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  • A walled WONDER - Country Living

    A walled WONDER - Country Living

    A Victorian garden is being sensitively restored to create a plant-lover's paradise - a nursery packed with a tempting range of perennials, annuals and more. Read more >>>

  • Shock £200,000 gift

    Shock £200,000 gift

    A Hawkhurst couple who faced abandoning their historic nursery because of a lack of funds have been given a unexpected £200,000 lifeline by the granddaughter of a previous gardener. Read more >>>

  • Jeska Hearne visits the Vinery Cafe

    Jeska Hearne visits the Vinery Cafe

    Simple Things visit the Walled Nursery Read more >>>

  • Nursery with heart of glass

    Nursery with heart of glass

    An Edwardian walled garden is brought back to life in its precious old glasshouses. By Francine Raymond - The Sunday Telegraph Read more >>>

  • People in Glass Houses

    People in Glass Houses

    We went to The Walled Nursery in Hawkhurst, to meet Emma and Monty Davies who own it and to see the big greenhouses... The Onion Magazine - April 2015 Read more >>>

  • Vote for us

    Vote for us

    Vote for us to be awarded 5000 pounds to fix our Carnation House from The English Garden Magazines Future Fund. Read more >>>

  • Preservation of spectacular Victorian greenhouses

    Preservation of spectacular Victorian greenhouses

    Continuing the restoration and preservation of spectacular Victorian greenhouses. Read more >>>

  • Sissinghurst...

    Sissinghurst...

    Seeks a head for history. Read more >>>

  • Green Sign

    Green Sign

    Nursery has too few visitors to be given a green sign. Read more >>>

  • Shoes

    Shoes

    Artist requires 2000 shoes for installation Read more >>>

  • Fringe Benefits

    Fringe Benefits

    Fringe Benefits at The Walled Nursery Read more >>>

  • Out and About

    Out and About

    Great Hunting Ground Read more >>>

A walled WONDER - Country Living
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A walled WONDER - Country Living

Emma Davies first saw The Walled Nursery 25 years ago, while accompanying a friend who was feeding some resident goats. "The glasshouses were derelict, with rotten wood and glass hanging down," she recalls. "I couldn't believe she was going to risk walking through them and insisted we put cardboard boxes on our heads!"

Despite the dangers, Emma fell for the place and dreamt of taking it on."It has the most wonderful atmosphere," she explains. "Echoes of its past are apparent everywhere – it has a precious quality worth preserving." The three- acre walled garden, with its 13 late-Victorian Foster & Pearson greenhouses, is part of what was once a grand estate (now an independent school) near Hawkhurst in the High Weald of Kent. In its early 20th-century heyday, it would have bustled with activity, employing nine full-time gardeners to supply produce and flowers for its owners.

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Shock £200,000 gift
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Shock £200,000 gift

A Hawkhurst couple who faced abandoning their historic nursery because of a lack of funds have been given a unexpected £200,000 lifeline by the granddaughter of a previous gardener.

Emma and Monty Davies feared they would have to give up their dream of running The Walled Nursery in Hawkhurst , which houses one of the country's largest collections of Victorian glasshouses.

Read the full story HERE...

Jeska Hearne visits the Vinery Cafe
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Jeska Hearne visits the Vinery Cafe

A short review from Jeska Hearne of Simple Things when she visits the Walled Nursery and the Vinery Cafe.

Nursery with heart of glass
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Nursery with heart of glass

An Edwardian walled garden is brought back to life in its precious old glasshouses...

By Francine Raymond - The Sunday Telegraph - May 3rd 2015 -

Read the full story HERE

People in Glass Houses
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People in Glass Houses

We went to The Walled Nursery in Hawkhurst, to meet Emma and Monty Davies who own it and to see the big greenhouses...

The Onion Magazine - April 2015
Nick Farley

Read the full story HERE

Vote for us
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Vote for us

Vote for us to be awarded £5000 to fix our Carnation House from The English Garden Magazines Future Fund.

Read the full story HERE

Preservation of spectacular Victorian greenhouses
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Preservation of spectacular Victorian greenhouses

Emma and Monty Davies are the kind of people who don't let the fear of failure get in the way of following their dreams. So when a ramshackle plant nursery with Victorian glasshouses in need of repair came up for sale, they jumped at the opportunity. "Our solicitors, in fact everyone apart from our families, told us not to buy it," explains Emma, but clearly their minds were made up. Both professional gardeners, the couple "live and breathe horticulture", says Emma, who about 25 years ago left a lucrative job as a business consultant in the City to start a career in gardening.

Read the full story HERE

Sissinghurst...
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Sissinghurst...

Sissinghurst seeks a head for history.

Green Sign
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Green Sign

The beginning of our battle for a brown sign.....which we won!

Shoes
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Shoes

The Kent Courier helps in the hunt for shoes for Vivian Pedley's art installation at our Nursery

Fringe Benefits
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Fringe Benefits

Helen Yemm at the Telegraph reviews our Chelsea Fringe

Out and About
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Out and About

Stephanie Donaldson recommends us in Country Living

Blogs

  • Summer: At The Walled Nursery in Hawkhurst

    Summer: At The Walled Nursery in Hawkhurst

    A couple of years ago after watching the Victorian Kitchen Garden, we decided to look into visiting Chilton Foliat were the television series was set and discovered a shocking truth about the fate of Harry Dodson's beloved garden. Read more >>>

  • A tale of two glasshouses

    A tale of two glasshouses

    Vote for us to be awarded 5000 pounds to fix our Carnation House from The English Garden Magazines Future Fund. Read more >>>

  • The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden

    Last week I ventured off the beaten track a bit, and headed into our wonderful Borough to take a look at a hidden gem over near the village of Hawkhurst... Read more >>>

  • A Window to my Soul

    A Window to my Soul

    The Secret Garden in Kent - Written by Caroline Auckland of Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Read more >>>

Summer: At The Walled Nursery in Hawkhurst
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Summer: At The Walled Nursery in Hawkhurst

A couple of years ago after watching the Victorian Kitchen Garden, we decided to look into visiting Chilton Foliat were the television series was set and discovered a shocking truth about the fate of Harry Dodson's beloved garden. To see such a loved television garden sink into obliteration was, at the time, both shocking and sickening. We wondered how many more kitchen gardens from the era had survived and the sad news was that there were only a handful, at the time we contacted them all, trying to raise awareness of part of our horticultural and growing heritage that was being lost before our eyes.

Read the full blog >>>

A tale of two glasshouses
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A tale of two glasshouses

Vote for us to be awarded £5000 to fix our Carnation House from The English Garden Magazines Future Fund. For more background information please read Harriet Rycroft’s blog about our nursery.. http://harrietrycroft.com/2015/02/03/pane-relief/  Voting closes 28th Feb 2015.

The Secret Garden
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The Secret Garden

Last week I ventured off the beaten track a bit, and headed into our wonderful Borough to take a look at a hidden gem over near the village of Hawkhurst. Heading down a small track, I headed into the grounds of the imposing St Ronan’s School, where another driveway led off to my destination, The Walled Nursery.

The weather hasn’t been great for all you green fingered gardeners out there so far in 2013, but even if you can’t head out into your back garden quite yet, it’s worth still popping along to see what The Walled Nursery has to offer.

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A Window to my Soul
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A Window to my Soul

One late summer's day I visited a place that reminded me of an imaginary world in a book. I visited The Walled Nursery in Hawkhurst Kent. http://www.thewallednursery.com/

I felt as though I had stumbled into 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I loved this book as a child. As we become older we graduate onto more complex reading texts. But occasionally I like to re-visit some of my childhood favourites to remind myself how comforting reading can be and how you can be transported to other worlds and places.

When I left the world of publishing , I asked for a copy of this book as a leaving present. It seemed appropriate, books are rather like gardens and words are like seeds. They both need to be nurtured to grow and flower and sometimes they need to be tamed and pruned.

Read the full PDF HERE...