Spring Plant Fair at Southease
Monday 2nd May 2016 12.30 – 4.30 pm
The Plant fair at Southease takes place on the village green against the remarkable backdrop of the Southdowns and charming Saxon Church. It has gained quite a reputation over the years, not only for the quality, choice and range of plants sold, but for the quality of the weather too. Give yourself a treat and join us. Bring your brolly though – just in case!
Marchants Hardy Plants
Usual and Unusual Plants
Teas and refreshments available.
Parking and entrance to Plant Fair free.
Southease village is situated on the C7 road mid-way between Newhaven and Lewes.
For further information please contact Adrian Orchard (Southease Plants) on 01273 513681
Propagation Day: Hands On
Monday 29th August 2016
Why not join us on our ever popular propagation course, on which dozens of keen gardeners have joined us over the years. Participants get the opportunity to hone and expand their propagation skills in one of the most exciting topics of gardening under the expert tutelage of Marchants owner Graham Gough. Very much a hands on day, Graham with his wide knowledge of plants will aim to de-mystify several propagation techniques such as seed collection and sowing, cuttings, root cuttings, division, etc. The course covers propagation of Herbaceous Perennials, Grasses, Shrubs and Bulbs.
Plant material and tools are provided, but please bring your own sharp secateurs.
Limited to 8 people. Tickets are priced at £115.00 (see payment details below) and consists of morning and afternoon sessions. 10.00am – 12.30pm & 2.00 – 4.00pm
An ‘al fresco’ lunch is also included, with our delicious, fresh home grown vegetables.
Tickets are available at the Nursery or by post to the following address, but do phone first to check availability:
Marchants Hardy Plants, 2 Marchants Cottages, Mill Lane, Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6AJ
Telephone 01323 811737
Cheques should be made payable to ‘Marchants Hardy Plants’.
Snowdrops at Marchants
The hype surrounding snowdrops cannot have escaped your notice given its extensive coverage in the media over the last few years. Comparisons are even being made to the Tulip mania of the 16th Century. My own fascination for these endearing early flowering bulbs was first kindled at Washfield Nursery in Kent where I started as a nurseryman three decades ago.
The collection of snowdrops we brought with us to Marchants has slowly been added to over the years: gifts from friends, purchases from snowdrop catalogues and sales together with the selection of promising seedlings occurring in the garden here. Our collection is not large but through trial and error on our heavy clay we believe all the snowdrops we grow make for good and for the most part easy garden plants.
Each year in early/mid February we hold a weekend sale of snowdrops drawn from our collection. This year for example we offered over 40 different varieties, many at affordable prices. Rarer varieties inevitably command much higher prices – we sell these too! Therefore we offer plants for the beginner, collector and connoisseur alike.
If you would like details of next year’s sale keep an eye on the blog page through January when the date will be announced. If you would like a copy of our snowdrop availability list, please fill in the form on our contact page. We will then be able to email you the information thereby making it simpler for you, simpler for us.
Images at the top of the page are ©Gardens Illustrated / Sharon Pearson