Sourcing native organic plants

Question ...

I am in the process of buying a new house in Gloucestershire. I want to create a traditional cottage garden - or as near as possible, but would like to source some nurseries in the county that are organic, or nearly organic. And native - or naturalized - plants. Do you have that kind of information available? There are some good garden centres around, but they don't seem to grow the traditional plants that I'm interested in growing. I'm not very experienced in growing from seed.

Answer ...

First of all check out the RHS Plant Finder - you can access this free through the RHS website. If you click on to the 'Suppliers' button and look at the drop down menu you will find all sorts of options, including peat free and organic. You'll be able to see which are closest to you, and the plants they specialise in.

Contact also Caves Folly Nurseries, Evendine Lane, Colwall, Malvern, WR13 6DX or Tel: 01684 540631/07885 443488

Finally, The Conservation Volunteers may be able to help with more native and natural species. Their details are on the TCV website.

Garden Organic members can see our expert factsheets for further advice on organic gardening. Access to factsheets requires a members' password.