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What they say...

…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.

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

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Lectures, Talks and Talk Titles

In addition to his working life as a nurseryman Graham Gough has gained a reputation as one of the finest and most entertaining talkers on gardening, plants and plant travel in the country. His talks have taken him the length and breadth of the country and in 2005 he made his debut in Seattle, N. America and in Vancouver, Canada. He returned to Seattle to give a joint lecture with his wife Lucy Goffin in 2007 in a major symposium devoted to ‘Colour, Texture and Light’.

Graham’s love and knowledge of plants, people and places shines through in his talks and he is not beyond being frank about his likes and dislikes. His light touch will also be sure to provoke a few laughs.

The talks below are at present illustrated with Graham’s own splendid slides, and generally last between 1 hour - 1 hour 10 mins. It is requested that a projector and screen be provided.

In addition to the talk, Graham is also very happy to bring a varied range of plants for sale from his nursery.

Talk Titles

1. A Miscellany of Plants.

A look at between 80-90 unusual plants through the season with comments on their character, cultivation and their history.

2. A Nurseryman’s Lot.

So you think you would like to be a Nurseryman! A realistic view of the pains and pleasures of running a small specialist nursery in the 21st century.

3. Marchants Nursery and its Plants.

A look at the repertoire of herbaceous plants, grasses, etc. that give ‘Marchants Hardy Plants’ its particular character.

4. The Icing on the Cake.

A selection of Graham’s favourite plants are discussed and why it is they have become firm favourites. A wide range of plants is covered.

5. Late flowering Perennials and Grasses.

A talk that highlights the many handsome plants and beautiful grasses that can be used to extend the flowering season.

6. Armenia - A Short Odyssey.

A travelogue based on an exciting trip to study the beautiful and diverse plants of this remarkable country.

7. A Plantsman’s Travels.

Graham’s travels have taken him to Armenia, China, Turkey and South Africa. In this talk he discusses the exotic plants, places and people he has encountered and what it is that makes seeing plants in the wild so exciting.

The above talks are slide illustrated and generally last for between 1hour - 1hour 10mins. It is requested that a projector and screen be provided.


Please phone Graham to discuss his fee structure on: Tel. 01323 811737 or by writing to the address below. Travelling expenses are in addition and are costed at a rate of 40p per mile if travelling by car.

As a busy working Nurseryman and Garden Designer, Graham prefers to give talks between November-March but can be more flexible for talks within a 100 mile radius of home.

Bookings can be made by phone (01323 811737) or by writing to:

Marchants Hardy Plants, 2 Marchants Cottages, Mill Lane, Laughton, E. Sussex, BN8 6AJ

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