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!
public events news
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Public Open Weekends 2020: 18 & 19 April6 & 7 June5 & 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.