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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
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
Primula auricula Jeannie Telford (A)
Maroon to pink.
£ 5.00
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora Lady Oxford
Compact form with soft brownish-orange flowers. 45cm.
£ 4.00
Sanguinaria canadensis multiplex Plena
AGM. "Bloodroot".  Very double snow-white flowers in early spring, with the beautiful rounded grey leaves following soon after. Woodland conditions. 15cm.
£ 6.50
Acanthus spinosus Royal Haughty
Deeply cut leaves, not very spiny. White and mauve flowers. Arching habit. Scented flowers. Named, tongue in cheek, after the R.H.S.! 120cm.
£ 5.50
Primula sieboldii Cherubin
NEW. Dark-pink flowers with a small white eye. Downy, pale-green leaves.
£ 5.50
Aconitum Stainless Steel
Beautiful steely blue flowers on tall erect spikes. No staking needed. 110cm.
£ 6.50
Lathyrus vernus
AGM. Carmine red-violet flowers early in the season appearing almost before the leaves. 25cm.
£ 6.00
Primula auricula Alison Telford (A)
Gold centred. Dusky red.
£ 4.50
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
Primula auricula Rondy (S)
Fancy. Red body, green edge, white eye.
£ 5.00
Acanthus species mixed
Seeds from our national collection of Acanthus. You may be surprised!
£ 1.50
Canna Black Knight
NEW. One of the darkest of all cannas, featuring deep-velvety-red flowers against a setting of large bronze foliage. Produces heavily loaded scapes of large, long-petalled flowers. 120-250cm.
£ 6.00
Primula auricula Rosemary (S)
Dark brownish-red self.
£ 4.50
Potentilla Arc-en-ciel
Single deep-red flowers with dark eyes and yellow stamens in the centres. 45cm.
£ 6.00
Arum italicum italicum Marmoratum
AGM. Lovely marbled foliage emerges in autumn. Vivid red fruits. Dormant in summer.30cm.
£ 1.50
Thalictrum rochebrunianum
Attractive ferny foliage. Pink or mauve flowers with long stamens. Dappled shade. 90cm.
£ 5.50
Primula auricula Cambodunum (A)
Light centred purple a good variety.
£ 5.50
Eucomis comosa
Summer flowering bulb which is dormant in winter. Coconut-scented. Good cut flower. 75cm.
£ 1.50
Primula auricula Douglas Bader (A)
Deep to pale blue.
£ 5.00
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