In January 1928 Archibald John Mills and family arrived at the Clockhouse Nursery, which is now owned and run by the third consecutive generation of the same family.
The Forty Hill site in Enfield previously part of the Clockhouse estate, grew fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers for the main house. Fruits, vegetables and flowers continued to be grown and sold at market in Enfield Town, with steady trade continuing well into the fifties.
During the fifties trade at the stall gradually increased customers began to buy direct from the nursery, cut-flowers of chrysanthemums and Dahlias now became the main income, along with tomatoes and some bedding plants. Steadily trade grew, the range of plants increased, and now with more customers visiting the actual nursery the stall was given up.
The seventies saw a period of major change, tired old greenhouses were cleared to make way for modern aluminium glasshouses with a much larger sales area and car park. During this time shrubs, conifers and hardy perennials gained in popularity and, as peoples knowledge increased, so too did their desire for gardening to become more professional. Not just desiring plants but quality composts, pots, hanging baskets and garden chemicals, around this time many nurseries became “garden centres” adding furniture, bar be cues, etc to their range and unfortunately in a lot of cases neglecting their plant sales, but we felt that plants should always take centre stage and expanded the range and variety as much as possible.
Although the appearance of the site is constantly changing, nothing fundamentally has, we like to think the nursery is still unique in that, as far as possible, plants of the highest quality are produced on site to sell direct to the public at our lowest possible prices.
Methods of production have changed considerably, in the past, hundreds of different plants were produced by hand, now, thousands of shrubs perennials & hardy plants are produced alongside millions of bedding and patio plants, using the latest machinery, robotic trans-planters,automatic irrigation and computer controlled benches, although most production is still on site, due to lack of space, some of the larger specimen and rarer plants are produced by our associate growers here in the U.K., Italy, France, Holland, Belgium and New Zealand but no matter where or how our plants are grown the same core idea of top quality with low prices and a no nonsense approach remains. This is our past and the principles for our future.
We are grower-retailers & operate along the same lines of a traditional shop but with the stock capacity of a cash & carry. You do NOT have to be a member to shop here or to qualify for our discounts. We are open to all. You can, if you wish, become a member of our “Garden Gang” reward card scheme. Because we ‘turn around’ high numbers of items and because we deal with so many other growers (as well as growing ourselves) publishing accurate stock lists is extremely difficult, so the best way to find out if we have something that you need in store is to contact us via social media, by email from this site or by telephone. Also, we have no ability to be, or firm aspirations to become, online sellers. We prefer, where possible, folks to come to us & choose their own plants knowing that they will receive EXACTLY what they pick & also that they will not get STUNG for massive p&p charges. If absolutely necessary we can take orders by telephone or email.
Garden retail like it used to be.
Here at Clockhouse Nursery we pride ourselves in providing reasonably priced plants & the products you need to grow them effectively.
That is all.
So, no need to wade through the tide of unnecessary paraphernalia that you will find in most modern garden centres.
No need to worry about parking either as we have over 150 spaces available.
Not many Garden Centres can boast over ninety years of history, and yes, we have seen many changes over that period. Indeed change will continue as we strive always to supply the best in plants and facilities. One thing, however, will never change:
The core philosophy first introduced by Archibald John Mills way back in 1928 remains - the philosophy that built the company’s reputation, sustains it now, and will guide it in the future:
The best way to keep gardeners happy is to offer them plants of the highest quality, sold at reasonable prices.Read more