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!!
As another year draws to a close, we reflect on a great 2015!
We here at How Green can’t believe how quickly 2015 has flown by!! It only seems like yesterday since we were penning these pages in a similar vain. What a year!!
Our season started very early back in early February. After a wet early part of Winter, the weather started to behave and our landscape customers could work on projects without getting swamped! A cold easterly wind seemed to stay with us for weeks and weeks, but importantly it stayed dry. Garden centre’s were buoyant with gardeners keen to get planting after the long, dark months!
We were once again involved with growing for the Chelsea Flower Show and grew the hardy annuals for Jo Thompson’s ‘The Retreat Garden’. The result, a silver-gilt medal, although the general opinion is, she should have won gold! Never mind Jo, there’s always next year!
Our series of public open weekends once again proved very successful! Great to see our regular followers as well as plenty of new faces. (Our 2016 dates will be posted soon). We also hosted talks and tours here at the nursery. We welcome garden societies & clubs who can also have exclusive access to the nursery and are able to go shopping! Amongst our guests this year were the PGG (Professional Gardeners Guild) and the SGD (Society of Garden Designers).
We continued busy throughout the whole year, again helping out with a garden at Hampton Court (The Yardly sponsored ‘A Growing Obsession) and our garden design/landscape followers have been flat out even up until Christmas!
We remain confident going into 2016 with some projects already pencilled in for January. As we go to press, we can announce we are opening for the first time for the NGS and are also involved with two gardens & a trade stand at Chelsea Flower Show! We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a fab New Year!
******Our 2015 Christmas quiz is available to tackle from our availability download on this site. 100 green-fingered questions to test the grey matter this festive season! Get your answers back to us before January 10th – prizes for the best efforts! Helen Yemm, the gardening writer for the Daily Telegraph was our joint winner last year – no pressure!!*******
With the onset of autumn the nursery is a hive of activity! We are frantically potting up our new season perennials, grasses & ferns and our stock levels are bursting at the seams again!
With the increased demand from garden designers and landscapers, we are also pleased to announce we are also now able to offer a very wide range of material. We now hold on site a full range of Taxus, Buxus and Bay in a variety of topiary shapes and hedging. We have a selection of top quality shrubs as samples and can now source some wonderful British grown specimens.
With extensive research the past 12 months, we now have some great contacts around Europe and can source just about anything plant related you need – give us a ring for a quote!
Lot’s of exciting news to follow in the coming weeks, including us growing for no less than three Chelsea gardens!! We’ll keep you posted!
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!
How Green Visits IPM Essen in Germany
Last week, How Green jumped on a plane and flew out to IPM Essen in Germany to the worlds biggest horticultural trade fair. Over 1500 stands from over 50 countries spread across twelve aircraft hangar-like halls makes it the most amazing spectacle within our industry! Growers from throughout Europe to as far afield as Taiwan, China & Sri Lanka were there offering a broad range of plant material.
There were also a couple of halls dedicated to horticultural sundries, greenhouse suppliers and machinery. There were also halls dedicated to floristry and garden retailers. Our main interest and passion were the plants! Nurseries use the exhibition to showcase new plants of which there were many! Some lovely new Hellebores and shrubs on offer. One of the standouts was a new Magnolia called ‘Genie’, a lovely dark maroon flowered cultivar.
The scale of the show was phenomenal! In two very full and long days, we still didn’t manage to get round the whole event! We were amazed at the size of some of the stands, especially from Italy and Spain and the size of plants being shown! There were trees, topiary and Bamboo over 60ft tall – how did they get it all to Germany, let alone into the halls!
Our main objective was to source some tree and shrub growers. Our increasing portfolio of designers/landscapers are always on the look-out for woody plants and we want to be in a position to help them out! Quality is very important, so to be able to see the plants was key. Watch this space the coming weeks for what we’ll be able to offer alongside our Buxus, Taxus and of course the enormous stock we grow ourselves!
If you ever get the chance to visit IPM, then you must – It’s amazing!!