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We are a family of growers; Alan and Alison, our daughter Maxine and her husband Rob. Alan and Alison started growing herbs in 2006 having previously supplied cut flowers to various large retail outlets, they wanted to get back to their roots of plant growing and dealing directly with customers.

Our nursery was started by Ali’s father Ron in 1955, growing salads and vegetables. Through the 60’s and 70’s the glasshouses were erected and tomatoes and natural season chrysanthemums were grown. In 1975 Alan joined the business having completed an HND in commercial horticulture and Glenholme became an all year round chrysanthemum nursery. The business expanded and had to move to a new site in 1991, leaving the greenhouses at Sandford Orcas available for other ventures.


Who We Are

We all work together in the greenhouse but each have our own area we are passionate about. Alan is one of those people that snips the cutting, puts it in the soil and it will always grow, real green fingers. He just thinks lives and breathes plants.

Rob is in charge of taking cuttings, and is always keen to find new and unusual herbs such as Cuban oregano and Chilean guava. He also grows a selection of chillies, the hotter the better!

Max is hard to pry away from the Pelargoniums, and loves hunting around garden shows for curious new additions, with her favourite recent find being the beautiful P.sidoides. Sempervivums (Houseleeks) are her other passion, these hardy little succulents are very addictive!

Ali is often found sowing seeds while listening to radio 4. She loves the wild flowers, talking, and medicinal herbs.

There are some other members of the team who play an important role. Lily and Lyra the Border terriers who are always ready to entertain and welcome us home from a day at the market. Bramble and Arfur the Kune Kune pigs ensure no salad plants ever have to be thrown on the compost heap. We also recently started keeping bees and look forward to seeing them buzzing around the herbs in the future. There is also a resident group of frogs, toads, newts, wagtails and wrens who do us the great service of controlling insect numbers in the greenhouse.

In 2014 we gained another member for our team when Arthur Kellaway was born!!



Together we love the growing and nurturing of the plants, meeting customers and helping them create beautiful wildlife friendly gardens with interesting and useful plants. We love being able to share our passion and knowledge with our customers and take pleasure in hearing how their plants are doing and receiving more facts and growing tips in return.

We currently sell our plants at local markets and garden shows, please look at the calendar to find out where we will be. In time we hope to start selling our plants through this website so please do check back.