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Norwell Nurseries and Garden

Legend has it that Andrew Ward's first word was 'aubrieta', an entirely appropriate opening gambit for a man whose life has been shaped from the start by an all consuming passion for plants."


Norwell, Nottinghamshire

GAP Photos/Carole Drake/Dr Andrew Ward

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"I've always been electrified by plants. I think it's somehow hardwired in me ", says Andrew who graduated from a childhood collecting carnivorous plants and earning extra pocket money by helping neighbours with their gardens to a degree in plant biology, a PhD in plant breeding and a career growing the plants he loves in the garden and nursery created with his wife Helen in rural Nottinghamshire.In recent years Norwell has become renowned for its collection of hardy chrysanthemums. Around 20 years ago a clear single pink called 'Innocence' caught Andrew's eye; it did well on heavy clay so he tried more and today has around 130 of these undervalued autumn flowers, offering the biggest selection for sale in Europe. "The only chrysanthemums I was aware of before that were the large flowered exhibition types that my grandfather grew. They seemed fussy, time consuming plants that needed staking, had to be brought in over winter and weren't suited to growing with other plants in the border." There's more to the autumn garden than colourful leaves, berry laden trees, the peppery smells of senescence and decay. "If you use herbaceous plants that flower in autumn it means you have something to look forward to in September, October and November," enthuses Andrew, "otherwise winter can seem a very long time. People who say their gardens are all but finished at the end of June are missing out on so much".



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