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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
Lupinus albifrons collinus
Silvery leaves on spreading stems make a low mat; spikes of bright blue purple flowers extend to 65cm in spring. Perennial subshrub.
£ 4.50
Iris Blue Denim
Dwarf Bearded.  Blue flowers with white bearded in May to June.  Best grown in full sun on well drained soil. 30cm.
£ 6.50
Iris sibirica Pansy Purple
NEW. Pansy-purple Siberian Iris, with the darker falls ruffled and frilled.
£ 6.50
Zephyranthes lindleyana
Native to eastern Sierra Madre of Mexico, this "Rain Lily" has pink flowers with a yellow centre.
£ 4.50
Lupinus The Page
Long flower spikes in shades deep pink early summer. Will reach up to 100cm in height with a spread of 45cm. After the first flower spikes fade, remove them to encourage a second flush. Well drained soil in full sun or partial shade.
£ 4.00
Nepeta Pool Bank
Vigorous upright form with spikes of soft lilac-blue flowers. Aromatic grey-green leaves.  80cm.
£ 1.50
Dianthus Mrs Sinkins
Old fashioned variety of "pink" with fragrant white flowers. Grey foliage persists all year. Well drained and sunny spot.
£ 4.50
Salvia taraxacifolia
Endemic to the limestones of the Atlas Mts. at altitudes to 2500m. and not closely related to any other Salvia species. It forms little bushlets of citrus scented grayish dandelion foliage, eventually forming wide mats studded with 15cm scapes of pinkish cream flowers.
£ 1.50
Thalictrum Splendide
NEW. Tall, impressive, burgundy stalks bear clouds of mauve flowers from June until September. Excellent for cutting and drying. A beautiful plant for sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. 150cm.
£ 7.00
Crocosmia Walberton Red
Brilliantly coloured six-petalled tubular flowers on arching stems rise out of lance shaped foliage in late summer. The red buds open to 5cm wide rosy coral flowers that have orange red reverses. August to October.
£ 4.00
Sedum drymarioides
NEW. This emerges in spring with scalloped bright green leaves. Heads of raspberry flowers come on in late summer. Forms a neat mound in full sun.Drought tolerant. Performs admirably in the garden or in a pot.
£ 4.00
Primula auricula Gay Crusader (A)
Orange red, shaded to orange. Gold centred.
£ 5.50
Phlox stolonifera Home Fires
Excellent, shade tolerant Phlox that spreads rapidly by stolons, forming dense mats of delicate foliage that are 30-60cm tall.
£ 4.00
Corydalis aurea
An excellent garden plant with masses of fern like leaves and yellow flowers. Self seeds.
£ 1.50
Salvia x sylvestris Schneeh?gel
White flowers. Grey green foliage. Good compact plant. 50cm.
£ 5.50
Achillea Moonshine
Fairly compact plant with grey/white filigree foliage. Flat heads of pale, acid-yellow flowers. 70cm.
£ 5.50
Leucojum vernum
AGM. "Spring Snowflake". This bulbous plant has delicate, bell-like, white flowers with a green spot on each petal. These are produced from February to April. Moist soil. Semi-shade. This is a good early source of nectar and pollen for bees.
£ 5.00
Salvia greggii Purple Queen
Vivid purple flowers above attractive green foliage. 45cm.
£ 5.00
Geranium ROZANNE
PBR. Its leaves form mounds of slightly marbled, deep green foliage above which appear loose cymes of large (up to 5cm across) saucer-shaped, violet-blue flowers with pale whitish centres and red veins radiating out into the five petals. The flowering period is June to at least September.
£ 7.00
Anemone x hybrida K?nigin Charlotte
AGM. This old variety is the best large-flowered Japanese anemone available. Mid pink, semi-double. 80cm.
£ 5.00
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