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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Seasons Greetings to You All!

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year from us all at How Green!

It doesn’t seem like five minutes ago, we were penning these pages for Christmas and looking back at 2013 – how time flies!

Here at the nursery, with Christmas just over a week away, the excitement has started to build for the festive season! The staff tea hut has been lavishly decorated with highly flammable tinsel and an appalling fake tree, making for a winter wonderland! Waist lines are already expanding and all roads lead to the staff Christmas party in a few days time!

Staff are like Santa’s little helpers, busily creating Christmas wicker planters and lovely decorated Hyacinths which make wonderful Christmas presents. It’s still not too late to place your orders with us. ****We also have a special treat for you! Open our availability lists opposite and you’ll find the How Green Nursery Christmas quiz! 100 green fingered questions to get sunk into over the festive period. Put your brain cells to the test and send us back your answers via email. There will be prizes in the form of vouchers to our public open weekends next year for those with the most correct answers!****

We’ve had a great season here at How Green, with trade brisk throughout the year. The Winter of 2013 was the wettest on record, but the weather broke in February and we didn’t look back! A decent Spring for the first time in many years was then followed by a good Summer. Garden centres were busy and with an upturn in the economy the garden designers/landscapers followed.

There was never a dull moment with our trade and public open days, with many old friends and new customers paying us a visit. The tea and cake flowed and our stocks took a good battering!

We put together two show gardens of our own, as well as growing for prestige show gardens at Chelsea, Hampton Court, Malvern and Blenheim. Our crowning glory was Chelsea where we grew 90% of the plants for the Dial A Flight sponsored Potters Garden designed and put together by Nature Redesigned. The reward for their hard work was a well deserved gold medal – not bad for their first attempt at Chelsea!

We had a busy year on the social calendar, with many talks to garden societies held at venues as well as here at the nursery.

We look forward to 2015 and have some plans that will become apparent on these pages in the weeks to come, so keep tuned! All we have to say is Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to you all  and thank you for supporting us this season!

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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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Medal at marvelous Malvern!

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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!