Glorious Chelsea!

A hatrick of accolades at worlds greatest flower show!

What a year it has been here at the nursery! We’ve been so busy and this year we have been involved with the Chelsea Flower Show more than ever! The previous four years, we have supplied one garden with plants, but this year we have grown for three!

We were honoured to grow for the Meningitis Now charity in the artisan category. Being their thirtieth anniversary year, the exposure they got was priceless! The garden was designed by John Everiss who has shown at Chelsea before. John used cutting edge technology using a 3D printer to construct life-size sculptures of individuals who have (and currently have) the disease. We grew all the herbaceous for this garden and they deservedly won a silver-gilt medal and more importantly ‘People’s choice’!

We also grew the hardy annuals for the gold medal winning Jo Thompson ‘Chelsea Barracks’ garden. A beautiful contemporary English rose garden – an amazing garden!

Lastly, but not leastly, we supplied the herbaceous perennials for the David Harber trade stand, designed and put together by Nic Howard. It was like no other trade stand, as Nic put together a stunning garden to display the sculptures. It turned heads and won many admirers, including a 5 star award and best trade stand in show!

A great return and we’re proud to have helped with all three projects! The dust has not yet settled, but we already have some exciting news for Chelsea 2017 – watch this space!!chelsea4chelsea3chelsea1chelsea2

 

Let The Potting Begin!

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.DSC_0181

Happy New Year for 2015!

Wishing all our customers old and new a very prosperous season ahead!

My goodness how time flies, it only seems like five minutes ago when we were tucking into turkey and mince pies! It’s the end of January and our stock is coming along nicely. Our range of Spring bulbs are already available to purchase (see availability opposite) and our perennials, alpines & herbs are only a matter of weeks away from being marketable.

Lot’s of exciting things happening here at the nursery over the next twelve months. Our special trade and public open weekends make a welcome return. The dates will appear on this site soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Nursery tours and talks with gardening clubs and societies are proving popular, with many dates already booked in here at the nursery. Please enquire if you would like an exclusive talk/tour of a strictly trade only grower!

Plans are in store for a web-shop towards the end of the year. To start with, it will be a site exclusively to buy brand new plant introductions. Keep up with the Jones’s with the years ‘must have’ plants!

Hot off the press, we are growing for Chelsea 2015. Last year we had the daunting task of exclusively growing for ‘Potters Garden’, the gold medal winning garden created by Nature Redesigned. Having said we’d take a break from it this year, we were approached by Jo Thompson, so how could we say no!!

Jo returns to Chelsea with her sixth garden in seven years. This year she is creating a ‘Sylvan Retreat’, sponsored by M & G Investments along main avenue. A quintessentially British garden, featuring a natural swimming pool and oak garden building. We are proud to be growing for her, along with Roger Platts for a very Kentish backed project!

Our annual Christmas quiz was very warmly received, with many budding horticulturists having a go! We are pleased to announce the winners! Ashley & Sam Louis who work in the gardens at Crowhurst Place came out top with an outstanding 99/100!! A tremendous effort! Second was Helen Yemm, gardening correspondent from the Daily Telegraph with a stonking 95/100 – both win £20.00 vouchers to spend at our public open weekends.
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Chelsea 2 How Green Nursery 2!

For the second consecutive year, we here at How Green are growing for the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show!

Last year, we grew for Chelsea for the first time, for local designer Roger Platts. His centenary garden sponsored by M&G deservedly won a gold medal for it’s ambitious design, incorporating the many styles seen in the last hundred years.

The famous saying by British rower Steve Redgrave after winning his fifth Olympic medal has never been more apt – ‘you have my permission to shoot me if I ever step near a boat again!’ We said a similar thing last year after the very challenging weather we were up against growing for Roger! The plants were constantly moved inside, then out and took a huge amount of work to achieve the end result!

With this in mind, we decided to take a break from Chelsea growing! Then back in December, our great customers Francesca Murrell and Emma Page from Nature Redesigned announced that their plan for an artisan garden had been picked by the RHS! During that exciting meeting, it was decided, how could we possibly say no to growing the plants for their garden!

We are proud to announce we are growing extensively for Nature Redesigned and their Dial A Flight sponsored ‘Potters Garden’. The garden commemorates the 100th anniversary of the start of world war one and portrays an abandoned brick works after the men going to war. Follow our road to Chelsea Flower Show 2014 via Facebook, with weekly photos and updates starting next week – keep tuned!!DialAFlight

2014 Trade Catalogue Now Ready!

Calling all garden centres and garden designers!

Our brand new all singing, all dancing trade catalogue is now ready! Available to all green fingered enthusiasts within our trade.

Carefully put together by the ever so amazing Natalie Seal from Ginger & Fig. A Tunbridge Wells based graphic/web designer with an eye for detail and a flare for creativity! We entrust her with everything, from our very own website (regular maintenance & upgrades), to fliers and business cards.

She is steadily putting together a portfolio of horticulturely based clients and is looking to specialise in this field. Her own passion for plants and gardening brings a natural connection to your business.

NEW from February 2014, we now have separate availability lists for garden centres and garden designers/landscapers. Our garden centre ‘Looking Good’ list is primarily aimed at retail ventures, where the need for advanced plants or showing colour is important. This can be downloaded on a weekly basis from this site, or get in touch and we can email it to you with prices.

Our availability for designers/landscapers is a weekly updated list that incorporates our entire stock that is rooted through at the time. We also offer a service for sourcing many shapes and sizes of Buxus and Bay.