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What they say...

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

Desperate Plea! Boxes!

We spend many hours collecting boxes from a number of sources for you to take your plants home in. It is an enormous help therefore if you can provide your own boxes and moreover a sure way of becoming a favourite customer! Many thanks.

Marchants Snowdrops

For details of our annual sale, see Events page

Forthcoming Events

Earth, Line, Surface, Curve & Gleam

A weekend exhibition in the Potting Palace and garden of Marchants Hardy Plants

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August 2017
10am - 5pm

Jenny Crisp - willow baskets
Lucy Goffin - textiles
Carol Grantham - textiles
Barbara Kennington - textiles
Annie McManus - paintings
Chrissie Messenger - stitched and painted pictures
Micki Schloessingk - woodfired saltglazed pots
Jean Scott-Moncrieff - jewellery
Jo Sweeting - sculpture, letter-carving and printmaking

Marchants Hardy Plants
2 Marchants Cottages, Mill Lane, Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6AJ
01323 811737

“The essence of the world is a flower”

Portland stone Bowl by Jo Sweeting

This bowl was hand carved in Portland stone and donated by Albion Stone Quarry, Portland. It was then carved to fine finish and the letters drawn out by hand. Then with the simple tools of a mallet and chisel it was letter carved.

It was made by me as a response to the Channel 4 film ‘The Gardener of Aleppo’. An incredible film made by a Syrian filmmaker called Waad El-Kateab. The journalist was Channel 4’s Teresa Smith. The film was made in August 2016 in the bombed streets of Aleppo. Please watch it if you can.It tells the harrowing but incredible story of the last garden centre in Aleppo which was run by Abu Ward and his 13 year old son Ibrahim. Abu’s name means “Father of the Flowers”. His son Ibrahim had given up school to help him grow and water the plants.

They had worked together in the city for five years and were growing plants which people bought to grow on the cities roundabouts to show “life in the face of death”. These were small islands of vitality. The father and son also provided flowers to lay on the graves of the city's dead.

Abu Ward believed that the ordinary people owned the whole world and celebrated the joy flowers bought to people. He said “Flowers help the world. There is no greater beauty than flowers. They nourish the heart and soul”.

6 months after the film was made a bomb dropped close to the garden and Abu Ward was killed outright. His son was left without his father and with no focus for his life.The garden centre closed.

There is news that Ibrahim is alive and living with family members in Aleppo. Abu Ward spoke the words,

“The essence of the world is a flower”

I celebrate and remember his joy in this bowl and hope that you will make bids to buy the bowl or make donations to Aleppo for Medicine Sans Frontiers

Auction to raise funds for Aleppo and all donations to be given to Medicins Sans Frontieres

Starting bid of £1,200. The bowls usually sell for £3,000. All offers over £1,200 gratefully received.

Either hand in a form to Lucy and Graham this weekend or email Jo Sweeting on or telephone on 07411099837 / 01273553767

Special Garden opening at Marchants

In aid of Friends of the Poor in South India (FPSI)

Sunday 17th September – 10.30 am – 4.00 pm

Admission for adults: £5.00 – Children under 15: £1.00

To include:

Bishop Laurie Green cofounder and chair of FPSI writes:

Friends of the Poor in South India has been supporting rural villagers in the poorest parts of South India and recently decided to buy a Coconut Plantation for them so they can become self-sufficient. As well as the coconut sales, the trees provide raw materials for rope-making, thatching, fencing and all sorts of produce the villagers sell. The money raised will buy new saplings, a new well, more spades and other kit. The land will also be used as a safe space for training and education. These families live on next to nothing so every penny we raise can change lives.

Snowdrops at Marchants

The hype surrounding snowdrops cannot have escaped your notice given its extensive coverage in the media over the last few years. Comparisons are even being made to the Tulip mania of the 16th Century. My own fascination for these endearing early flowering bulbs was first kindled at Washfield Nursery in Kent where I started as a nurseryman three decades ago.

The collection of snowdrops we brought with us to Marchants has slowly been added to over the years: gifts from friends, purchases from snowdrop catalogues and sales together with the selection of promising seedlings occurring in the garden here. Our collection is not large but through trial and error on our heavy clay we believe all the snowdrops we grow make for good and for the most part easy garden plants.

Each year in early/mid February we hold a weekend sale of snowdrops drawn from our collection. This year for example we offered over 40 different varieties, many at affordable prices. Rarer varieties inevitably command much higher prices – we sell these too! Therefore we offer plants for the beginner, collector and connoisseur alike.

If you would like details of next year’s sale keep an eye on the blog page through January when the date will be announced. If you would like a copy of our snowdrop availability list, please fill in the form on our contact page. We will then be able to email you the information thereby making it simpler for you, simpler for us.

Images at the top of the page are ©Gardens Illustrated / Sharon Pearson