The Story So Far.....
Abi and Tom’s Garden Plants was founded in Spring 2011 on the site of the original nursery, at Halecat. The nursery is a fusion of traditional nursery values with modern approaches to the display, growing, use and experiment of the plant material. Our full range of perennials, trees and shrubs can be seen growing alongside one another in themed borders be they shady damp corners or south facing hot spots. The ethos of the business is to grow a range of plants that excite us as growers and gardeners, thrive in our northern climate and create a multitude of creative opportunities. The great majority of plants are grown on site, something we are passionate about with many species and cultivars started from seed, cuttings or division.
My passion for growing plants began when I realised at the age of 8 that I could dig up plants from my parents garden and sell them back to them! Since then I've never stopped growing and propagating garden plants, especially herbaceous perennials. Whilst I was at school I met Rob Hardy from Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants at the Tatton Flower Show and he suggested I spend some time working on his nursery in Hampshire. This combined with my own personal interest at home led me to take every opportunity whilst at University in Oxford to work on projects linked with the universities botanical gardens.
This combined with my own personal interest at home led me to take every opportunity whilst at University in Oxford to work on projects linked with the universities botanical gardens. It was around this time that I met Tom and we instantly realised we shared a slightly bizarre desire to run our own nursery and preferably in Cumbria. After university I worked on my parents nursery garden at Summerdale House to help them extend its depth and breadth of plants in the early years of its development until the opportunity at Halecat appeared on the horizon.
Several years on from that conversation about finding a nursery with Tom the rest as they say is history....
I began helping in my parents garden from the age of 10 to develop a large untouched field and transforming it over several years. During my early teens in the 90s I began working at a traditional nursery specialising in trees, shrubs and climbers during my school holidays until I was 18. I then went to the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh for 2 Years to study plants on the Plantsmanship course before moving down to Kew where I did the 3 year Kew Diploma in Horticulture.I'm a paragraph. Click once to begin entering your own content. You can change my font, size, line height, color and more by highlighting part of me and selecting the options from the toolbar.
A 2 year lecturing role took me to Newton Rigg during which time Abi and I secured the tenancy to the nursery site at Halecat. We continued with external gardening projects allocating all our spare time to the overhaul of the nursery site. The opportunity to take on the nursery has been a dream fulfilled and every time i turn into the drive i have to pinch myself that it's real.
Tom is available to give talks on a range of gardening subjects including historic garden restoration and the story of the site at Halecat. For more information contact us for details.