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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
Lithodora diffusa Pete's Favourite
A low, mat-forming evergreen shrub, bearing small, hairy leaves and abundant, small, white flowers in spring and summer.
£ 4.50
Phlox paniculata Purple Eye Flame
Fantastic development in the world of Phlox, short and bushy reaching 40cm with large fragrant flowers, strong stems and improved mildew resistance.  Purple flowers with a white centre.
£ 5.50
Crocosmia Orange Devil
Rich orange-red flowers with prominent golden orange suffusion inside.  80cm.
£ 4.00
Astilbe Glut (? arendsii)
Deep red flowers in plumes above bronzy green foliage. 80cm.
£ 6.00
Roscoea purpurea Peacock
Large flowers, some 4cm long by over 2cm wide, in rich blue-violet. The lip is broad and crinkled and crisped in a most attractive fashion. This has very stout yet compact growth and makes a superb stocky, flower-covered clump.
£ 6.50
Dictamnus albus
Leathery foliage which has a citrusy smell, produced from the volatile oils it produces. White starry flowers are followed by seed heads which are also very decorative, changing from green to brown and containing black seeds. 130cm.
£ 7.00
Primula auricula Sir John (A)
Maroon shaded to buff edge.
£ 4.50
Primula Belarina Cobalt Blue
NEW. Bright blue double flowers with a green rosette behind the head.
£ 5.50
Salvia microphylla Belize
Superb relatively new introduction. Vigorous shrubby salvia with mid green foliage and distinctive deep red stems and bright scarlet flowers. 30-50cm.
£ 4.50
Ruellia macrantha
Tender upright shrub with large bright green leaves. Very showy rose pink bell shaped blossoms. Up to 200cm.
£ 7.50
Primula x pubescens Wedgwood
Wedgewood blue flowers with a white eye.
£ 4.50
Dierama dracomontanum
"Drakensberg Harebell". Long linear leaves. Pendulous bell-shaped rose-pink to red flowers borne on nodding stalks. 80cm.
£ 5.00
Anemone hupehensis Praecox
"Japanese Anemone" with single dark pink flowers. Early bloomer. 50cm.
£ 4.00
Crocosmia John Boots
Late flowering variety with pale orange-yellow flowers. Compact habit. 60cm.
£ 4.00
Paeonia lactiflora Bowl of Beauty
AGM. Fragrant single flowers with soft-pink petals. 60cm.
£ 7.50
Verbascum Gainsborough
AGM. "Mullein". Handsome basal rosette of broad grey leaves gives rise to a stem bearing masses of spikes of dainty primrose-yellow flowers. Sterile hybrid so no seeds. 100cm.
£ 6.00
Dierama pulcherrimum Blackbird
Perhaps the darkest flowered of all Dieramas is this splendid variety producing wiry stems and cascades of gorgeous, deep claret-mauve blooms. Very hardy. 120cm.
£ 5.00
Iris pseudacorus Esk
Giant variety from an abandoned garden on the river Esk. Golden yellow flowers. 200cm.
£ 1.50
Primula auricula Divint Dunch (A)
Plum purple shading to light pinky mauve. Light centred.
£ 4.00
Melittis melissophyllum Royal Velvet Distinction
NEW. "Bastard Balm". This compact selection is topped in spring by orchid-like white flowers with a dark purple lip. When not in flower, the clump is composed of fuzzy green, lemon scented foliage. 45cm.
£ 5.50
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