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tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 43880
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Sun May 10, 09 10:43 am    Post subject: Topfruit nurseries  Reply with quote    

These are all the people I've used since we started planting (will get round to doing links later):

Adams Apples
Really nice guy, very interesting, knows what he's talking about. Good range of apples and pears, less on other stuff. Very good prices, good quality trees. Wholesale and retail.
http://www.talatonplants.co.uk/

Agroforestry Research Trust
Really nice guy, but don't take tasting notes literally, if a bladdernut tastes remotely like pistachio then I'm the queen of England. The best place for anything unusual, if he doesn't have it he'll know where to get it. Good courses and publications too.
www.agroforestry.co.uk

Blackmoor Nurseries
Bought some peaches off em, the best pacakged trees I've ever had from anywhere, good trees too. Blinking expensive.
http://www.blackmoor.co.uk/

Cool Temperate
Another really nice guy, the man to talk to if you fancy growing trees on their own roots (i.e. non grafted), sells lots of other stuff too. Big range of unusual stuff like fruiting hawthorns etc.
http://cooltemperate.co.uk/

Deacons
Big range, not too expensive
http://www.ecomallbiz.com/easy83/

Dobies
Hugely expensive and oversold (like the leaf curl resistant peach Avalon Pride )
http://www.dobies.co.uk

F P Matthews
Run by a real gent, proper UK tree nursery. Wholesale only but they supply nurseries/garden centres under the "Trees for Life" label.
http://www.frankpmatthews.com/

Grimo
Canadian nursery that specialises in nuts, it's where I got my heartnuts and pecans. Ernie and his daughter Linda are both really nice.
http://www.grimonut.com/

Keepers
Fabulous nursery, the best range in the UK I reckon.
https://www.keepers-nursery.co.uk

Reads
Rescued large parts of the Rivers collection so they're alright by me, they supplied near enough all of our stone fruits, our figs too. Good range of citrus, grapes etc...
http://www.readsnursery.co.uk/

Robert Pelissier
French nursery that does a huge range of unusual stuff, no website

Simpsons
The last Cambridgeshire nursery, wholesale only but good trees at good prices.
42 Station Rd, Fordham Cambs CB7 5LW
01638-720194

Sunnybank
The biggest collection of vines in the UK:
http://vinenursery.netfirms.com/

OP



Joined: 28 Jul 2006
Posts: 4661
Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Sun May 10, 09 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Some further info on a couple of these:

I have bought a few trees from Simpsons of Ely in the past, they have a website - http://www.simpsonsnurseriesltd.co.uk/ - and I think will sell individual trees to personal callers - but perhaps best to phone first.

The F.P. Matthews website includes a "where to buy" page which shows the locations of garden centres they supply.

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
Posts: 8399
Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Sun May 10, 09 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

& I can recomend Scotts nurseries.

A very comprehensive range of top fruit including perry & cider.

Castle Farm



Joined: 17 Sep 2008
Posts: 457
Location: Powys/Hereford Border.Near Hay-on-Wye
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 09 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Welsh Organic fruitstocks.
Top quality plants.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 43880
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 09 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Castle Farm wrote:
Welsh Organic fruitstocks.
Top quality plants.


Do they have a website?

James



Joined: 11 Jan 2006
Posts: 2865
Location: York
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 09 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sunnybank vine nursery is a fantastic company. They hold a trully huge selection of vines. most of these are in their catalog, but they hold even more in their national collection. If you really whant a particular vine from the national collection, they can provide it. (such as the my Nova Scotia vine "L'Acadie blanc"). There are very few vines that they dont have.

The old chap, Mr Edwards, had a wealth of knowledge and was very happy to help. He's retired this year. Chances are, it'll take the new folk a while to get settled in.

Sunnybank is the best place to get desert grapes or something non mainstream. However, for small quanitities of the most reliable, modern winemaking grapes, a very good source is Vines For Wines. He only sells a handfull of varieties, but the ones he sells are all first class and he's very willing to advise. His vines are very affordable too.

SandraR



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 2346
Location: Devon
PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 09 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Fantastic thank you, I'll forward it to OH.

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
Posts: 8617
Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 09 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I like the keepers site. good place to look up varieties with pictures etc

Ade901



Joined: 12 Oct 2009
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 09 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Scotts have just gone bust (last week) and a mate who works there says they won't be back (they went broke a couple of years ago as well) and had been going downhill for a while. We now buy fruit trees from Ashridge Trees (http://www.ashridgetrees.co.uk/) who are nearby, have a good range and great customer service.

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yummersetter



Joined: 26 Jan 2008
Posts: 3192
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 09 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Scotts - sadly John Scott Wallis, who was running Scotts, died suddenly recently of a brain tumour, which I guess meant their efforts to revive after bankruptcy a couple of years ago have come to nothing. He left a young family, terribly sad.

He was always extremely helpful and patient with me and always gave me the finest service, delivering trees at weekends and talking over my choices. He also managed our wedding present list successfully for us, when we asked for white plants for a special 'peace and reconciliation' garden.

It will be a shame if what could be a valuable resource in the 'heritage fruit' revival is lost. Our family always bought everything from them, and we still have victorian trees from there. They used to be called 'The Royal Nurseries' and my grandfather said ' If tis good enough for the king, tis good enough for I'.

I have the original book, the Orchardist,written by John Scott in the 1880s, the most fascinating thing I own, listing thousands of varieties of fruit trees stocked with tasting notes and descriptions. He travelled throughout Europe and Russia tracking down rare varieties and looking for the source of the British apple. Obviously a fighter, he had a dramatic quarrel with Thomas Rivers in the gardening press about the best rootstocks to use for which varieties. If I had time and money I'd love to write a book about John Scott.

yummersetter



Joined: 26 Jan 2008
Posts: 3192
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 09 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Are you nearby, Ade901?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 43880
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 09 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

yummersetter wrote:
If I had time and money I'd love to write a book about John Scott.


And I'd love to buy it. Maybe you could find the time to do an introductory article for Orangepippin.com?

yummersetter



Joined: 26 Jan 2008
Posts: 3192
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 09 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I may go over to the nursery and check that they're not dumping all the historical stuff in a skip, anyway - I always meant to ask John what they still had . . . .

Unless I'm too late

http://tinyurl.com/scottsnurseriescloses

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 43880
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 09 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

yummersetter wrote:
I may go over to the nursery and check that they're not dumping all the historical stuff in a skip, anyway


Good move, loads of stuff on old nurseries has been lost forever. I think OP would be more than happy to host scanned copies of old catalogues etc.

OP



Joined: 28 Jul 2006
Posts: 4661
Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 09 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes if there is anything I can do to help let me know.

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