A little about us
We are a small independent nursery and garden housed within the old redbrick walls of a former kitchen garden, nestled in the beautiful Shropshire Hills.
We started the nursery as specialist growers of hardy perennial violas, but our passion for plants has always extended beyond this to encompass a wide range of flowering perennials and grasses. We offer an ever expanding plant list of exciting new perennial introductions and longstanding favourites. The garden here showcases these wonderful plants in exuberantly planted borders. The garden also functions as our stock beds from which we propagate. It is also where we continually test the garden worthiness of the plants we sell.
In our rapidly changing climate understanding first hand which plants are coping with stress best is hugely valuable, as is growing our plants in an environmentally sustainable way. As 95% of our stock is propagated on site from seed, cuttings and divisions, there are no air miles involved in the production of our plants. Our plants are also grown without the use of herbicides and pesticides and we grow all our perennial stock in peat free compost.
A contemporary garden in an historic setting
Having lay abandoned since the 1960’s and with little of the original layout remaining, the restoration of the walled garden afforded us the opportunity to create a modern, experimental garden alongside the nursery.
Heavily influenced by the new perennial movement of Northern Europe, the garden today is compartmentalised into a series of areas. Each with its own identity, yet seamlessly flowing into the next. Plants remain central to the vision, the result is an abundance of colour, texture and life combined to create a harmonious and peaceful place.
The Millichope Glasshouses
At the top of the garden sit the recently restored Georgian curvilinear glasshouses – they are now in productive use growing plants for the nursery, producing plentiful crops of tomatoes and salads for the tearoom and displaying many beautiful tender ornamental plants.
They are also the venue for courses and events we hold throughout the year on horticultural topics.
Our tea rooms are situated at the very top of the garden, giving visitors magnificent views across the walled garden, set against the backdrop of the Shropshire Hills.
We run a quintessentially British tearoom service through the day, with indoor and outdoor seating.
We serve tea, coffee, cake and scones. We offer a small selection of light lunches between 12pm and 2pm. Our homemade cakes are varied weekly and we use, where possible, fresh seasonal produce grown in our kitchen garden. A gluten free option is always available and everything is served on beautiful Burleigh Ware, handmade in England.
There is wheelchair access to the tearoom and a disabled WC.
Phone: 01584 841890
The Walled Garden,
Garden club talks
Contact us if you’d like us to come and speak to your garden club or society. We offer the following (approximately 1 hour) talks: