The place where gardeners go – since 1894.


Switzerland’s most typical English-style Garden-Centre

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.

Meier garden centre, 8635 Dürnten


We speak English - English for gardeners

Stuart Bell's garden course in English
Stuart Bell's garden course in English

Garden courses in English

Meanwhile we are becoming a meeting place for British Expatriats an other English-speaking garden enthusiasts from all over the world. According to our English slogan, Meier - the place where gardeners go '.

We therefore offer garden courses in English – also on request, minimum 6 persons. Stuar Bell, our English plant consultant and head of department, leads the way through the most important topics of the garden season with lots of charm and know-how.

He welcomes you to afternoon tea and cake. Stuart will give an informative and fun talk about plants, there uses, how to care for and introduce some new unusual types with a bit of a practical demonstration.


Diversity from our own nursery

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.

2500 varieties of garden plants & flowers 
2500 varieties of garden plants & flowers
Vegetables and herbs 
Vegetables and herbs

Decorative garden accents

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.

Gardening accessories 
Gardening accessories

Inspiration for the perfect gift

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.


Have a break

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.

Excellent pâtisserie and fresh pastries 
Excellent pâtisserie and fresh pastries

Only 20 minutes from downtown Zurich

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.

By car 
By car


Aktuelle News

  • 03.03.2021 NEU: Online einkaufen mit Click & Collect

    Produkte aus 'Meiers Bestseller' jetzt online einkaufen und Bestellung im Garten-Center abholen. Das ist sicher und spart Zeit. Probieren Sie es aus!

  • 01.03.2021 Hochbeet-Saison: Lasst uns gärtnern!

    Hochbeete - Gärtnern auf angenehmer Höhe. Das Bücken bei der Gartenarbeit entfällt. Es entsteht weniger Unkraut, da die Unkrautsamen nicht ins Hochbeet verfrachtet werden.

  • 18.02.2021 Saisonstart im Blumengarten

    Jetzt wird's wieder bunt. Viele Frühlingsblüher können jetzt im Februar bereits nach draussen gepflanzt werden. Zwiebelpflanzen wie Narzissen, Tulpen usw. sind dabei etwas frostsicherer als zum Beispiel Primeln und Senetti.

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