A partnership between two companies servicing different customer needs looks set to bring horticulture back to an area of Kent that once boasted Britain's largest commercial glasshouse.
Wyevale East Nurseries, a joint project between Wyevale Nurseries and green compost supplier East Horticulture, held a series of open days this week at its site in Swanley, Kent, to build on its client base and show trade customers what the cash and carry has to offer.
The site brings the horticultural tradition back to an area that was noted for its glasshouse production, but in recent years has been meeting the demand for housing in the Thames Gateway area.
The site took 10 months to develop and began trading in December while finishing touches were still being made to the 2.4ha site. The open days gave customers a chance to see the purpose-built nursery in the finishing stages. The site has three climate-zoned Dutch greenhouses, including a shade house for species such as Magnolia, Arbutus and Dicksonia, and a specimen glasshouse protecting plants with more delicate foliage.
Among its many lines, the nursery stocks a range of topiary, including pompom specimens of Taxus baccata ‘Repandens’ Award of Garden Merit and Juniperus virginiana ‘Canaearti’. There is also standing out space for shrubs, alpines and herbaceous plants.
Open only to trade customers, Wyevale East Nurseries sells plants at half the ticket-price plus VAT.
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