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North Wales - Crug Farm

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By AndrewR

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The main purpose of our trip to North Wales was to visit Crug Farm Nursery. Mention Crug Farm to any plantsman, and their eyes will go misty. It is run by husband and wife team Bleddyn and Sue Williams who spend several weeks in most years, plant hunting in the Far East, bringing back things that are sold nowhere else in the country. They grow and propagate them, judging their hardiness and garden worthiness, and sell them to knowing gardeners (originally only to visitors but now by mail order as well).

They are not open every day of the week but they opened just for us as we had travelled so far to visit. Adjacent to the nursery is their woodland garden where new introductions and familiar natives grow together.

Then it was into the little sales area to look for goodies – I was VERY restrained, only buying five new plants which are now acclimatising to the balmier conditions of Berkshire. Sadly, the one plant I really wanted was not available but I will keep checking their website.

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Great Blog Andrew...I have the Crug Farm Store listed in my favourites sites. It has a superb plant selection.

http://www.mailorder.crug-farm.co.uk/default.aspx

18 May, 2012

 

What a great place to visit Andrew. I must have a look at their website it sounds very interesting. Lovely photos of their woodland area.

18 May, 2012

 

Great blog andrew.My kind of Nursery! I have a very shaded area I call my Wood! Love those ferns

18 May, 2012

 

Hi Andrew ... what a wonderful place to visit.
Thanks for showing the photos.

18 May, 2012

 

We are going to N Wales in August,so will certainly put this place on the list to visit.I am sure there was a TV programme this year about the couple and how they have introduced certain plants.

18 May, 2012

 

what a lovely place andrew, thank you for the photos, really enjoyed looking at them.

maggie what you you grow in 'your wood'?

18 May, 2012

 

Meadowland - check which days they are open before you visit. Their website is www.crug-farm.co.uk.
I didn't see the TV program but it sounds like them. They also exhibited at Chelsea for the first time last year and won the President's Cup for the best stand in the marquee. They decided not to enter again this year - I know from experience just how much work is involved, the planning for the next one starts as soon as the last one is over.

18 May, 2012

 

Thanks for the info,Andrew......Will look at website!

18 May, 2012

 

So you were in seventh heaven Andrew and your trip was well worth it, it does look a lovely place and to be able to buy a few soveniers is even better, I`m so pleased for you, thankyou for sharing, will check out their website, I haven`t got a wood but do have a very shady area.....

18 May, 2012

 

Lovely - saw Crug Farm highlighted on a TV show a few years ago, nice you managed to purchase some new plants - hopefully you will get the one you are missing soon enough :)

18 May, 2012

 

Never been but have looked through the web site many times, one day we will have to visit, but may have to save up several penny's first :o)))

18 May, 2012

 

The downside is the sales area is so small, a lot of stuff is not on display. But you can always ask and see if they have the one you want lurking somewhere. Three of the plants I bought don't look very promising on their website, but in 'real life', their foliage sold them rather than the flowers.

18 May, 2012

 

Have looked at their website many times, and been tempted, but not bought as yet, what a treat for you, saw them on tv a most interesting couple....

21 May, 2012

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