Local Nurseries

  • Mayfield Nurseries – a wonderful nursery and mental health project. Based in Sholing, Southampton. A local gem with a community café and regular open days. Prices are the best in the south.
  • Hillier Nurseries (trade nursery)
  • Deacon’s Nursery Isle of Wight- specialist in fruit trees
  • Test valley nursery
  • Pococks Roses Jermyns Lane, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0QA
    01794 367500 Fax: 01794 323514
  • Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants Whitchurch Hampshire, RG28 7NJ
    01256 896533

This list is not meant to be exhaustive but inclusive of all the nurseries I use.


  • The Royal Horticultural Society excellent website for all things horticultural incl PlantFinder database
  • Arboricultural Association keep a list of approved tree surgeons in your area
  • Sparsholt college, Winchester run a number of horticultural, land based courses
  • GardenWorld – a searchable directory of over 1000 UK garden centres; access to the RHS ; expert garden help and advice; info on garden products; and an up-to-date events listing. The handy Latin Converter allows users to enter the common name of a plant and find its botanical (Latin) name, or vice versa.




  • is a unique resource of building advice and specs
  • Bradstone has a good website which includes a random paving generator


National organisations

  • The Association of Gardens Trusts conserving our heritage of parks, gardens and designed landscapes. details of County Gardens Trusts.
  • Garden History Society promote the protection and conservation of historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes, and to advise on their restoration.
  • Museum of Garden History Tradescant Garden, a 17th century style knot garden on the site of the old church graveyard in London.

Local community organisations/artisans