Without doubt, without hesitation, I choose gardening over the gym. I can’t stand going to the gym. It doesn’t appeal to me at all. Give me gardening every time.
— Mary Berry

After moving into The Hawthorns in 2008, it’s been a long journey to get to where we are today.

There was no nursery on site, just a house and fields, and my stubborn streak meant that I knew it would succeed, no matter what. We started with one polytunnel and a few plants on the floor, half a dozen bags of compost, and, with very little money to spare after the bills, we just….well…..just worked really hard.

We were told by many that the place was too far off the beaten track, that everything was against us and we should keep to our full time jobs. I wouldn’t listen, believing that if what you do is good, people will come. And then they’ll tell their friends. It might take a year or two, that’s all…

So, we stuck it out. One polytunnel became two, became three, four…. Plants were no longer scattered on the floor, we built benches for them so customers didn’t need to bend down. One member of staff became two, four, six….

Customers saw what we offered and, thank goodness, they came back. And guess what? they brought their friends……

10 years on, and The Plant Man has grown into something we never imagined would happen. To this day there is rarely a day goes by without us being able to say hello to at least one or two new customers. It’s become a unique place to buy your plants, without all the necessary trimmings that are offered by the ‘big boys’….

No coffee shop

No gift shop

No bookshop

No shoeshop

No pet shop

No butchers, bakers or candlestick makers (well, you get the idea?…)

For this, we make no apology and believe it makes us exactly who we are. We don’t have a café but we can recommend a dozen places for you to grab a coffee or a bite to eat in one of many wonderful local pubs.

We’re not immaculate, you might even say we’re a tiny bit rough round the edges (especially when we’re right in the middle of busy season!)

But if you’re serious about buying plants, we promise you need look no further…

My neighbour asked if he could use my lawnmower and I told him of course he could, so long as he didn’t take it out of my garden.
— Eric Morecambe