We are a small nursery stock supply/grower business based in Ivy Hatch, Kent. Our plants are predominantly home grown or locally sourced, and range from tender succulents to hardy shrubs. We are registered with DEFRA to issue plant passports, and the site and our plants are officially inspected regularly. Please contact us if you need any advice or clarification of what this means for our customers moving forward. We are updating our systems to produce itemised & passported delivery notes & invoices and are working on improving individual labelling.
From our beginnings over 20 years ago growing herbs and aromatics for local sales and open gardens we have evolved alongside Tom Hart Dyke’s World Garden at Lullingstone Castle in Kent. We are now the sole supplier of the World Garden Nursery with shrubs, herbaceous, alpines and succulents, carefully chosen to mirror the garden’s planting for visitors to purchase.
Our present site in Ivy Hatch is also a base for supply to landscape and garden designers, private gardens and prestigious estates. We can source full planting schemes and offer advice on hardiness relevant to the specific planting areas and suggest suitable replacements should a particular item be out of stock or unsuitable. We will grow plants to order, one of our missions being the sourcing and supply of many different varieties of hardy Salvias. This year we are introducing another new variety, 'Amigo', which is the third in the series from breeder Rolando Uria (introduced 'Amistad' and 'Amante'). Blooms of a rich violet-lavender with pink edging and the same signature dark calyces as the others. It will have the same habit and hardiness as 'Amistad' and 'Amante'!! We have also grown over 900 Eucalyptus trees of different varieties, all from seed, for exhibition at Hampton Court Flower Show in association with Tom Hart Dyke (National Collection Holder of Eucalyptus). 2020 brings exciting announcements (watch this space...), new varieties being bulked up ready for exclusive release, and an all star visit to Hampton Court Flower Show to support a good friend, Mellie Lewis on her stand showing species Aeoniums from her fabulous Plant Heritage National Collection. We really want to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and try to reuse pots, trays and even compost sacks where possible to limit our waste production. With the latest publicity about plastic we can state that we are constantly researching new recycling/reusing options and recently identified a batch of pots that are at least 15 years old and still in use- the only time I throw them away is if they crack or have virus/ root diseased plants. With regard to chemical use, we have had good success with biological controls- as we have a dog and resident wildlife on site we try to limit any chemicals present. Slug pellets are banished so we apologise for any holes you may see nibbled in leaves- at risk plants are kept in set areas of the nursery which are more difficult for the slugs and snails to get to and the plants are regularly checked but the odd slimer sneaks past us! Growing media: we began our growing business organically, but found it increasingly difficult to make sure that everything was properly certified. I have had extensive experience of peat free and reduced peat composts, and have yet to find an acceptable alternative. More research needs to be done, and more regulations put in place over the percentages of green waste, coir, bark etc put into domestically available potting composts. Soil based mixes perform slightly better, but are unfortunately not an option for us as the weight makes it impossible to cope with on a large scale. 2018's Peat Free trial was a total write off due to a bad batch of potting media. Extensive losses and reduced growth rates/stunted growth means I have taken the decision to remain a peat-based grower. There are many competent growers who use peat free and have good results but if I cannot replicate the growth that I get with my usual mixes then I'm afraid I will stick to my usual methods. Horticulture uses a minimal percentage of the world's peat consumption, and I believe there are bigger battles to fight, such as the terrible misuse of plastics. Mail order packaging is another area that I am very strict about. I don't make any charge for packaging, and reuse any cardboard and newspaper that I have- my parcels may not look as 'shiny' as some other companies, but I would far rather reuse what is already in existence. Please excuse any teeth marks on packages, I have to fight the dog for the cardboard!!! To stop the damp getting to the cardboard, your plant will come wrapped in a black plastic bag- I had a brainwave and started using biodegradable dog waste bags. Still not ideal, next up is to source economically viable compostable bags. Tape is the another issue, I will be trialling the paper tape like Amazon use, and have high hopes for it. Our long association in the horticulture trade means that we have contacts in many differing areas of expertise and can source a far wider selection of plants than others, at a highly competitive rate. We fully understand the frustration of trying to track down a particular plant with no luck! Let our obsession with plants work for you! Mail order service It is our belief that people should have access to the wider selection of plant varieties available in the wholesale sector, if not at trade prices then at a reasonable cost. Much of the time the unusual/ desirable plants are already fully grown and are therefore uneconomical. We know many of our buyers are experienced growers themselves, and are capable of bringing on a younger (lower cost) specimen. We will aim to provide quality plants sent by next day or 2 day delivery from March to November as a regular service, and will consider requests out of season on an individual basis.We are always happy to answer questions from any buyers regarding cultivation and can advise on variety selection for different sites. How to buy Our stock is so fast moving that I would find it impossible to to constantly update numbers and do my job properly! Most plants are started in 9cm and then moves into 1 litre pots. Occasionally shrubs will be in larger sizes, especially if sourced from offsite. Pricing can change due to whether i have grown myself, or have to buy in for you, so it is impossible to list a definite costing online. The most efficient method I have found is to email me when you know what you would like, and I can advise on whether it is in stock, and if so, let you know the size and price so you can make a decision. We will then send you an invoice with an option to pay via bank transfer or Paypal. Cheques are accepted but they will have to clear before items are posted out. A paper copy of your invoice can be included in the parcel but will need to be requested. Pricing A general guide to our pricing is: small plants (7-9cm pot) are £3.50-£4, medium plants (1litre pot) are £4.50-£6. Larger plants range from £6.50 (2litre pot) upwards. Difficult to source or very slow growing varieties may be more. Delivery Parcels under 1kg should cost from £3.50 including packaging etc. but the cost is subject to change. Over this size will go up to £5.50. Add £1 to your bill, and the Post Office adds 'signed for' which will give insurance against losses. Above this cost it goes into courier/Parcelforce territory. We will be using recycled packaging where possible to keep costs down and our footprint small! If you would like the pots removed so you don't have unnecessary plastic let me know and I can remove them. Disclaimer- I do my best, but sometimes mistakes are made- this business is chaotic and my memory can falter. Please contact me if there is a problem with your delivery and I will make every effort to rectify asap. Please notify within 72 hours if you are not happy with the health of your plant, include photos if possible and I can organise a replacement for you.