public events

Our first Public Open Weekend of 2017!

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our first public open weekend of the year this coming weekend. Normally a strictly trade only nursery, this Saturday and Sunday we are opening our doors to the general public and offering the rare opportunity to come and visit us.  Choose from a huge selection of plants and indulge in tea and homemade cakes in the nursery garden.

How Green Winter Lecture No.2: Tom Coward of Gravetye Manor

****** SOLD OUT ******    Wednesday 8 March 2017 For our second Winter Lecture, we’re thrilled to announce a special evening with renowned Tom Coward – Head Gardener of the beautiful and influential 35 acre gardens at Gravetye Manor in Sussex. Former assistant Head Gardener at Great Dixter and regular columnist in Country Life Magazine. At Chiddingstone Castle in Chiddingstone, Kent Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start Entry £10 to be paid in advance (no tickets on the door) Refreshments available to purchase and selection of seasonal bulbs and plants for sale on the night.

Christmas wicker planters filled with bulbs and Christmas gift tags

The Legendary How Green Christmas Quiz!

It’s that time of the year again where we roll out our annual brain teaser – the Legendary How Green Christmas Quiz – to get that grey matter ticking over the Christmas period. Loosen off your belts, relax in your favourite armchair and pour yourself a stiff one!  There are prizes for the best efforts returned to us by January 10th! Find the Christmas Quiz by downloading our latest Plant Availability List from the website Good luck everyone!

People drinking tea and eating cake on a sunny day in the nursery garden

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

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!

Excitement as we open for the National Gardens Scheme

We’re proud to announce, we are opening our doors to all for charity on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st August. Take this opportunity to visit a strictly trade only plant nursery. Since its foundation, the National Gardens Scheme has donated over £45 million to nominated beneficiaries, of which nearly £23 million has been donated within the last ten years. A fantastic charity giving tremendous support to some very worthy causes! We open from 10am – 5pm on both days and there is a admission fee of £3.00 for adults (children free). Well behaved dogs, more than welcome! Come and see a working nursery in motion with guided tours twice a day. Nursery garden and summerhouse also open to relax in and take in light refreshments – yum! August is a great time to visit the nursery, with plenty of newly potted plants available to buy for late season planting!

Tonto the nursery dog wearing a blue christmas cracker hat sitting on the lap of one of the How Green workers at their staff Christmas meal

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous 2016!

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!!*******

Public Open Weekends 2020:
Watch this space. September dates to be confirmed.
Dear Customers,
Due to overwhelming demand, as of 27 May we are temporarily suspending our contactless plant delivery service so that we can catch up with existing orders.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to all who have supported us with plant orders over the past few weeks.
For those of you still wishing to place an order, please bear with us. We’ll let you know as soon as this service is up and running again via our Public Events Newsletter mailing list (see below for sign-up).
Contactless Plant Delivery Service Info

Email us your order, pay by BACS and we’ll deliver to your dedicated drop off point, observing strict 2m social distancing and hygiene measures.

A small charge for delivery will be quoted on receipt of order. We can also delivery further afield using a nationwide pallet delivery service.

Delivery is free for orders over £150.00 in a 10 mile radius from the nursery!

A little time spent gardening could be the tonic we all need in these difficult times. Plenty of fresh air and great for the body and soul.

Sending you our best wishes from all at the nursery.

About our
Public Open Weekends

We are a wholesale nursery, growing and supplying plants to the horticultural professions. However, we also hold a series of open weekends, just three times a year, where we are open to the general public. These events are usually in April, June and September. 

On these open days all are welcome to view and purchase plants and enjoy tea and cake in the garden.

In addition, we also host regular talks and group visits. Please check our Public News page or subscribe to our Public Events Newsletter. 

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