Our nursery is situated in 3 acres of beautiful Kent/Sussex countryside.
We grow every single plant on site and the goal is to have as many
species as possible growing outside all year round. We are always
adding new species and trying to breed hardiness and robustness into
any borderline plants. Our plants are forced to grow in very basic
situations with the minimum of pandering to individual needs (in other
words we use 3 types of growing medium, either in sun or part shade,
and if it doesn't rain they all get tap water (if they're lucky))
and if they don't like it tough !. We try to make our plants tough
first and pretty second. We are self taught and take the view that
plants don't read books, so we try not to.
We are trying growing techniques that haven't been tried before e.g
recycling unwanted live plants back into newly potted up plants
Also our nursery is laid out in cultivation areas of desert; jungle; woodland; alpine; waterside; prairie and border, all the plants are seperated to give a biodiverse collection as possible. This is in conjunction with leaving areas of the nursery to be wild to facillitate a wide range of insects and small animals to minimise pests and diseases'
We recycle pots and welcome any feedback, free seeds and cuttings (of course).
We still have "Misia" the over friendly black labrador but being the
rapid response highly tuned pedigree hunting dog that she is, she is
normally asleep in the office.
Dogs and children are more then welcome but come at their own risk
(boredom in the case of kids).
RHS Medals won so far
Still far too many Bronze medals, now finaly a few Silver medals.
Not bad considering we only use our own plants and overwintering of the exotic display plants is rudimentary to say the least.
Explanations for the plant list
USDA zone codes are the United States Department of agricultural
average minimum winter temperature bands
We will now be introducing the RHS hardiness codes at the nursery and at some point on the website
Location guide, where they should be found growing in the wild
Spelling and descriptions
I'm sure this site is littered with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, please do forgive me. As far as the descriptive texts go these are my opinions and observations and certainly in the case of sizes an arbitary judgement has to be made. In other words do you measure a plant to the height it reaches the day before it dies of old age, do you measure to the top of the flowers or the top of the leaves etc.
Customers of note
Apart from every one being of note of course, in no particular order, RHS Wisley, Chelsea Physic Gardens,Ventnor Botannic Gardens, Prague Botannical Gardens, Roger Phillips the author, Royal Botannic Gardens Kew, Eden Project, Dresden Botannical University, Londan Wetlands Association, Nymans Gardens, Tom Hart Dyke bless him etc and apologies if I've missed anybody out