March 23, 2018


HTA Board statement on Chairman -

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Popular garden centre raises more than £4,500 for Dorset Mind -

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Charlie Dimmock Opens Squire’s in Woking -

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Media statement from The Garden Centre Association regarding Gardman -

Monday, March 19, 2018

Kyle creates customer Plant Health Information Pack -

Monday, March 19, 2018

HTA introduces Recycling Scheme for members -

Monday, March 19, 2018

Garden centre group brings back popular competition to ‘Name the Rose’ and see it sold across centres -

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Gardman warehouse fire: Man arrested in arson inquiry -

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

From The Archives: If you build it… April 2016 -

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Thieves ransack garden centre in Darwen Lancashire -

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Webbs Wychbold up for ‘Food Hall of the Year’ award -

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Garden centre bosses expand plans to make site ‘vibrant destination’ for North East -

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Fire at Daventry garden centre supplier warehouse -

Monday, March 12, 2018

Smart Garden announces winners of the Sales Manager of the Year Award -

Monday, March 12, 2018

Hassle-free paving treatments with new start up Block Blitz -

Friday, March 9, 2018

A look to the future at the Garden Press Event 2018 -

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Gardman launching new Marie Curie products this year -

Thursday, March 8, 2018

RDA creates contemporary cafe for family-run garden nursery -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A new-product experience for all the senses at Tendence 2018 -

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Green Digit expands SeedCell range to three different products -

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


RDA creates contemporary cafe for family-run garden nursery

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RDA was recently appointed by Whitegates Nursery in North Yorkshire to transform its existing tea room into a contemporary country kitchen style cafe.

A family business, Whitegates was established over 50 years ago and takes great pride in the quality of the plants that it grows across its 15acre site, the excellent customer service it offers and its individuality.

It is this uniqueness that led owners Claire and John Grainge to approach RDA when they were looking to renovate the existing catering facilities as part of the ongoing improvements and expansions at Whitegates.

Claire said: “I wanted something different to the traditional bland look and feel of many garden centre cafes. I was immediately attracted to what RDA could offer and liked that they were a like- minded, family business. I really felt they understood the brief and was confident that they would create something special whilst retaining the individuality and family atmosphere which has become synonymous to Whitegates.”

Our team of design experts worked with Claire to bring her vision to life creating a warm and welcoming country kitchen restaurant environment with a contemporary twist. To create this look, our team used a combination of lounge and dining furniture, warm ambient lighting and a mis-match of colours and materials.

To represent the botanical surroundings, green was the predominant colour, but with olive tones and more delicate shades. To express the individuality of the project, this was contrasted with bold coloured furniture such as dark teal, violet blue and blush pink chairs against statement floral fabrics and raw wooden panelling to the walls, which was painted green.

Continuing with the contemporary farmhouse aesthetic, the counter features artisan tiling and was cladded with natural wood ready to perfectly display the tempting selection of locally sourced, homemade and home grown hot and cold food, cakes and infusion teas.

In addition, our team designed and installed a newly built kitchen which included a four-door refrigerated counter, cooking suit with extraction canopy, microwave, Baine Marie, Merry Chef, soup kettle and wash station.

Claire added: “We wanted to create an area within the garden centre for our customers where they could gather and chat about gardening.  A cosy yet luxurious and welcoming space where our customers could stay and relax, perhaps read a magazine, or a book whilst enjoying our home-made goods. I feel RDA has encapsulated that perfectly, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.”

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