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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
Francoa sonchifolia Pink Giant
"Bridal Wreath" from the Andean foothills. Crinkled, fleshy leaves push up large pink flowers on short, branching stems. 70cm.
£ 5.50
Lupinus The Page
Long flower spikes in shades deep pink early summer. Will reach up to 100cm in height with a spread of 45cm. After the first flower spikes fade, remove them to encourage a second flush. Well drained soil in full sun or partial shade.
£ 4.00
Justicia brandegeeana Yellow Queen
Large yellowy green bracts enclose yellow flowers.
£ 6.00
Iris pseudacorus Roy Davidson
AGM. Vigorous grower with yellow flowers, lightly veined with brown on the falls. Excellent in wet conditions.100cm.
£ 7.00
NEW. PBR. This looks exotic, with its burgundy-spotted, star-shaped, orchid-like flowers, but it's perfectly hardy. Commonly known as the toad lily, it does particularly well in shade and flowers all summer.
£ 5.50
Primula sieboldii Lacewing
NEW. Deeply cut white flowers, laced with pink and with frilled edgesand the darkest pink reverse. Deep purple buds as the new leaves emerge in spring. 15cm.
£ 4.00
Paeonia lactiflora Duchesse de Nemours
AGM. Pretty pink single lactiflora with cup-shaped flesh pink flowers.
£ 8.00
Salvia greggii Flame
This salvia makes a woody-stemmed clump. The small, dark green, deer-resistant leaves adorn the stems that are topped from July until frost with short, dark purple spikes of brilliant red flowers.
£ 4.00
Primula auricula Ken Chilton (A)
Gold centred. Dark maroon.
£ 4.50
Primula auricula Sandwood Bay (A)
Gold centred. Orange-red.
£ 4.50
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
Veronicastrum virginicum Erica
NEW. This prettily coloured Veronicastrum is decorated with strong-stemmed spikes of pale-pink flowers which open from red buds in late summer. 100cm.
£ 7.00
Primula auricula Sailor Boy (S)
Blue self.
£ 6.00
Nerine bowdenii Mollie Cowie
Variegated hardy nerine. Clusters of very clear fuchsia-pink flowers in autumn. 60cm. Leaves have a narrow creamy edge and a metallic sheen. Hardy and easy.
£ 6.50
Scabiosa columbaria ochroleuca
A tufted perennial scabious with masses of palest yellow flowers in summer. Attractive ferny foliage. 50cm.
£ 5.50
Iris Beverly Sills
Tall bearded. Exciting coral pink all over, Much sought-after, the flower is lacy, effervescent, wide and impeccably formed. This plant is an extremely fast grower and floriferous. 100cm.
£ 6.50
Phlox x arendsii Hesperis
Lilac rose coloured flowers are small but are produced in profusion. Dark green mildew resistant leaves. Sweetly fragrant. Mid summer. 70cm.
£ 4.50
Salvia Shrubby mixed
Seeds collected from all the shrubby varieties we grow.  Should be some exciting colours.
£ 1.50
Centaurea montana Black Sprite
NEW. Exotic, silky, burgundy black flower petals form a spidery starburst against a grey green, silvery-leaved backdrop. Full sun. 60cm.
£ 7.00
Primula Miss Indigo
Double primrose. Indigo flowers edged with silver. 15cm.
£ 5.50
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