The nursery is a small independently owned business specializing in herbaceous perennials. All the plants are grown on the site and the vast majority are also propagated on site.
The business started in December 2004 on the site of a previous nursery business in east Carlton, near Yeadon in West Yorkshire. The site consisted of about two acres of land with two polytunnels and a shade tunnel. When the site was acquired was rather overgrown and in need of quite a bit of work. Initially a limited amount of site clearance occurred in order to grow and sell something. In 2005 I concentrated on summer bedding plants and hanging baskets only.
Further development and site clearance continued and we developed a range of interesting hardy and tender perennials, ornamental grasses and herbs. We then started attending local agricultural shows and occasional markets.
In 2008 and 2009 we exhibited in the Plant Plaza at Tatton Park flower show.
In early 2009 we identified a property for sale which would give us the opportunity to move house and nursery to the same place. Finally by October 2009 we had managed to move house and nursery to our new base. The new site, on the outskirts of the pretty village of Fishlake in South Yorkshire, had four acres and no garden! There was lots of work to do as it was a bit of a wilderness but lots of potential too. It is a much more sheltered site and there is an ideal space to develop a lovely garden. There was also a Certificated Caravan site already in existence.
Until March 2010 the nursery was only run on a part time basis as I had an almost full time job in the NHS. This has now changed and I can spend all my time on the nursery.
In 2006 I attained my National Certificate in Horticulture at Askham Bryan College and in April 2008 I passed a NCFE Garden Design course. In February 2014 I completed and passed my RHS Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.
We are continuing to improve and develop the site and expand the range of perennial plants grown. We have also now exhibited at a number of flower shows, in the floral marquees, and in 2012 attained a silver medal and two silver gilt medals. In 2013 we were again awarded a silver and two silver gilt medals. In 2014 we were awarded one silver and three gold medals. This success continued in 2015.
In 2015 we introduced an open weekend for customers to come and buy plants directly from the nursery. This will happen again in 2016 over the weekend of 21st and 22nd May. The tea room will also be serving tea, coffees and cakes.
Liz Webster BA(Hons), Dip Hort, MCIHort