The Walled Nursery is a family-run business in Hawkhurst, Kent. And when we say family, we don’t just mean husband and wife team, Emma and Monty Davies. It could be Emma’s dad, Thilo, mowing the lawns, Emma’s twin sister Lucy and mum, Sue, who divide their time between pricking out for us in the spring and running the café during events or the boys, Rufus and Tommy, helping to pick the vegetables. It really is a team effort. And that team includes our extended family – everyone who gives their time and effort to make the Walled Nursery what it is today.
Monty & Emma Davies
Emma had had her eye on the Walled Nursery for a long time – 20 years to be exact. When she met Cornishman, Monty, they formed the Garden Gate gardening business but agreed that if the Walled Nursery ever came up for sale, it would be theirs. However, they hadn’t banked on that day arriving when they had a toddler and a two-month-old baby to deal with – and two boys at that! They had no choice but to hit the ground running and opened the gates as the proud new owners in February 2010.
Monty and Emma have extensive horticulture experience both studying at Hadlow College in Kent. Monty gained an HND in landscape management and went onto self-employment in the gardening industry. Emma gained an HND in Commercial Horticulture whilst volunteering under the revered Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter. She then went on to work at Pashley Manor Gardens followed by Sissinghurst Castle.
On the face of it two such different people, Emma’s drive and determination combined with Monty’s philosophical approach to life and instinctive understanding of nature, have combined to make a team that not only hit the ground running very successfully, but are, against all odds, transforming a Victorian Walled Nursery into modern day business to be reckoned with.
Billy & Benny
Billy and Benny are most likely to be found lazing in our glasshouses during the day, but at night they earn their keep protecting our precious seeds and plants from hungry rodents.
Where would we be without them? Come rain or come shine, wind or snow, our plucky volunteers are always here armed with a shovel and a smile. Their practical help and moral support are invaluable so a very big thank you to you all.