From our Instagram

Instagram post 2180075655281129029_2071959057 Come check us out at Futurescape tomorrow - looks like being a great debate with a great panel and host. Subject - all things planty! Kick off 11am. Please no rotten tomatoes!! 😀
Instagram post 2180015095797525223_2071959057 Really sorry mum and dad - hope you don't need to get the car out of the garage for a while! We're a bit flat out at the moment, there's a fair bit heading out!!
#autumnplanting #familybusiness #wholesalenursery #kent #plants #gardendesign
Instagram post 2178011553776007221_2071959057 Awwww! Lovely moment - the founders of How Green Nursery (aka mum and dad!) Landmark wedding anniversary - the big 50! They don't make em like that any more xxxx
#familybusiness #50thanniversary #kent #gardendesign #plants #plants #mumanddad
Instagram post 2177281013049389833_2071959057 Nice batch of home grown Pittosporum Silver Ball tucked up for the winter. (Pittosporum tobira Nanum in foreground) Great new variety that can be clipped into a tight ball. Not Buxus, but another alternative.

Colour - grey-green, glossy leaves edged white
Height x Spread - 80cm x 80cm
Soil - fertile, well drained
Position - full sun or part shade

#howgreenplantoftheweek
#howgreennursery #pittosporum #wholesalenursery #kent #gardendesign #autumnplanting #familybusiness
Instagram post 2177217202015503276_2071959057 We love this! Cotinus Grace in all its glorious autumn pomp. Commonly known as the smoke bush, this majestic shrub also looks great in the summer months. Purple tinted foliage festooned with purple - pink flowers that look like smoke, hence its name. 
Colour - purple foliage
Height x Spread - 6m x 5m
Soil - humus rich, moist
Position - full sun

#howgreenplantoftheweek
#howgreennursery #wholesalenursery #gardendesign #autumnplanting #cotinus
Instagram post 2175826176948391022_2071959057 I'm possibly the third generation of How Green. There's plenty of time for Latin plant names and soil science - in the meantime it's all about the swings and brightly coloured outfits! #familybusiness #wholesalenursery #kent #plants #gardendesign #swings

public events news

Final chance to have a nose around this year

To celebrate our 30th anniversary year as a business, we have been opening our gates to the public for the first time in nearly 20 years! We have had two weekends so far, one in the Spring and one in the Summer. This weekend represents the final installment for this year. We open 9am – 5pm on both Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th. You will get to see the nursery with plenty of Autumn interest, as well as some really interesting plants we have grown for the 2013 season. Highlight will include late flowering perennials and a large selection of grasses. Also available to buy will be alpines, herbs, Autumn vegetable plants, tropical plants, succulents and patio plants. See how a commercial nursery ticks and how we produce hundreds of thousands of plants a year. Come meet the famous Tonto the bonkers nursery dog, who has made several appearances on these pages this year!

Green and brown slodged leaves of Heuchera kadastra

Autumn Fair

Craft Fair take 2! This coming weekend, How Green heads out on the road once again to Penshurst Place and the Weald of Kent Autumn craft fair. We’ll be bringing to you a fantastic range of plants, including some tasters of our new stock for 2013. This Autumn we’ll be specialising in Heuchera’s, Tiarella’s and Heucherella’s. We will be offering an amazing 45 different cultivars, with 23 brand new introductions! A taster of which can be seen below. We’ll have our usual plant display, this time in the form of a wildlife garden, with the help of stone guru’s Chilstone of Tunbridge Wells. You won’t be able to miss us, as we are the first stand you stumble across when entering the show! The event starts on Friday and also runs through Saturday and Sunday. Come and say hello!

Charlotte Molesworth in her topiary garden

A Visit to Balmoral!

What a garden, what a woman! Tonight, How Green Nursery will be presenting a talk to the North Tonbridge Horticultural Society on the subject of topiary. Whilst researching the fascinating art, a chance discovery was made. Not too far from the nursery in the village of Bennenden lays the Balmoral topiary garden, created and cared for by Charlotte Molesworth and her husband Donald. The garden is not open to the public, so a very polite phone call and a battering of eyelids meant we very kindly were offered an invite! What an amazing afternoon! Charlotte personally guided us round the garden giving us an insight into her amazing knowledge, not only about topiary, but gardening as a whole. With Cherry Ingram as a neighbour, some great stories could be told over tea and delicious home made cake!

Summer Success and a Little Bit of Sunshine

Thumbs up for open weekend number two! Last weekend saw the second installment of our series of public open days, to celebrate our 30th anniversary year as a business. Many thanks goes out to those who paid us a visit. For once, the weather was kind to us and visitors were greeted by sunny skies and only the odd little shower! The nursery was looking as tidy as it has looked for a long while and our stock looked fresh and vibrant with all the recent rain. Even Tonto the nursery dog behaved himself this time and no car mud-flaps came to any harm! Put in your diary the dates for our final open weekend of the year. September 15th & 16th. This will be the best time to visit, with the nursery at full capacity with stock and many new plants for 2013 can be viewed and purchased. Here’s our Public Open Weekend perennial display! Off the back of How Green Nursery designing a 2 acre garden locally, we are now offering an ‘instant’ herbaceous border service. Contact the nursery for further details.

First Open Weekend a Rip Roaring Success!

Thanks to everyone who came, and see you at the next one! We’d like to thank all those who attended our first Public Open Weekend in well over fifteen years (it transpires, more like twenty!), to make it a very enjoyable and fulfilling couple of days. The weather behaved itself and visitors were welcomed to possibly the tidiest wholesale nursery this side of, er… Hever! The nursery dogs were very well behaved albeit the ‘car mud flap’ and ‘walking stick’ incidents, but we choose not to dwell on those… ahem!! See you all again for our Summer instalment on June 16 & 17. We leave you with a scene from our Spring flowering plant arrangement.

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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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From our Instagram

Instagram post 2177281013049389833_2071959057 Nice batch of home grown Pittosporum Silver Ball tucked up for the winter. (Pittosporum tobira Nanum in foreground) Great new variety that can be clipped into a tight ball. Not Buxus, but another alternative.

Colour - grey-green, glossy leaves edged white
Height x Spread - 80cm x 80cm
Soil - fertile, well drained
Position - full sun or part shade

#howgreenplantoftheweek
#howgreennursery #pittosporum #wholesalenursery #kent #gardendesign #autumnplanting #familybusiness
Instagram post 2177217202015503276_2071959057 We love this! Cotinus Grace in all its glorious autumn pomp. Commonly known as the smoke bush, this majestic shrub also looks great in the summer months. Purple tinted foliage festooned with purple - pink flowers that look like smoke, hence its name. 
Colour - purple foliage
Height x Spread - 6m x 5m
Soil - humus rich, moist
Position - full sun

#howgreenplantoftheweek
#howgreennursery #wholesalenursery #gardendesign #autumnplanting #cotinus
Instagram post 2170560752178502707_2071959057 Leucothoe Burning Love in 15 litre pots - lovely Autumnal colours in a ball shape!

Colour - Narrow crimson foliage
Height x spread - 40cm x 60cm
Soil - prefers an acidic soil
Position - shade, part shade

#howgreenplantoftheweek
#howgreennurseryplants
#leucothoe #wholesalenursery #kent #gardendesign #autumnplanting

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