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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
Astrantia major white flowers green edge
A very good plant for the border and for cutting. White or pinkish flowers over a long season. Any good rich garden soil, semi-shade to shade. Self seeds. 70cm.
£ 1.50
Crocosmia Okavango
NEW. Dense heads of 5cm wide peach flowers. 75cm.
£ 4.00
Dierama pulcherrimum Blackbird
"Angel's Fishing Rod" with darkest red, almost black flowers held on tall arching stems. 100cm.
£ 6.50
Dianthus Sunflor Crystal
Double white flowers.
£ 4.00
Ursinia alpina
Cushion-forming plant with mossy foliage like Chamomile. Lovely yellow, long stemmed, daisy flowers all summer. 15cm.
£ 6.00
Primula Striped Victorians Group
NEW. Barnhaven Strain. Polyanthus. Predominantly blue and violet with cream, dusky pink and smoky peony shades, all veined and striped like Japanese irises.
£ 5.00
Verbascum chaixii Wedding Candles
Basal rosettes of textured, ovate, grey-green leaves. Masses of white flowers with attractive violet filaments are held on candelabra like branchlets. Late spring. 100cm.
£ 5.50
Nepeta Pool Bank
Vigorous upright form with spikes of soft lilac-blue flowers. Aromatic grey-green leaves.  80cm.
£ 1.50
Dianthus Mrs Sinkins
Old variety with very sweetly scented double white flowers. Beautifully blue-silver leaves. 15cm.
£ 4.00
Primula auricula Sirbol (A)
Red/gold. Gold centred.
£ 4.50
Aster novae-angliae Violetta
Deep violet flowers in autumn. 75cm.
£ 4.00
Dierama pulcherrimum Slieve Donard Hybrids
An exciting selection of purple, red, pink and pale pink forms. Bred by the nursery situated near, and named after the highest of the Mourne Mountains in Co. Down, Ireland - Slieve Donard.
£ 6.50
Dictamnus albus
Leathery foliage which has a citrusy smell, produced from the volatile oils it produces. White starry flowers are followed by seed heads which are also very decorative, changing from green to brown and containing black seeds. 130cm.
£ 7.00
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
Campanula x haylodgensis Yvonne
NEW. Low spreading, with masses of lilac-blue upturned bell-like flowers. Wonderful for raised beds, rockeries, walls, steps and mixed containers. July to August. 10cm.
£ 4.50
Salvia pratensis Swan Lake
Masses of pure white flowers in whorls up and down 50cm tall spikes, over mounds of wrinkled, light green foliage. June-Aug.,
£ 5.50
Salvia misella
This South American Sage is such a pretty sight in flower! The flowers are small but true blue with dark calyces and borne above a spreading clump of mid-green leaves. 60cm.
£ 1.50
Primula auricula Striped Ace (St)
Dark purple, fine yellow stripes.
£ 4.50
Nepeta sibirica Souvenir d'Andre Chaudron
Aromatic foliage above which are carried masses of china-blue flowers over a long period. Compact habit. 45cm.
£ 4.00
Maianthemum canadense
"Wild Lily of the Valley". Native to the USA, this late spring flowering plant has white flowers and is found in dry woodland where it reaches 10-15cm.
£ 7.50
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