Opening times: 

Nursery:  from Thursday 25 March 2021. Thursday to Saturday inclusive 10am – 5.30pm

Gardens: from Thursday 6 May 2021. Thursday to Saturday inclusive 10am – 5.30pm

“Thank you for the invaluable support you generously gave us over 2020, and we greatly looking forward to welcoming you again to our Nursery and Gardens – where a bountiful new crop of plants is being made for you as I write.”  Graham Gough

“If you put a date in your diary for a visit to Marchants, do empty the boot of your car. I hadn't planned to buy any plants but left with a garden full.”

Sarah Raven. The Daily Telegraph.

Marchants Gardens & Nursery

Established by plantsman Graham Gough in 1998, Marchants Hardy Plants is widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading small independent Nursery and Gardens.

Nestled just north of the South Downs, the Gardens provide an ever-changing vision of the plants in situ through the seasons. Together with his talented Marchants team, Graham produces on site a splendid range of unusual herbaceous, grasses and woodland plants in their new peat-free compost.


“The recent bitterly cold snap has seen the coinciding effect of the Blackthorn coming into flower – and how!  Like great drifts of beautiful fresh snow wending its way through the hedgerows, and hence lending it the name of a ‘Blackthorn winter’.  For the growers of wine throughout Europe the cold frosts have brought  a different and harder blow.  To them each flower lost to frost means a grape lost and we hear reports of 80% loss of the crop.  After all, how do you protect a vineyard of 50 hectares?

On the face of it, frost is also tough for us nurserymen.  The garden is now littered with frosted Persicaria foliage and the scorched tips of Agapanthus.  Experience though tells us they will bounce back.  On the Nursery our frame covers and the wonderful fleece we use has protected the plants admirably, but bitterly cold nights and warm days have made it difficult to wean the plants coming from the tunnels.  The log jam caused will mean plants appear on the Nursery at a slower rate this spring so do please bear with us.  There are however still a great number of fine plants to buy!”

Graham, Hannah, Lucy and the team at Marchants.

PS – the Great British Gardens programme presented by Carol Klein and in which we appear (Channel 5) seems to have suffered from Covid lag.  We do hope it will surface in the near future but for now we play the game of patience, so watch this space for further updates.

Latest VideosSee more videos

Graham shows some of the 1,000 or more plants being propagated in one of the poly tunnels - as he describes it, the Marchants 'nerve centre' (April 2021)…

Graham's musing on Marchants history as seen through its plant catalogues, from 1999 to the latest 2021 catalogue with its listing of over 600 plants (March 2021)…

Further developments bolstering Marchants eco credentials, here Hannah explains about going completely peat-free and using recyclable pots (March 2021)…

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