Very busy month ahead!
It’s difficult to believe it’s September already and the onset of Autumn is well under way! After a very dry year here in the south east, we’ve already experienced one of the wettest Augusts on record! Always a silver lining here at How Green, we have welcomed the rain, as Autumn signifies one of the best times for planting!
With this in mind, we have a lot going on this month. Firstly, we have a trade open day Friday 4th September. Strictly garden centres and garden designers/landscapers are warmly welcome to check out our new stock for the Autumn and into 2016. Special 10% off rate for orders taken on the day and network with tea & cake in our summer house!
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th we open our doors to the public for our third and final weekend of the year. Take this opportunity to visit a trade nursery, with thousands of perennials, grasses, alpines, topiary and (NEW!!) a selection of shrubs! Great prices and knowledgable staff on hand to help with plant questions and advice. Take in tea & home-made cake in our summer house.
Friday 11th, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th we head out on the road and are attending two events. Come and see us at the Penshurst Craft Fair, held in the grounds of Penshurst Place. We have a plant stand & show garden with a selection of late season interest alongside our friends Chilstone of Langton Green. The same weekend we also find ourselves exhibiting at Hever Castle and their newly launched Handmade and Homegrown Festival. A selection of local crafts, food and quilting, all held in the magnificent grounds of Hever Castle.
What a season!
We’ve been very quiet on these pages recently – we haven’t had time to update and fill you in with nursery news as we’ve been sooo busy! The weather has certainly helped, with a dry Spring after a relatively wet Winter helping the nations gardeners start in earnest.
An upturn in fortune with the economy means our designer/landscaper customers have been flat out on projects, creating some wonderful gardens locally.
As we enter August, our stock levels have taken a real battering the last few months. You’ll be pleased to hear, we have been busily beavering away sowing seeds, taking cuttings and potting up plugs. We now found ourselves with an enormous amount of potting up!
Our potting machine is in full swing and soon our nursery will be at capacity again for Autumn sales and into Spring – the whole cycle starts again!! Come check us out for our trade open day in September, where we will be show-casing our range of new stock.
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!
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.
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!