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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
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
Salvia microphylla Pink Blush
AGM. Shrubby plant with vivid carmine-pink flowers. Hardy. 80cm.
£ 4.50
Justicia spicigera
Bright orange, tubular flowers on branch terminals, from early spring through summer for a period as long as 9 months. Hardiness as yet unknown. Evergreen. 150cm.
£ 6.50
Primula auricula Mandarin (A)
£ 4.50
Ixia paniculata Eos
Beautiful soft beige flowers quite unlike our other Ixias. Long tubular flowers with petals at the end. Late flowering.
£ 5.00
Anacyclus depressus Garden Gnome
A dwarf plant with white daisy-like flowers the reverse of the petals being dark red. Ferny grey-green foliage.  Very hardy and long lived. 6 cm
£ 4.00
Primula x pubescens Peggy Fell
Seldom offered. Distinctively toothed leaves. Rosy red flowers with a yellow eye. 10cm.
£ 4.50
Primula auricula Ancient Society (A)
Gold centred. Gold/orange/brown.
£ 5.50
Primula auricula Helen (S)
Yellow self.
£ 4.50
Iris pseudacorus Cr?me de la Cr?me
Delicate looking creamy white flowers which have purple veins over a cream background at the base of each petal. 90cm.
£ 6.50
Aquilegia vulgaris William Guiness
Striking black and white flowers. Also known as Magpie. 80cm.
£ 4.00
Salvia viscosa
Hardy sage with a basal rosette of yellowish green leaves with a distinctive fragrance. Tall spikes with loosely arranged reddish-violet flowers. From one of the few remaining cedar forests in Ma'asser ech Chouf (Lebanon) at 1850m. Well drained soil. Sun.
£ 5.50
Laurus nobilis
AGM. "Bay Tree". Commonly used in cooking, this plant forms an evergreen shrub which may be left to grow unhindered or shaped into a more manageable size.
£ 4.00
Scabiosa caucasica Goldingensis
This is an old, well known variety of the popular perennial Scabious with large, rich lavender-blue flowers to enrich your borders, bees, butterflies and vases. Prefers a chalky soil. 80cm..
£ 4.00
Euphorbia amygdaloides Amy Purpurea
NEW. Dark bronze-green leaves with new shoots of deep purple and flowers of lime-green which last through spring.
£ 5.50
Primula auricula Fanny Meerbeck (S)
Red, brilliant crimson.
£ 5.50
Phlox paniculata Pina Colada
Pure angel white overlapping petals give this dwarf phlox a robust appearance. Dark green foliage. 40cm.
£ 4.00
Justicia spicigera
Bright orange, tubular flowers on branch terminals, from early spring through summer for a period as long as 9 months. Hardiness as yet unknown. Evergreen. 150cm.
£ 7.50
Phytolacca americana
"Pokeweed". Rhizomatous plant with white flowers in spikes, followed by green, then red and finally black berries. Large architectural plant up to 200cm.
£ 1.50
Primula auricula Mrs.L.Hearn (A)
Blue, grey blue to Cambridge blue, light centred.
£ 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