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We are going to open the nursery garden again in 2023.  It is a beautiful garden but it has a purpose.  Here is a chance to see where our plants begin!  A nursery stock plant area can be just blocks of plants to propagate from, but here it has been thoughtfully designed so that the collections of plants look good together, showing the differences between varieties, linking shapes, textures and colours across the planting schemes with plenty of seats, carefully placed to enjoy the plants.

Entered through the plant sales area a wide path lead you between a large stock bed of Hemerocallis  and a large bed of Arundo donax, Iris sibirica, Miscanthus, Filipendula, Rodgersia, Eupatorium. The journey continues through recent planting of a small collection of bamboos leading to collections of dwarf Syringa, Phlox, Galega, Symphotrichum, Hesperanthera, more Miscanthus, Actaea, bordered by Camellia sasanqua.

Passing through  a short avenue of Luma apiculata and collections of Camellia and Pittosporum, the space opens up with views over farmland.  The wide, gently curving paths lead you through the collections of Cornus, underplanted with varieties of Vinca minor, Bergenia and Epimedium. A large grass collection including  Deschampsia, Pennisetum, Briza, Molinia, Stipa, Schizachryium and Anemanthele planted with Cirsium, Sanguisorba, Trifolium, Veronicastrum, Aster amellus and A. x frikartii, Helenium, Sedum, Centaurea and Dierama.

You will see stunning combinations of Salvia nemerosa and S. x sylvestris, Anthemis, Geranium sanguineum varieties, Erigeron glaucus in a gravel garden for early Summer colour with Coreopsis, Osteospermum Geranium x riverlianum, Oenothera  for late Summer colour with a back ground planting of Persicaria amplexicaulis varieties that start flowering in June and go on into Autumn. There is a large bed of Agapanthus, Crocosmia and Kniphofia divided by a cambered cobbled path which is at peak display in August.

The Autumn border houses the collection of hardy chrysanthemums, Symphotrichum novae-angliae, Helianthus, Rudbeckia planted with Miscanthus and Panicum grasses. Plants are labelled or records of planting positions kept to ensure accurate propagation.  Tim uses the garden to help customers with designing their own borders, he can demonstrate his ideas and show what grows well in the local London clay.  Some borders are newly planted and there are areas still to be developed – roses are being grown for a perfumed garden and work has started on a woodland garden.

Long House Plants’ garden will be open to support the charities listed in 2023 from 11am-4pm on;

Saturday, 24th June (Salvation Army)

Wednesday, 5th July (National Garden Scheme)

Saturday, 15th July (Salvation Army)

Wednesday, 2nd August (National Garden Scheme)

Saturday, 12th August (Salvation Army)

Wednesday, 6th September (National Garden Scheme)

Saturday, 16th September (Salvation Army)

Saturday, 23rd September (Macmillan)

 Most importantly, there will be tea and cake!  Wednesdays are for the National Garden Scheme, where the entrance fee of £6 for adults, £3 for children and proceeds from the refreshments will all be donated to their chosen charities.  Four Saturdays are for the local Salvation Army who will receive the entrance fee and will provide the refreshments.  The final Saturday is a Macmillan Day when the entrance fee and refreshments proceeds will all be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

If you have a reliable and delicious cake recipe, we’d love to try it!

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Please note that only assistance dogs are welcome in the nursery or garden.