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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
Sedum erythrostictum Frosty Morn
Striking white and green variegated foliage. Pinky-white flowers. 90cm.
£ 6.00
Althaea officinalis
"Marsh-mallow" is a tall plant resembling a hollyhock, with velvety grey leaves that are triangular and folded. The large pale pink flowers have a slight veining of darker purple and give way to furry fruits.
£ 1.50
Iris Bold Pretender
NEW. "Louisiana Water Iris". Red flowers with yellow centres from late spring to early summer. 100cm.
£ 6.50
Nepeta subsessilis Pink Dreams
Masses of pink tubular flowers above neat serrated foliage. Compact habit. Well drained soils in sun/part shade. Deadheading encourages more flowers. 45cm.
£ 5.50
Barleria obtusa
This evergreen flowering shrublet is covered in a mass of dainty violet flowers from April to May. This fast growing, spreading shrublet is a must for rockeries and small gardens. Acanthus family.
£ 4.50
Lathyrus vernus Rosenelfe
The prettiness of this plant always manages to cheer us up in early spring when it produces its delicate lustrous pink flowers. Good clump forming plant. 25cm.
£ 4.50
Potentilla recta Sulphurea
Dense sprays of palest lemon flowers over a very long season. This is the rarely seen, but much more desirable form of the bright yellow variety. 60cm.
£ 4.00
Ixia Spotlight
Flowers creamy yellow with a red eye. 50cm.
£ 4.50
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora Queen of Spain
This vigorous and showy plant has large open flowers which are dark red in bud, opening to clear orange with a paler throat. Small basal blotches decorate the inner segments. 90cm.
£ 4.00
Strobilanthes Orizaba
Dark purplish-green leaves to 6 inches long with purple underneath. Grows 200cm high in partial shade with plenty of moisture.
£ 6.50
Ranunculus acris Flore Pleno
AGM. Glistening double yellow flowers in early summer. Sets no seed. 75cm.
£ 5.50
Primula auricula Sumo (A)
£ 4.50
Primula auricula Brazos River (A)
Mauve. Light centred.
£ 5.50
Lysimachia mauritiana
Glossy leaved, unusual sub shrub with white, starry flowers in summer. Very choice. Asia. Sun. 60-90cm.
£ 4.00
Iris pseudacorus Roy Davidson
AGM. Vigorous grower with yellow flowers, lightly veined with brown on the falls. Excellent in wet conditions.100cm.
£ 7.00
Thalictrum Black Stockings
Tall almost black stems, with green ferny leaves, topped with a large, flat topped flower cluster of lavender, fluffy flowers. Very showy for the back of the border. 200cm.
£ 6.00
Cirsium heterophyllum
"Melancholy Thistle". This is a British native plant that has tall stems bearing purple thistle like flowers. The creeping rootstock produces coarse foliage that is pure white beneath.
£ 5.50
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora Lady Hamilton
Egg-yolk yellow flowers on fairly tall stems. Mid to late season. 90cm.
£ 4.00
Lamprocapnos spectabilis Alba
AGM. "Bleeding Heart" with white flowers. Slightly less vigorous than the type.
£ 7.00
Kniphofia Yellow Hammer
NEW. Pure golden yellow flowers. Strong flower spikes all summer. 90cm.
£ 7.00
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