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Spring 2017

February 20, 2017

4 weeks after returning to work following our Christmas break, the Nursery returned to an acceptable level of tidiness.  Rotten and decaying leaves and debris raked and removed, wooden display benches replaced where wet rot had taken hold, plants pruned, tidied, weeded and top dressed and 15 tons of gravel hardcore laid on paths and surfaces and car park to give everything a fresh look for what we anticipate to be a busy spring season.

After all this maintenance and somewhat tedious work – in thankfully fairly benign conditions we have now returned to the exciting business of potting and propagation.

Young plants overwintered in 9 cm pots in the polytunnel are showing signs of life and need to be given new homes in larger containers to enable them to produce the enticing product that we hope you will all want to buy later in the season!  Only another 20,000 to go ………….. (or more – I’ve never counted.)

Just a reminder we are open Tuesday to Friday 9 – 5 p.m.  These times also apply to the Garden.  The Bothy tearoom will reopen in early March (homemade cakes and self service teas and coffees etc.)  This year the Garden is open in aid of National Garden Scheme, FORCE, and Hospiscare.  We suggest a donation of £3-50 per person or some may prefer £5-00 to cover the whole season.  We take no money from garden admissions for ourselves.

The Nursery is brimming with a good range of plants for the season, far to many to list here – and lists are always instantly out of date – so we look forward to seeing you soon to make your own discoveries.  Please feel free to phone on 01626 899106 during working hours.


Putting right a popular misconception!

October 17, 2016


It’s now mid-October and right on cue – the Question is regularly posed. Every year at about this time, sincere, genuine and interested customers ask me the same thing – what I have done to warrant this question – I have no idea!  The issue I am referring to is the assumption that we ‘Close for the Winter’. I would love to – avoid the bad weather and go to warmer climes – providing someone came in at no cost to trim my hedges, tidy my borders, cut back all the herbaceous plants and look after the Nursery.  But no! High Garden Nurseries remains open all year, apart from a couple of weeks or so Christmas/New Year. So you are welcome to come and visit any time during the winter – you may well have me all to yourself!!

Normal hours Tuesday to Friday 9 – 5.00 ish if its getting dark.

The garden will be also open for viewing during these hours. Lots of Autumn colour at the moment and hopefully for the next few weeks.  The Bothy tea room will probably close early November.



Recent garden photos below:





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Charity opening Summer 2016

June 20, 2016

Several customers have recently asked whether we are opening the Garden on any weekends this summer specifically for charity.  Just to confirm our previous posting (sorry, I know it was a long time ago – February!) we are only open on one extra day this year – Sunday July 10th  2 – 5.30 p.m. in aid of Hospiscare – this will be a great preparation for the Euro football final that evening when we will be beating the Germans/French/Italians or whoever to end 50 years of hurt ………..


Every day when the Nursery is open, the Garden will be open also (Tuesday – Friday 9 – 5.00 p.m.) There will be homemade cakes and self service teas available in the Bothy Tearoom but no delicious Devon cream teas which will be available on the afternoon of the Hospiscare event. These regular daily openings , all admission monies given will be split 50/50 in aid of National Gardens Scheme and FORCE.

Thank you for your continuing support and kind comments both on the Garden and the Nursery plants that we sell.

Nursery late March 2016

April 4, 2016

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Two months late! (almost)

February 25, 2016

After making a resolution last year to update my blog on a regular basis, I now find almost two months into the New Year, despite numerous dark and dismal days I had still not added to my meagre offerings of previous years.

So a belated Happy New Year to all our customers, old and new. After the mildest December on record and continuing wet weather until recently, sodden ground conditions and little sunshine has not been conducive to much horticultural endeavor – unless you are more keen than me ! However on our well drained soil I have finally mown the grass and the garden is starting to come to life.  On the nursery, rain and wind caused little problems and the general absence of frost has obviously been very welcome.

For those who have never had the exciting, enlightening and educating experience of visiting the nursery and meeting my wife!, (and perhaps me to!)  maybe I could give a flavour of the type of plants we try and produce and sell.

Firstly we grow nearly everything we sell either from cuttings, seeds, divisions or growing on of young plugs/plantlets.  Nothing is bought in, doubled (or trebled) in price and then put on display with a big shiny plastic label to entice the customer.  Everything spends time on the nursery – enjoying the Kenton air and the picturesque views over Haldon, Powdeham Castle and the Exe Estuary – from perhaps just a few weeks for quick maturing crops  to several years for certain slow growing or generally awkward shrubs and trees.

We do not grow roses, fruit trees and bushes or any annual bedding/hanging basket plants. What we concentrate on are shrubs, herbaceous plants, climbers, some trees and exotics. We do the common-place, – lots of Laurel, lavender (though recent demands dictates we sold out of the latter until the spring) and Lonicera (Honeysuckles), but definitely NO Leylandii!! (I haven’t got a problem with it myself but customers just don’t seem to love it anymore! We also like to think we have a very large range of slightly different and unusual plants that would not be found in the average Garden Centre.

A few of the different plants we would sell might include : Pittosporum crassifolium, Arbutus x andracnoides, Crinodendron Ada Hoffman, Berberidopsis corallina, Euonymus cornatus quinquecornatus.  But the range is always changing as we sell and new plants become on line.

With regards to the garden just to remind everyone it is open every day when the nursery is open, Tuesday – Friday 9 – 5.  This year we are not opening for the National Garden Scheme on designated weekends as we previously have done but have decided that Every Day is a NGS day – in other words donations given to the garden when you view will be divided this year 50/50 between FORCE, the local cancer care charity who we have supported in the past and the NGS.  This arrangement will be on a donation basis, we suggest £3-50 per adult, children free, dogs on leads -or for those who visit on a regular basis through the season a one off donation would be sufficient.

We do have one Charity day when we are opening for Hospiscare on Sunday July 10th 2 pm. – 5.30 p.m  Cream teas available etc.

We are more than happy to accomodate groups of all sizes who wish to visit the garden – at mutually convenient times.  If you group is over 20 we can often provide personalised refreshments in a private small Marquee. Please call to discuss 01626 899106.


All that remains now is to hope and pray for good health and good weather for the coming months and we trust you will all vote the right way in the Referendum on June 23rd!!

(PS If you’re not sure which way is right I am happy to advise ……)



The Nursery at High Garden

February 25, 2016

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Tropical Border

September 13, 2015

Verdant growth on the tropical border.

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