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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
Eryngium planum Silver Salentino
A snowy white multitude of plump conical flower heads perch at the top of pointed, widely spaced silver bracts. Excellent for cutting and drying. 90cm.
£ 6.00
Astilbe chinensis Vision in White
This vigorous selection, with its mound of smooth, glossy, bronze-green leaves, adds elegance to the mixed border all season. In bloom 'Vision in White' is spectacular: large, creamy white plumes of fragrant flowers rise above the foliage like a cloud
£ 6.00
Primula auricula Valerie Clare (S)
Golden brown.
£ 6.00
Sempervivum sp.
"House Leek".  Excellent for very dry situations where the colour of the foliage will intensify.
£ 5.00
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
Campanula glomerata Caroline
Exquisite plant with pinky-mauve flowers with a lighter centre, in large rounded heads. 70cm.
£ 5.50
Ursinia alpina
Cushion-forming plant with mossy foliage like Chamomile. Lovely yellow, long stemmed, daisy flowers all summer. 15cm.
£ 6.00
Primula Dawn Ansell
Double primrose with white "Jack-in-the-green" flowers.
£ 5.50
Primula auricula Old Red Dusty Miller (B)
Red, ox-blood. Heavily mealed.
£ 6.00
Cypella peruviana
Glowing 6cm golden orange Tigridia like flowers with dark central markings appear in waves through late summer and fall. Stems to 60cm. Flowers fade by mid-day, but the show is worth it.
£ 4.00
Calendula officinalis
"Pot Marigold".  Lovely hardy annual with orange flowers, also used in herbal medecine.
£ 1.50
Primula auricula Arundell (S/St)
Sweetly scented flowers which are striped red and green.
£ 4.50
Primula auricula McWatts Blue (B)
Blue, purple, rich, light at edges.
£ 4.50
Primula auricula Mikado (S)
Black to very dark red. Self. Dark red.
£ 5.50
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
Convallaria majalis rosea
Pale dusky-pink, sweetly scented flowers in spring. Narrower leaves than the white varieties. Good groundcover under trees. 15cm.
£ 4.00
Penstemon gormanii
This attractive perennial North American wildflower bears violet-blue tubular flowers that are fragrant. Suits a rock garden. 45cm.
£ 4.50
Primula auricula Ken Chilton (A)
Gold centred. Dark maroon.
£ 4.50
Primula auricula Neville Telford (S)
Self. Dark red.
£ 5.50
Primula auricula Basuto (A)
Gold centred. Red, rich crimson-maroon.
£ 4.50
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