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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
Primula auricula Alice Haysom (S)
Dark crimson-red. Self.
£ 4.50
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
Primula auricula Dan Tiger (St)
Green and red striped.
£ 6.00
Primula sieboldii Manakoora
NEW. Lavender coloured flowers with almost heart shaped petals with a lighter centre. 30cm.
£ 4.00
Mimulus ringens
This most unusual and non-invasive "monkey flower" has violet-blue lipped flowers, freely produced in summer. 80cm.
£ 1.50
Nepeta subsessilis Pink Dreams
Masses of pink tubular flowers above neat serrated foliage. Compact habit. Well drained soils in sun/part shade. Deadheading encourages more flowers. 45cm.
£ 1.50
Iris unguicularis
AGM. The hardy Iris stylosa or "Algerian" iris. They thrive in sunny sites sheltered from cold winds. The flowers are often hidden within the protection of the leaves but make good table decoration if gently picked just before the buds burst.
£ 6.00
Sedum spectabile Iceberg
Flat heads of pure-white flowers in late summer. 80cm.
£ 5.00
Geum mixed
Seeds from the 25-30 varieties of geum we have planted around the nursery.
£ 1.50
Astilbe Younique Silvery Pink
PBR. Another astilbe with silvery pink flowers. Compact habit.
£ 6.00
Helianthemum Wisley Primrose
AGM.  A mat-forming, evergreen shrub with grey-green, lance-shaped leaves on lax stems. In spring and summer, it bears pale yellow flat flowers with darker centres.
£ 4.50
Aquilegia White Star (star Series)
Pure white long-spurred flowers held well above the foliage. 90cm.
£ 4.00
Erodium pelargoniiflorum
Hairy pelargonium-shaped leaves. White flowers blotched with red are produced in profusion all summer. Self seeds. Dry soil. Sun. 30cm.
£ 4.00
Primula auricula White Water (A)
Blue, light centred.
£ 4.50
Primula auricula Eden David (B)
£ 4.50
Primula auricula Cambodunum (A)
Light centred purple a good variety.
£ 5.50
Convallaria keiskei
This is an Asian "lily of the valley" from temperate broad-leaved deciduous forests in the Japanese islands and adjacent Far East regions. It is similar to C. majalis but is larger.
£ 5.00
Lathyrus latifolius
Pink, unscented flowers from June to August. Climber. Well drained soil in sunny position.
£ 1.50
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
Cornflower Fireworks
Red, white and blue flowers in rounded heads. Grey foliage. 75cm.
£ 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