In the beginning
18A Vicars Road became a market garden during the Second World War when private tennis courts were dug up for the Dig for Victory campaign. It has remained a working nursery ever since.
Over 33 years ago, during an intensive horticultural training course, I realised that I had a true passion for plants and propagation. I was incredibly fortunate to discover the beautiful site at Vicar’s Road and knew instantly that this was the perfect space for me to turn my passion for plants into a career.
I established Chorlton Nursery as a retail plant nursery in April 1990 and, with the help of a dedicated team of helpers along the way, I have been growing plants on-site ever since.
We have built an enviable reputation over the last 33 years for localised knowledge of what grows well and where. Local peoples’ love and support of local businesses has meant that we have been able to continue doing this during times when competition from big business has increased.
What We Do
Set amongst a circle of houses, the Nursery is extremely unobtrusive and almost invisible from the main road. The entrance is along a quiet pathway on Vicar’s Road and people are often surprised at how large our premises actually are.
About ninety percent of our plants are grown on site either from seed, cuttings or division. The remaining ten percent we buy in from exclusively British suppliers. We feel that a policy of supplying British-grown plants protects our environment by lessening the chance of introducing or spreading non-native pests & diseases.
We have over 600 varieties of trees, shrubs, roses, herbaceous perennials, cottage garden plants, climbers, herbs, fruit bushes and trees, bedding plants and vegetable seedlings available at various times throughout the year. We also have a large selection of ready made seasonal hanging baskets and containers to add instant colour to your garden.
Caring for Environment
All our plants are grown in Melcourts peat-free compost which is endorsed by the RHS. We use a controlled, slow release chemical fertiliser. In our opinion this is more environmentally friendly than most fertilisers as it only releases nutrients to the plants as and when needed and doesn’t leach into the water table. We keep chemical spraying against pests and diseases to an absolute minimum and only use it as a last resort. Where possible we rely on natural and cultural control methods to reduce the presence of plant problems, including hand-weeding all pots and encouraging birds and beneficial insects into our garden to control pests.
Our plants are grown in a natural environment and you can rest assured they can look just as good in your garden as they do in the Nursery.
Growing with the Seasons
Whenever you come to the nursery it will be different, season to season, month to month and week to week.
As usual, we will grow a large selection of vegetable and herb seedlings throughout the growing season.
Grow Your Own
We really believe in the benefits and joys of home-grown fruit, vegetables and herbs and provide a huge range throughout the growing season at the Nursery.
All our edible plants are grown in peat-free organic compost with occasional liquid feed of organic seaweed.
Nursery Site Plan
Please click on the image for a larger view. About ninety percent of our plants are grown on site either from seed, cuttings or division. We also buy in bare root plants, small liners and rooted cuttings from specialist British nurseries, to grow on. The remaining ten percent we buy in from exclusively British suppliers. We feel that this method protects our environment by lessening the chance of non-native diseases and pests spreading
The only tunnel which is kept frost free i.e. 3 degrees with a temperature controlled fan heater. The tunnel has a heated bench along one side where seeds are sown and cuttings taken. The little seedlings are grown on the other side until large enough to be moved to the potting tunnel.
The seedlings and cuttings are potted on and hardened off before they are either moved to the sand beds to grow on or out for sale as bedding plants and vegetable seedlings.
Long beds which have a thick layer of sand and leaky pipes embedded in it, covered with a permeable membrane. This is the most efficient use of water as there is no wastage. Shrubs, herbaceous perennials, herbs, grasses, climbers, roses are grown on until they are rooted through.
Please click on the image for a larger view. All plants are rooted through, hardened off and ready for planting out. The outside area has been divided into different categories: – Trees, Shrubs, Roses, Herbaceous Perennials / Cottage Garden Plants, Climbers, Herbs, Fruit bushes, and trees
This tunnel has bedding plants and vegetable seedlings from April onwards. These plants will have to be hardened off before planting out. As the season goes on, we will move a lot of the seedlings outside and pot some up into larger pots and baskets. We will also have a large selection of ready made seasonal hanging baskets and containers.
Last year we have converted one of our growing tunnels into a sales area for shade-loving plants.