County Park Nursery was started by Graham and Margaret Hutchins in 1955 on a small patch of land in their backyard in Essex.
Originally they were just growing Fruit/Veg and general bedding plants, that was until they went on several wild plant seed collecting trips to New Zealand, Tasmania and Australia throughout the 70s and 80s.
Since then Graham became well known for his knowledge and passion for Australasian plants and he built up one of the most varied collections anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere. He had a reputation for rare, unusual plants and regularly had visitors from across Europe and as far as Japan.
Over the years they won numerous awards for exhibitions and shows, including a Gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show as well as several Lindley medals and RHS Gilts.
County Park Nursery has introduced over 300 new plants and cultivars to date, several of which have received The RHS Award of Merit.
We have 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.
Having undergone some major changes over the last few years, the Nursery is now run by Paul (Graham's grandson). After several years of standstill, we have now re-located 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 remembered, and the legacy continues.
The culmination of Graham's years of specialisation of Hebes, first published in 1997.