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.

Merry Christmas from all at How Green Nursery!

Wishing all our customers old and new a very merry Christmas and best wishes for the year ahead!

We find ourselves a week away from Christmas day and we’re left wondering, where on earth did that year go?! Here at How Green we are busily beavering away like Santa’s elves to prepare Christmas potted arrangements. We use high quality wicker trugs and a choice of bulbs including Hyacinths and Narcissus, all then lovingly decorated with natural moss and a Christmas tag. (See our plant of the week pictures). 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 for those with the most correct answers!

We take a look back at the 2013 season and reflect on what has been a rollercoaster of a year! It started disastrously for us and everyone connected with the industry. A prolonged Winter with snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures made for less than favourable gardening and growing conditions. March and April, which should be two of our busiest months were a right-off . Coming off the back of a very difficult 2012 (where it didn’t stop raining), the situation was bleak.

Spring

Then in April came our first of three public open weekends. Oh how we rejoiced! The weather behaved and gardeners gave us renewed confidence by coming to the nursery in their masses! Plants were sold by the boot full and the tea and cake flowed! This was then followed by a calm spell with sun and warmth. Our stock which at one point was six weeks behind in growth caught up and it was like flicking a light switch! This was extra relief with How Green growing for a major show garden at Chelsea Flower Show for the first time! Our good friend Roger Platt’s M&G sponsored garden deservedly won gold, and we breathed a sigh of relief!

Garden centres and garden designers stepped up through the gears and suddenly the 2013 season was underway!

Summer

The fantastic weather then carried on into early Summer and further open days, both trade and public proved a hit. Our show gardens and plant stand at Penshurst Place were warmly (hotly!) received. The long Summer days continued and got the nation out into their gardens. The smell of BBQ’s hung in the air and pots and borders that had not been tended since the Summer before, were revitalised! Again, we grew for two gardens at Hampton Court Flower Show.

Autumn

Then into Autumn. Late September saw our most successful Trade Open Day to date. Gardeners, designers and garden centres took advantage of our special offers on the day and the networking opportunities were phenominal! Business cards and numbers were exchanged and our cake and biscuit tin took a real battering! Usually a time for us to grow for the following year, but something amazing happened! Our loyal and ever increasing band of garden designers took on the challenge of some major projects. This in turn left considerable holes in our stock leading to our best Autumn sales ever!

Winter

And so to Winter! A time to reflect and do maintenance round the nursery. As you can see from our last post, we are in the throws of constructing a new office and sales area. Also in the pipeline, a new Lavender tunnel. Our 2014 catalogue is being lovingly put together by the amazing Natalie Seal at Ginger & Fig in Tunbridge Wells. She’s a whizzo graphic designer and website designer, specialising in anything horticultural. The catalogue has over 300 new plants on offer to you next season, so our stock of over 4500 plants looks very exciting indeed!

Other plans for the 2014 season include more Public and Trade Open Days (dates TBA – check website for details). We are also in the process of organising some guest speakers here at the nursery. These may be evening/weekend events, or we might tie them in with our open days. We already have talks and nursery tours booked in from numerous gardening clubs and societies. Contact us for further details.

Literally hot off the press, we have been asked to grow for a Chelsea garden again next year! If we say who, we may have to kill you – details nearer the time!!

All that’s left for us to say here at How Green is Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Prosperous New Year to you all! We leave you with some scenes from our staff Christmas party last year!

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We’re back on-line… hurrah!

Phew, what a relief. After nearly three weeks of sweat, stress and tears, the clever folk at Unlimited Web Hosting (especially Dave) and Natalie from Ginger & Fig have brought the site back from the brink.

Whilst upgrading to the latest version of WordPress, a fatal error occurred and the website simply disappeared. Over sixty man/woman hours, day and night went into fixing her!

We are looking to create a login account so only customers will have access to our price lists. In the meantime, we have removed pricing from the availability list download. Please contact us for more info, refer to our weekly email, or new catalogue.

Speaking of which, our 30th Anniversary year 2012 catalogue will be available from next week! Give us a shout if you fancy a copy.

Welcome to our new website!

One small step for man, one giant leap for how green nursery…

We are thrilled and excited to be launching our website, we hope you’ll find it an interesting and valuable resource for all things relating to our wholesale nursery, as well as plants in general.

On this page, we’ll post regular news and views from the nursery. We’ll keep you up to date with all our latest developments, new plant varieties, buying trends, and new for 2012, our public open days!

You can download our weekly availability list just by clicking the box on the right and also find information on our recommended plant of the week. To help you with your plant choices, we are aiming to build a fairly comprehensive image gallery of the plants we grow, a great addition to our weekly list and the catalogue, which is published annually.

What a fitting way to celebrate our upcoming 30th Anniversary, by launching this website and us into the 21st Century! Big thanks go to Natalie at Ginger & Fig, who designed and made it for us. We hope you like it as much as we do!