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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
Justicia carnea Alba
"White Brazilian Plume Flower" . Beautiful white form of Acanthus relative. Dark green foliage topped with clusters of purest white, tubular flowers. Not reliably hardy.
£ 7.50
Primula sieboldii Blue Lagoon
A showy form. Rosettes of crimpled light green foliage. Large pale lavender blue flowers, May-June. 30cm. Moist, well drained soil, Sun or part shade.
£ 4.00
Glaucium flavum fulvum
"Horned Poppy". Blue foliage all year. Orange poppy-like flowers followed by long seedpods. This looks fabulous in the garden but not so exciting in pots but once seen growing, it is a "must have" plant. Self seeds.
£ 1.50
Primula Belarina Rosette Nectarine
NEW. Double yellow flowers flushed at the edges with orange, with the hallmark rosette collar of green.
£ 5.50
Salvia x jamensis Maraschino
The luscious cherry coloured flowers begin in early summer and continue through autumn until hard frost. A cross between Salvia microphylla and Salvia greggii.
£ 4.50
Primula elatior
"Oxlip". This British native plant looks like a paler yellow version of a cowslip but with much larger flowers. 15cm.
£ 5.00
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora Norwich Canary
Clear yellow flowers in great profusion. 75cm.
£ 4.00
Papaver somniferum mixed
A mixture of seed from all the varieties we grow.
£ 1.50
Aconitum x cammarum Bicolor
AGM. A gorgeous plant with short branched spikes of blue and white hooded flowers in midsummer. Needs no staking. 90cm.
£ 6.00
Primula auricula Red Mark(A)
Gold centred. Red.
£ 4.50
Roscoea scillifolia scillifolia
Beautifully scented modern roses for the garden or containers.
£ 6.50
Dicliptera sericea
Velvety, grey, hairy leaves and masses of two-lipped, tubular reddish-orange flowers. Typically grows in a shrubby mound. Blooms all summer into autumn. Acanthus relative.
£ 4.50
Meconopsis cambrica
"Welsh Poppy" with yellow single flowers. Self seeds. 45cm.
£ 1.50
Primula auricula Slioch (S)
Black body. Grey edge.
£ 5.50
Primula veris vigorous form
AGM. "Cowslip". Masses of bright-yellow flowers on long stalks in spring. 45cm.
£ 1.50
Crocosmia pottsii
This introduction from South Africa is one of the parents of the commonest Monbretia: Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora. It is slightly larger overall and with stamens hardly exerted from the flower but the flowers are the same startling orange as the garden flower.
£ 4.00
Modiolastrum lateritium (Malvastrum lateritium)
This herbaceous semi-climbing plant dies back to its rootstock each winter. It climbs by the use of aerial roots on the stem (by which it can also root into the ground, like a strawberry). The flowers are peachy pink and have a prominent central boss of stamens.
£ 6.00
Primula auricula The Egyptian (A)
Orange, lighter edge. Gold centred.
£ 5.50
Primula auricula Nefertiti (A)
Light centred.
£ 4.50
Consolida ambigua
"Larkspur". Hardy annual with feathery foliage and delphinium blue flowers. 90cm.
£ 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