Nursery Update January 26th 2021

Happy New Year to all our customers!

As of April 12th, we can now open again!! Monday-Saturday, 10am – 5pm.

Our part time member of staff Edwina has been on furlough since the start of Covid as she is shielding with her parents and family so we have been doing our best to keep up with the nursery work. No one has told the weeds not to grow, unfortunately.

Our dear friend and show assistant Edward Latham died last autumn after a prolonged illness (not Covid thank goodness) and we will miss him enormously. I think that many of you will have met him at shows and plant sales and will miss him too.

We have 2 students from Rodbaston College doing their 150 hour work experience with us and hope that you will get to meet Rachel and William when things are back to normal.

The shows and plant sales are supposedly going ahead in 2021 but as rules change day by day, we know as much as you do as to the realities of these events.

Our customers have been so supportive in the last year, bringing us cardboard boxes and shredded paper for mail order which was an enormous help as we managed to keep going financially by sending out many more parcels of plants. We phone up to get your payment details and have enjoyed speaking to you all, during lockdown especially, as we live and work together and to speak to someone else has been a joy!

Thank you for your support of Hillview Hardy Plants and let’s hope that we will eventually get back to some semblance of normality soon, and can see you at the nursery, shows, plant sales and at talks.

Sending plants abroad is not going to be as easy as it used to be now we have left the EU but it will still be possible but will incur more costs.

Our p+p rate is remaining the same as it has for the past few years: it may appear expensive but we feel that next day delivery is really the only way to send plants so they can arrive in pristine condition. We now use Parcelforce as our couriers and have been very pleased with their service.

We use shredded paper and second hand cardboard boxes to send them in so nothing is wasted and our customers do not have the cost of new materials.

 

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if we can help you out with anything. If we don’t know the answer, then we probably know someone who does.

All the best for 2021, Ingrid, John and Sarah.

We still give talks and are happy to have groups here, either to look around or to have a talk, or both, with coffee and cake provided.
Just enquire. (01746 716 454).

Ingrid Millington

John Millington

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.