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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
Argemone grandiflora
"White Large Flowered Prickly Poppy" is a most ornamental hardy annual species from Central America. It makes very large, pure white flowers, which last for several days, above spiny, steel bluish-green green leaves. 70cm.
£ 4.00
Dicentra Ivory Hearts
PBR. Lovely blue finely cut foliage. White flowers. Excellent for shade. 25cm.
£ 7.50
Mimulus ringens
This most unusual and non -invasive "monkey flower" has violet-blue lipped flowers, freely produced in summer. 80cm.
£ 4.50
Modiolastrum lateritium (Malvastrum lateritium)
This herbaceous semi-climbing plant dies back to its rootstock each winter. It climbs by the use of aerial roots on the stem (by which it can also root into the ground, like a strawberry). The flowers are peachy pink and have a prominent central boss of stamens.
£ 6.00
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
Phlox paniculata Pina Colada
Pure angel white overlapping petals give this dwarf phlox a robust appearance. Dark green foliage. 40cm.
£ 4.00
Dianthus chinensis
"China Pinks". Bushy compact plants grow to around 40cm and have pink to lilac flowers with fringed petals and a purple eye in 10-15 flowered clusters in summer.
£ 4.00
Lychnis alpina
A low, mat-forming evergreen shrub, bearing small, hairy leaves and abundant, small, bright blue flowers in spring and summer.
£ 1.50
Aconitum napellus Blue Valley
Dark blue-violet flowers on upright plants with deeply divided foliage. Cut the spent blooms to encourage additional blooming. They will do quite well when planted alongside a pond's edge. 90cm.
£ 5.00
Salvia x jamensis Hot Lips
It has bicolour flowers white with red lips. The sprinkling of all-white or all-red blooms does not mean it is reverting. It is to do with temperature.
£ 4.50
Disporum smithii
Short stems of slightly hairy, leathery leaves and pendant bells of softest creamy yellow. Bright orange berries.
£ 1.50
Campanula Faichem Lilac
Spires of palest lilac-pink blooms with a dark eye.
£ 1.50
Primula auricula Merridale (A)
Orange/brown shades. Gold centred.
£ 4.50
Aster novii-belgii Tonga (Island Series)
This aster has purple ray flowers with yellow centres. These plants stay compact and the flowers all but hide the foliage. Do not need staking. 60cm.
£ 5.50
Primula auricula Lisa (A)
Light centred.
£ 4.50
Asclepias incarnata Soulmate
NEW. The stems of this semi-shrub are topped by many small umbels of small pink flowers in spring and continue to bloom for at least 6 weeks in the garden. Excellent for butterflies. 90cm.
£ 1.50
Verbascum phoeniceum Flush of White
Clear white flowers with a yellow eye. Well-drained soil. 100cm.
£ 1.50
Primula auricula Harry Hotspur (A)
Light centred alpine in pink shades.
£ 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
Alyssum montanum Luna
A compact plant, with deep green foliage and rich, long flowering, intense yellow flowers from June to September. 15cm .
£ 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