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The nursery was cobbled together using bits and pieces that were begged, borrowed, and repaired. Recycling was our motto long before it became the trendy word of today. We would be out at 5.30am to collect used wooden veg boxes from the back of supermarkets. These would be where we sowed our seeds, stuck our cuttings, and sold our plants from. We even sold the empty boxes on to other nurseries to make money to buy the other provisions needed.
Our plant beds, frames, and benches were all made using reclaimed wooden crates, builders rubble, and old corrugated sheets covered with old carpets. The nursery evolved over the years, with us growing many different types of plants, enduring two floods which nearly washed our business away and an unusually severe frost which wiped out our main plant of the time.
I am Sue Thomas-Rowe and I started working at a wholesale nursery straight from school aged 16. I worked there for four years, learning the ins and outs of business. It’s also where I met Ray Rowe, who from toddler to old tottera has always been involved in plant production. It’s not a passion in him; but a DNA trait. It wasn't until the 90s that I got seriously in to growing sempervivum and Ray started growing restios. This is when we became a speciality nursery of international standing.
When you choose our plant nursery, you’re sure of high-quality, well-grown plants. We’ve been active in Newton Abbot for more than 35 years and during this time we’ve learned a lot about breeding the perfect plants! Take advantage of this excellent knowledge by calling us today!
I purchased 6 plants from a very knowledgeable gentleman,he went the extra mile to explain the care and welfare. He is clearly more than a salesperson.