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Covid-19 UPDATE: 

PLEASE NOTE: the Nursery & Gardens are now CLOSED for the season.  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

“The different textures, tints and tones gives this garden a real depth and quality that changes constantly.”

Andy Sturgeon. The Guardian Weekend.

Marchants Gardens & Nursery

LOOK OUT FOR: Winter 2020/Spring 2021, Carol Klein will present Channel 5’s series of eight ‘Great British Gardens’ . 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 the viewing date with you. Keep an eye to the website!

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.

After a turbulent but thankfully successful season, 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.

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

No time for relaxing on the Marchants nursery as Hannah explains the busy propagation season - taking cuttings, dividing, collecting seeds, potting on (Nov 2020)

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).

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