List of Helleborus Growers and Breeders

By Howard Drury


Although the popularity of hellebores has increased dramatically in recent years and you will often see Hellebores for sale in virtually every garden centre or nursery there are few actual Hellebore breeders in the Uk Several have retired or the nursery closed and i am aware this list is not definitive. There is also a kind of chain of breeding where  Hellebores are introduced that do not appear to be improvements but more mass produced older breeding lines from the top breeders. I am aware that Ashwood Nurseries no longer offer seed for sale but some smaller nurseries supposed to be offering seed of the Ashwood lines, something I do not think is really fair to breeders.

In some cases micro propagated plants are sold and while these are absolutely identical to the parent there are some issues with plants not being very robust or hardy as the parents have been from less hardy lines including Helleborus lividus. In other cases younger unflowered seedlings are offered for sale, I much prefer to see the individual in flower and this can mean the grower devoting three years or more before a plant flowers making them quite expensive.

On line sales are now available at many nurseries and most ship out exactly the same plant you would buy if visiting that nursery, there is something about selecting your own from a batch of seedlings, your personal appreciation of the particular plant and its merits.

Ashwood Nurseries

Greensforge, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 0AE
Opening: Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
Telephone: 01384 401996
Location: Signposted from the A449, south of Wolverhampton
Catalogue: Send four 1st class stamps
Mail order: Uk and world wide range of plants and products including gifts from giftshop
Hellebores: Superb range of fine forms in separate colours available at the nursery and selected shows.
Other specialities: Hardy cyclamen, lewisias, hepaticas and an exceptional range of other plants available to visitors; excellent restaurant.

Beth Chatto Gardens

Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
Telephone: 01206 822007
Opening: Monday to Friday 9am-4pm to March 1; Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm until October 31;
Location: Half a mile east of Elmstead Market on the A133
Catalogue: £3.00
Mail order: Yes
Hellebores: Selection of species and named varieties, some raised by Beth Chatto
Other specialities: Wide range of choice perennials. Superb garden

Blackthorn Nursery Hampshire

This nursery was previously run by Robin White and is now closed

Crûg Farm Plants

Griffith's Crossing, Near Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales, LL55 1TU
Telephone: 01248 670232
Fax: 01248 670232
Location: Two miles north-east of Caernarfon, just off the A487
Opening: Thursday to Saturday 10am-6pm, April 4th to September 28th 2019.
Catalogue: On-line shop and downloadable catalogue
Mail order: Yes
Hellebores: Seedlings in separate colours plus species grown from wild collected seed
Other specialities: Perennials and shrubs grown from wild collected seed plus hardy geraniums, pulmonarias and other choice plants.

Farmyard Nurseries

Farmyard/Dol Llan Rd, Llandysul, Dyfed, Wales, SA44 4RL
Telephone: 01559 363389/362403
Location: Fifteen miles from Carmarthen, just outside Llandysul near the junction of the A486 and B4336.
Opening: Daily 8.30am-5pm, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day
Catalogue: Four 1st class stamps, also available for download from website
Mail order: Yes
Hellebores: Good range of seedlings in separate colours
Other specialities: Hardy perennials, especiall;y tricyrtis.

Harveys Garden Plants

Mulberry Cottage, Bradfield St George, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 0AY
Telephone: 01284 386777
Fax: 01284 386777
Location: In Bradfield St George village, off the A134 between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury
Opening: January 15 - June 30 and September 1 - October 31: Fridays, 9.30am-5pm, most Saturdays, 9.30am-1pm.
Catalogue: Five 1st class stamps or online.
Mail order: Yes.
Hellebores: Wide range of Roger Harvey’s own strains
Other specialities: Euphorbias, pulmonarias and other choice perennials

Hazles Cross Farm Nursery

Address: Hollins Ln, Kingsley, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 2EP
Phone: 01538 752669
Mobile: 07550012662

Phedar Nursery

Bunkers Hill, Romiley, Stockport, Cheshire, SK6 3DS
Telephone: 0161 430 3772
Fax: 0161 430 3772
Location: Send an sae for a map!
Opening: Frequent (especially in spring), but irregular. Ring for an appointment
Web Site
Mail order Yes
Catalogue: Three A5 addressed envelopes (or address labels) plus four 1st class stamps
Mail order: Yes
Hellebores: Seedlings in individual colours, species grown from seed collected in the wild, mainly by Will McLewin.
Other specialities: Peonies

Rarer Plants

Ashfield House, Austfield Lane, Monk Fryston, Leeds, LS25 5EH
Telephone: 01977 682263
Location: Near the junction of the A1 and A63.
Opening:By appointment only February and March.
Catalogue: Send sae.
Mail order: No
Hellebores: Seedlings resulting from hand pollination of choice parents from Eric Smith, Helen Ballard and Elizabeth Strangman. Also H. x ballardiae 'Anne Watson Strain', said to be a true breeding seed strain.
Other specialities: Choice snowdrops and other unusual plants.

Rodney Davey

RD Plants, Homelea Farm, A358 Chard Rd, Tytherleigh, nr Axminster, Devon,
Telephone 01460 220206
Opening Daily 10am-4pm until May
Mail Order None
Note Rodney Davey's Marbled strain is now commercially handled by Bransford Webbs and the current 12 varieties should be available from all good garden centre

Rushfields of Ledbury

Ross Road, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2LP
Telephone: 01531 632004
Fax: 01531 6334544
Location: On the A449, just west of Ledbury
Opening: Wednesday to Saturday 11am-5pm
Catalogue: Send four 1st class stamps
Mail order: No
Hellebores: Seedlings and divisions in separate colours, mainly derived from Helen Ballard stock
Other specialities: Wide range of unusual perennials

Twelve Nunns Nursery

Postal Address: 16 Carisbrook Grove, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2GF
Telephone Number: 01778 590455
Opening - not open to the public mail order only
Catalogue on line
Mail order Yes
Hellebores and other rare plants and bulbs (daughter of Hugh and Liz Nunn who had a nursery at Harvington Worcestershire before retiring in 2015

Washfield Nursery Kent

This nursery was previously run by Elizabeth Strangman and is now closed

(C) January 2019 Howard Drury

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Last Updated: 01 February 2019
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