Traditional nursery with very strong emphasis on plants and core gardening products. Same family ownership since 1983 but the business goes back to the 1920s. Over 60% of the plants sold are grown at Cleeve and the remainder are sourced as nearby as possible. Cleeve's reputation is built on good advice and great plants!
Inspirational displays appeal as much to first time as to experienced gardeners and Cleeve Nursery is renowned for really knowing about gardening!
Attractive country location, 200+ year stone barn as a shop, small coffee shop serving excellent coffee and very friendly relaxed ambience are some of the reasons that customers shun the larger nearby competitiors.
A 'soft' landscaping design service is provided for self planting [third party planting and maintenance can be arranged]. This long established and popular service enables gardeners to tap into the extensive knowledge of what grows well locally.
Qualifications & Experience
Heading up the small and loyal team are Master of Horticulture [RHS] Alan Down and Diploma of Garden Design wife Felicity. All staff, many who have been at Cleeve for 10-20 years, have qualifications in retail plant care, garden care and some have diplomas from the Royal Kew Botanic Gardens and Pershore College of Horticulture.
The nursery has a string of large gold, gold and other medals for show gardens at local and regional shows and was heavily involved [supplying plants] in one of the large show gardens at Chelsea Flower Show in 2000. This garden was awarded an RHS silver guilt medal.
Links with the Royal Horticultural Society remain strong with Cleeve regularly hosting RHS events.
Owners Alan and Felicity Down are well known locally for presenting almost 150 TV gardening programmes from their own garden for HTV Garden Calendar, for regular appearances as gardening experts on local radio and, in the case of Alan, being the gardening correspondent for the Western Daily Press.