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.

Beth Chatto Gardens

Towards the end of the 1960's the nursey was started to support the gardens, the site has grown over the years to a total of 15 acres including the garden.

There is an extensive range of over 2000 plants mainly herbaceous, with smaller ranges of herbs, shrubs and succulents, within this extensive range of plants there is a good selection of plants for all the tough areas of the garden from moisture loving through to drought tolerent plants and ones sun and shade lovers.

They grow three quarters of all of the plants sold in the nursery each year, which has been propagated by cuttings, seed or division and grown on in the 2 acre stock beds until ready for sale. 

Tel:01206 822007                                         email  


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.

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                                  

Jo Grows

Jo grows in her modest Sussex Garden mostly herbaceous perennials with a few shrubs and blousy annuals, Jo's specialitys are Alstroemerias, Aquilegias, Heleniums, Hemerocallis and Penstemons using 100% peat free methods.

Nursery is open every friday, April till October,. Please contact if travelling any distance in case nursery is closed. 


Tel: 07810671350                                   email                           

Invicta Herbs

Invicta Herbs is a specialist nursery growing culinary and useful plants on the family smallholding in Kent. Varieties are selected for flavour, fragrance and vigour. Plants are raised sustainably, ensuring edible parts remain safe to be eaten. They offer classic culinary favourites, edible perennials, British natives & those new to British cuisine from around the world.

Plant lists with descriptions and information about growing & using herbs can be found on the website.


Tel: 01233 740270  07730893737                  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              

Kevin Hughes Plants

Specialist nursery stocking quality hardey plants including many Wisteria, Raymond Evison Clematis and others, Trilliums, over 80 Magnolias, Viburnums, Philadelphus and Lilacs. He also stocks a large range of shade plants, plants for chalk and dry gardens plus plants for wildlife intrest.


Tel: 07720718671                                              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                                   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                       

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.


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                   

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.




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


Tel: 01323 840967                                email

Wheelgate Nursery

A small nursery located in the low Weald between Horsmonden and Yalding. The nursery’s owner, Jeanette Lerwill, is passionate about all kinds of plants although the nursery specialises in hardy perennials and ornamental grasses.  The garden at Orchard House is open for the National Gardens Scheme when, in addition to the hardy plants, a variety of more tender plants are available. Jeanette is a professional gardener and offers border design, planting schemes and general garden advice. 

Several hives in the old orchard provide an abundance of multi-floral honey which is also for sale.

The nursery is open on Wednesdays from May until September and at other times by appointment.

Please see their facebook page for more information and details of the plant fairs and other events they will be attending this year.


Contact information:

Jeanette Lerwill

Wheelgate Nursery

Orchard House

Spenny Lane

Claygate, Marden

Kent TN12 9PJ


Tel : 07796200479                                   e-mail

Seasonal news

Our next event is at 

Hole Park in the Weald of Kent is the venue we are returning to for the Winter Plant and Snowdrop Sale.


New venues for 2019
Please check out the Events page for future fairs.


Exciting News Update

The new dates for Plant Fairs Roadshow events in 2019 will be posted soon.


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