Well we've had a fantastic start to the new year and now the days are starting to get longer, Spring is definately in the air. We've already won our first medal of the year - a coveted RHS Silver Gilt no less and we had a great time serving tea and talking all things tea with Cassie Liversidge at the RHS London plant and Potato fair last month.
We've now announced 2 open nursery days this summer, see these dates and our full show calender here
We had a great time at our 1st show of the season and were delighted with the Silver Gilt medal for our 'Grow your Own Tea' display; Chris and Emily Rae were joined on the stand by Cassie Liversidge author of 'Homegrown Tea'
In the meantime of course Mother's Day is round the corner and we'll be very busy over the next couple of weeks ensuring your mum's get something really special for the big day.
With that in mind, we've launched some lovely new gifts for Spring, from gorgeous early flowering clematis for the garden to some cute new spring planters. Of course we've got lots of old favourites back in for the new season too including funky pineapple plants, flowering peach trees and gorgeous scented Gardenias
We're also working hard behind the scenes on the website and will be launching a new look, a mobile-friendly site and some great new features in the coming weeks.
Happy New Year to all our wonderful customers near and far and a big THANK YOU for making our 10th year of trading, our best (and busiest) year yet!
Emily serving at the RHS Secret Sunday Christmas Special; young seedlings growing on at the nursery.
It may be grey and dark outside and you may only just be recovering from Christmas but at the nursery we're sowing like crazy and planning for the year ahead. We're starting to reap the benefits of our new biomass heating system now and our early crops of chillies and herbs are growing on a treat in the warmer conditions.
Looking ahead to the rest of the year we're delighted to announce the first few dates of our show season and we will be publishing the full list of show dates and details of our open days on our events page very soon.
20-21st February - Grow Your Own Tea at the RHS London halls
14th-15th April - Grow Your Own Cocktails at the RHS London halls
11-14th June - Grow Your Own Curry at BBC Gardeners World
30th June-5th July - Grow Your Own Tea at RHS Hampton Court
Wow and what a summer it's been. Since our last update we've had our busiest show season ever and it's felt like we just haven't stopped! It was fantastic to be at the RHS Malvern Spring Show and BBC Gardeners World for the first time, both great shows and great places to showcase our citrus trees. The RHS shows always have a really high standard of exhibitors so we are really proud to have added another 5 prestigious silver medals too.
It was also particularly nice this year to see so many returning customers to our 'Grow Your Own Curry' display at Hampton court. We especially enjoyed hearing about how well our plants are doing in their new homes and hearing your top tips and recipes - malabar spinach bajiis are now a firm favourite!!
Throughout the summer we've also been attending the RHS Secret Sunday events at Vincent Square which has been a great way to explore some new design themes on a smaller scale. In May we teamed up with our favourite author Cassie Liversidge to showcase our tea and herb plants. It was great to work with Cassie and to be able to offer cardamom, calendula and green tea samples from the stand. If you missed out on a chance to buy her fantastic book 'Homegrown Tea' we'll be offering this for Chrismas as part of our tea plant gift set so do watch out for that. More recently we were delighted to provide plants for Jamie Butterworth's allotment display at the beginning of the September. The garden looked great and it was fantastic to work with Jamie and his team - a young talent to watch out for!
We've still got two more shows coming up this Autumn, both in London and at the RHS Halls in Westminster. On the 21st and 22nd October we'll be all about Citrus with some really unusual citrus varieties for sale including finger limes, variegated citrus and seville oranges. On the 2nd November we'll be up for the last Secret Sunday of the year - a festive special, this will be a chance to pick up some early christmas gifts and christmas ideas and to sample our extra special mulled wine ;)
It'll be all about Citrus in the London halls this October ; Mulled wine gift set
It wasn't all about shows this season, we were busy in the nursery too and we were delighted to welcome visitors to the nursery for the very first time this Summer. Our open day in June was a roaring success and we were overwhelmed with the kind words and interest from visitors near and far. In 2015 we plan to schedule in 2 more nursery open days so if you fancy seeing behind the scenes or coming down to pick out plants for a special occasion do sign up to our newsletter for more information on these.
Contact us for more details about open days in 2015; new season Azaleas looking stunning for Autumn
In the meantime enjoy the warm September we have forecast and if you have are looking for autumn gifts we have some lovely new season Cyclamen and Azaleas this month plus of course lots of colourful chillies.
Happy New Year to you and Happy Birthday to us!! - 2014 sees us entering our 10th year of trading and what a journey it's been! From humble beginnings in Isobel's house in Guildford to a team of 10 here in our 2 acre nursery.
And the journey doesn't stop here. Christmas 2013 was our busiest ever and we have loads of exciting plans for 2014, starting with the nursery itself. We're now making great progress on our biomass project. All the old outdated oil tanks and boilers have been cleared and replaced with a shiny, efficient and of course eco friendly biomass boiler. The wet weather has held things back a bit but we are currently installing the new heaters and looking forward to all the exciting new plants we'll be able to grow on in our new 'hot zone'.
We loved getting out and meeting our customers in 2013 and so this year we're planning to attend even more shows for 2014. First up will be the London Plant and Design Show in February, where we will be back in the RHS halls showcasing our citrus trees.
Come visit us at the London Plant & Design show in the 22nd February or in Malvern 8-11th May 2014
To celebrate our 10 year anniversary we will also be opening the nursery to the public for 2 exclusive open days in 2014 - please do sign up to our newsletter for more information on these.
We're looking forward to welcoming visitors to the nursery for the first time; but in the meantime do take a sneak peak at our 2014 Mother's Day range
January is a time for us to recoup from the madness of Christmas and plan for the year ahead. We will be adding new plants to our spring fruit trees range, taking a fresh look at our plant packaging and or course gearing up for Mother's Day.
Plants4Presents launched in 2004 and has steadily grown into the busy mail order nursery it is today. See our About Us page for more information about the team behind the scenes or delve through our back catalogue of newsletters here....
Plants4Presents newsletters from 2012 and 2013 here
Plants4Presents newsletters from 2010 and 2011 here