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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 (Wanda Group) Wanda Hose-in-hose
Purple red flowers produced in double decker fashion. 10cm.
£ 5.00
Millium effusum Aureum
AGM. "Bowles Golden Grass". Beautiful golden foliage. Especially good in shade under trees.
£ 5.00
Potentilla Gibson's Scarlet
NEW. Strawberry red flowers with dark green foliage. Large saucer -shaped flowers  2 ½  cm across. 50cm.
£ 5.50
Primula auricula Amicable (A)
Gold centred.
£ 4.50
Salvia x jamensis Peter Vidgeon
A very pretty form with light pink flowers.
£ 4.00
Justicia spicigera
Bright orange, tubular flowers on branch terminals, from early spring through summer for a period as long as 9 months. Hardiness as yet unknown. Evergreen. 150cm.
£ 7.50
Cynara Scolymus Group Violetta di Chioggia
"Globe Artichoke". Decorative foliage plant but the purple heads can also be eaten. 150cm.
£ 4.00
Aruncus dioicus Kneiffii
Large, astilbe like, wispy plumes of soft ivory that float like clouds above the dark green lacy foliage. Summer. 60cm.
£ 5.50
Primula auricula Eyeopener (A)
Dark pink, gold centred.
£ 4.50
Buddleja Buzz Ivory (Buzz Series)
‘Buzz’® is the world's first patio buddleja! These attractive, compact plants are loved by bees and butterflies, but won't take over your garden. Perfectly proportioned for patio pots and smaller gardens. Height and spread: 120cm
£ 8.00
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
Nepeta grandiflora Dawn to Dusk
Clear light yellow flowers are freely produced for many weeks. Charming and graceful. Cool, moist position. 75cm.
£ 5.50
Nigella damascena alba
"Love in a Mist". White flowers in June, followed by attractive seed pods
£ 1.50
Eucomis Swazi Pride
This is a robust grower with a small tuft of leaves on the top and lovely pink flowers.
£ 1.50
Albuca humilis
This grows from 3 to 25 cm. and has white, scented flowers with the outer tepals striped green and the inner tepals tipped yellow
£ 4.50
Phlox paniculata Purple Kiss
Dwarf plant with intense deep purple petals and a pure white eye. 40cm.
£ 4.00
Salvia cadmica
Native to rocky areas in Turkey, this has upright stems bearing bright purple or white flowers.  Aromatic leaves. 10-30 cm.
£ 1.50
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
Ixia Rose Emperor
Rosy pink flowers, the outer petals darker pink and the centre deep carmine.  75cm.
£ 4.50
Moraea huttonii ex Drakensberg's
This forms a large tuft of long evergreen, arching leaves, producing many strong, upright stems bearing lots of sweetly scented, yellow, iris-like flowers.  April to June. The foliage will remain evergreen unless frozen. 90cm
£ 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