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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 Lisa's Smile (S)
Pale yellow self.
£ 4.50
Iris pseudacorus Roy Davidson
AGM. Vigorous grower with yellow flowers, lightly veined with brown on the falls. Excellent in wet conditions.100cm.
£ 7.00
Dierama Candy Stripe
NEW. "Angel's Fishing Rod". Has lovely lush green strap-like foliage with long pendulous flower stems with clusters of large pendulous, purple flowers with darker markings. 70 - 120cm.
£ 6.00
Primula auricula Slioch (S)
Black body. Grey edge.
£ 5.50
Caryopteris divaratica
This is a vigorous grower and self seeder. The cool blue colour of the flowers in late summer is really unusual. Don't crush the leaves as they have an indescribably bad smell to them. This is not a problem however, in a border. 150cm.
£ 5.50
Cynara Scolymus Group Violetta di Chioggia
"Globe Artichoke". Decorative foliage plant but the purple heads can also be eaten. 150cm.
£ 4.00
Acanthus mollis Latifolius Group
Broad shallowly-lobed shiny green leaves which are conspicuously veined and may be up to 120cm long. ENORMOUS!
£ 7.00
Primula auricula Phyllis Douglas (A)
Light centred. Purple blue shades.
£ 4.50
Nepeta Pink Candy
Numerous candy pink flowers over a long flowering season. Ideal for pots,  containers and garden borders. Aromatic foliage. 45cm.
£ 1.50
Penstemon Sour Grapes
AGM. Deep violet flowers flushed blue with a cream throat streaked purple red. 90cm.
£ 5.50
Anemone x hybrida K?nigin Charlotte
AGM. This old variety is the best large-flowered Japanese anemone available. Mid pink, semi-double. 80cm.
£ 5.00
Paeonia Early Scout
NEW. Single dark red flowers with yellow stamens.  Finely cut leaves. Very early season. 60cm.
£ 8.00
Primula auricula Applecross (A)
Red shades. Gold centred.
£ 5.00
Bupleurum longifolium
Long-stalked, spatula-shaped lower leaves and stem-clasping, heart-shaped upper leaves. In summer it bears long-stalked heads of flowers consisting of umbels of tiny yellow, flowers surrounded by coppery-coloured, petal-like bracts
£ 1.50
Anemone coronaria (Saint Bridgid Group) Mount Everest
Very showy, 'daisy-like' flowers with single and double rows of petals and ferny foliage.
£ 4.00
Primula auricula Joy (A)
Crimson. Rich red and velvety. Light centred.
£ 5.50
Primula denticulata Karryann
Broad cream-edged greyed green leaves, drumsticks of purple flowers May-June, 25cm.
£ 7.00
Papaver somniferum Peony Black
Almost black double flowers held on 70cm stems , will self seed in garden.
£ 1.50
Primula auricula Avril Hunter (A)
Blue, pale shading to near white. Light centred.
£ 6.00
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
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