Plant Fairs Roadshow
Plant Fairs Roadshow


A brief description of our participating nurseries and the events they plan to attend


Click on the links to discover more about our wonderful nurseries.

Beechbridge Plants


Beechbridge Plants is a small nursery that propagates and grows a wide selection of predominantley hardy herbaceous perennials on site.

Tel; 01622 832237   07914019943                            email                        



Blackstem Plants

 Nick and Carole Rogers have their nursery in the beautiful Kent countryside. They grow a great selection of plants that look good in the garden over a long seasonand that gives a little something extra for wildlife.

The nursery is open March -October 10-6


Tel: 07973129102                                                     email info@blackstemplants               

Blueleaf Plants

Blueleaf Plants is a small nursery that specialises in succulent plants such as agaves, aloes, echeverias, crassulas, graptopetalums, sedums, haworthias, mesembryanthemums etc.
Using one-off pots and containers for inspiration, Blueleaf Plants' owner, Fiona Wemyss, likes to create designs that show off the gem-like colours and architectural shapes of these diverse and fascinating plants. Succulents are drought-tolerant and undemanding and are great for busy people and those with only small spaces to fill, such as window sills, balconies and patios. Hand-painted terracotta dishes and bowls in seaside colours, brightly coloured food tins, enamelled bedpans and vintage terracotta plant pots spilling over with chubby-leaved and spiky plants are just some examples of the things that you can see and buy at the fairs. A range of individual plants will also be available - if you are looking for something in particular, please ring 01233731240 in advance and if it is in stock, it can be brought to a fair for you.
If none of these grab you, Fiona can make you a ‘living frame’ using succulent cuttings for mounting on walls, or can plant up your own container or trough to order. If you prefer your succulents to be hardy, and want a new feature for your garden, a green roof might be something to consider to convert a garden eye-sore to an attractive and pollinator-friendly feature. From flat-roof extensions, sheds and log stores to dog kennels and even bird and insect houses - Blueleaf Plants can discuss how best to meet your needs.
Tel:01233 731240   07765565426                         email                            

Charleshurst Farm Nursery

Charleshurst Farm Nursery is owned by Clive Mellor. It is a small nursery producing mostly shrubs and small trees, many of which are more unusual and less readily available species and varieties.

Their specialities include Daphnes, including many of the rarely offered alpine varieties, Acer palmatum varieties and Lapageria.

Nearly all the plants they sell are propagated and grown on the nursery.

They try and open the nursery friday, Saturday and Sunday from February to October, but it always best to phone first as they are often at a plant fair, Visiting during the week is often possible and visitors are always welcome.


Tel:01403 752273  07736522788                          email

Chris Cooke Plants

Chris grows and exhibits a wide range of rare and unusual hardy and half hardy species, especially bulbous plants including tuberous Pelergonium species and South Africian and New World plants. 

Chris has won medals at the RHS shows.


Tel: 01242 513036  07732688783                        email

Copton Ash

Tim and Gillian Ingram own Copton Ash Nursery which is located in their garden near Faversham. They grow choice woodland perennials including Galanthus and Hellebores. A large range of Mediterranean plants, umbellifers and a choice collection of alpines.

The nursery is open from 2 till 6pm on Wednesday,Thursday and Friday from March to September. At other times by appointment.


Tel:01795 535919                                               email                         

Cottage Garden Plants

Cottage Garden Plants grows a broad spectrum of reliable cottage plants in a 100% peat free method.

One of their speciliaties is Hemerocallis, of which they grow 150 varities.

Cotswold Garden Flowers

Cotswold Garden Flowers is a family run nursery in Evesham it was founded by Bob Brown in 1990.

The nusery sells a huge range of new and unusual plants, these range from the reliable favourites to the new introductions that have be breed for more flowers, better vigour and wild introductions.

They are holders of aNational collection of Sambucus.


Tel 01386 422829                                                 email                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Daisy Roots

A small idependently run nursery in the heart of Hertfordshire, that prides it's self on growing strong, healthy perennials and ornamental grasses.

The nursery is open to visitors every Friday and Saturday 10-4pm from March to October, or by appointment.


Tel:07958563355                                                 email                                                               

Dyson's Nursery

Dyson's Nursery are specialists in Salvias with more than twenty years of experience. Who's main intrest lies in the New World species and cultivars, from Southernmost American States, Central and South America and Mexico. The nursery boasts an extensive list of over 250 species and cultivars that cover tender species and cultivars through to ones that are hardy and cope with temperatures down to -10 celcius.

The nursery is open 11am till 5pm daily from April 1st to October 31st, otherwise by appointment.


Tel: 01732 885094                                                 email


Run by Paul Barney, Edulis nursery offers a huge range of unusual perennials, They offer collections of unusual Galanthus, ferns, shade loving plants, edibles and herbaceous perennials. Many of the collections and selections are from their own plant hunting trips.

They have won medals at the RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court flower shows.

The nursery is open Tuesday and Wednesday, from April till October.


Tel: 01635 578113                                              email                                                                                                  

Forget Me Not Plants

Sarah Knott has a small back yard nursery in Horsham. Sarah grows a range of unusual and cottage garden perennials along with grasses, annuals, biannuals and potted bulbs, that are good for encouraging wildlife into your garden.


Tel: 01403 732479                                               email

Hardys Cottage Garden Plants

Now recognised as one of of UKs leading plantsmen's nurseries. Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants was founded by Rosy Hardy in 1988. A small Independent nursery based in the beautiful Hampshire village of Freefolk near Whitchurch, today they stock over 1200 plant varieties, including many rare and exciting species you'll simply never see in your average garden centre.


They supply a wide range of home produced herbaceous perennials which are grown outdoors n peat free compost, ready for your garden. We exhibit at major flower shows throughout the year and are very proud of the 22 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold medals they have been awarded.


Still very much a family-run nursery, they believe they offer an unrivalled selection of 1200 varieties of herbaceous perennials, from proven garden favorites to the more unusual and noteworthy. These are all grown outside in peat free compost , at their 13 acre site in the beautiful Hampshire village of Freefolk.

You should come and see our stunning views over the Test Valley.


As dedicated plantaholics, they really enjoy growing an exciting range of high quality plants that will thrive in your garden, whatever your situation or conditions, and make you smile.


Tel: 01256 896533                                                email                                               

Hedgehog Plants & Garden


Tel; 01284 811055                                                    email


Iris of Sissinghurst

Sue Marshall grows an extensive collection of Iris, especially the short, intermediate and tall bearded Iris cultivar also has a great selection of bearded Irises raised in Kent. Sue also grows many other types of Iris including Iris siberica and the winter flowering Irises and moisture loving Irises.

Iris of Sissinghurst is a RHS Chelsea gold medal winner.


Tel; 01622 831511                                                  email                                                      

Johnson's Sweet Peas and Nursery

Johnson's is a family run nursery, based near Sittingbourne. They specialise in Sweet Peas, home grown seeds and plants. A good selection of hardy perennials are also propagated at their nursery, especially alpines. We have been awarded Gold medals for our displays of alpines at the Kent Garden Show and Edenbridge and Oxted Show since 2014.


Tel: 01795 420330                                                 email                    

Little Omenden Nursery

David and Elizabeth grow a range of choice plants. Specialising in aromatic, scented and sensory plants that are propagated and grown at their nursery using a peat free compost.

Tel:01233 770235    07711412973                          email                                                                                      

Madrona Nursery

Liam Mackenzie started the nursery from his Mother's back garden in Lydd in 1986 and moved it to the nursery's current site in Bethersden in 1996.

The nursery grows a very range of unusual and intresting trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns and grasses.

Tel: 01233 820100                                               email                       

Marcus Dancer Plants

Marcus Dancer has been growing clematis for 30 years. He propagates a wide range of Clematis including many herbaceous hybrids, mainly specialising small flowered varities. In more recent years has started growning range of other climbers and choice perennials and shrubs, with scented nectar rich flowers which are wildlife friendly..


Tel; 01425 652747  07709922730                                             

Miles Japanese Maples

Miles established his specialist nursery in West Sussex in 2016, after becoming dismayed at the quality of acers at garden centrs and online. Having grown maples for twenty years, Miles wanted to offer gardeners high quality good value maples

The new website launched in 2019 includes a web shop for those that can't make it to a plant fair.


Tel; 01903 745572       07927550769                         email

Moore & Moore Plants

Moore and Moore Plants is a family run nursery growing a diverse range of choice, unusual and rare plants for the garden, with a speciality for shady areas and the plants that thrive Astilbe, Astrantia, Athyrium, Dryopteris, Epimedium, Geranium,Hostas and Polystichium. An intrest in plants that bring pollinators into the garden is another area of speciality.


Tel;01277 623767    07799865946                            email                      

Mrs Mitchell's Kitchen & Garden

Mrs Mitchell's Kitchen & Garden grows a broad spectrum of cottage garden perennials, reliable old favourites as well as new introductions. The range of plants start in spring with Hellebores through to a great selection of Paeonies (herbaceous, tree and Itoh types). through summer and into autumn with Phlox, Asters and hardy Chrysanthemums. Also a selection of handmade preserves,


Tel; 01980 863101  07575713962 on sale days           email

Pelham Plants

Paul Seaborne grows a broad range of hardy herbaceous, including late season perennials and grasses that combine with them.


Tel: 07904304342                                                email


Phoenix Plants

Columnist, lecturer and grower of hardy perennials, unusual annuals and bulbs, many prairie plants, umbellifers and chalk lovers. Marina Christopher's plant palette has remained loyal to flowers that attract beneficial insects although the species grown have constantly changed and expanded. They serve world wide plant cuisine to the hordes of insect visitors to the nursery.


Tel: 01420 560695                                                  email marina@phoenixperennialplant

Pineview Plants

Pineview Plants is run by Colin & Cindy Moat they offer a wide range (generally in smaller quantities) of intresting, garden-worthy and sometimes rare plants, including many shade lovers, ferns and perennials and they propagate most plants ourselves.

If you would like a specific plant (or plants) brought to a venue, please ring or email.

They have been asked to be an assessor for the RHS Trials of Sanguisorba starting in 2018, in addition to chairing the RHS roundtable for assessing Epimediums.

Colin and Cindy have a packed diary of plant fairs and specialist events as well as these events with Plants Fairs Roadshow, details of which can be found on their website. They have abusy schedule they will only open the nursery by appointment, to groups, or individuals. Please contact them and they'll do their best to accomodate you.


Tel:01732 882945  07736420016                               email                                                


Graham Blunt is the owner of Plantbase nursery,set in the Sussex weald countryside.The vast selection of plants covers a diverse range from alpine through to exotic and tropical, which are all born and grown at the nursery.

Graham is a regular exhibitor at the RHS shows including Chelsea and Hampton Court, where he has won Siliver Gilt and many bronze medals

The nursery is open 10am till 5pm daily, but best to phone before visiting.


Tel:01892 785599   07967601064                                  email                                                         

Rose Cottage Plants

Rose Cottage Plants specialises in growing the plants you would expect to find in a country cottage garden. These include hardy perennials and bulbs, with many new and unusual varieties, as well as traditional favourites, in our extensive range. We have, in particular, wonderful collections of Tulips, Alliums and Dahlias, offering these by mail order in a dry state, with potted stock available in season. All their selections are chosen for their garden-worthiness and ability to bring a sense of both tranquility and drama to your own private Eden.

Rose Cottage Plants is now doing mail order currently for Dahlias & summer bulbs and a sellection of perennials Spring bulbs will be on offer from July


Tel: 01992 573775                                                   email info@rosecottage  


Southon Plants

Southon Plants is an Aladdins cave of choice plants, from old favourites to some of the newest varities on the market.Lyn Southon is a true plantsman with a good eye for finding the best new and unusual tender and hardy perennials. The nursery propagates and grows 95% of the plant it sells.

Tel:01342 870150                                                    email                   

Special Plants

Derry Watkins is a plant enthusiast whose delightful nursery and garden are set deep into the countryside near Bath. The nursery offers a broad range of plants that Derry has seen on her travels plant hunting including South Africa.


 Tel: 01225 891686                                                                     


Spring Platt Snowdrops

Carolyn Millen and her daughter Julie, in their Kentish garden over looking the Weald, have amassed a great collection Galanthus of some 700 species and cultivars. They propagate all of the snowdropson site, in the garden to make a great display in spring for NGS open days and they sell the extras.



Sussex Fruit Trees

Mark Piper the owner of Sussex Fruit Trees sells a wide range of fruit trees; including apple, pear, plum, gage, quince and cherry. They are available on several different rootstocks. There is one to suit every situation, from short bush trees or taller half standards. There are other trained shapes, such as espaliers, fans, cordons and step overs. Sussex Fruit Trees also carries out grafting of some of the old Sussex Heritage apple cultivars.

Sussex Fruit Trees offers a planning, planting, pruning and orchard maintenance service.


Tel:07745379526                                               email

Swallowfields Nursery

Swallowfields is a small specialist nursery set in the heart of the Kent Downs. At this family–run nursery they grow a range of traditional cottage-garden plants as well as many unusual and interesting perennials. Their specialisms include their ever-growing Primula auricula collection and their range of hardy salvias.
They do not open to the public but details of the plant fairs that they are attending are on their website.
Tel:01233 750047 07818613272                       email      

Usual and Unusual Plants

-Jennie Maillard grows intresting perennials and shrubs, some are rarities, that are garden worthy as well as tried and tested favorites.

The nursery is opening to the public again after 8 years, Wednesday to Saturday 10.30am - 5pm. Social distancing & approiate safety measures in place.


Tel: 01323 840967                                                                      email                                                          

Weird plants By Gill

Gill is a grower of many years of experience, her range is the exotic looking Tillandsia more commomly known as Air plants.


Tel: 07478 930030                                                    email                             

Seasonal news

Plant fairs & nurseries update

It is with saddness our first plant fair of 2021 at Hole Park on the 7th of Feburary, has been cancelled due to the Covid 19 lockdown restrictions.

So with that news in mind we'll focus on the next fair at Borde Hill Garden on the 18th of April. this spring fair is a new season for us to visit this fabulous garden at.


Last year was a challenging year but so pleased that we were able to run three fairs sucessfully with timed entry and a change to nursery layout in each garden. These changes will remain in place for future fairs.


The nurseries who come to the plant fairs, many have made adjustments to their businesses like mail order and are still doing so but please contact the nursery to make sure.


Enjoy gardening, keep planting and stay safe.

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