List of Helleborus Breeders and Growers
The hybrisation of Helleborus at Ashwood Nurseries
Although the popularity of Hellebores has increased in recent years, and you will often find Hellebores for sale in virtually every garden centre or nursery there are few actual Helleborus breeders in the Uk. Several such as Elizabeth Strangman and Robin White have retired or the nursery closed. i am aware this list is not definitive. There is also a kind of chain breeding where Hellebores are introduced that do not appear to be any improvement but are simply mass produced by seed or micro-propagation from older breeding lines originally from top breeders some time ago. I am aware the Ashwood Nurseries no longer offer seed for sale but some of the smaller nurseries are supposed to be offering seed of Ashwood lines, something i do not think is fair on the original breeders.
In some cases micro-propagated plants are sold and while these are identical to the parent, there are many issues with plants not being as robust or very hardy unlike some of their parents. This is in many cases caused by breeders using less hardy line in original breeding programmes such as Helleborus lividus or its descnedants. In the words of one world class breeder micro-propagation simly does not work.
Another worrying trend is to offer unflowered younger plants for sale raised from seed meaning the plant can be virtually any colour found in the Helleborus range, but more often than not a pale or muddy colour and non distinct. I much prefer to see more mature plants infull bloom at the time of purchase as you know exact;ly what you are purchasing. This does make them some what more expensive.
On line sales are now available at many Helleborus specialists and most will ship out exactly the same plant that would be for sale to callers at the nursery. However there is something about selecting your own plant from a batch of carefully hybridised seedlings that makes that plant with its individual charactoristics and merits more satisifying and personal.
Ashwood Lower Lane, Kinver, Kingswinford DY6 0AE
Opening: Monday to Saturday 8.30-5.00 Sunday 9.00-5pm (Summer hours from 1st March are slightly longer)
Telephone: 01384 401 996
Location: sign posted off the A449 between Kidderminster and Wolverhampton
Catalogue: online or send 4 first class stamps
Mail Order: Both Uk. and world wide, huge range of plants and products including gifts from the gift shop.
Hellelbores: Superb range of fine forms in separate colours available at the nursery usually from Late January until early spring. Please not the are not normally available as flowering plants at other times of the year although smaller plug plants are sometimes offered.
Other Specialities: Hardy Cyclamen, Lewisias, Hepaticas and an exceptional range of other plants. Plants available to visitors who can also enjoy the exceptional restaurant.
The Beth Chatto Gardens
Elmstead Market, Clacton Rd, Elmstead, Colchester CO7 7DB
Telephone: 01206 822 007
Website: Beth Chatto Plants and Gardens
Opening: Daily 1st Nov to End February 10am-4pm 1st March to 31st October 10am - 5pm
Location: Half a mile east of Elmstead Market on the A133
Mail Order: Yes
Hellebores: Selection of species and named varieties some raised by the late Beth Chatto.
Other Specialties: Wide range of choice perennials. Superb 7.5 acre garden
Blackthorn Nursery Hampshire
This nursery was previously run by Robin and Sue White and is now closed
Burncoose Nurseries: Gwennap, Redruth, Cornwall TR16 6BJ
Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday, 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Sunday 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Telephone: +44 (0) 1209 860316
Fax: +44 (0) 1209 860011
Website: Burncoose Nurseries
Location: Burncoose Nurseries are situated directly on the main A393 Redruth to Falmouth road between the villages of Lanner and Ponsanooth.
Catalogue: On-line with lots of guides and help
Hellebores: Link takes you to Hellebore section of catalogue
Other Specialties: Huge range of plants many rarely available elsewhere
Cruig Farm Plants
Griffith's Crossing, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1TU.
Telephone: 10248 670 232
Website: Crug Farm Plants
Location: 2 miles north east of Caernarfon, just off A487
opening: April to September Thursday to Saturday 9.30-4.30 and by appointment
Catalogue: On line mail order and downloadable catalogue
Mail order: Yes
Hellebores: Seedlings in separate colours plus psecies grown from wild collected seed
Other Specialties: Perennials and shrubs grown from wild collected seed plus hardy geraniums and other choice plants.
Farmyard Nurseries, Dol Llan Rd, Llandysul SA44 4RL
Telephone 01559 363 389
Website: Farm Yard Nurseries
Location: Fifteen miles from Carmarthen, just outside Llandysul near the junction of A486
Opening: Monday to Sunday 08.30 - 17,00
Catalogue: 4 First class stamps, also available as download from website
Mail Order: Yes
Hellebores: Good range of seedlings in separate colours
Other Specialties: Hardy perennials especially Tricyrtis
Harveys Garden Plants
Mulberry Cottage, Bradfield St George, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 0AY
Telephone: 01284 386777
Fax: 01284 386777
Location: In Bradfield St George village, off the A134 between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury
Opening: January 15 - June 30 and September 1 - October 31: Fridays, 9.30am-5pm, most Saturdays, 9.30am-1pm.
Catalogue: Five 1st class stamps or online.
Mail order: Yes.
Hellebores: Wide range of Roger Harvey’s own strains
Other specialties: Euphorbias, pulmonarias and other choice perennials
Bunkers Hill, Romiley, Stockport, Cheshire, SK6 3DS
Telephone: 0161 430 3772
Fax: 0161 430 3772
Website Phedar Nursery
Location: Send an sae for a map!
Opening: Frequent (especially in spring), but irregular. Ring for an appointment
Catalogue: Three A5 addressed envelopes (or address labels) plus four 1st class stamps
Mail order: Yes
Hellebores: Seedlings in individual colours, species grown from seed collected in the wild, mainly by Will McLewin.
Other specialties: Peonies
Ashfield House, Austfield Lane, Monk Fryston, Leeds, LS25 5EH
Telephone: 01977 682263
Location: Near the junction of the A1 and A63.
Opening: Saturdays and Sundays only, 10am-4pm, 1 February to 1 May.
Catalogue: Send sae.
Mail order: No
Hellebores: Seedlings resulting from hand pollination of choice parents from Eric Smith, Helen Ballard and Elizabeth Strangman. Also H. x ballardiae 'Anne Watson Strain', said to be a true breeding seed strain.
Other specialties: Choice snowdrops and other unusual plants.
RD Plants, Homelea Farm, A358 Chard Road, Tytherleigh, nr Axminster Devon
Telephone 01460 220 206
Opening: Daily 10-4pm until May
Note Rodeney Davey Marbled strain is now commercially handled by Bransford Webb and currently 12 of their raising from Rodney's originals are available widely in most good garden centres.
Twelve Nunns Nursery
Postal address only 16 Carisbrook Grove, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2GF
Telephone 01778 590 455 We are often out on the nursery talking to the plants so please excuse us if we can’t answer the phone. Please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as we can.
Website: Twelve Nunns Nursery
Hellebores: From the original Hugh Nunn stock
Other Specialties: The Home of Harvington Hellebores®, Roscoeas, Trilliums & Erythroniums
Note: Twelve Nunns is a small specialist nursery near Stamford, Lincolnshire selling pot plants, plug plants, seeds and bulbs direct to you through our online shop and by mail order. We are not open to visit.
This nursery was previously run By Elizabeth Strangman and is now closed.