About The Nursery
The Walled Nursery is situated on the outskirts of Hawkhurst, Kent. We are nestled in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and we believe we have our own unique piece of outstanding beauty right here within our walls.
Our nursery is set within a Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden – one of the very few left intact in the UK today. The Walled Nursery boasts 13 Victorian Glasshouses, including a Melon House, a Cucumber House, a Peach House, a Fernery and a ¾ span Vinery. The nursery once served the house that is now St Ronan’s School and these glasshouses are still earning their keep today.
2018 sees us in the final throes of rebuilding our Carnation House, Cucumber House, Pelargonium House and Hot House. We have been given a huge gift by the granddaughter of the original Head Gardener of our estate enabling us to rebuild these precious glasshouses. Please see our history to learn more about Ernest Hardcastle, the original Head Gardener. All four glasshouses are due to be finished by early May 2018. Join our gardening club to find out about our ‘Grand Launch’.
We have taken the opportunity of having four of our glasshouses rebuilt to update our propagating set up. Emma is in charge of plants, she lives and breathes gardening and with her HND in Commercial Horticulture gained at Hadlow College, Emma is always on the lookout for interesting plants to add to the nurseries collection. Under the guidance of her ‘growing mentor’, Elizabeth Strangman who used to own the outstanding Washfield Nursery in Hawkhurst, there is now a brand new mist/fog unit in the Hot House which is where we propagate. There have been many garden worthy plants given to us by supportive and generous fellow nursery folk which have been planted in the nursery to enable us to propagate from our own stock.
At The Walled Nursery, you will find bedding plants for instant colour, an interesting range of great quality perennials, shrubs, roses as well as vegetable and fruit plants and a vast range of house plants, succulents and cacti.
Not only is our nursery a beautiful garden within its own right, it is a working nursery designed to inspire you with our beautiful but productive stock beds. All of our plants are grown in Melcourts Sylvagrow Compost which is a fantastic peat free growing medium and the only compost that we sell. We do not use pesticides in the nursery only using biological control.
When visiting us to browse our plants why not enjoy breakfast, lunch or tea in our beautiful Vinery Café, serving seasonal, simple yet delicious meals and bringing our Victorian Vinery back to life.