Growing Plants for the District Since 1974
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.
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.
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.
May and June are busy months for the team growing all the various summer bedding plants varying from geraniums, begonias, petunias and marigolds to name but a few. The team are also busy planting the 400+ hanging baskets and 200+ barrier baskets which get displayed in the various towns. You can also buy our superbly planted baskets and containers, but you can also purchase the plants to create your own displays.
What's Coming Next
In July the team will start and clean all the greenhouses ready for growing Poinsettias and planning the Autumn season by growing primulas, polyanthus, pansies and violas which will create beautiful autumn/winter displays for the Parks displays, as well as ensuring our customers can purchase the same high quality plants from us.
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.