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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
Laurus nobilis
AGM. "Bay Tree". Commonly used in cooking, this plant forms an evergreen shrub which may be left to grow unhindered or shaped into a more manageable size.
£ 4.00
Ranunculus acris Flore Pleno
AGM. Glistening double yellow flowers in early summer. Sets no seed. 75cm.
£ 5.50
Primula auricula T.A.Hadfield (A)
Gold centred. Red/pink.
£ 4.50
Brachyglottis Walbertons Silver Dormouse
PBR. Bushy plant with very silvery foliage, much more compact and brightly coloured than Brachyglottis Sunshine. Showy rich golden yellow daisy flowers. Useful as a specimen for the border or a container plant. Excellent for flower arranging.
£ 6.50
Primula sieboldii Lacewing
NEW. Deeply cut white flowers, laced with pink and with frilled edgesand the darkest pink reverse. Deep purple buds as the new leaves emerge in spring. 15cm.
£ 4.00
Ruttya ovata
Unusual South African shrub with dense, many-flowered, terminal clusters of white flowers with purplish red spots in the throat. The very narrow bracteoles and calyx lobes give a fuzzy appearance to the flowers. Grows 200cm high. Blooms in summer. Plant in full sun or light shade.
£ 5.50
Lathyrus vernus
AGM. Carmine-red-violet flowers early in the season, appearing almost before the leaves. Once it forms a sturdy clump, then its true worth can be seen. 25cm.
£ 1.50
Lysimachia Candela
Dark green foliage in a rosette. Spires of white flowers in late summer. Very reliable plant. 100cm.
£ 6.00
Verbena bonariensis
AGM. Rosy-mauve flowers on tall stems, flowering all summer. Takes up hardly any space in the garden, growing upwards rather than outwards. 120cm.
£ 1.50
Dicentra Candy Hearts
Reddish pink flowers with silvery blue foliage, all summer. 25cm.
£ 7.00
Justicia brandegeeana Yellow Queen
Large yellowy green bracts enclose yellow flowers.
£ 6.00
Primula auricula Second Victory (S)
£ 4.00
Hollyhock Red
The Hollyhock is the tallest and stateliest of all the Mallows; a typical cottage garden plant. Large flowers on a tall spike. 300cm.
£ 1.50
Primula Jack in the Green red flowered
Polyanthus type with red flowers backed with a green ruff. An ancient curiosity!
£ 5.00
Verbascum phoeniceum Flush of White
Clear white flowers with a yellow eye. Well-drained soil. 100cm.
£ 1.50
Dahlia Fire and Ice
NEW. An upright, clump-forming, tuberous perennial with toothed, dark green, pinnate leaves and large, white flowers with bright red edges blooming from midsummer to autumn. 60cm.
£ 6.00
Primula auricula Alf (A)
Light centred. Purple.
£ 4.50
Justicia aurea
Evergreen foliage; striking, tubular yellow flowers in large clustered spikes in summer.  Justicia can be pruned hard to encourage bushy growth. It can also be grown in colder areas in large pots, as long as it is brought indoors during winter. 200cm.
£ 7.50
Nigella damascena alba
"Love in a Mist". White flowers in June, followed by attractive seed pods
£ 1.50
Calendula officinalis
"Pot Marigold".  Lovely hardy annual with orange flowers, also used in herbal medecine.
£ 1.50
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