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Our Heritage

Ransoms Garden Centre was founded in 1966 by David and Janet Ransom and has remained an independent garden centre since then. David Ransom is a graduate of Kew Gardens like his father Donald was before him.

Katherine and Rebecca Ransom the second generation now run the garden centre. Rebecca also trained and graduated from Kew Gardens. Katherine is the long-time mastermind behind the gift buying and the garden centre has become far more than a plant shop, it now has a pet shop, clothes shop, barbeques and gifts and a massive Christmas shop.

Sarah Ransom started the Restaurant with Janet Ransom and when they could not decide if it should be a Tearoom or Restaurant they decided to make it both, and so The Gardeners, now Ransoms Tearoom & Restaurant came into being – a family restaurant with table service and a big menu.

Through the years

1950

Alice Sales, Janet Ransoms mother, in her pet shop in Abbingdon Road, Kensington, London

1957

David Ransom graduated from Kew

1959

Janet & David married in New York, on Christmas Day

1965

Alice & Fred Sales move from London to Jersey.

1966

Ransoms Garden Centre opened on site that is now the Tearooms

1976

Alice Sales with her blue & gold macaw Bobbin

1988

Rebecca graduated from Kew

1989

The Garden Centre opening in its current location

1992

The tearooms opened

1993

Rebecca Ransom co-hosts The Garden Club on Channel 4

1998

David & Janet retire

2002

The girls take over the businesses

2013

The Potting Shed gift shop, opposite the Tearooms, opens

2016

50th Anniversary Celebration