Towards the end of the 1960s the original fruit farm was sold. To help carry on and develop the Gardens Beth Chatto decided to start a small nursery. Like the Gardens it began modestly with one girl and a Saturday helper, but eventually acquired a total of 15 acres of land, including the Gardens. The Garden it was hoped might eventually prove to be a living catalogue, a place where people could see plants matured and grouped harmoniously to suit both their setting and their needs.
Over the years the staff has also grown, their enthusiastic and dedicated support is obvious to all our visitors. Today there is an extensive choice of over 2000 different kinds of mainly herbaceous plants and bulbs. The plants are classified according to their growing conditions. In the Nursery the shade loving plants are sheltered under a metal structure, damp loving plants, drought-resistant plants, alpines and herbs are the other sections, and in each the plants are to be found in alphabetical order. From summer 2014 the greenhouse next to the shade tunnel is also open selling tender succulents.
The Nursery shop sells a fantastic range of gardening gifts including Beth Chatto's books, guides of the Gardens, our beautiful range of greetings cards and postcards, tools chosen by the staff and locally made pottery. New introductions for 2014 include ranges of selected gifts from natural soaps and lip balms to delicate ceramic bird feeders. The range changes throughout the year and all our stock is carefully hand selected by the Nursery Manager for its practicality, beauty and unusual quality.
The Nursery and shop are open during our normal opening hours. Admission can be gained to the Nursery and Shop without purchasing an entrance to the main Gardens.
Open Bank Holidays, closed Christmas to New Year.