May Day Mayhem!

Last weekend saw the annual May bank holiday craft fair at Penshurst Place. A three day event, with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing their wares! How Green Nursery attended for the fifth year in succession alongside our good friends Chilstone of Tunbridge Wells. Together we join forces to create a mini show garden and also sell our goodies!

2013 see’s Chilstone run into it’s 60th year and their diamond anniversary. To honour this achievement, we created a diamond shaped garden, with a planting scheme to match!

The weather was fantastic, especially on the Sunday & Monday, with no rain and warm sunshine, bringing the crowds in their thousands. Bank holiday Monday, visitor numbers reached record proportions not only to the fair, but also Penshurst Place.

Our stock has caught up with the fantastic weather of late, so lot’s of colourful plants were on display, not only in the garden, but also for sale! We also sold a record number of plants, with the gardening public eager to get their gardens up to speed!

Our next outing is The Decorative Living Fair at Eridge on May 16th – come and see us there!

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Public Open Day Success!

How Green Nursery opened it’s doors to the public for the first time this year and how amazingly wonderful it was! From the popularity of last years series of open weekends, there was some apprehension this time round, due to the awful Spring weather. As if by magic, the sun shone bright and triggered gardeners to come out of hiding!

How Green was packed for two days, full of eager horticulturists, desperate to get gardening after twelve months of dreadful weather! Visitors were met by enthusiastic staff and wagging tails from the nursery dogs! Trolleys and wheel-barrows were filled to over flowing, with cars leaving fully laden.

After a hard stint of plant shopping, visitors could relax in the summerhouse and take in some fine home made cakes and tea! Roll on the next open days in June!

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Public Open Days 6th & 7th April!

Our public open days are back! 6th & 7th April 2013We’re all getting a little excited here at How Green, as all roads lead to the nursery next weekend with our first public open days of the year!

Due to phenomenal demand, the very special, limited public days are back! The strictly wholesale nursery throws open it’s gates on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th April.

Come and wander round our six acre, plant packed site, offering nearly 4000 different perennials, grasses, alpines, herbs, vegetable plants, soft fruit, patio plants, potted bulbs and topiary. We specialise in introducing the most up-to-date, must have plants, as well as traditional garden favourites.

A warm welcome awaits all and there will be expert advice on hand on both days, and if being bamboozled by so many plants becomes too much, relax in our Summerhouse with a well earned cup of tea & home made cake!

Open 9am – 5pm on both days. ****5% off your plants if you mention this website!****

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A New Venture!

Last week the hard working staff at How Green finished a project to rejuvenate a prominent bed in Caterham on the Hill in Surrey. Working with the town’s parish council, we scrubbed out the tired, old shrubs and bedding.

The brief was a complicated one! A low maintenance, drought tolerant garden that has all year round interest, with the wow factor! Not a particulary easy remit!!

The shape and layout of the existing bed did not need changing and in fact it is a very well thought out shape and pleasing to the eye. Not the dull rectangular shaped beds we’re used to, it is an attractive half-moon shaped crescent, with a slope not too disimilar to a plaque bed.

After several meetings with the clients and deliberation over what style to go for, we settled on a design that incorporated many grasses, hardy, drought tolerant perennials and bulbs such as Alliums. The overall effect to give a prairie, naturalistic look.

Grasses add height and structure and have been planted in drifts, in keeping with the curves of the bed. Very hardy, long flowering perennials such as Nepeta Walkers Low, Salvia Caradonna & Agastache Blue Fortune have been used. In all, over 300 plants have been used, which in time will enhance the bed.

A big problem with the site was weeds! With low maintenance in mind, we used a permeable membrane to supress any weed growth. The membrane in turn allows water to pass through to the plants and also helps moisture retention in drier periods. To complete the look a layer of decorative shingle has been used.

The centre piece of the bed is a beautiful multi-stemmed Betula jacquemontii. With it’s silvery white bark on the main stem & branches it gives fantastic Winter interest. In time it’s canopy in the Summer will give a gentle dappled shade for the two benches under it.

To add Winter structure, some evergreen shrubs have been used and colourful Cornus (Dogwoods) to break the gloom. The spent grass heads will also be left over the Winter to add height and a sparkle with frost. Aged oak has been used as a feature and  to give height and structure, especially for when the herbaceous plants become dormant.

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Happy New Year!

What a wonderful Christmas we all had here at How Green! We kicked off the holiday in great style with our annual Christmas party. The dining room was turned into a Winter wonderland, decorated beautifully and Christmas carols filled the air!

As is the tradition here at the nursery, there is no turkey with all the trimmings, not even a Christmas pud! This is through choice however and our loyal workforce unanimously vote in each year without fail……. fish & chips!!! Christmas crackers, hats and jokes aside, it’s then off to the very welcoming Henry 8th pub in Hever for liquid refreshment!

To nurse the sore heads, staff are given plenty of time off over the festive period. We’re now all refreshed and ready to crack on with the coming season.

We’re working flat-out, potting up perennials and seed sowing ready in time for Spring. This year our stock range has again increased by over 400 plants, bringing to total nearly 4000 different plants. These can all be seen in our new 2013 catalogue available on request right now.

Sales have started positively with our quality potted bulbs leaving to garden centres in our area. The photo below shows a great order heading out to our good friends at Coolings Garden Centre at Knockholt.

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