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From the people who bring you London Fields weekly Farmers Market comes a plant fair this weekend. UK-grown garden plants and cut flowers sold by the nurseries that have grown them.
From grasses to cacti; the growers will be on hand to give you enthusiastic and expert advice. Many growers sell at the Chelsea and Hampton Court shows so really know their stuff. Whether you’re after unusual perennials, vegetable plants, herbs and cut flowers or spring bedding they will have everything you need, plus all your regular farmers and food producers.
Locally-grown plants are hardier and suited to our climate. They have travelled short distances for brief periods of time from the nursery to your garden, meaning that they will prosper for longer while imported plants will struggle.
Participating nurseries include:
If its herbs you’re after, John Webster of Herbal Haven has an unparalleled range of both popular garden herbs and unusual specialties. Their range includes, amongst many others, cinnamon basil, chamomile, mugwort, bergamot, wintergreen, marjoram, Jacob’s Ladder, wood sage, heartsease, mullein, elecampaine, bay and St. John’s Wort. We could name them all, but it would take us forever. Go and see for yourself!
Mihaly Herczeg set up his small nursery in 2010 with a view to growing ecologically. The area on which he grows, in Welling in Southeast London, is also kept as a nature reserve. He grows a mixture of evergreens, shrubs and perennials, as well as many unusual vegetable and herb varieties, including many varieties of Hungarian origin which Mihaly has extensively tested for suitability to London soil.
Anne Godfrey specializes in perennials which may look delicate but are in fact hardy and suited to tough weather conditions. After the last couple of winters it’s fair to say that her plants are as hardy as they can get! Anne is an experienced garden designer, and so she is ideally placed to give expert planting advice to customers.
Organic Lea is a community growing initiative run from the Hawkwood Nursery in Chingford in East London. In the long term there are plans to make the nursery into a fully operative market garden, still with a strong social emphasis. At present they will be selling at selected plant fairs with some great edible plants grown just a few miles from market.
Where what time? – London Fields Primary School on Westgate Street E8 Sunday 8th May 10am -2pm