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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
Phlox paniculata Little Princess
Profuse bloomer with pink flowers with white eyes. Compact and mildew resistant. 75cm.
£ 4.00
Cotoneaster bullatus
AGM. A large, deciduous shrub with green leaves turning red and orange in autumn. It bears small, pale-pink flowers in early summer, followed by relatively large, bright red berries in early autumn.
£ 4.50
Leucojum vernum
AGM. "Spring Snowflake". This bulbous plant has delicate, bell-like, white flowers with a green spot on each petal. These are produced from February to April. Moist soil. Semi-shade. This is a good early source of nectar and pollen for bees.
£ 5.00
Gerbera Fleurie (Garvinea Series)
PBR. Remarkable for its winter-hardiness. Stunning as a cut flower the rich red large flower heads are carried on strong stems. Compact enough growing for patio containers, it revels in a warm, sunny spot.
£ 6.50
Primula auricula Dusky Maiden (A)
Gold centred. Browny purple flowers.
£ 4.50
Lathyrus vernus Rosenelfe
This new seed raised variety produce as magnificent mix of colours, including rose, light-pink, lilac, white and carmine-red. Early spring. 25cm.
£ 4.50
Phlox stolonifera Home Fires
Excellent, shade tolerant Phlox that spreads rapidly by stolons, forming dense mats of delicate foliage that are 30-60cm tall.
£ 4.00
Eupatorium maculatum (Atropurpureum Group) Gateway
Large heads of wine red flowers. Flowers are fragrant and are carried on dark purple stems. A good naturalizing plant. Very tall, late summer. Needs no staking. 120cm.
£ 8.00
Eucomis comosa
Summer flowering bulb which is dormant in winter. Coconut-scented. Good cut flower. 75cm.
£ 1.50
Primula auricula Symphony (A)
Lavender. Light centred.
£ 5.50
Lysimachia Candela
Dark green foliage in a rosette. Spires of white flowers in late summer. Very reliable plant. 100cm.
£ 6.00
Buddleja Buzz Magenta (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
Phlox paniculata Mount Fuji
AGM. White flowers. Mildew-resistant. 90cm.
£ 4.00
Primula auricula Monk (S)
Grey and yellow.
£ 5.50
Salvia x jamensis Plum Wine
Does what it says on the tin-has plum wine coloured flowers.
£ 4.00
Roscoea x beesiana Gestreept Group
Pale yellow orchid-like flowers with purple mottling, produced in summer. Sun or semi-shade. Humusy soil. 45cm.
£ 6.50
Phlox x arendsii Hesperis
Lilac rose coloured flowers are small but are produced in profusion. Dark green mildew resistant leaves. Sweetly fragrant. Mid summer. 70cm.
£ 4.50
Primula auricula Immaculate (A)
Gold. Gold centred.
£ 4.50
Lythrum salicaria Zigeunerblut
Clumps of strongly upright stems and bright green leaves topped by spikes of deep magenta pink flowers during summer. 90cm.
£ 4.00
Primula auricula Sugar Plum Fairy (S)
Dark pink.
£ 4.50
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