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Welcome to Nursery at Mells
The garden was originally built for Mells Rectory which was demolished in the 1540s during the dissolution of the Monasteries. The Rectory was subsequently rebuilt on another site and the garden continued under a variety of stewardships whilst always belonging to the Mells Estate.
It has probably had many years of productivity as a traditional kitchen garden - the walls are covered with old fruit and vine fixings - but also many years of dereliction. During the war, young evacuees from London worked the vegetable plots and almost everyone Jo has spoken to over the age of 40 who grew up in the village claims to have spent their youth scrumping apples from the trees.
The garden is unusual in that it is a walled garden but has a view over ancient meadows on its south side. This gives you the protected and sheltered aspect of walls without the feeling of being closed in. The planting is very natural, soft and informal. It's not a status shouting garden, it tries to welcome everyone and being almost entirely herbaceous it's like one big summer party. The last week of May is the favourite week of the year, that's when the beauty leaves you breathless.
August can feel like you are in the south of France or Italy, particularly with the Olive Trees dotted around in enormous terracotta pots. September and October bring gentle golden light, interesting seed heads and the scent of apples ripening on the trees.
An extensive range of hardy perennials for sale provide vibrant cottage garden col our to your own border. We stock many of the plants that feature in the garden including our glorious rambling roses. The polytunnels are used to bring on young plants, and act as a plant hospital for tired plants. We also grow most of the vegetables and herbs served in the cafe.
One of our key values is to create a environmentally friendly business with a keen eye on being as self sustainable as possible. We growing our own produce, buy and support other local businesses to reduce food miles and set targets for recycling 80% of the cafe food and cardboard through traditionally and vermiculture composting.