Our season just gets better!
Firstly, apologies to those who follow our hallowed pages – it’s been a while since we updated you with nursery news on this site! We have had a fantastic season here at How Green and we physically haven’t found five minutes to refresh these pages!
Coupled with the wedding of one of our staff, it has been rather manic here at the nursery! (check our Facebook site for details!)
We’re back and we have many exciting things happening over the Autumn period!
Come check us out at the Penshurst Craft Fair this coming weekend (Friday 5th, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th September). We have our usual plant stand crammed full of goodies and our little show garden. This year our show garden will feature something rather exciting! Without letting the cat out of the bag, you’ll just have to come along and see! Photos to follow next week.
If you can’t come and see us then, why not come along to the nursery for our last public open weekend of the year. A rare opportunity to have a look round a strictly trade only nursery and buy plants and sup tea with home made cakes! Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September.
We leave you with some pics of some of our new Heucheras we’ll be showcasing at Penshurst and our open weekends. Top left ‘Cezanne’, top right ‘Glitter’, bottom left ‘Zipper’, bottom right ‘Fire Frost’. With over 50 different varieties to choose from, we have one of the most comprehensive collections in the area!
Our second public open weekend of 2014 – all welcome!
How time flies round these parts, especially when you’ve been as busy vas we have this Spring/Summer! What an amazing season we have had so far.
After one of the wettest, most miserable Winters ever, the British weather has actually perked up quite considerably! Since February, we’ve had warm temperatures and our fair share of sunshine – great gardening weather!
Our stocks have taken a real battering, but there’s still plenty to wet the taste buds for this coming weekend. Come and leisurely wander round our six acre nursery, not normally open to the public. Plants at some of the major garden centres are a mere after-thought, but here you’ll be in a horticultural dream world!
Gates open at 9am on both days through until 5pm. They’ll be delicious home made cakes and teas on offer in our garden and summer house – yum!
(We regret to say, we have completely sold out of basket and patio plants – sorry!)
Potters Garden wins the highest accolade!!
The last few weeks has been manic here at the nursery, with trade brisk and growing for gardens at RHS Malvern and Chelsea! If you check out last weeks blog, you’ll know we grew for the Dial a Flight sponsored ‘Potters Garden’ designed by Frankie and Emma from Nature Redesigned.
With the expert help from Frogheath Landscapes, the collective put together what was a magnificent effort in the Artisan garden category. So much so, the strict task-masters that are the RHS judges awarded the garden the top prize of a gold medal!! Not bad for Nature Redesigned and their first effort at Chelsea!!
I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of these guys in the future!
We have been growing for gold for the DialAFlight Potter’s Garden at RHS Chelsea
After growing for the Roger Platts gold medal winning garden at Chelsea last year, the stress and work involved meant we were a little reluctant to grow for Chelsea for a while! That was until our great friends Frankie and Emma from Nature Redesigned approached us about growing for their garden this year.
With it being cold and wet back in December and more importantly, a cracking little plan for an Artisan garden, how could we refuse! The garden is based around an abandoned brickworks and pottery after all the men have left for war and commemorates the centenary of the start of World War 1.
A planting plan was submitted and we started the process of growing and sourcing the plants needed. Progress back in January was swift, with many of the perennials to hand from our own stocks at the nursery. Other difficult to find plants such as Pimpinella rosea and Chaerophyllum roseum were sourced from as far away as Scotland!
The weather from the outset was very kind to us, being mild and dry following the appallingly wet winter. Conditions have remained unseasonably mild right the way through the growing process. This in itself has made keeping some plants in check very difficult, some more than three weeks ahead of schedule!
A few sleepless nights and a lot of juggling the stock around, we and more importantly the designers were very pleased with our efforts. We hope this is reflected in the finished garden which can be seen below. Good luck guys!
How Green supply plants for RHS Malvern garden
We’ve been very busy this season with growing plants for RHS show gardens. Our band of merry garden design customers have taken on the challenge of designing, building and planting at some of the countries most prestigious shows!
First up, our good friends Richard and Sam from Twigs garden design based in Sussex approached us to grow for their ‘A Fruity Story’ garden at Malvern. The concept of the garden was based around a realistic, fully functional garden that can inspire people to do the same at home! The emphasis being on cooking, with the installation of a beautiful brick fire kiln.
The planting also tied in nicely, with many herbs, vegetables and soft fruit that could be used directly in conjunction with any cooking done in the garden. Planting was not in the conventional way in lines, but blending in with herbaceous perennials and grasses. To soften the wonderful landscaping, Richard and his team used a wonderful pallet of shade loving plants to under-plant the stunning Betula and Acers.
They deservedly won a Silver-gilt medal which is a great achievement guys! With several celebrities including chef James Martin enjoying the garden and a slot on Gardeners World last Friday, I’m sure Twigs will go from strength to strength!
Next week, check out our post on how our growing for the Chelsea Flower Show went!