London Farmers' Markets
Garden Plants and Cut Flowers
Get expert advice from the growers and enjoy cut flowers that last for ages. You'll find specialist nurseries at our markets with fantastic ranges. Don't miss our annual garden plant fairs in the Spring.
There are 26 producers selling Garden Plants and Cut Flowers at London Farmers' Markets:
Jane and David Barker (aka Barker Organics) are very much of the old school of farming, and that's the way they intend to keep it! Jane and David farm biodynamically on their small walled Norfolk smallholding, using methods which have served their plot of land well for generations of tenant farmers before them. They stick strictly to the traditional Norfolk four-course rotation system, a system pioneered on the surrounding lands in the late-17th century - it guarantees them decent yields whilst ensuring that the future biodiversity and productivity of the land is not sacrificed.
Clara Flora Flowers
Claire Murden, aka Clara Flora Flowers, is a grower of traditional English flowers for cutting, based in South London. She sells a mixture of single variety bunches and mixed bunches - all made exclusively from her own growing stock. She can be relied on to bring a dash of vibrant colour to market in the Summer months.
Roz Corum grows unusual herbs, vegetables, perennials and beautiful bunches of cottage garden flowers and pussy willow on her nursery near Hastings. Her stall displays a somewhat quirky side to the traditional country garden, with a number of rare varieties, and all sorts of things that your nearest garden centre (and often us!) will probably never have heard of.
Cultivate London make use of underused space in West London to grow a whole range of plants, herbs and vegetables. They call themselves an urban farm and social enterpries and they pride themselves on training unemployed young people in horticulture, supporting them as they grow skills. In 2012 they received the Observer Food Monthly's Food Producer of the Year award.
DGJ Tanner (Sopley Farm)
The team at Sopley Farm, in Dorset, are always a welcome addition to any market. Their season starts with them bringing up massive amounts of rhubarb and asparagus. It's some of the best rhubarb and asparagus you'll be able to find, as most of what they sell has been picked within 24 hours of sale, so it truly is the freshest fruit and veg available. Soon after, they start their strawberry season, and later on in the season they bring, amongst other things, raspberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries, marrow, squash, bunches of Sweet Williams and some stunning-looking globe artichokes.
Organic farmers Lucio Salas and Anna Wardman (aka Edgebank Organics) are primarily growers of delicious strawberries but at different times of the year you will be able to pick up gooseberries, blackcurrants, blackberries, redcurrants, rhubarb, pears, plums, cherries, quinces and melons from their stall; all from their smallholding in Cambridgeshire. Through the summer months their freshly-made smoothies can be a godsend on a hot market day while all their excess fruit goes into making delicious cordials and preserves available year-round.
Forever Green Flower Company is run by Cel Robertson; growing and arranging hand-tied bouquets and posies of English-grown cut flowers from their nursery site in Aylmerton, North Norfolk. With an emphasis on sustainability and seasonality, their bouquets reflect the wonderful variety of blooms to be found in the English garden through the year. Every month heralds a change in colour and scent - the year begins with scented narcissi, anemones and tulips in the spring; to sunflowers and roses in high summer, and dahlias and nerines towards the end of the growing season. Wreaths and natural decorations are available for the Christmas season. The nursery was formerly a certified organic soft fruit farm. They grow without the use of peat or chemical fertilisers and pesticides. The flowers are picked at their peak, with conditioning and arranging taking place immediately to ensure maximum freshness and vase life for our customers.
G D Horticulture & Landscape
Geoffrey is a small-scale grower from Bodiam, Kent, where he moved from his native Belgium a few years ago. Geoffrey grows on small patches of underutilised land scattered across different parts of Kent - quite often he has found new growing space by seeing a patch of unused growing land, and then offering his services as a gardener to the owner in return for being able to grow his own crops there. So he is not farming the easy way, but it is made easier by his passion for produce.
Jamie Harding and his son Thomas's stall is always a welcome burst of colour at any farmers’ market. They sell a great range of traditional English cut flowers from their nursery in Bedfordshire, plus pots after pots of all the garden classics such as primroses, sunflowers, hyacinths, tomato plants. Just look out for vibrant colours and you’ll find them! They grow year round in greenhouses in Bedfordshire, allowing them to have some supply of colourful flowers whatever the season, although they truly come into their own in the Summer months.
Harvest Moon Free Range Eggs
Tim Norris has been selling his free range eggs and poultry at our markets since 2000. His farm near Sarratt in Hertfordshire is one of the closest to London.
If its herbs you’re after, John Webster of Herbal Haven has an unparalleled range of both popular garden herbs and unusual specialties. Their range includes, amongst many others, cinnamon basil, chamomile, mugwort, bergamot, wintergreen, marjoram, Jacob’s Ladder, wood sage, heartsease, mullein, elecampaine, bay and St. John’s Wort. We could name them all, but it would take us forever. Go and see for yourself! John and co. do guest appearances at various farmers' markets across London throughout the year.
John Cullen Gardens was created in 2009. Originally training as a garden designer John started to “grow his own” for his garden designs and on client requests. Quickly realising that the quality of plants he was able to produce outshone the high street stores, his garden in Cricklewood, NW2 was converted into a small nursery and working garden. After completing a course in horticulture Hugh joined the company in 2010 to assist with the increasing demand. The boys specialise in hardy bulbs, perennial plants, indoor plants, herbs and vegetables . Both John & Hugh are happy to answer any of your gardening questions. If they don’t know the answer or the solution they will find out for you.
Chris and the team at Lovely Branches are at market in November and the start of December, showcasing their beautiful Christmas trees grown by them in the West of England, and taking pre-orders. They deliver pot-grown trees direct to your door, and then will organise to pick them up again at the end of the Twelve Days, so they are a much greener and more convenient alternative to sticking your cut tree out on the street for the binman in early Jan!
Rosebie Morton and her team have one of the best-looking, and best-smelling, stalls on any Farmers' Market. They specialise in traditional English rose varieties, and the quality is like nothing else out there - truly exceptional. Their flowers, grown on their Hampshire farm, truly take over a room - both in terms of look and scent. Follow your nose....
Manor Farm, run by Angela and Peter Thompson in the East Anglian flatlands, produce large quantities of great quality vegetables. You can often find big queues at their stall lining up for their produce at market; it is because the customers know full well that Manor Farm provide reliable quality and some of the freshest vegetables available in London. Their purple cauliflowers and massive Brussels sprouts on stalks always catch the eye.
Nectar Plant Nursery
Nectar Plant Nursery is a nursery specialising in hardy perennial garden plants, based on the outskirts of Cambridge. Plants are grown outdoors to ensure they are resilient for a variable British climate.
Nigel's Lettuces and Lovage
Nigel Dyer grows a vast range of different things on his smallholding in Cambridgeshire. Look out for unusual varieties of pepper, potted herbs, beautiful bulbs, amazing knobbly marrows, pumpkins and squashes and immensely succulent tomatoes. Nigel has been selling at London Farmers' Markets since the first one opened in Islington in 1999, and cut the celebration cake at the 10th Anniversary celebrations in June 2009. Nigel has barely missed a single market day during his season over the whole of that period, and his loyal customers appreciate him for this.... and also the fact that his veg tastes so good!
Martin Fermor's father came to Perry Court after the 2nd World War. Martin planted up a huge orchard of apples and pears - they currently have over 150 varieties. They bring many of the more unusual varieties to market on Apple Day in October. They also grow cherries, plums, soft fruit and more recently have been trialling nectarines, apricots and peaches.
The Emmett family have been at Rockwell End near Henley since 1936. As well as an acreage of wheat, the farm also produces free range eggs, new/ salad and main crop potatoes, tomatoes, asparagus, sweetcorn and salad leaves. All produce is available on-farm in the farm shop as well as at Farmers Markets in London
Ted Dawson farms a full range of vegetables using traditional methods in southLincolnshire. This family-run farm has been attending many of London’s farmers’ markets for around 10 years now – they have now built up a formidable reputation for quality. Their range of growing expertise means their stall always has something to make it stand out whatever the season. Look out for their exemplary artichokes in Winter, their mouth-watering asparagus in the Spring, their bendy cucumbers and knobbly squash in the Summer, and massive juicy pumpkins in the Autumn.
Test Valley Nursery
George and Julia Benn of Test Valley Nursery specialise in less common and new hardy perennial plants along with the more traditional cottage garden varieties. Plants are left outside over winter to ensure hardiness, so you can be sure that you’ll have plants which can withstand any conditions.
The Culinary Herb Company
Peter Sikora set up The Culinary Herb Company in 2008, originally operating from a small allotment-size space in London. Things soon grew, though, and Peter started growing in Herriard, Hampshire, expanding his range to a vast number of different herbs, from the everyday to the exotic. As Peter has started attending farmers' markets, he quickly found demand was outstripping supply, as he travelled around locations all over London and found welcoming herbaholics wherever he went. He has recently moved to a new, larger nursery on the outskirts of London (near Woking), meaning that he further reduces the time and distance he and his herbs spend travelling on their way to market.