County Park Nursery was started by Graham and Margaret Hutchins in 1955 on a small patch of land in their backyard in Hornchurch.
Originally growing Fruit/Veg and general bedding plants, Graham soon became interested in the unusual (Cactus and succulents at the time). In the late 70s they went to visit Margaret's brother in New Zealand where Graham was immediately hooked on the diversity of strange unknown plants! Several more plant and seed collecting expeditions followed throughout the 80s and 90s.
Graham soon built up one of the most varied collections of Australasian plants anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, he became well known for his knowledge and passion for unusual and specialist plants and regularly had visitors from across the globe. His nursery was like no other, a densely crowded 'treasure trove' of Antipodean plants in an unlikely location, nestled amongst a housing estate in outer London. Navigating your way round the tight winding paths through all the plants was an experience in itself!
We have won numerous awards over the years for exhibitions and shows, including a Gold at Chelsea Flower show as well as several Lindley medals and Rhs Gilts.
Having provided plants for prestigious clients and gardens such as, Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, RHS Wisley, Cambridge Botanical Garden, Savill Garden Windsor Park, and also the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace Garden and Windsor Castle.
County Park Nursery has introduced over 300 new plants and cultivars into British gardens to date, several of which have received The RHS award of merit.
Having undergone some major changes over the last few years the Nursery is now run by Paul Boosey (Graham's Grandson). After several years of stand still we relocated the nursery to a new site in an old Victorian walled garden in Hampshire.
The collection and range of plants has had to be reduced, and the rarest and most endangered specimens were donated to other collections before the move, for safekeeping.
Still mainly focusing on Australasian species, a new chapter for County Park Nursery begins, but legendary plantsman Graham and his quirky unique little nursery in Hornchurch will always be fondly remembered and his legacy continues.
The culmination of Graham's years of specialisation of Hebes, first published in 1997.