The site, leased from Chichester College, is modular with the opportunity to open each span as business grows. It has eight large glasshouses with planning permission for a further 12. The company is building a new "colonial office", coffee shop and associated facilities on the site, which also features a lake and sculptures.
Speaking at the nursery's official launch on 19 March, owner Angus White said: "The opportunity is to do more trade. Most of the big trade nurseries are around the M25." The move from Nuthurst, now used just for propagation, was a dream for 20 years that spent six years mired in local bureaucracy.
"The ambition is immodest. I want us to become a testament to stylish design, immaculate and amusing attention to detail and a yard stick for the British horticultural industry."
White told Horticulture Week he learnt from Italian nurseries. "If the quality is right and the experience is right, you can find a market."