A visit to Mr Middleton Garden Shop
- Mon, 15 Feb 2016
Bring the love of gardening and nature into the city centre.
With a passion for gardening and plants Mr Middleton is Irelands’s oldest mail order Garden retailer. They are 100% Irish family owned and is the only remaining traditional seed shop in the city centre full of the old world smells of seeds, bulbs and bone meal. An absolute jewel to the city giving a refreshing boost to the garden industry.
For a little garden shop in the city Mr Middleton is making strides in the country and globally. It has not only the largest seed and flower bulb range in Ireland but sells lots of unique products for gardeners such Nemaslug a pack of 10,000 microscopic worms that eat your slugs or live ladybirds to eat your greenfly .
Mr Middleton’s shop in Mary Street is a mecca for gardeners, selling seed varieties by the thousands and stocking in season over 2,000 varieties of flower bulbs from around the world as well as good garden tools and equipment. The variety of seeds, bulbs and vegetables is outstanding from 600 different types of Tulips for spring to over 50 types of potatoes.
In the early 1970’s Thomas Quearney known as Mr Middleton began growing plants in his parent’s back garden and by 1973 he had started trading and selling at markets.
In 1977 the first mail order advertisement appeared in the national newspapers offering 13 varieties of vegetable seeds and 6 varieties of flowers. At the same time Thomas was also trading with the world famous seed company Thompson & Morgan. Within 10 years Thomas had convinced T&M to appoint him as their sole Irish distributor, a partnership that continues to this day. Thompson & Morgan is now the No 1 seed supplier to Irish garden centres.
From the early days Thomas’s parents and siblings provided the necessary labour to help expand the business, so it was natural that his brother Garret would join him as a partner in the business. A few years later in 1983 the first full time staff members joined, Alan Murray and Vera Mc Kenna . Some 30 years later, the original four today form the backbone of the great team that is now Mr Middleton.
Their 15,000 sq ft. warehouse in Glasnevin is a fortress of garden supplies which dispatches orders everyday to gardener’s throughout Ireland. Delivery to anywhere in the country costs just €5.95 no matter if it is a greenhouse or garden machinery! The products are packaged with such care and efficiency. You really get a quality service.
Love and hard work goes into every bit of this store and this is felt as soon as you walk in the door. That strong knit family vibe permeates the shop.
The seeds are a great gift for visitors to the country. Simple, light weight packages to bring back to family and friends around Europe. Check out Mr Middleton on mrmiddleton.com