The Robinson family moved to Lewis in the 1990's and were originally from Birmingham. Gardening was something that we had always done – Richard Robinson, who you can meet in the shop any day, is a third generation gardener. The family had been coming to Lewis for years as visitors and we ended up landscaping the grounds at the nearby Co-op when it was established in the 1990's. Then we ended up getting a piece of land from the Co-op.
And Richard’s mum and dad – Ann and Bill Robinson – still work the Garden Centre and Occasions Florists too, they still come to work every day, usually in the afternoon.
Richard recalls: “There was a niche in the market as there was only the one garden centre here. We started off in a shed half the size of our florists’ room now. It was built out of all sorts of things. The guy who built our shed, I landscaped his garden – we swapped work for work. It has just grown and grown from then on, but it has taken an awful lot of hard work. There’s seven of us working here altogether now.”
The family set up florists shop Occasions in the centre of town 12 months after they opened the garden centre. Much later we decided that it would be better to have it all under the one roof as it would be easier to control and moved up to the present site around 2010.