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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 Kate Haywood (B)
Pale yellow.
£ 4.50
Primula auricula Clatter Ha (D)
Double deep purple flowers
£ 4.50
Primula auricula Sir John (A)
Maroon shaded to buff edge.
£ 4.50
Iris Orange Plaza
Dwarf bearded iris.  Orange flowers in May-June. Thrives best in well-drained, limey soil in full sun. 20 cm.
£ 6.50
Iris foetidissima Citrina
Pretty yellow and brown flowers in June. Attractive yellow seeds in winter. Tolerates dense shade. 60cm.
£ 1.50
Tricyrtis formosana Empress
NEW. Lush green foliage with large flowers are white with splashes and "painted" spots of burgundy. Perfect for those spots in the garden which receive morning or evening sun, either in a pot, raised bed or border.
£ 5.50
Muscari sp. Icicle
Very pretty almost white flowers, with just a hint of blue. 10cm.
£ 3.50
Salvia barrelieri
SW. Spain, N.Africa. Strong basal rosettes are somewhat blue green; very ornamental flower stalks to 5' rise in late spring and carry many large lavender blue flowers for a long period. A striking species
£ 4.50
Dianthus Coconut Sundae
Free flowering variety with white scented flowers with a red centre
£ 4.00
Verbascum Jester
NEW.  This unique variety boasts strong and sturdy stems which display flower spikes of contrasting peachy-red tones to apricot and orange hues, enhanced by felted silvery-grey leaves. Excellent for containers. Summer. 70cm.
£ 5.50
Ipomoea luteola Sunspots
Masses of small tubular orange flowers, quick to bloom. This twining climber reaches a height of only 5-6 feet, making it a great choice for pots and small trellises.
£ 1.50
Anemone hupehensis japonica Pamina
AGM. Compact plant which needs no staking. The flowers are dark rose-pink in colour and semi-double. 60cm.
£ 5.50
Astrantia major white flowers green edge
A very good plant for the border and for cutting. White or pinkish flowers over a long season. Any good rich garden soil, semi-shade to shade. Self seeds. 70cm.
£ 1.50
Salvia microphylla Pleasant View
AGM. Bushy sub-shrub with small, ovate leaves and spike-like terminal racemes of two-lipped, bright purplish-pink flowers in late summer and autumn.
£ 4.50
Saxifraga cymbalaria
This makes small domes of interlocking foliage, studded with golden yellow star
£ 4.00
Primula auricula Sibsey (D)
Blue shades.
£ 5.00
Astrantia major Sunningdale Variegated
AGM. Strikingly beautiful variegated leaves in spring. (They may become green by July). White flowers flushed with pink. Very pretty with Ajuga Catlin's Giant. 65cm.
£ 6.50
Phlox paniculata Red Flame
Fantastic development in the world of Phlox, short and bushy reaching 40cm with large fragrant flowers, strong stems and improved mildew resistance.  Red flowers.
£ 4.00
Primula auricula Indian Love Call (A)
Gold centred.
£ 4.50
Fuchsia David
Free-flowering upright bush with small leaves and small flowers. The tube and sepals are cerise with a single purple corolla.
£ 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