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Arboretum - Celebrating 40 Years in Business


Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven is one of Irelands leading garden centres which earned the title of Bord Bias first ever Five Star Garden Centre and recently won the coveted title of Retail Excellence Garden Centre of the Year 2017 and Company of the Year 2016. Based on a ten-acre site, Arboretum provides the complete lifestyle experience with an award winning café, home furnishing and giftware offering, fashion outlet and pet zone entwined with a qualified team of plant experts all under the one roof.

Leading the way in retail through innovation, Arboretum is very customer focused which is why we have one of the highest engagement levels in retail globally. In recognition of this, Arboretum was recently shortlisted and won the honour of representing Ireland in the European Business Awards.

Arboretum is a family run business with a dedicated team that take the time to get to understand the customer and exactly what they want. We create that special feeling for customers with our A List reward programme. As a member, you receive exclusive benefits, top tips, advice, rewards and surprises.

Business has bloomed over the last number of years and this year, Arboretum celebrates 40 successful years in business. Rachel Doyle, founder and Chief Executive Chairperson, of Arboretum comments ‘Celebrating our 40th year in business is a huge milestone for myself and my husband, Frank. We grew Arboretum to what it is today after facing many challenges but we never stopped believing in the dream. We couldnt celebrate this amazing 40-year achievement without thanking our customers.

So where was the first seed sown?...Rachel's entrepreneurial dream to start her own business started after graduating from college in 1976. Rachel identified a niche in the market and the seed was sown. Rachel opened a small garden centre at the rear of the family home and soon the business grew in success. Since then Arboretum prides itself on building strong customer rapport, supplying only the highest quality products and providing excellent customer service. This is the foundation for the achievements and growth of Arboretum which currently employs 117 people. In 2015, Rachel realised a long held vison and opened a second store in Kilquade, Wicklow. This new outlet boasts 5.2 acres with a multitude of inspirational gardens, onsite café and Arboretum shop.

This dedication to enterprise has gained Rachel worldwide recognition and Rachel is on the Women in Business Retail Excellence Ireland Committee and speaks at many events throughout the country and abroad, inspiring entrepreneurs and women in business. To highlight how entrepreneurial Rachel is, she held the coveted position of President of the International Garden Centre Association from 2013 -2015, which for the first time in 56 years was held by person in Ireland. Rachel is also on the main board of Bord Bia and is invited as a guest to all horticultural board meetings where she has served since its inception. Rachel successfully bid for Ireland to host the IGCA international congress in 2014, bringing 240 people from all over the world to Ireland. Rachel has furthermore been a board member of County Carlow Chamber where she served as President for a two year period. Here’s to the next 40 Years!