My family have been nurserymen and market gardeners for three generations so it was a natural progression for me to enter the world of horticulture. Initially I trained and worked as a gardener, I spent my formative working life working closely with one of the country’s leading garden designers who introduced me to many of the specimen nurseries to be found on the continent. We were often forced to travel to Europe to find plants of the quality we were looking for but also often found slightly quirky or unique specimens. This is what inspired the creation of the nursery.
The nursery was established in 2002 and was originally started to supply the garden designer with well-trained fruit trees. This quickly developed into growing a wider range of plants, aimed at supplying the garden design market. These plants often form the basis and structure of the designed garden.
Both in our fruit growing and elsewhere we look to employ traditional methods and we also try to use traditional British varieties wherever possible. There have been over 6000 varieties of Apples registered over the years in the UK but today in the supermarket we are limited to between 5 to 10. We have an ever increasing number of varieties of most fruits and aim to match a variety’s particular attributes to the forms and shapes which best suit it. We are constantly trying something new or being inspired on our travels by what others have created.
As well as the fruit side of the business which remains our passion we also grow a number of free-form and trained plants aimed towards being used in the designed and landscaped environment. We grow a wide selection of simple topiary specimens, various pleached, platformed and arched forms as well as large amounts of box, yew, hornbeam and beech hedging in all sizes.
We are extremely proud of the quality and maintenance of our nursery stock and welcome visitors to the nursery throughout the year.
How We Grow
Everything we grow and all the forms and shapes we create are formed by us on our nursery in the East Midlands. Each winter we buy a selection of transplants from across Europe which we plant onto the nursery during November and December. We then undertake all aspects of nursery work required to create the highest quality product.
We attempt to sell only what we grow and this way we can ensure that everything leaving the nursery is of the highest standards. We endeavour to sell all plants as true to type and will not sub any form or variety without first consulting the client.
Unlike garden centres, all our plant material is grown in the open ground not in plastic pots. We offer plants either bare-root – simply lifted from the ground with no soil attached or for certain species and many larger sizes we also rootball plants – plants are produced and sent out with a significant ball of the growing soil surrounding the roots. Although these methods of production do limit the time of year when they can be moved successfully (usually from November to March) the benefits enjoyed in speed and rate of establishment more than outweigh this. Also, bare-root and rootballed plants are often significantly cheaper than a pot-grown plant of similar size.
We take pride in producing plants of the highest quality and we carry this through into our packaging and dispatch of stock. We have been using the same delivery company since we started and we continue to use them because of their sensitivity to what are fragile products and their helpfulness, to us and customer alike.
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