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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
Coprosma x kirkii variegata
Coprosmas are evergreen shrubs from New Zealand that are grown for their colourful glossy leaves. Some varieties are used in mild climates as ground covers. All do very well in coastal areas as they are tolerant of salt spray. Plant in full sun to light shade, more shade the further inland. Give well drained soil with regular watering. They become drought resistant with age. Leaf colour more intense in the autumn and winter. Flowers are insignificant.
£ 8.00
Primula auricula Green Finger (S)
Green/yellow. Green edged.
£ 5.50
Canna Black Knight
NEW. One of the darkest of all cannas, featuring deep-velvety-red flowers against a setting of large bronze foliage. Produces heavily loaded scapes of large, long-petalled flowers. 120-250cm.
£ 6.00
Penstemon Hewell Pink Bedder
AGM. Bright pink flowers with a cream throat, heavily streaked with dark red. 80cm.
£ 5.50
Bupleurum spinosum
"Spiny Hare's Ear "  This can eventually attain a large. Late summer flowering cushion shrub from Morocco and Spain with intricate cushions of silvery blue spangled with lemon starbursts for weeks late in the season. Very long lived and adaptable.
£ 4.50
Primula auricula Millicent (A)
Mauve, deep to pale mauve blue.
£ 4.50
Filipendula ulmaria Flore Pleno
NEW. "Double Meadowsweet". Attractive fluffy plumes of double-white flowers. Suitable for moist borders and bog-gardens in full sun or partial shade. Flowering time June-July.  70 cm.
£ 5.50
Verbascum phoeniceum Flush of White
Clear white flowers with a yellow eye. Well-drained soil. 100cm.
£ 1.50
Phlox Sherbet Cocktail
This superb perennial phlox is aptly named and will bring an exciting mix of colour to the borders. Yellow-green buds upon chocolate-maroon bracts give way to a mass of fragrant flowers in a blend of pink, white and yellow. This dazzling phlox is a real chameleon. 70cm.
£ 5.50
Phygelius x rectus Moonraker
Mid-green foliage with well presented spikes of creamy-yellow flower trumpets.
£ 5.50
Salvia Trelissick
Pale yellow flowers are held on upright growth. Aromatic foliage. 60cm.
£ 5.00
Astilbe Younique Silvery Pink
PBR. Another astilbe with silvery pink flowers. Compact habit.
£ 6.00
Bergenia Eden's Dark Margin
NEW. In late winter to early spring deep pink flowers from bright purple calyces are produced in profusion. However, it is the vivid red flushed leaves throughout the winter which set this variety apart. A winter essential!
£ 7.00
Dianthus Mrs Sinkins
Old variety with very sweetly scented double white flowers. Beautifully blue-silver leaves. 15cm.
£ 4.00
Primula auricula Pinstripe (St)
£ 4.50
Morina longifolia
Prickly, aromatic foliage appears beneath tall pagoda-like stems, with whorls of long white tubular flowers, which eventually change to rose then crimson as they mature. Flowers from mid to late summer. Once the blossoms have finished, the tall green stems can be used as spectacular dried flower arrangements. 60-90cm
£ 1.50
Salvia x jamensis Trebah
White flowers tinged lilac-pink all summer. Sunny, well-drained position.
£ 4.50
Tritonia crocata Baby Doll
Spikes of up to 10 cup-shaped orange to red flowers, 1½cm long, produced on wiry arching stems in spring. 40cm.
£ 5.50
Phlox paniculata Pink Eye Flame
Fantastic development in the world of Phlox, short and bushy reaching 40cm with large fragrant flowers, strong stems and improved mildew resistance.  Pink flowers with a white centre.
£ 4.00
Veronica spicata Glory (syn. Ulster Blue Dwarf)
NEW. PBR. This is a particularly compact speedwell, its spikes of rich dark blue flowers standing very upright above a much shorter clump of basal foliage. June-October. 45cm.
£ 6.00
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