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Winter Lecture 2 – Wednesday 8 March
Tom Coward of Gravetye Manor
For our second Winter Lecture, we’re thrilled to announce a special evening with renowned Tom Coward – Head Gardener of the beautiful and influential 35 acre gardens at Gravetye Manor in Sussex.
Former assistant Head Gardener at Great Dixter and regular columnist in Country Life Magazine.
At Chiddingstone Castle in Chiddingstone, Kent
Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start
Entry £10 to be paid in advance (no tickets on the door)
Refreshments available to purchase and selection of seasonal bulbs and plants for sale on the night
Contact Cas at How Green Nursery to reserve your place: firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s September (pinch, punch, first of the month!) and our last Public Open Weekend of 2016 is coming up this weekend – Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September! We’re open both days from 9am – 5pm.
Take this rare opportunity to visit a normally strictly trade only plant nursery, packed full of 1000s of perennials, grasses & shrubs to buy, with many new and desirable varieties.
We’re only open to the general public 3 times a year!
Load up with plants at great prices and then relax with tea & homemade cake in our lovely Nursery garden.
Plenty of newly potted plants available to buy for late season planting, so come along and see us!
Well behaved pooches more than welcome!
How Green head to the biggest horticultural show in the world!
Last week we flew out to Essen in Germany to IPM, over 1600 trade stands of plant heaven! Our second year in a visiting capacity, we use the opportunity to look out for new plants and to source material for clients.
We specialise in growing herbaceous perennials, but our garden designer customers are looking for the whole package. We have a wide networking chain of contacts now and can supply trees and shrubs in all shapes and sizes. IPM is a fantastic way of finding new suppliers and can actually see the plants they have on offer.
Three exhausting days later and we’ve found some great new growers with a range of wonderful new plants! Hydrangea’s, Camellia’s and Magnolia’s amongst the standout offerings from the 49 countries exhibiting! Growers from as far afield as Taiwan, China & Sri Lanka shows the world is a very small place nowadays!
Going forward into 2016, why not give us a shout in regards to all your plant needs – we will speedily respond to your quotes!
The season here at How Green still rumbles on with landscapers and designers still very busy! We have been ordering in quality hedging and topiary for clients and our own grown perennials have been flying out.
With all this activity, we still find time to attend the FutureScape trade show. FutureScape brings together landscape contractors (maintenance, design and build), garden designers and architects. The event has joined forces with the industry’s leading associations to promote the event to all their members. Pro Landscaper magazine and website will be supporting the event. It’s a relatively new event, but has been expanding in exhibitors and visitors year on year.
There will be a series of free seminars throughout the day which are always really interesting and informative. Guest speakers this year include Ann-Marie Powell, Matt Childs and Mark Gregory (Landform).
We will be teaming up with our friends Chilstone of Langton Green on the stand, so why not pop along and say ‘hi’!
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.