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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
Iris pseudacorus Esk
Giant variety from an abandoned garden on the river Esk. Golden yellow flowers. 200cm.
£ 1.50
Sanguisorba albiflora
Attractive ferny foliage. Spikes of white bottlebrush flowers from early summer onwards. Any soil. 70cm.
£ 1.50
Rosa The Ednaston Rose
Fantastic rose with semi double white scented flowers in June. It will easily cover a large area in a short time.  Up to 400cm.
£ 7.50
Chrysanthemum Mrs Jessie Cooper
Dusky-red, single flowers from August into September. 80cm
£ 4.00
Nipponanthemum nipponicum
"Montauk Daisy". Autumn flowering. Upright mound of leathery green leaves, with a good display of white yellow-eyed daises. Tolerant of sea-side conditions. Pinch to 10cm in May to encourage bushiness. Often  evergreen. 80cm.
£ 6.00
Muscari marcrocarpum Golden Fragrance
(PBR) Bright golden yellow flowers topped with purple, in April. Very free flowering and sweetly scented. Best in a well drained sunny garden position.
£ 6.50
Ixia paniculata Eos
Beautiful soft beige flowers quite unlike our other Ixias. Long tubular flowers with petals at the end. Late flowering.
£ 5.00
Althaea officinalis
"Marsh-mallow" is a tall plant resembling a hollyhock, with velvety grey leaves that are triangular and folded. The large pale pink flowers have a slight veining of darker purple and give way to furry fruits.
£ 1.50
Hibiscus moscheutos Galaxy
Vigorous plant with huge (up to 20cm) dish-shaped flowers in a variety of pinks and reds, from June to October. Hardy in a sheltered position and well drained but moist soil. 100-200cm.
£ 8.00
Cirsium heterophyllum
"Melancholy Thistle". This is a British native plant that has tall stems bearing purple thistle like flowers. The creeping rootstock produces coarse foliage that is pure white beneath.
£ 5.50
Adlumia fungosa
This North American native,climber is often referred to as "Climbing Bleeding Heart". Pale pink tubular heart shaped flowers appear in drooping panicles from July to September against bright green fern-like foliage. 300cm.
£ 1.50
Arum italicum italicum Marmoratum
AGM. Lovely marbled foliage emerges in autumn. Vivid red fruits. Dormant in summer.30cm.
£ 5.00
Primula auricula Yitzhak Rabin (A)
Gold centred.
£ 5.50
Phlox paniculata Pina Colada
Pure angel white overlapping petals give this dwarf phlox a robust appearance. Dark green foliage. 40cm.
£ 4.00
Gladiolus mixed
Seeds collected from all the gladioli we grow on the nursery.
£ 1.50
Primula auricula Eyeopener (A)
Dark pink, gold centred.
£ 4.50
Hemerocallis fulva Variegated Kwanso
Amazing "Day Lily" with large double orange flowers. Added to that are the fantastically variegated, long, straplike leaves. A superb combination. 90cm.
£ 8.00
Campanula lactiflora Avalanche
NEW. A clump forming, deciduous perennial that has mid-green, ovate leaves with tall, shapely branched stems of large, snow white flowers giving the effect of an avalanche of snow all throughout summer. 120cm.
£ 6.50
Primula auricula Helena (S)
Grey/white edge. Black ground.
£ 4.50
Achillea filipendulina Cloth of Gold
AGM. Light green , feathery foliage and deep golden flowers in flat heads that attract bees and  insects. Drought tolerant and hardy, they are excellent for use in dried flower-arrangements.
£ 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