Grange
The daddy of local garden centres, Barton Grange sells plants, equipment and garden furniture with a riverside restaurant and a farm shop.
In January it won the the Ruxley Rose Award for the Best Plant Area in the UK for the second year running.
On Google Reviews it scores 4.5 out of 5 from more than 7,000 visitors. Photo: Google