Friday, 5 May 2017

Plants, tea and cake in South Devon: High Garden Nurseries, Kenton

This lovely little nursery took me by surprise.  It is in Kenton and the prices for plants are lower than the garden centre at nearby. Powderham

The owner is obviously a plantsman and talks about each plant as though they are a beloved pet.  This was our second visit (we have been caught out in the past as they are only open Tuesday - Friday 9-5) and we came away with a few little gems - a really nice clematis and a strange alien-life-form succulent.

A friend, L, recommended it and I can see why.  There are so many reasonably priced plants there.  There are all the old favourites plus some more unusual ones.

We had something to eat and drink in the cabin at the end of the nursery, The Bothy.  There is an honesty box and it is self service - I had a cup of tea and a slice of delicious homemade ginger cake. And because it is self-service you can take the largest slice!   There is a really interesting photo album on each table detailing the journey the nursery has been on.

From here there are also some gardens you can visit if you pay a charge. The admission is by donation to Force, a charity close to my heart. We had a little peek at the gardens and they looked magnificent - butdidn't have the time or energy to look around them properly.  We will visit them next time.

So, we bought some reasonably-priced high quality plants, got a lot of information about them from the man who grew them, a decent cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake!  Brilliant!

This is their link:

High Garden Nurseries, Kenton

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