Arley Hall Nursery gives visitors to the gardens the opportunity to take some of the magic of Arley home with them. Viscount Ashbrook’s sister, Jane Foster, owns and manages the Nursery which works very closely with the Gardens, propagating many of its plants from those growing in the Gardens. The Nursery’s particular speciality is in herbaceous perennials and pelargoniums and a very wide selection of both is available, almost all grown entirely on site.
The aim is to be able to supply any plant which a visitor has seen and particularly admired in the garden. Due to limited space it is not possible to grow large numbers of shrubs, so the Nursery concentrates on those which are more unusual and difficult to obtain or those that are particularly striking in the gardens.
The plants are displayed on raised beds with very clear bed labels which are convenient and easy to read. Jane Foster writes all the labels herself which she aims to make as helpful and informative as possible for the customers. There is a small staff, all knowledgeable and keen gardeners, who are able to answer visitors’ queries.