Our Gates Open to All for the Final Time this Year!

Open Weekend Garden Shot - Aug '16

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!

The Wonderful World of Plants!

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!

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Hippy Show Garden!

Show garden with a twist!!

This weekend saw our annual September outing to the Penshurst Craft Fair held at Penshurst Place. Ourselves, along with our good friends Chilstone from Tunbridge Wells join forces to create a mini show garden and stand.

Having attended the show for the last five years, twice a year, it’s always difficult to come up with a fresh idea for a garden!

This time round, we gave the garden a bit of a twist and made an old 1972 VW camper van the main centrepiece!

The stunning camper has been fully restored to it’s original glory, with shiny new paint job and re-conditioned engine. The tax exempt classic is not used as  a show vehicle, but for its intended purpose for camping weekends and trips to Devon & Cornwall. With this in mind, we thought we’d put ‘Doona’ the van to work over the weekend.

With some wispy grasses and colourful late season perennials, we put a smile on the show-goers faces. The sun shone down on us and plant sales were great – roll on May for the next show garden! What to do next???”!

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Glorious Gold!!

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!

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Potting up for the Potter’s Garden at Chelsea 2014

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!

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