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Loving this Hellebore hybrid with an Anemone centr Loving this Hellebore hybrid with an Anemone centre a lucky customer found in a batch of White Lady yesterday. Beautiful hints of lime on the petals. We love the variations within our Hellebores this year! Great evergreen perennial for shady areas.
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Trolley of Allium Mount Everest head out to a reta Trolley of Allium Mount Everest head out to a retail customer today. Check out our new Plantpak Recover recyclable ♻ pots.
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'Oi grandad – I am a lapdog don't you know!' #fami 'Oi grandad - I am a lapdog don't you know!'
#familybusiness #wholesalenursery #dog #lapdog #cosy #dontlikewinter
We are delighted to announce our next How Green Le We are delighted to announce our next How Green Lecture! We welcome Steve Edney, head gardener from the Secret Garden at the Salutation in Sandwich in Kent. All round good egg and mighty fine gardener will be speaking for us at Hever Golf Club on 12th March. Kick off 8pm and tickets strictly in advance £6.50. Message us for further details.
We love this little beauty – Soldanella Spring Sym We love this little beauty - Soldanella Spring Symphony flowering her head off on the nursery today. Tough and reliable, found growing up in the mountains of Europe. Otherwise known as the Snow Bell.
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Galanthus nivalis still looking lovely on the nurs Galanthus nivalis still looking lovely on the nursery today - anything to brighten up this continual gloom!

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The How Green Team members in front of one of the vans

Reflections on the Year that Was

It’s amazing to think another year has passed and never has the saying ‘how time flies’ been more relevant! This year has flown by! Looking back on 2012 it’s been a very difficult year in the horticultural world. The year started with great promise, with garden centre and garden designer sales very strong up to March. It was a month which saw temperatures in the mid-twenties and nursery staff in shorts and T-shirts. Our 30th anniversary season looked as though it was to be a vintage! All positivity was then dashed in April when local authorities up and down the country implemented hosepipe bans for domestic and at some point professional users. Two very dry years subsequently lead to these measures as reservoirs and aquifers began to run dangerously low. Then the irony!! No sooner had the hosepipe ban been put in place, the heavens opened and it didn’t (hasn’t!) stopped raining since! The phrase ‘driest drought on record’ started to be used in conversation! The combination of the ban and bad weather throughout what should have been our busiest months was disastrous! There was a mini revival with the Queens jubilee and of course the Olympics. Colour schemes were all the rage with red, white and blue plants selling like hot cakes! We end the year on an up-beat note, with very strong sales throughout the Autumn. We will take this positivity forward into 2013 and hope we all have a bumper year! We have expanded our business again this Winter and will be offering over 500 new plants next season and in greater numbers. Look out for our bumper new 2013 catalogue, being printed as we speak and available on request from January. We now have a new storage/dispatch depot, a new tunnel in the pipeline and more standing grounds. We are hosting a series of public open weekends again which proved very popular this year. Check our website for further details. We will also be running a series of events for the landscape/garden designer trade with special offers and discounts. So from us all at How Green Nursery, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming season! ****Be sure to checkout our Christmas quiz! Download our current availability from this website and find it there. Put your brains to the test (or Google!), relax with a tipple of your choice and conquor the 70 questions posed. Prizes galore!!****

Great Grasses at our Autumnal Nursery talk

Last week we welcomed back the Fordcombe Amateur Gardening Society to the nursery. The end of October can be a little tricky for seasonal interest, but with our grasses at their peak we made the most of them! Grasses can be so versatile and can be used in many aspects and situations. There are grasses for full sun and arid conditions, there are grasses for shade, for moist conditions (and marginal) and there are perennial and annual grasses. Plant them in the border on mass within a naturalistic scheme, or maybe a few under the base of a tree. They also work well in containers and even hanging baskets. We discussed the subject in depth and looked through the grasses on display, followed by a question and answer session. If this all sounds like hard work, we all retired to the Summer house and enjoyed a fantastic spread of home-made cakes and tea! See you next year!

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.

Public Open Weekends 2020:
18 & 19 April
6 & 7 June
5 & 6 September

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

We love this little beauty – Soldanella Spring Sym We love this little beauty - Soldanella Spring Symphony flowering her head off on the nursery today. Tough and reliable, found growing up in the mountains of Europe. Otherwise known as the Snow Bell.
#howgreenplantoftheweek
#howgreennursery #wholesalenursery #plants #gardens #gardendesign #perennial #kent #familybusiness
Galanthus nivalis still looking lovely on the nurs Galanthus nivalis still looking lovely on the nursery today - anything to brighten up this continual gloom!

#howgreenplantoftheweek
#howgreennurseryplants #wholesalenursery #snowdrops #galanthus #kent #familybusiness #howgreennursery #gardendesign #plants #springbulbs
Nice batch of home grown Pittosporum Silver Ball t 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

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