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Horticultural Nursery

Growing Plants for the District Since 1974

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Find out more about us and how we work at Harrogate Borough Council Horticultural Nursery
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About Us

The Horticultural Nursery has been growing quality plants for the district since 1974 and takes pride in the horticultural excellence, knowledge and years of experience required to ensure floral displays within the district are to a high standard.

We are very proud of our methods of growing which is predominantly from seed. This method requires highly skilled staff to ensure each plant is nurtured from the time of sowing to planting in the soil.


Every year the Nursery grows over 400,000 plants which are planted by the parks team in the many floral displays across the borough which makes Harrogate the floral town of the North.


Harrogate district’s seasonal beds and horticultural displays are renowned for their award-winning quality, which has been celebrated by many national and international awards over the years.


You too can take a little bit of Harrogate home with you, by purchasing the same seasonal bedding plants that go into the award-winning floral beds.


We are a local service of prominent visibility and unrivalled award-winning reputation, selling high quality plants at a great value achieved through low environmental impact of growing locally for people who take pride in their own gardens as well as in our district.

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Information on our mission at Harrogate Borough Council Horticultural nursery
Our Mission

Our mission is to share our passion and expert advice with our customers by growing high quality plants for the indoor and outdoor gardening experience. We are proud to provide a wide range of high quality locally grown plants to inspire you to get green-thumbed in the garden, as well as growing to ensure the sustainability of the environment and the pure enjoyment and mental wellbeing gardening can bring to all.

Find out how we are aiming to be greener at Harrogate Borough Council Horticultural nursery
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Getting Greener

In North Yorkshire Council’s Parks and Grounds maintenance team we focus on reduce, reuse and recycle across our operations.  In the plant nursery we use a range of sustainable growing methods such as peat free/ reduced peat composts, recycled plastic or where possible plastic alternatives.  We even give away old containers for the public to use for their own planting requirements and recycle Christmas trees! 

We have expanded our pollinator-friendly plantings alongside annual bedding displays to make our open spaces welcoming and friendly for people to enjoy but also good for the environment.

Find out about the up and coming seasons at Harrogate Borough Councils horticultural nursery
Seasons Update

From now until end of December the North Yorkshire Council nursery team are very busy. The autumn bedding plants we have grown on site, which include Polyanthus, Pansies, Violas and Wallflowers are coming out of the greenhouses to be planted by our Parks teams all over the district to create beautiful the district towns looking at their best.

What's Coming Next

The team are busy working towards Christmas we have approx 4000 Poinsettias growing, these will be available to buy in the next few weeks. This year we have grown lots of different colours of Poinsettias as well as the traditional red variety, they are a perfect gift for a loved one. We will also be selling cyclamen and wreaths in our shop over the next few weeks.


The team have over 150 years of gardening and growing experience and are totally dedicated to ensuring the best possible plant is grown, as well as keeping up to date with new varieties and species. We also pride ourselves in keeping very old and rare plants such as Dahlia tubers to ensure the display in the valley gardens is there year on year for both enthusiasts and the general public to enjoy.

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