Country Garden Plant Sales sees National Trust potential

Country Garden Plant Sales owner Bob Hollister says the National Trust's Morden Hall Garden Centre has the potential to be the biggest National Trust plant outlet.

Hollister, a new supplier to Morden Hall which re-opened last month as the UK’s first peat-free garden centre, said the south London centre could turnover more than other Trust retail outlets because it has the infrastructure of an established garden centre, having been previously run by Capital Gardens for 20 years.

South Dorset-based Country Garden Plant Sales grows around 100,000 peat free plants a year; more than 100 varieties of hardy fern plus a wide range of nursery stock and grape vines. They have supplied other Trust plant outlets for over 15 years.

Hollister said he felt that, nationwide, the Trust provided an alternative retail environment to most garden centres because each outlet was a "one-off". He said many were using smaller, good quality, local suppliers giving the public a different offering to many of larger garden centres.

Lowaters is another new Trust supplier, while Hillier has a central contract with the Trust.

Lanhydrock nursery, David Austin, Devonshire Lavenders, Prenplants, Frank Matthews, L Mills, Foxhollow and PT Plants are also suppliers to Morden Hall.

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