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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 sieboldii Senyuu
NEW. Fringed carmine pink flowers tipped with white. White centres. 20cm.
£ 4.00
Salvia greggii Keter's Red
True red flowers.
£ 4.00
Bellevalia romana
Very pretty and easy bulb which has spikes of white flowers tipped with green, in spring. 20cm.
£ 1.50
Salvia stenophylla
Numerous slim, bright green flowering stems rise from ground level, covered all the way up in whorls of dainty mauve-blue flowers. Tiny lance shaped leaves.
£ 4.50
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
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
Astilbe chinensis Diamonds and Pearls
NEW. Many long, upright plumes of large-petalled silver-white flowers, which are held on very thick stems above the dark-green foliage.
£ 6.00
Primula auricula Eden David (B)
£ 4.50
Canna Tropical White
These white flowers are full-size, but the plant is just 70cm tall. The occasional red freckle or two livens up the pure white display. Needs feeding throughout the growing season.
£ 6.50
Armeria Joystick Red
Grassy foliage. Balls of brick-red, sweetly scented flowers on tall stems. Good for cutting 40cm.
£ 5.00
Euphorbia characias Tasmanian Tiger
PBR. Very attractive grey-green leaves with pale cream edges. Slow growing. 60cm.
£ 6.00
Dahlia Happy Single Flame
NEW. PBR. Compact, bushy, clump-forming, tuberous perennial with toothed, pinnate, purple to black flushed, dark green leaves and, in summer and autumn, single, orange-red flowers with yellow centres.
£ 6.00
Ruellia brittoniana
Green-purple stems are adorned with long, linear, green leaves. Emerging from the leaf axils are 5cm, purple, petunia-like flowers. Although each flower only lasts 1 day, the procession of flowers from early summer until frost is constant.120cm.
£ 6.00
Arum italicum italicum Marmoratum
AGM. Lovely marbled foliage emerges in autumn. Vivid red fruits. Dormant in summer.30cm.
£ 1.50
Centaurea montana Black Sprite
NEW. Exotic, silky, burgundy black flower petals form a spidery starburst against a grey green, silvery-leaved backdrop. Full sun. 60cm.
£ 7.00
Acanthus mollis Hollard's Gold
Superb foliage plant with beautiful glossy golden-green leaves. Especially lovely in autumn and spring. Flowers are like those of  A.mollis. Slow growing at first but speeds up once it is established. 130cm.
£ 5.50
Allium schoenoprasum
"Chives". Onion flavoured leaves useful for flavouring soups and salads. Pretty mauve flowers.
£ 1.50
Scabiosa lachnophylla Blue Horizon
This pretty scabious is a butterfly and bee magnet from July until the frosts. With wiry stems and finely dissected, leathery, filigree foliage, it bears an abundance of violet-blue pincushion flowers all summer. 60cm.
£ 5.50
Primula auricula Tummel (A)
Brown with gold centre.
£ 4.50
Primula auricula Joel (S)
Deep violet self.
£ 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