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Covid-19 UPDATE: 

PLEASE NOTE: the Nursery & Gardens will CLOSE for the season on Saturday 10 October.  Until then, opening is strictly Thursday, Friday, Saturday ONLY, 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm.  We will reopen in March 2021 (exact date TBC).

“We thank each and every one of you for the support you have given us this year. Marchant’s has for now been spared the great difficulties of the Pandemic and our aim will be to follow Government Covid news this Winter with the expectation of opening as usual in mid–March 2021. A bountiful new crop of plants is being made for you as I write!”  Graham Gough

“…hedges and fences at every turn …lines of beauty achieved by long observation, hard thinking and the craftman's hand in this little world where reason and romanticism come happily together.”

Steven Desmond. Country Life.

Marchants Gardens & Nursery

Widely viewed as a key destination for keen gardeners, Marchants Hardy Plants is a small specialist Nursery nestled just north of the South Downs and renowned for growing all its herbaceous plants/grasses on site.

Thoughts on the our 2020 Year End:  A few Nursery open days are left before our closure for the winter on Saturday 10 October. It is time to reflect.

“Our gardens have become important bastions of security and much more during the pandemic. The garden interpreted as ‘Paradise’ has fulfilled our ideas of tranquillity, safety, isolation and fuelled too our important creative desires. When Nurseries opened again I was reminded of Beethoven’s opera ‘Fidelio’ and in particular the moving male chorus of Prisoners freed from their cells to embrace the light of day. What a metaphor! It should have been the background music playing as customers entered the nursery for their first yearly visit. 

Our initial ‘Lockdown’ fears proved unfounded. Deliveries, collections, time slot visits and finally the nursery opening which you all craved (and for the most part undertook without masks!) were all in their own way tremendously successful. To each and every one of you, how can we thank you enough for the support you gave us.

As growers the demands of the Covid pandemic have been matched by the drought which has developed since late spring. The South East has been particularly ravaged by months of rainless days. Our own garden, south facing and tilted to the sun, has gained quite a sun tan in the form of stressed, cooked and crisped plants. In future our planting style will inevitably have to change but we will see that as a challenge and not a failure and we also hope you too will feel so inclined as our planet continues its seemingly irreversible and continued warming path.

Marchant’s has for now been spared the great difficulties of the Pandemic and our aim will be to follow Government Covid news this Winter with the expectation of opening as usual in mid–March 2021. A bountiful new crop of plants is being made for you as I write.

Lastly, Carol Klein will present Channel 5’s super series of eight ‘Great British Gardens’ to be shown this Winter/Spring 2021. We are lucky to be one of them. Each programme, an hour long, reveals each garden through the four seasons.  They were an especially good team to work with and we look forward sharing its viewing date with you. Keep an eye to the website!

Take care, stay safe, stay well this Winter and we’ll look forward to seeing you next Spring.”

Graham, Lucy & Hannah

Latest VideosSee more videos

Stopping by the magnificent Malus hupehensis AGM in Marchants garden , Graham tells the story of a visit by Roy Lancaster and a group of Japanese nurserymen (Sept 2020)

Need suggestions for container planting? Hannah highlights key Pelargoniums, and Pennisetum and Panicum grasses, among others (Sept 2020).

Graham shows us plants standing up well to drought conditions, among others Knifophia ‘Green Jade’ and Agapanthus ‘Quink Drops’ (August 2020)

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