Useful Links

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Clubs and Societies

Royal Horticultural Society - Useful for many things including advice, gardens to visit and plant finder. The Plant Finder is particularly useful as it not only shows nurseries nearby, but gives their complete stock list.

The Alpine Garden Society - Amongst other things, the Society holds an excellent Spring Show at Harlow each year.

Sources of Information

Horticulture Week - The newspaper for professionals. This only gives headlines. You need to subscribe individually.

The Gardening Website - A portal to many useful sites.

RHS Find a plant - Search by plant name, attribute or both to find plant details and a list of suppliers.

Places to Visit

The National Trust

National Gardens Scheme - Nationwide index of high quality gardens including many privately owned and only open once or twice a year for charities.

Open Gardens UK National Directory - New index to many town and village garden events. Mainly village 'Open Gardens' events, many in our area.

East Ruston Old Vicarage - gardens in Norfolk

Hyde Hall - The RHS gardens in Essex.

Marks Hall Gardens & Arboretum - North of Coggeshall, off the A120. 18th century walled garden, ornamental lakes and cascades, parkland, 100 acres of developing arboretum, and acres of ancient woodland.

The Beth Chatto Gardens - At Elmstead Market, just east of Colchester. Noted gardens created by Beth Chatto and her late husband. Good place to pick up garden ideas. Plants for sale and tea room. Many events and courses.

Green Island Gardens - At Ardleigh, near Colchester, these private gardens are open for the public to visit. They are laid out as a series of structured gardens displaying a huge range of unusual trees, shrubs, perennials, and bulbs - 'a plantsman's paradise'. Claims to be one of the best gardens open to visit in Essex.

Plant, Bulb and Seed Suppliers

Kings Seeds - Local Kelvedon-based company. Also owns Suffolk Herbs (see link on their site).

Church of Bures - Wildflowers and grasses.

Emorsgate of Kings Lynn - Wildflowers and grasses.

Marshalls Seeds

Suttons Seeds

Thompson & Morgan

Hart Canna

Ken Muir - Fruit Trees, strawberry plants, asparagus etc.

J Parkers Wholesale - Dutch bulbs.

Equipment and Material Suppliers

Mower Magic

Felco Secateurs - Makers of top quality secateurs. For Felco servicing phone 01162 344 646. This number is for Burton McCall whose address is: Burton McCall Limited, 163 Parker Drive, Leicester LE4 0JP

Simply Control - Watering, heating controls etc.

Danbury Fencing - Fencing posts, wire etc. No prices on website. Visit or phone. Just south of Witham.

ladybirdplantcare - Biological control information and products.