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John and Ingrid in the nursery In this busy year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics in London, we can all join in even if we didn’t get tickets. By being creative in your garden, enjoy an “outdoor room” with a party atmosphere, made as colourful as you like with fresh ideas. And why not make gardening the new gym? Why pay hundreds of pounds in gym membership when you can go into your garden and do the same amount of exercise for free, thus leaving the pounds in your pocket and not on your waistline? This will give you the opportunity to improve both your health and your environment. Gardening has never been so easy with an enormous variety of container grown plants to choose from: not only flowers but also vegetables. Why not try growing them together? Visit us at the nursery or give us a call for some ideas.

We will be running RHS partnership days at the nursery: pruning and propagation, spring and autumn (see our events list). In addition, we are running “special event” days including some where part of the proceeds will go to charity, both local and gardening related.

We hope to see many of our customers, both old and new, not only at the nursery but also at the many plant fairs and shows we attend. Don’t forget that you can order plants from us and we can bring them to any event, thus saving you post and packing charges.

If you are struggling to find a particular plant or have any gardening queries, do not hesitate to get in touch as even if we do not stock the plant or know the answer to your question, we can use all our resources and contacts to solve your problems.

We do not have a bespoke tea room but if you would like a cuppa, just ask. (donations to the RSPCA). Our restroom is disabled friendly, as are the outside sales beds. Please ask if you need any assistance such as getting plants from the tunnels.

Dogs are welcome on leads. Please let us know if you would rather our cats and dog stayed indoors during your visit and we will be most happy to oblige as we realise that not everyone shares our love of animals.

Do look around our garden and pond and feel free to pic-nic: there are tables and chairs available for use. If the weather is inclement, do sit in our shop area and if you venture outside, we have plenty of umbrellas.

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We are available to give talks on the following subjects and if we have enough notice, can tailor one of our talks to you needs/situation, or create a new talk for you. We use a digital projector and can bring our own equipment and plants for sale if you wish.

1. Plant Hunting on Holiday
2. South African Bulbs
3. Herbaceous perennials
4. Plants for Autumn colour in the garden
5. Propagation (practical)
6. The Dry Garden
7. Primulas and Auriculas
8. Cannas
9. An exploration into the world of the Acanthus, including history, influence and other plants in the Acanthus family
10. Bulbs for the garden throughout the year
11. Trees for smaller gardens
12. Plants for wildlife


We are happy to receive daytime or evening visits from gardening clubs, etc. There is room for a coach to park at the end of our lane (by pre arrangement with the farmer) and we can give a talk, guided tour, provide light refreshments or whatever else you may need. Just give us a call for further details. 01746 716 454.

Loyalty Scheme

This is up and running and still costs only £5.00 to join. Benefits include 10% off all purchases at the nursery and previews to our seasonal “sales”.

Featured Plants - Today's best selection
Campanula Sarastro
NEW. Large, purple-blue waxy bells opening from  buds of deepest purple. It is probably a cross between our native C. latifolia and one of the lAsiatic bellflowers, C. takesimana or C. punctata. A sterile hybrid, it flowers all summer long, especially when dead flower stems are removed.
£ 4.00
Centaurea macrocephala
An architectural plant for the middle of a border. Golden yellow thistle like flowers during summer held on strong stems. 100cm.
£ 4.00
Iris Bold Pretender
NEW. "Louisiana Water Iris". Red flowers with yellow centres from late spring to early summer. 100cm.
£ 6.50
Acanthus spinosus Ferguson's form
This form has the most fantastic flower spikes. Very dense and stout, with white flowers and purple bracts. 90cm.
£ 5.50
Strobilanthes anisophyllus
The slim, pointed leaves take on attractive dark purple tints when grown in full sun, which can provide good foliage contrasts with other plants; however, it will also grow and flower in shaded areas of the garden. Mauve funnel shaped flowers. 100cm.
£ 5.00
Rehmannia elata
AGM. "Chinese Foxglove". Mid pink flowers with a yellow spotted throat. This looks very exotic but is hardy. 45cm.
£ 4.50
Anemone Pretty Lady Emily
NEW. The Pretty Lady series of Anemones feature compact habits, unlike other hupehensis varieties. Emily has double light pink flowers over 5 cm wide. 40cm. .
£ 5.50
Phytolacca americana
"Pokeweed". Rhizomatous plant with white flowers in spikes, followed by green, then red and finally black berries. Large architectural plant up to 200cm.
£ 1.50
Thalictrum delavayi Hewitt's Double
NEW. AGM. Often mistaken for purple Gypsophila, this has fluffy double purple flowers held well above ferny foliage. Needs no staking but looks best grown amongst other plants. 120cm.
£ 6.50
Iris domestica Freckle Face
"Leopard Lily". (syn Belamcanda chinensis Freckle Face)  Dwarf plant with yellow, orange spotted flowers.
£ 6.50
Phlox paniculata White Flame
Fantastic development in the world of Phlox, short and bushy reaching 40cm with large fragrant flowers, strong stems and improved mildew resistance.  White flowers.
£ 4.00
Primula auricula Margot Fonteyn (A)
Brown. Gold centred.
£ 6.00
Anemone Pretty Lady Diana
NEW. The Pretty Lady series of Anemone feature compact habits, unlike other hupehensis varieties. Diana has single pink flowers over 5 cm wide. 40cm.
£ 5.50
Astilbe Beauty of Ernst (x arendsii)
NEW. Leaves start out brilliant green and then change to purple-burgundy as the season progresses, providing an excellent foil for the spears of pale pink flowers. This is a fine plant for massing and looks good throughout the season. 45cm.
£ 6.00
Salvia x sylvestris Schneeh?gel
White flowers. Grey green foliage. Good compact plant. 50cm.
£ 5.50
Aster novae-angliae Herbstschnee
White flowers from September into October. 125cm.
£ 4.00
Dianthus Sunflor Citrien
Double yellow flowers.
£ 4.50
Iris Dorcas Lives Again
NEW. Tall Bearded Iris. Early flowering with light lavender flowers which have a paler spot under light yellow beards tipped white. Re-flowers later in the year. 110cm.
£ 6.50
Primula auricula Lilac Domino (S)
Lilac-purple. Self.
£ 4.50
Nepeta parnassica
New to cultivation. This large Catmint is a splendid plant from the hills and mountains of Albania and Greece. With long, thick, strong stems with fragrant leaves, it bears from summer to late autumn long spikes of purple-blue flowers.
£ 1.50
Nursery Opening Times
March 1st to October 15th: 9am-5pm daily.
Closed Sundays
All other times by appointment.

AGM - Award of Garden Merit, given by the RHS to particularly garden worthy plants.

PBR - Plant Breeder’s Rights apply