Nursery Update

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2015 is bringing many changes at the nursery. Now we have Ingrid’s 91 year old parent living here, we are having our sales shed transformed into a bungalow for them (now we have planning permission at last, held up in case there were great crested newts in our neighbour’s pond). This new construction will mean that the nursery may appear to be a bit of a building site but be assured, the plants are still here. Our sales shed is being re-sited by the nursery beds and John and Sarah have been very busy dismantling the old wooden benching and new plant display stands are being constructed.

We now have a date of 29th June for commencement of 16 weeks work. We will still be open!

We would like more of our customers to visit us at the nursery so we have been been planting up the borders and generally making the place even better to visit. We would be very happy for you to bring a picnic and enjoy the rural tranquillity of our Shropshire countryside. We have greatly increased the number of auricula varieties we have and will have renewed all our stock plants so these should look fantastic by next spring’s flowering time. We invite you to come to our auricula weekends to enjoy these plants as much as we do, and to ask any questions you have regarding their cultivation.

This website has been revamped but we continue not to take payment for mail order via the site as our stock levels are always changing, especially in show season and we do not want to take payment for something we have just sold out of: we will continue to phone you up for payment and this also gives us an opportunity to know our customers by actually speaking.

If anyone has a gardening problem, you may like to book Ingrid or John (or both) for half (£60) or a full (£100) day’s one to one consultation, at the nursery) or at your garden (half day £80, full day £150) plus travelling expenses. For example, you may have fruit trees that need pruning but don’t know how to do it. John can come and explain the theory to you and then show you how to put it into practise. He will make sure that you know what you are doing so that you will be confident to do the job yourself in future. Maybe you have always wanted to know how to take cuttings and sow seeds. You could come to the nursery, with a couple of friends and all learn how to propagate, by watching and then trying it out for yourself or if you are really shy, just come on your own.
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 has disabled access; so do 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.

Please keep your eye on our website for day/date changes as when we are at shows, the dates and days may collide.

RHS Partnership days

8th April 1–3.30pm

“Spring flowering perennials” An illustrated talk, tour and demonstration looking at a wide range of spring-flowering perennials, covering how to achieve the best spring colour and interest, selecting the right plant for the right place, and propagation.

Members £8, non-members £10, includes tea/coffee.

8th July & 9th August 1-3.30pm

“Stunning Salvias” How to choose, propagate, cultivate and keep salvias. We have 2 big beds planted up with salvias and you will be able to see these in full flower and compare colour and form to help you choose the best salvias for your garden.

Members £8, non-members £10, includes tea/coffee.

Please book directly with us on 01746 716 454 or email hillview@onetel.net

Ingrid Millington

Ingrid Millington

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John Millington

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Sarah Millington

Talks

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. Herbaceous perennials
3. Plants for Autumn colour in the garden
4. Propagation (practical)
5. The Dry Garden
6. Primulas and Auriculas
7. Cannas
8. An exploration into the world of the Acanthus, including history, influence and other plants in the Acanthus family
9. Bulbs for the garden throughout the year
10. Trees for smaller gardens
11. Plants for wildlife

Visits

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.