The business, formerly known as Busy Baskets, was started over 25 years ago by Susie Bond and over the years Susie built up an excellent reputation for supplying quality plants and hanging baskets and patio containers made up to customer requests and for ‘off the shelf’ purchase.
We took over the Nursery in November 2015 and have continued growing quality plants and producing beautiful hanging baskets and patio containers. We haven’t sat back on our laurels though, we have trialled new varieties in both Summer and Winter baskets to give you even more choice, established an extensive perennial and climber range, including some rare and unusual items.
As growers, Purely Plants are able to offer different and unusual bedding plants, including old favourites no longer grown commercially as we aren’t reliant on the mechanised growers that supply most of the garden centres. We can offer you excellent quality and choice of colours, together with sound advice on growing and planting schemes for your gardens.
We are a bio-control Nursery. This is managed by a combined method of cultural control - putting the plants in the right place, controlling the water and growing them carefully, and biological control. For our biological control we use nematodes mainly for vine weevil and slug control and apply parasites and predators to control any insect pest populations. In the main for insect pest control we use ladybirds or rather their larvae which, have a much greater appetite for aphids than the adult. We do not use any pesticides as we appreciate the varied wildlife that both visits and lives on site and play their own part in controlling the pest population. We are always happy to advise on biological control for use in the garden.
But despite what we do, we still love to hear from YOU, our customers, to tell us what you want…. because at the end of the day it is you that we are growing for!
Andy is the one with the green fingers, having been raised on a family salad and cut flower nursery in Cambridgeshire, he then went on to college where he studied commercial horticulture. His first job was working in the plant breeding department of a UK seed company. From there he joined a wholesale tree and shrub nursery, working on container shrub production, supplying local authorities, landscapers and garden centre outlets. After a spell, he returned to the seed company, taking responsibility for the new young plant department (at the start of the plant plug market) and was also responsible for the plant trials department (growing the company’s varieties alongside competitor varieties). Following this Andy worked for Ball Colegrave, one of our suppliers, as a technical sales representative and later set up a Retail Nursery, growing for retail and wholesale markets. His Nursery displayed at Gardener’s World Show, where the BBC used the stand to host their TV program from. He then moved to Oxfordshire and ran Jiffy UK, then set-up a soft landscaping and consultancy business, advising on planting schemes for estates through to small gardens.
Jo has been with us since 2015. She owns up to never having been a passionate gardener but has learnt an awful lot in her time with us and is always ready with a smile to help and point you in the right direction.
Barbara, who covers the weekends (and night-shift!) deals with the admin, organising and behind the scenes stuff as well as overseeing the herb and perennials sections and assisting with the young plant production.
Zoe joined us in November 2017 and is a self-confessed plant whisperer... by which we mean you'll find her talking to the plants…. whether they're actually listening is still open to debate. Having come to working with plants via a roundabout route of every random unconnected job imaginable she honed her skills as the manager of Newington Nurseries & Garden Design at Stadhampton. Moving on as assistant manager of Stubbings Nursery & Garden Centre at Maidenhead when Newington closed. Zoe brings a plenitude of experience and a frequent tendency to name plants in Latin. So, fear not if you hear strange latin mutterings from the undergrowth, it won’t be another Roman invasion, just Zoe!
David & Charlotte
Many of you will already know David and Charlotte from Wears Nursery that is now closed. They have brought to us a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm that has encouraged us to broaden our range of perennials and shrubs to include some rare and unusual specimens.
Ellie is our latest recruit, thrown in at the deep end paddling hard and making excellent progress.