Founded in 1894, Ernst Meier AG is a family business which initially focussed on seeds. In 1964 it opened Tann-Rüti garden centre near Zurich which has become the best-known independent garden centre in German-speaking Switzerland.
The new garden centre has opened its doors for the first time on 1 March 2011. It is known simply as ‘Meier’, with the strap-line ‘meeting place for keen gardeners’. Exceptional quality service and advice are of paramount importance to the Meier family, with three generations on hand in the garden centre to answer customers’ questions.
The total surface area of the garden centre is 37,000 sqm. The space dedicated to sales can be broken down as follows: indoors (non glass-house) – 3,000 sqm; glass-house - 4,700 sqm (2,600 sqm frost free, 800sqm temperate, 1,300 sqm heated); and outside - 8,000 sqm. There is a 2,300 sqm show garden and a 1,000 sqm restaurant with mountain views. In addition, the garden centre has a 2,000 sqm warehouse, 1,000 sqm glass-house delivery area, 500 sqm seminar rooms and 327 car park spaces.
A particular feature of the garden centre is the glass-house which at 7,589 sqm is bigger than a football field. It has an ‘open-sky’ roof which can be fully opened (1,728sqm) or part opened (432sqm) to meet the needs of the plants and for the comfort of customers. This is the first ‘open-sky’ roof of such dimensions in Switzerland.
The size of the glass-house reflects the importance of plants to the business; 50% of the garden centre will be dedicated to plant sales. Plant production will continue and be expanded at the old Tann-Rüti site, providing 80% of the plants sold at the garden centre.
Orticolario, the Italian garden event that takes place in Como at the end of September, is packed with quality plants. Erwin Meier is a plant expert, and the Director of the Meier Garden Centre near Durnten in the Zurich Oberland, and he is part of the "Technical Committee", brought in to judge the plants every year at Orticolario. He explains what criteria they use, and why it's a bit different to anywhere else.
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In addition to plants, the garden centre will also stock practical Gardening accessories, hand tools, watering equipment, garden decoration such as fountains and statues, garden buildings, outdoor furniture, ponds and accessories and gifts/home decoration items such as candles and glassware.
The garden centre also includes a 25-strong landscaping team which offers garden maintenance contracts. The team leader may visit a customer’s garden at their request to advise on any issue of particular concern. Other services include a home delivery operation with four drivers.
If you need to find a present for a special person, we have a wonderful choice available instore.
Whether you need something for a birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Christmas, we keep a constantly changing range of enticing and practical gifts suitable for all the family, from the youngest child to the grandparents – and great-grandparents. Children will be delighted with something from our range of lovely toys that includes construction, colouring and craft. For the ladies, we offer a tempting choice of accessories. And everyone knows how hard it can be to find something for men, so we make sure we always have selection of useful gifts.
Add to these an array of pampering treats including bath accessories, scented candles and soaps, a variety of books, tasty sweets and chocolate, cookware, homeware and furnishings (and not forgetting outdoor and indoor plants), and we’re sure you will find the right gift that will make someone very happy. And don’t forget to purchase a card and wrapping paper, too.
Robert Holderegger and his team prepare delicious dishes every day, excellent pâtisserie and fresh pastries from our own show kitchen. Join us for your breakfast, lunch menu or coffee break in the afternoon.
Enjoy the day – even on our terrasse with the view over our garden center and the Glarner Alps.
You can reach us by train and the car quickly and effortlessly. Directly at the motorway A53 (‘Oberlandautobahn’), exit ‘Dürnten’.
Or take the S5 or S15 to Bubikon station. Cross the underpass towards "Einkaufszentrum Lättenmoos" (yellow hiking trail) and follow the Bubikonerstrasse a few minutes straight to the Kreuzstrasse. Cross the pedestrian strip – that's it.