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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
Persicaria amplexicaulis Firetail
AGM. Forms a big leafy clump with innumerable erect spikes of red flowers in late summer. Semi-shade. Vigorous. 90cm.
£ 5.50
Primula x beesiana
Candelabra primula with magenta flowers. 30-90cm.
£ 5.00
Potentilla Arc-en-ciel
Single deep-red flowers with dark eyes and yellow stamens in the centres. 45cm.
£ 6.00
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
Viola sororia Albiflora
AGM. Large white flowers in spring, usually just before the leaves appear. 15cm.
£ 4.00
Salvia viscosa
Hardy sage with a basal rosette of yellowish green leaves with a distinctive fragrance. Tall spikes with loosely arranged reddish-violet flowers. From one of the few remaining cedar forests in Ma'asser ech Chouf (Lebanon) at 1850m. Well drained soil. Sun.
£ 5.50
Anthyllis vulneria coccinea
"Ladies Fingers". Neat ground hugging foliage. Vivid red pea-like flowers in summer. Much better in the garden than in pots. 15cm.
£ 4.00
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora Babylon
8cm. wide flowers in a rusty orange-red with a yellow centre and brick markings.
£ 4.00
Linaria Gemstones
Annual or perennial, depending on climate.Red and yellow snapdragon flowers. Self-seeding. 20cm.
£ 1.50
Geranium cinereum Lizabeth
NEW. Delicately detailed flowers formed from soft pink petals with purple veins, finished off with light-green centres. The edges of the flowers are textured by deep notches in the petals. Flowers all summer. 20cm.
£ 6.50
Primula auricula Three Way Stripe (St)
Red, green and white.
£ 4.50
Lobelia siphilitica blue and white mixed
Tall spikes of white or blue flowers above bright green leaves.  Moist soils.
£ 4.00
Filipendula Red Umbrellas
NEW. Reddish-pink flower from July to September. Fresh green foliage with red centre and red striping along the veins. Partial shade. Moist and well drained soil. 75 cm.
£ 6.50
Lathyrus maritimus
Wild pea from seashores of north temperate zones having tough roots with nitrogen fixing nodules. Purple flowers and useful as a sand binder.
£ 1.50
Scabiosa caucasica Goldingensis
This is an old, well known variety of the popular perennial Scabious with large, scented, rich lavender-blue flowers to enrich your borders, bees, butterflies and vases. Prefers a chalky soil. 80cm..
£ 5.50
Primula sieboldii Beeches seedling D
Selected by Beeches nursery, this has white flowers just tinged with pink. The reverse of the petals is dusky cerise.
£ 4.00
Primula auricula Doublure (D)
Fully double, red/purple.
£ 4.50
Astrantia major
"Melancholy Gentleman". A very good plant for the border and for cutting. White or pinkish flowers (bracts) over a long season. Any good rich garden soil, semi-shade to shade. Self seeds. 70cm.
£ 5.50
Plant loved by children and adults alike.  Easy and spectacular.
£ 1.50
Solanum laciniatum
"Kangaroo Apple" Native to Australia and Tasmania. Purple flowers followed by orange egg-shaped fruits. Juvenile leaves are dark green and deeply lobed whilst adult leaves are lanceolate. Stems start out dark green, turn black and eventually form a rough brown bark. 250cm .
£ 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