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PLANT SUPPORTS UK LTD
The secret behind great gardens

Plant Supports (UK) Ltd are a family owned company which hand-makes a huge range of robust, affordable solid steel plant supports for the Kitchen garden, Shrub and Herbaceous borders and much more. Whether it is front or back of border support, Shrubs, climbers or support and protection in the vegetable plot, we will have the answer.

Choose from our Rusted Iron range or our powder coated range. All made in Tenbury Wells Worcestershire. Proud to be totally British. Made by Gardeners for Gardeners. 

Plant Supports (UK) Ltd, Skipperley, Rochford, Tenbury wells, Worcestershire, WR15 8SL, Tel 01584 781578

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FRANK P MATTHEWS

 Frank P Matthews was established in 1901 and grows the widest range of fruit and ornamental trees of any nursery in the UK.

Situated in the fertile Teme Valley, our emphasis is on excellent quality and professional service, supplying both container grown and bare root trees to wholesale garden centres and nurseries, as well as commercial growers, public sector organisations and private individuals.

Berrington Court, Tenbury Wells, Worcs WR15 8TH T: 01584 810214

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http://www.fertilefibre.com/wp-content/uploads/ff-logo01.pngFERTILE FIBRE

  By using Fertile Fibre there is no need to use Peat ever again. Peat is a finite resource, and the importance of conserving the world’s peat moors is widely recognised by conservationists.

In looking for a way to avoid using this precious resource (yet still obtain outstanding growing results) we developed Fertile Fibre. This is a real, truly organic, alternative to peat. It’s basis is a high quality form of coir.

Fertile Fibre is fully certified by the Soil Association, the UK’s leading campaigning and certification organisation for organic food and farming.

Fertile Fibre Ltd, Withington Court, Withington, Hereford, HR1 3RJ.  T: 01432 853111 F:01432 850191

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  THE COTTAGE HERBERY

From The Cottage Herbery are award winning growers of quality naturally grown peat free plants. Growing herbs, aromatics, interesting edibles and Cottage garden flowers from the much loved old varieties to the rare and unusual. The Cottage Herbery run from the nursery special events, open days, workshops and are a RHS partnership nursery. They can also be found at numerous events locally and across the three counties at Shows, Plant fairs, Food Festivals & Farmers Markets.   Available for selected months of the year to give talks & demonstrations to groups.   

 The Cottage Herbery, Field Farm, Knighton-on-Teme, Nr Tenbury Wells,Worcestershire WR15 8LT Tel: 01584 781 575 / 07802 740646 

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HERBFARMACY

Herbfarmacy has a small herb farm at Eardisley in the west of the county where Paul Richards started growing medicinal herbs 30 years ago. It is also where the Organic Skincare range started by Paul and wife Carol 7 years ago is made using extracts of the herbs grown there - the whole process - 'from seed to skin'. The farm has been organically certified by the Soil Association since 1985, and invites visitors to the farm annually - this year we have an open weekend on July 27-28th to celebrate 30 years of growing. Herbfarmacy also grow medicinal herbs for use by herbalists and other companies - notably the Echinacea tincture dispensed in many branches of Neal's Yard Remedies.  

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MYND HARDY PLANTS

Mynd Hardy Plants specialises in herbaceous perennial including Penstemon and Daylillies. The plant nursery, owned by Richard and Jill Rallings, is set in a Victorian Walled Garden which is undergoing restoration.

Open Mid-March - Early Oct.  Tues - Sat 10.00 - 5.00pm; Sun and Bank Holidays 11.00 - 5.00pm . Mail order available. 

Mynd Hardy Plants, Delbury Hall Estate, Diddlebury, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9DH Tel: 01584 841222

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GOBBETT NURSERY 

We  have been growing plants since 1985 and have been   expanding our plant range year on year. Our special interest is Syringa   and flowering  Cornus. We also grow a wide range of shrubs, climbers,   perennials, hardy ferns and garden pinks.   As we live deep in the Shropshire countryside we travel to plant fairs   over a large part of the UK .

The Gobbett Nursery, Farlow, Nr Kidderminster, Worcs DY14 8TD.  Tel/Fax 01746 718647 

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HANNAH'S HERBS

Hi, I'm Hannah, and plants and nature have always been a big part of my life. I have an HNC in Organic Horticulture from Pershore College, and have been a professional gardener for eight years. All the herbs are grown in a peat free compost sourced locally, and propagated by myself.  

 

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BROOMY HILL GARDEN NURSERY 

"Broomy Hill (hopefully soon to be) Enchanted Garden Nursery – It all stems from a love of plants……  Enplantment is filling the gaps left behind when the Ornamental Tree Nursery relocated to Lancashire.  Moving in December 2012 from Surrey, specifically to turn pipedreams into realities, Jim and Annette are committed to making an garden nursery where the emphasis is very much centred on green little fingers.  There are plenty of ideas waiting to germinate, including a raised bed rental scheme which has the name of Pucker Patches.  Plans are currently under way for a Enplantment based crazy golf course, more than a gentle wander up the garden path.  With the introduction of a juice/smoothie bar and a shoppe selling farm produce and all the items needed to make ones own Little Land of Enplantment it is hoped that the future once again looks rosy for this completely beautiful and magickal garden nursery.  As we purchased the nursery as a going concern we still have a good range of apple trees and some ornamental trees, the sale of which is enabling the changes to take place.”  

Broomy Hill Garden Nursery, Cobnash, Kingsland, Leominster, Hereford, HR6 9QZ. Tel: 01568 709022

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PLANT WILD

PlantWild grows local British wild flowers and shrubs. We also harvest a grass and flower meadow seed mix from traditional wildflower meadows in the Marches area. We can help you if you want to encourage more wildlife into your own garden, farm etc. We supply wildflower plants as plugs/pots for landscaping and wildlife areas for gardens, schools and community groups and for conservation and restoration work. http://plantwild.co.uk/website/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/meadow1.jpg

Our plants are grown in peat-free compost. All plants are UK origin and most are local provenance (Herefordshire and neighbouring counties)." We have a nursery, open Tuesdays April to September and other times by appointment. Our seed and plants can also be purchased through our website.

You can now visit us on Facebook

PlantWild, Strawberry Cottage, Hennor, Leominster, HR6 0RH. T: 01531 670797  M: 07880730880 

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WIGGLY WIGGLERS

One of the best things about buying Wiggly is that you become part of the growing Wiggly Community. Our customers have been through the ups and downs of Growing Your Own, Composting, Bringing a Garden to Life. Wiggly Wigglers has led the way for small rural business using social media. We produce a regular Wiggly Podcast (which has been on air since 2005); we have a very active Facebook Group; a YouTube Channel (with lots of 'how to' tips) and, don't forget, you'll find both Farmer Phil @farmrphil and Heather @wiggled are very active on Twitter.

Wiggly Wigglers, Lower Blakemere Farm, Blakemere, Herefordshire, HR2 9PX

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OLD COURT NURSERIES & PICTON GARDEN

Old Court Nurseries was established in 1906 and has specialised in breeding and growing Michaelmas Daisies from that day onwards. Today we hold the Plant Heritage National Collection of Autumn flowering Asters (Michaelmas Daisies) with over 415 varieties. This vast array can be seen in our 1 1/2 acre display garden August to October, where they create a tapestry of colour with other late season perennials backed by a fine selection of rare and unusual trees and shrubs. You can also purchase many of the varieties in the collection from the nursery or by mail order..  

Old Court Nurseries, Walwyn Rd, Collwall,  Malvern, Herefordshire WR13 6QE T: 01684 540416 

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GEZ SMITH GARDENER

Gez is a newcomer to the region and has been working as a gardener for the last sixteen years in London and Sussex.      

Whilst in Sussex he became interested in the idea of biodynamic growing and trained in Biodynamic Agriculture at Emerson College, Forest Row.      

He would like to offer his services as a general gardener, pruning, maintenance etc, as well as  for veggie gardens, which he has set up for clients in the past on biodynamic organic principles when requested.      

Gez is looking forward to meeting you and your gardens and getting to know the lovely countryside to be found in this wonderful part of the world.      

He can be contacted on 01568 780802 or 07981461140

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FLOWER GARDEN AT STOKESAY COURT

In the beautiful old walled kitchen garden at Stokesay Court, outside Ludlow, we grow glorious seasonal cut flowers, to arrive on your table with the dew of the garden still fresh on their petals.

What sets us apart from other florists is the variety of our gorgeous blooms, along with the beautiful line and flower combinations of our arrangements, and the friendliness of our service. We produce lovely arrangements for weddings, parties, presents, and businesses; garden bunches are for sale at our weekly Ludlow market stall; flowers are also available to buy by the bucket. Make an appointment – we’d love to meet you to talk about your event or particular flower needs, and share with you the magic of the old walled garden.

The Flower Garden at Stokesay Court, Onibury, South Shropshire Tel: 01584 841730

     

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CLAIRE AUSTIN NURSERIES

With over 25 years experience of growing perennials we know what it takes to grow a good plant. The majority of the plants we sell are grown on the nursery, which means we can keep an eye on quality and, very importantly, check that our plants are true to name. We are proud to be British nursery growers who are headed by husband and wife owners and supported by a small, enthusiastic and knowledgeable team of full time and seasonal employees.

 In addition to the large perennial selection we grow, we are National Collection Holders of both a Bearded Iris Collection (full status) and a Hybrid Herbaceous Peony Collection (provisional status). 

Claire Austin Hardy Plants, White Hopton Farm, Wern Lane, Sarn, Newtown SY16 4EN. Tel: 01686 670 342

     

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WILDGOOSE NURSERY

Wildegoose Nursery specialises in hardy, perennial and scented Violas, with the largest collection in the UK.  The nursery is housed in the Georgian walled garden at Millichope Park, Shropshire. 

The walled garden is at the beginning of major restoration project, which will see the creation of an exciting new garden open to the public in south Shropshire.  You can find Wildegoose Nursery on the Ludlow Farmers market on the fourth Thursday of the month (March to October) .

 

Wildegoose Nursery home of Bouts Violas, 12 Beambridge Cottages, Millichope, Munslow, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9HD. Tel: 01584 841890 or 07717265212

     

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FORAGE FINE FOODS

Liz Knight runs Forage Fine Foods from her kitchen in Walterstone. She is passionate about the less obvious good that grows in our gardens and turns invasive weeds, garden flowers and gatherings from hedgerow, meadow & borders into delicious flavourings and condiments that add a beautiful, botanical depth of flavour to food.

Her garden is rather weedy and her grass is too long, but it it teams with bees, butterflies and flavour.

When Liz isn't picking, preserving or running after muddy children she runs wild food courses and talks that will make you *almost* love ground elder.

Forage Fine Foods,  The Barn, Upper Brookes Farm, Herefordshire. HR2 0PF Tel: 01873 860347

     

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WILD BUNCH

Wild Bunch is a small cut flower garden on our farm on the north Herefordshire, Shropshire border.

Tammy grows an abundant selection of beautiful flowers, foliage and herbs, and designs unique and beautiful arrangements - from small and intimate bouquets and posies, to large floral arrangements. She welcomes you to her on the farm to discuss your thoughts and wishes for your special floral treat, so please do give her a call.  

 Wild Bunch, Marlow Farm, Leintwardine, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 0JP   M:07759 550252 

     

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THE POSH SHED COMPANY

The Posh Shed Company is a family run business based in Eardisland just outside Leominster.

We design, build and install wooden sheds of the highest quality. Posh sheds are different, they look attractive (there are a number of distinctive designs to choose from) They are built to last and stay dry inside and above all they are functional.

We have a standard range of sheds but also offer a bespoke service with which we can take your ideas and transform them into reality.

We also offer a range of other products to compliment your Posh Shed including the Log store, garden Chair and Patio store. .

Little Orchard Farm, Eardisland, Herefordshire, HR6 9AS. Tel: +44 (0)1544 387101.

     

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LYME COTTAGE INDUSTRIES

Little Bothy A quaint little holiday cottage for two in a garden setting with use of the Lyme Cottage garden and small orchard.  

From The Garden A range of gifts and treats for you, your friends your family & even your dog, created using herbs, fruit and vegetables grown in the Lyme Cottage garden & small orchard. (With some necessary additions, such as salts and sugar)   Jams, Jellies, chutneys and pickles made with only natural ingredients in season.   ‘Beauty the old fashioned way’; bath salts, body scrubs, face and foot spas all made from natural ingredients, enhancing the power of nature to put us back on our feet after a tiring day negotiating the world.   Herbs in pots with recipes to ‘make your own’, whole window boxes to enhance your kitchen productions, dog biscuits, people biscuits, flavoured salts, spicy vinegars as well as all manner of gifts for you to give.   All created with the intention of bringing the natural properties, benefits & flavours of everyday plants, flowers & fruit into our daily lives.   .

Lyme Cottage, Burford, Nr Tenbury Wells, Shropshire WR15 8HF Tel: 07855 964 267

     

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LANE COTTAGE PRODUCE
Richard and Amanda Sidgwick started Lane Cottage Produce in 2011 from their Smallholding in North Herefordshire. Richard is a trained Horticulturalist and Amanda has worked extensively in the catering industry.

They grow a wide variety of interesting and unusual salad leaves, handpicked by a team of local superwomen, in polytunnels. They grow traditionally,using only natural fertilizers,mineral-rich water and use biological control to manage pests and pathogens.

No chemicals applied! The leaves are wonderfully tasty,100% good for you and have an amazing 10 day shelf-life. They supply shops and restaurants in Herefordshire,Ludlow and Shrewsbury. 
 
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Richard and Amanda Sidgwick Lane Cottage, Deerfold, Birtley, Bucknell, Herefordshire.  SY7 0EF Tel: 01568 770720

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ROWAN MCONEGAL STAINED GLASS
Rowan McOnegal has always been passionate about plants and the environment. Trained as a painter at Bath Academy of Art, she later became a freelance photographer with a special interest in the natural world. Her botanical library is a photographic record of herbs and wild flowers that constitutes a reliable,comprehensive and specialist library of plant portraits.

Her experience of modern medicine versus traditional therapy, combined with her fascination with botany and the positive ways people can interact with their environment, led her to qualify as medical herbalist  in 1990.  

She  now combines teaching others how to value and use plants  through teaching practical herbal medicine making courses, together with artistic activities that now centre on stained glass.  She welcomes visitors (by prior arrangement) to her studio near Ledbury.
 
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Castle Orchard, Putley, Ledbury, HR8 2RH Tel: 01531 670075

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LUDLOW PLANT CENTRE
The Plant Centre is an independent, family-run, natural garden centre located next to the award-winning Ludlow Food Centre.  It offers a huge range of herbaceous perennials and shrubs, and is a popular place to shop for gifts, cards, home decorations and houseplants as well as tools, seeds, bulbs and gardening essentials.

Over 80% of  plants and trees are locally grown, and other local products include peat-free compost, beautiful wooden gardening gifts, laser-cut cards,  woollen hats and bags, bird boxes, bird food, plant supports, alpaca-manure plant-food and garden sculpture in stone and metal.  Liz Campbell and her friendly team are all keen gardeners, happy to help with garden, plant and product advice.    We are Dog-friendly!

The Plant Centre, Bromfield, Ludlow, SY8 2JR. Tel:01584 856873 
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HILLVIEW HARDY PLANTS
We are a family owned and run nursery, set in the middle of the beautiful Shropshire countryside. We have cows and sheep in the fields around us and arable crops, especially potatoes are grown in the area. We occupy a small area of just 1 acre so have to be as tidy as possible to utilise the space we have.
We specialise in herbaceous plants, especially those for drier soils, as well as auriculas in early spring. We also hold two National Collections: Acanthus and Albuca. John can make bespoke Auricula theatres to your requirements but as you can see, Pearl our little cat found a better use for one.

Opening hours March to October 9.30 ‘till 5 daily, except Sundays when we are closed. Any other times by appointment. We are an RHS partnership nursery and attend many shows and plant sales throughout the year.

Hillview Hardy Plants Worfield Bridgnorth Shropshire WV15 5NT. Tel:  01746716454.  Facebook.com/hillviewhp.  Twitter @hillviewhp

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CRESCENT PLANTS

Crescent Plants is an award winning, family run nursery in the village of Marden, Herefordshire. We specialise in named varieties of Primula Auricula. Now in our 10th year we have over 600 cultivars in our collection which we are adding to all the time. (auriculas are very addictive!)

Our mission is to dispel the perception that auriculas are difficult to grow and we strongly believe that there is an auricula for everyone. We also sell the more challenging varieties for the more experienced enthusiast.

We welcome visitors by appointment, offer a mail order service and have open days in May when our plants are at their beautiful best. To arrange a visit, place an order or just for some help and advice please contact June Poole using whichever method you prefer.

Stoney Cross, Marden, Hereford, HR1 3EW. Tel: 01432 880388. Mob: 07990 970539

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SEGGIN BEES




Seggin Bees started life as a hobby between partners Louise Sheppard and Nick Hall keeping two colonies of bees and selling honey from the door. We now have around twenty colonies, all producing honey and wax both at home and in ‘out apiaries’ around Herefordshire.

All our products are made by ourselves from our own resources. The honey and wax products are from our bees, the petals and herbs, which we gather and dry, from our garden. Our soap is made using the traditional cold process method which does not use heat and allows the ingredients to cure naturally for over a month.

We are members of the Guild of Craft Soap and Toiletry Makers and our soap has been safety certified by an independent safety advisor which is in accordance with EU cosmetic regulations to which we adhere. At all times the environmental impact of what we do is our first consideration.  

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PAVIOUR & DAVIES PLANTS
Paviour & Davies Plants is a small nursery with a focus on a developing range of trees, shrubs and perennials of South American origin, and Chile in particular, along with other less commonly available plants from Australasia, Asia and the Pacific Rim.

The aim is to re-acquaint people with plants that have disappeared from cultivation and introduce some new ones, with an emphasis on hardiness for this area.    All plants are propagated and grown on site in North Herefordshire. 

We sell at specialist plant fairs across the region and nursery visits can be arranged by appointment.    

Paviour & Davies Plants, Office, The Dame School, Castle Street, Wigmore, Herefordshire HR6 9UA  Tel: 01568 770005 / 07966 580812 

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PETER DAVIES HORTPLANTS
Based in Bodenham with over 41 years experience in the nursery stock industry I supply both wholesale and retail, single plants to large garden projects.

I have a particular interest in topiary / plant shapes and of trees & shrubs not so commonly available.

I sell retail through Baches Plant Centre Bodenham ,mail order and garden/plant fairs I welcome enquiries however small or large ,to source and supply plants within my interest range.

Hort Plants Horticultural Sales, Upper Brockington, Berrington Drive, Bodenham, Hereford, HR1 3HT.  Telephone: 01568 797747. Mobile: 07966635005

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HEREFORD TREES
Hereford Trees, just outside Holme Lacy near Hereford, is a family run nursery where we grow and supply native trees and hedging plants.

With over 35 years experience in growing and planting trees, we concentrate on producing superb plants with well-formed root systems at affordable prices - backed by sound advice.

The best way to buy plants is to see them and choose for yourself. Phone us to make an appointment, or email us for availability and prices.  

Hereford Trees, Meadow Hope, Upper Bogmarsh, Holme Lacy, Hereford HR2 6PH. Telephone : 01432 870975.

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NICK BOHEMIA
PROFESSIONAL GARDENER
Nick grew up on the edge of the Vale of Evesham and worked as a gardener in and around Stratford upon Avon before moving to Herefordshire four years ago.  
Originally studying Environmental Sciences at the University of Greenwich, Nick retrained in horticulture at Pershore College where he achieved an HNC in Production Horticulture in 2002. His initial interest was in the production of nursery stock, however he took a position as a gardener during his horticultural studies and so enjoyed this work, that he has worked as a gardener ever since.  
Prior to becoming a gardener, Nick has worked in wildlife conservation which has had a large influence on his approach to gardening. He currently works in three private gardens where he has created wildlife habitats to compliment the more formal areas of these gardens by encouraging the natural biological control of insect pests and diseases.  
Nick has retained his interest in plant propagation and produces both ornamental and edible plants for his clients. He is particularly interested in fruit tree pruning and the regeneration of old top fruit orchards.
Bach Brook Farm Upper Lye Aymestrey Leominster Herefordshire HR6 9SZ   Telephone: 01568 770215   .  

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  MICHAEL MARRIOTT

Michael Marriott is the senior rosarian of David Austin Roses. He has worked with roses for over 30 years and is regarded as one of the world’s most respected rose experts.   He is well-known for his rose garden design having drawn up designs for beautiful and sustainable rose gardens around the world be they small or large, formal or informal, purely roses or mixed with other plants.
Rose gardens he has designed and/or advised include RBG Kew, Hampton Court Palace, Queen Mary’s Rose Garden in Regent’s Park, Bodnant, Trentham, Cliveden, Wisley and Savill.     Roses are certainly one of the most beautiful and garden worthy of all plants but can sometimes not look their best and not fulfil their full potential.
Michael is an expert in maintaining rose gardens at their peak as well as trouble shooting problems and suggesting the best remedies. He can also provide on-site training to small or large groups, or private individuals.   He is a lecturer on all aspects of roses and will be happy to talk to horticultural societies. Please see the lecturers section of this website.  

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DAMSON AND VINE FLORALS

On our plot, nestled in the Shropshire hills just outside Ludlow, we grow seasonal British blooms, aiming specifically to offer interesting varieties and colours that you might not usually find on the high street. Creamy, dreamy phlox sways next to dark and moody burgundy amaranth on our plot which has been a nursery on and off for over 30 years.
We believe British flowers are hard to beat. In our work we try to use either our own stock or source the best quality local blooms from the fabulous network of growers that we are so lucky to have in the region. Our style is abundant and unique. We love trailing and intriguing foliage, contrasting textures and shapes, and including elements of the unexpected in our designs.
Catering to all kinds of events, from weddings to weekly bunches for the house, our flowers can either be bought by the jar or bucket from the garden gate for those wishing to DIY, or for a fully bespoke service, drop us a line and we would love to chat all things floral with you to make your occasion truly special.

Damson and Vine, Clee St Margaret, South Shropshire Tel: 01584 823609

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