With thirteen Victorian glasshouses, The Walled Nursery at Hawkhurst is like no other nursery I’ve ever visited. The owners Emma and Monty took on the wonderous and exhausting task of giving this place its magic back in 2010 and, along with their families and volunteers, are doing an amazing job!
Being plant obsessed, we love visiting in spring and summer, but this time it was winter and we called in for lunch in their newly opened Vinery Cafe (complete with a log burning stove for colder months). Here we enjoyed a delicious homemade lunch (the apple cake is divine by the way) and a coffee while contemplating what new varieties of flowers and shrubs we would love to add to our garden at home.
We spent way too long in the succulent house, eyeing up all the weird and wonderful species, rusty planters, glass hanging gardens, baby plants and established ones too. The overgrown bits and rambling plants really make this place. Toadflax and ferns grow out of old pipes and tiny cracks in the walls. Roses climb up the windows and against the high red brick boundary walls of the nursery.
We were poking around for ages, the lovely staff checking on us every now and helping us find things. To top it all, their garden shop is filled with vintage tools, pots, awesome garden chairs and houseplants draped all around.
Images by Jeska Hearne