Roll up, roll up! Summer Open Day’s!

How Green’s second public open weekend not to be missed!

Where has the year gone?! It only seems like five minutes ago that we were opening our doors for our Spring event! All are welcome next Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June, 9am – 5pm on both days.

We are strictly trade only and limit our public access to three weekends throughout the year. Come check out growers to Jo Thompsons M&G sponsored garden at this years Chelsea Flower Show!

We have an extensive range of plants with our speciality being herbaceous perennials. All very reasonably priced and home-made teas and cakes available in the surrounds of our lovely summer house!HGNJune15DigitalAW

Chelsea Time Again!

How Green grow plants for medal winning gardens again!

Another year, another grey hair! After growing for ‘A Potters Garden’ at Chelsea last, we thought we’d take on the stress and sleepless nights yet again! For us as humble growers, there is a lot of pressure to grow the plants and get them looking spot on for judging day!

This time, the ever so lovely Jo Thompson approached us for growing for the M&G sponsored ‘The Retreat’ garden. She chose us along with other friend and local grower Roger Platts. We were given the task of growing the hardy annuals for her traditional British planted garden.

Seeds were sown back in the Autumn of 2014 to give the plants the best possible start. We did a back up sowing soon after in case we suffered any losses along the way. We carefully nurtured the seedlings and gradually potted them into bigger pots as they became bigger.

Given light and heat, they soon raced away! In April they were moved into a well ventilated tunnel and remained there until two weeks before the big day! We (and Jo!) were very pleased with our efforts, as we had not grown many of the plants before! Plants included Ridolfia segetum, Daucus carota Dara, Gypsophila Covent Garden and Emilia javanica (this plant actually found it’s way onto Prince Harry’s garden Sentebale!).

The garden looked fabulous and Jo won a well deserved Silver-Gilt medal, although many believed it should have won gold! We also supplied a few plants for a gold medal winning artisan garden called a Trug makers Garden.jo thompson

Spring Open Days!

We welcome all for our first public open weekend of 2015

We’re all getting excited here at How Green, with only a week to go until our first special event of the year!

For those of you who have never visited us, take this rare opportunity to come to a strictly trade only nursery.

Choose from thousands of plants including perennials, grasses, alpines, herbs, veg plants, topiary and patio plants.

All at competitive prices and with knowledgeable help and advice on hand to help you with any plant queries.

If this all sounds too much, relax in our summer house and refuel with home-made tea and cakes!

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2015 We have Lift Off!

Our First Trade Open Days of the Season

My how time flies! It only seems like five minutes ago we were heading into the depths of winter with all our plants snuggled up ready to go into hibernation! Christmas came and went and here we are, it’s the start of March and Spring is well and truly in the air!

We have seen very buoyant early season sales, both with garden centre sales and landscaper orders which is fantastic! To bolster the early enthusiasm we bring to you the first of our special ‘Trade Days’. We invite existing trade customers and give new faces a warm welcome this coming Friday 13th & Saturday 14th March. Doors open at 9am until 5pm on both days. Take this opportunity to check out what we are growing for 2015. We have over 3000 different plants, including many brand new varieties.

We will be providing home-made tea & cake in our summer house with the chance to network with other green-fingered nuts! To top it all, we will be offering a 10% discount on all orders taken on the day!

Our 2015 trade catalogue is now ready and available to pick up on these days. If you cannot make our trade days and would still like a catalogue, then contact us and we’ll pop one in the post for you.Trade151Trade152

The Wonderful World of Horticulture!

How Green Visits IPM Essen in Germany

Last week, How Green jumped on a plane and flew out to IPM Essen in Germany to the worlds biggest horticultural trade fair. Over 1500 stands from over 50 countries spread across twelve aircraft hangar-like halls makes it the most amazing spectacle within our industry! Growers from throughout Europe to as far afield as Taiwan, China & Sri Lanka were there offering a broad range of plant material.

There were also a couple of halls dedicated to horticultural sundries, greenhouse suppliers and machinery. There were also halls dedicated to floristry and garden retailers. Our main interest and passion were the plants! Nurseries use the exhibition to showcase new plants of which there were many! Some lovely new Hellebores and shrubs on offer. One of the standouts was a new Magnolia called ‘Genie’, a lovely dark maroon flowered cultivar.

The scale of the show was phenomenal! In two very full and long days, we still didn’t manage to get round the whole event! We were amazed at the size of some of the stands, especially from Italy and Spain and the size of plants being shown! There were trees, topiary and Bamboo over 60ft tall – how did they get it all to Germany, let alone into the halls!

Our main objective was to source some tree and shrub growers. Our increasing portfolio of designers/landscapers are always on the look-out for woody plants and we want to be in a position to help them out! Quality is very important, so to be able to see the plants was key. Watch this space the coming weeks for what we’ll be able to offer alongside our Buxus, Taxus and of course the enormous stock we grow ourselves!

If you ever get the chance to visit IPM, then you must – It’s amazing!!

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