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specialist nursery
growing and supplying rare
plants from around the world
We offer a wide selection of alpine, bog and woodland plants, an exceptional range of bulbs in season and a selection of specialist trees and shrubs.  We have plants from all over the world, grown here on our Scottish nursery.
Our plants are available:
• by mail-order from our online store
    or from our printed catalogue,
• at several flower shows and
• in stunning garden plantings
    which we would be pleased to design for you.

Bulbs can be pre-ordered in season from our online catalogues:
• from January for summer flowering bulbs
   to plant in the Spring;
• from May for spring flowering bulbs
   to plant in the Autumn.

Plant of the Month

Desfontainia spinosa
is a magnificent evergreen shrub, with small, holly-like leaves.
It has tubular scarlet flowers which are yellow at the mouth.

AWARDS - Chelsea Flower Show Gold medallists 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019.  Farrer Trophy for best Alpine display at an RHS show 2016, 2017 & 2018

Our catalogue is continuously updated and includes many rare and unusual plants we are introducing or re-introducing this year.  
Do come back if you don’t see what you’re looking for now  - new plants will be added as they continue to grow throughout the season. 
Some are only available in small numbers, so you may need to be quick.

If you would like advice as to what might look good in a particular area of your garden, we are very happy to make suggestions. Are you building a rockery, developing a pond, or revamping the herbaceous border?  Do contact us for advice.

The printed version of our catalogue is available at shows and talks, or on receipt of 3 first class stamps, from May each year.


We offer an exceptionally wide range of bulbs to pre-order in season, (January to March and May to July). We open our bulb store early and close it early! We publish two bulb catalogues online each year: • In May for Spring (& Autumn) flowering bulbs to plant in the Autumn; • In January for Summer flowering bulbs (& dormant plants) to plant in the Spring.

  The bulb store is currently closed.


Transform your garden with skilful design and inspired planting plans. We specialise in rock gardens, stream sides and woodlands, creating fabulous planting lists to give colour all through the year. 
We work very closely with clients, helping them to develop their own ideas, to create the garden that they want.
Recently we have been involved in a number of exciting historic rock garden restorations.

We also create whole gardens, working with landscape architects and garden designers.





Gold medals at RHS Chelsea and Chatsworth Shows
The judges and visitors alike loved our displays again this year.  We're very glad to have brought pleasure to so many people.

Best in Show at Harrogate and at Gardening Scotland.
We were very pleased to be awarded 'Best in Show' for our displays at both the Harrogate Spring Flower Show and Gardening Scotland 2019.

RHS awards

On 8 April, we had a wonderful day out at the RHS awards ceremony in London.  Our very own Graham Gunn received the Roy Lancaster Award, for an individual under 35 who has achieved an exceptional contribution to the practice, science or promotion of horticulture.  Congratulations to Graham!
Whilst the nursery received the Farrer Trophy for the best exhibit of rock garden or alpine plants staged at an RHS show in 2018.


Talk on "The hobby that got out of hand"
Talk on "The hobby that got out of hand"

Talk on "The hobby that got out of hand"
Kendal Plant Fair and Show

Edinburgh Plant Fair and Show
Talk on "Plant of the day: highlights of a long walk in western Bhutan"

Visit Kevock Garden,
a hillside garden with treasures from around the world.  Our garden slopes down towards the North Esk River, just south of Edinburgh.

It is full of interesting plants, with something in flower every day of the year.

We are happy to open the garden to groups.  All visits are by appointment only, and can include a guided tour.


contact: (for garden visits only)