The Country Living Plant Collection
We are delighted to be providing gardeners with special collections of plants and our nursery members a new business partnership, through our association with Britain's most popular lifestyle magazine, Country Living. From May we are offering a choice range of handpicked plants called 'The Country Living Plant Collection'
Our first collections of plants are:
The White Collection - £45.99 (plus p&p)
The Herb Box Collection - £17.99 (plus p&p)
The Cut Flower Collection - £24.99 (plus p&p)
For more information click here
Each month we will be offering a new plant collection, helping you create a beautiful garden.
Orders should be placed via email at email@example.com or by phoning 01600 891550. Our collections are available for a limited time only, so order today to avoid disappointment.
Thank you for supporting independent British nurseries.
Buy the Book 'Dig Grow Sell' by Sophie Davies
If you're looking for a change of career and fancy setting up a gardening business, then you may find inspiration in a new book by Sophie Davies called "Dig Grow Sell " which has just been published. The book features several of our nursery members; Paul Cooling of Coolings in Kent, Hannah Bourne of Perrywood Garden Centre in Essex and Damhead Nursery outside Edinburgh. It also includes a case study about Gilly and how she set up the British Plant Nursery Guide. The book offers lots of practical advice, and hints and tips from inspirational people from a wide variety of gardening based businesses.
Sophie Davies was our guest at the Garden Media Awards held in London, where we were nominated for News Story of the Year. Sadly we didn't win, but we were just very happy to be nominated and have the opportunity to be at this prestigious event; the Oscars of the garden media world.
You can buy a copy of Design Grow Sell by clicking here:
Visitors discover there's more than just palms at The Palm Centre!
Find out what goes on at a nursery open day. Take a peek at this event organised with the British Plant Nursery Guide. This event was specifically for Garden Designers and Landscapers.
Nursery Manager, Toby Shobbrook said “The Open Day was very rewarding for the staff who received so much positive feedback from visitors, not only about the quality of the plants, but they were impressed with the size and the overall standard of the nursery. They were also interested in our new website and extensive online sales so that if customers can’t visit in person they can place orders online instead. We’ve met some very good new customers so the event has been a great boost for all the team and an appreciation for all their hard work over recent years."
This year we are holding events across the country at different nurseries. Read our News Column for more information and find out how you can sign up to receive details.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show Centenary Celebrations
We are busy putting the final details to our fabulous stand at this year's Centenary Show. Not only do we have a bigger stand this year, but we are also moving into the prestigious location of Pavilion Way.
We have lots of new features lined up for visitors, including the launch of a new retail range which will be on sale in our beautiful new shop. Coolings of Kent are creating a floral birthday cake to celebrate not only the Centenary of Chelsea, but also of Coolings too. The stand will not be complete without our famous mascot, the very popular Morris Minor Traveller and signature vintage styling.
This year we are delighted to be working with Country Living Magazine on a shared stand to launch our new Country Living Plant Collections, which will be available to order at the show. Read more about this story in our News Column.
Just to get you in the mood for Chelsea, here's a little bit about our stand and experiences from Chelsea 2012, the year when we had five days of glorious sunshine - it's true!
Last year's show was hugely successful in so many ways. With hundreds of visitors every day enjoying our display of beautiful plants and gorgeous planting schemes, admiring the beautifully restored Morris Minor Traveller and loving the attention to detail with our range of well chosen vintage props.
The stars of the show were the range of beautiful and healthy plants which show cased the quality of the plants grown by our members. They certainly had the wow factor and received much admiration by visitors and several thought it was one of the highlights of their visit to this years Chelsea. One even thought it was in the top 5 of all the shows in the last 15 years and everyone loved the fact that the plants had been grown by British nurseries.
We launched our campaign 'Flying the Flag for British Nurseries’ where we asked visitors to make a pledge to buy more plants from British nurseries, preferably from our members. Over 1,000 people signed up at the show, including celebrities such as John Hurt, Hannah Gordon and Rachel De Thame.
The campaign was also supported by Alan Titchmarsh who mentioned on BBC2 how we should support the British nurseries. He also mentioned our knitted cup cakes, which he renamed ‘Chelsea Buns’ and as a result brought in lots more visitors.
The icing on the cake was receiving a Merit for our stand, we couldn’t have asked for more!
"Meet The Growers"
In 2013 we are continuing with our popular 'Meet the Grower' where visitors can come and meet our nursery men and women, and ask them about their nursery, what they grow and get help and advice to get the most from their plants.
This was so successful last year, that we will have two nurseries represented on our stand each day. So don’t miss the opportunity to come and visit us on Pavilion Way and ‘Meet the Growers.
To find out more, just take a peek at some of our short clips on You Tube, of each grower from 2012 talking about their experiences.
Creating strong Business Partnerships - it's good to share!
We work closely with a range of business partners to enhance our reach to attract new customers for our nursery members and to help gardener's discover new nurseries too.
One example is our member's nurseries that feature regularly in the ‘Garden Notes’ pages, with suggestions of nurseries and gardens to visit, associated with the British Plant Nursery Guide.
Stephanie Donaldson, Gardening Editor of Country Living, said:
“I've been following the British Plant Nursery Guide with interest since its earliest days and I am delighted to be able to work with the company to provide Country Living readers with interesting itineraries to visit some of our finest independent nurseries in different regional locations."
Read our News Item for the latest news on our continued work with Country Living Magazine.
Eco Biodegradable Seedling Pots - they're the best new product on the market
Sales of our 'Biodegradable Seedling Pots' are going really well this year, following our launch at Chelsea 2012. We were the first retailer in Britain and intoduced them to several of our nurseries to add to their own retail ranges.
The pots eliminate the need to pot on seedlings, which can be a time consuimg job and often leads to root damage, if not a sad end to the delicate seedlings you have lovingly nurtured from seed. They offer gardeners a new environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative to both plastic and peat based seedling pots and at a very affordable price.
You can buy your pots on our Amazon store, however they have been popular this year, so supplies are now running low - order yours today!
Sign our 'Flying the Flag for British Independent Nurseries' Campaign
With two dreadful summers and a very cold long winter, nurseries all over the country are facing very difficult times. We are urging all gardener's to show their support by signing our pledge to say they will buy plants from independent nurseries. Nurseries have so much to offer; hardy well priced plants, expert advice and you will reducing your plant miles and help the local economy.
Join thousands of other gardener and show your Psupport for our British nursery growers, by joining our campaign
Click on our card to make your pledge - TODAY!
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Country Living Magazine joins forces with the British Plant Nursery Guide
Nurseries are given a boost to their business with the new partnership between the British Plant Nursery Guide and Country Living with our new 'Country Living Plant Collections', to be launched at the RHS Centenary Chelsea Flower Show in May.... Read More
Register Now for our Nursery Events Programme
Having held our first nursery based event at The Palm Centre in October, we are now busy planning a series of events at nurseries across the country. ... Read More