14 specialist nurseries and growers, including Chelsea Gold Medal winners, will be presenting and selling plants, with lots of highly desirable and unusual varieties of offer. The group comes from across Wales, The Midlands and the West Country. Entrance to the Fair and Garden is £3 Members and £5 Non-Members. Refreshments available all day. It’s the first spring opening of Highfield Farm Garden.
More information about the garden can be found here
Plant Fair Exhibitors
Founded by Bob Brown, Cotswold Garden Flowers is a specialist plant nursery located in Evesham, Worcestershire. Bob says “In general, I aim to offer good old-fashioned plants, newly introduced plants bred for not only colour and form but for vigour as well, and plants newly introduced from the wild.” But this is a bit of an understatement. This widely celebrated nursery, run by Bob together with Diana and son Ed offers a carefully curated and extensive range of herbaceous perennials and small shrubs, with many rarities and new introductions. Bob is one of the most experienced nursery men in UK and is an engaging and challenging speaker and garden writer.
Mill Cottage Plants
Sally Gregson set up this Somerset nursery over 30 years ago. Initially specialising in Hydrangeas, she has now developed and sells an extensive range of the more unusual, and more interesting, species and cultivars of Hydrangea and their shade-loving companions. Significant amongst these companion plants is a stimulating range of Chinese species and hybrid forms of Epimedium (See Sally’s book “The Plant Lover’s Guide to Epimediums”). The nursery also offers many other rare and shade loving plants.
Jenny Spiller runs this small specialist nursery situated at about 600 ft above sea level at the eastern end of the Brendon Hills in West Somerset. It specialises in unusual herbaceous perennials, especially hardy geraniums, geums, grasses, pulmonarias, astrantias, crocosmias, violas and primroses. They have a large range of choice and uncommon plants as well as traditional varieties.
Alison runs this beautiful, fully engaging and atmospheric plant nursery in an old walled kitchen garden in gorgeous countryside overlooking Llangorse Lake at the foot of the Brecon Beacons National Park.She specialises in hardy plants grown in Wales, which are structural, unusual, edible, herbal or fragrant
Pheasant Acre Plants is an established family business run by Rob Evans and operating from nursery premises near Bridgend in South Wales. It specialises in the supply of Gladioli corms, Dahlia tubers, plugs and plants and bulbs for all seasons and has received Gold Medal Awards for its produce at leading RHS and regional flower shows including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Established 37 years ago, Farmyard Nurseries is a retail nursery growing a wide range of plants especially trees and shrubs, herbaceous perennials, alpines and bedding plants. The nursery covers an area of approximately 3 acres, stocking upwards of 2000 varieties of plants and is based just outside Llandysul. It prides itself on growing hardy plants at reasonable prices.
As many plants as possible are grown outside in open beds to promote hardy garden worthy plants that will survive the rigors of our Welsh climate. However, a large area is covered with polythene tunnels to protect young plants, add shade or generally coddle the more unusual varieties
Robert and Caroline Boyle set up an organic fruit growing nursery in the Welsh Borders in 1994. They logically progressed into supplying traditional and modern varieties of fruit trees and bushes, specifically selected to thrive in the damper western parts of the country.
Their approach to growing is holistic and aims to minimise environmental impact by the use of sustainable resources. On-farm composting of animal manure and green waste provides a source of fertility and completes the growing cycle. Nursery plants are raised in small batches in peat-free compost within a stable ecosystem which produces strong, healthy stock.
Strete Gate Camellias is a family run business and is situated in South Devon near Dartmouth overlooking the sea. It was started in mid 1980s and now has one of the widest ranges of camellias in UK with over 300 varieties.
This is a unique opportunity to meet a leading specialist grower, get expert advice and acquire exquisite camellias to match your local conditions and preferences from his extensive range and to see what other specialities they have on offer.
Suzanne & Philip George
Suzanne and Phil run a small, specialist private plant nursery in Bargoed. They grow an extensive range of rare and beautiful specimens not widely available elsewhere. They have over 800 varieties in their garden which can be visited on NGS open days. Their stock is strong and healthy and Suzanne has a kaleidoscopic knowledge which she will be happy to share.
Jackie grows a wide range of home propagated perennials, both old and newer varieties, at her nursery in Radstock, Somerset. She offers a good selection of potted bulbs, and snowdrops in spring, plants for shade, epimediums, geum, wild flowers. Also scented geraniums and species gladiolus.
Malcolm Allison Plants
Malcolm offers a range of plants that are not widely available, either because they are slow or difficult to propagate, or because they are simply not well known. Grown at his nursery in Cheltenham, his range of plants includes hardy perennials, alpines, alstroemerias, nerines and shrubs.
Suzanne Curran & David Owen
Suzanne and Dave offer a wide range of unusual trees and shrubs as well as running a garden design and landscaping business. They have also set up Cardiff Plant Fairs which take place at 4 locations in Cardiff throughout the season. https://www.facebook.com/CardiffPlantFairs/
Members of the Monmouthshire HPS will be offering a wide selection of personally grown plants from their own collections. This is a chance to find out more about the Monmouthshire HPS and meet some of our enthusiastic members.