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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
Amaranthus tricolor Splendens
Edible annual , up to 120cm. Yellow and scarlet upper leaves, bronze mid height leaves and green lower leaves. The colour variation is stable and will last the life of the plant.
£ 1.50
Astilbe chinensis Little Vision in Pink
NEW. Dwarf form with sturdy upright plumes of strong pink flowers above rich -green foliage will tolerates sun better than others reblooms if cut back
£ 6.00
Astilboides tabularis
NEW. Vigorous perennial to 150cm in height, with rounded leaves to 100cm across, and small cream flowers above the foliage in early summer.
£ 6.50
Scadoxus multiflorus
This really has the wow factor! "Fireball" or "Blood" lily, produces rouind flower heads, 15cm across, made up of hundreds of starry blooms of fiery red. These are followed by a flurry of small orange red berries. Excellent conservatory plant. 60cm.
£ 6.00
Perovskia atriplicifolia Little Spire
NEW. compact, erect, deciduous sub-shrub with white stems bearing aromatic, deeply-divided, grey-green leaves and open, upright panicles of small violet-blue flowers in late summer and early autumn. 60cm.
£ 5.50
Lupinus Chandelier
This dark blue-green foliage is brightened by luminous milky white and lemon-yellow columns of bloom in May and June. 100cm.
£ 4.00
Primula auricula Nefertiti (A)
Light centred.
£ 4.50
Tigridia pavonia Lilacea
Stunning south African bulbous plant with enormous bright lilac flowers in summer. Hardy. 45cm.
£ 4.00
Solidago x luteus
This is a hybrid between Aster and Solidago. It bears hundreds of small, lemon yellow flowers in dense heads throughout the summer. Excellent cut flower. 75cm.
£ 4.00
Ixia Vulcan
Flowers are white flushed with carmine with a dark red centre..
£ 4.50
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora Lady Oxford
Compact form with soft brownish-orange flowers. 45cm.
£ 4.00
Primula chionantha sinopurpurea
Violet purple flowers on powdered white stems, April and May. Pale green narrow leaves. Height 40cm. Spread 20 to 30cm.
£ 5.00
Gerbera Everlast? Honey
NEW. Sophisticated upstanding honey yellow flowers held over glossy green foliage. Looking fantastic for most of the year.
£ 6.50
Valeriana officinalis sambucifolia
"Cat's Valerian". Pinkish-white scented flowers above elder-like foliage. Used medicinally to help with sleep problems. Spring and summer. 100cm.
£ 5.50
Primula auricula Consett (S)
Dark red self.
£ 4.50
Penstemon Pensham Czar
Flower trumpets are solid plum purple outside, bright white inside. Strong and stocky plants with a very long flowering season.
£ 5.50
Albuca shawii
Bulbous plant with scented yellow flowers all summer. They look a bit like tiny daffodils.  Aromatic, slightly sticky foliage.  Well drained soil. 40cm.
£ 1.50
Primula auricula Green Shank (S)
Green/red. Green edged.
£ 4.50
Primula auricula Ellen Thompson (A)
£ 5.50
Acanthus syriacus
Grey green leaves which are relatively narrow. Flowers are yellow, tinged with pink. June onwards. Well drained soils. 60cm
£ 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