We started out as nurserymen back in 1866 and we proud to still produce lots of plants to sell in our garden centre in our very own nursery
Situated on our West Bay Road site, our nursery is the engine room of the garden centre. Our team of skilled plants people are the same team that will be serving you in the garden centre so they get to know their plants through and through. We sow our own vegetable and bedding plants to sell in the garden centre as well as potting on over 8,00 roses 12,000 trees and 6,000 bedding plants annually.
We are working hard to make our nursery as low impact as possible. For our local customers buying our “Groves Grown” plants already means that they are cutting their plant miles down to pretty much zero. Most of our plants are now grown in a range of specially formulated peat free compost developed especially for us by Melcourt. We harvest our rainwater from the greenhouse roofs and we use as few chemical sprays as possible.
Of course, we are famous worldwide for our collection of violets. In fact we hold the National Collection of viola odorata and Parma violets, managed by Clive Groves and his daughter, Nursery Manager Becky Stork. Violet season tends to be late winter, January until March. At this time we have a good selection on sale and on view in our garden centre and available to purchase through our webshop.