Goat Farm The
Herbs and Edibles
Arne Herbs - Avon
Anthony Lyman-Dixon and
Jenny Thomas have been in business for some time specialising in wild flowers for
conservation schemes and authentic plants to the re-creation of historic gardens.
mint numbers for sale isn't large but has always included something for the enthusiast.
Anthony was probably the first to re-introduce chocolate mint to the UK. 'Nile Valley'
mint and Pharoah mint were their introductions. Their current catalogue has
many forms difficult to obtain elsewhere, including the very difficult to keep Mentha gattefossei.
Owners: Anthony Lymon-Dixon & Jenny Thomas
Postal Limeburn Nurseries, Limeburn Hill, Chew Magna, BRISTOL,
Telephone: 01275 333399
Fax: 01275 333399
cost refundable with first order. "The most up-to-date
information is to be found on the website."
Mail order: yes
Nursery Sales: yes, but ring beforehand to make sure someone will be there,
as they don't keep regular times.
Number of mints listed on website catalogue: 30
Number of mints listed in RHS Plant Finder online: 32
Edulis - Berkshire
A specialist nursery but with a wide
range of plants, including a strong emphasis on
herbs and rarer edible plants There is a wide selection of mints offered
during the season, but the nursery is not open to the public, nor does it have
any open days. Mail order is available outside of the main show season each year, otherwise attendances at smaller and larger
shows in southern England (including Chelsea) may make collection of orders easier.
Otherwise, orders may be collected from the nursery by appointment if Paul is
not at a show. The number of mints available has been increasing, including
some not available elsewhere.
Owner: Paul Barney
Office address: 1 Flowers Piece, Ashampstead, Reading, RG8 8SG
Telephone: 01635 578113
Mobile: 07802 812781
Nursery address: The Walled Garden, Bere Court Farm, Tidmarsh Lane,
Pangbourne, RG8 8HT (not open to the public)
Opening times: by appointment only for collection of orders - email or ring for the plants you are interested in and when you'd like to
collect, if possible..
Mail Order: not during the spring of early summer - only July to March; at other times
plants can be collected from the many shows attended (see website) or from the nursery by
Catalogue: available online
Number of mints listed on website shop: 35
Number of mints listed in catalogue: 35
Number of mints listed in the RHS Plant Finder online: 37
Iden Croft Herbs - Kent
Iden Croft Herbs holds one of the four National Mentha
Collections. The herb nursery is open for sales most of the
year, although the mints in National Collection are only viewable during the Summer when the pots are moved to the display area.
The more common
mints are available for sale from the Nursery most of the time. Forms of less interest to the
general public may also be available, but contact the nursery to see what is
available before setting out or request your plants by mail order.
Contact: Nursery Manager: Tracy Conners-Pearman
Postal Address: Frittenden Road, STAPLEHURST, TN12 0DH
Telephone: 01580 891432
Fax: 01580 892416
Mail Order: yes, available through website, or contact directly.
Mar-Christmas Mon-Sat 09.00-17.00, Sun & Bank Hol 11.00-17.00, closed
Jan-Feb, but ring to confirm.
Number of mints listed on website shop: varies
Number of mints listed in RHS Plant Finder online: 81
Jekka's Herb Farm -
Well known for her stalls at many of the Horticultural Shows, Jekka had steadily
been adding mints to her list over the years and got up to 34. However in 2012 she
stopped doing mail order. She has now created a large herb garden or "Herboretum"
to display most of the large range of herbs at the Nursery which can be bought
at a series of "Open Days" when both will be open. See website
for a list of up-to-date open days or any changes. The 2014 days are
Fridays and Saturdays, 4th &n 5th April, 2nd & 3rd May, 30th &
31st May, 27th & 28th June, 25th & 26th July, and Sundays 13th July
and 3rd August for NGS; plus some Autumn dates to be announced later.
Owner: Jekka McVicar
Postal Address: Rose Cottage, Shellards Lane, Alveston, BRISTOL, BS35
Telephone: 01454 418878 or 0845 290 3255
Fax: 01454 424907
Mail order: No
Nursery Sales: during the open days - see website
Show Sales: Unknown
Laural Farm Herbs -
Laural Farm Herbs -
This Nursery moved from Suffolk to Devon in 2013 - 350 miles! - so it will probably
not be fully operational for a short time. Check twitter, website or ring for
It has been going some time and has an impressive number of varieties by mail order or to callers. Plants will
be in large pots dispatched in specially designed packing. Check the website
for full list and then with owners for availability.
Owner: Chris and Jenny Seagon
: Previously Main Road, A12, Kelsale, SAXMUNDHAN, IP13 2RG,
: now to Moorland Barn, Whiddon Down, OKEHAMPTON, Devon, EX20 2QR
Mobile: 07905 518666
by post - online catalogue only
Mail order: yes (has previously been sent
out in pot, with compost)
Plant Sizes: previously mostly 1½ litre
Nursery Sales: yes - look on website for opening times at the new
Number of mints listed on website shop: (16)
Number of mints listed on website catalogue: 27
Number of mints listed in RHS Plant Finder online: 35
Penborn Goat Farm -
- that is a nursery that started out only selling mints, and although it has
added a few others herbs still specialises. Peter's plants were the latest to be designated a National Mentha
Collection, and he offers for sale the greatest
range of mint plants in the UK. After a short suspension of mail order, he is
again offering plants by post, via an online list of a smaller range that is
propagated for sale, and a larger range of mints, which will be offered only
if there is enough material available from the Collection. See website and
enquire for availability. In 2014 you can visit the Farm and nursery on Open
Days, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st April, 14th, 25th, 26th May, 23rd, 24th 25th
August, from 10am-5pm, entrance fee £5 adult (includes free herb plant), £3
for under 16s. The nursery may also be open by appointment, ring to
Postal Address: Penborn, Bounds Cross, HOLSWORTHY. EX22 6LH
Telephone: 01288 381569
Website: (the non-goat section) www.penborngoats.com/thenursery.htm
Catalogue: Refer to website page www.penborngoats.com/gardenplantlist.htm
Nursery Sales: see website
Number of mints listed as on display: 98
Number of mints listed in RHS Plant Finder online: 86
Green Garden Herbs
nursery has changed location several times in recent years and plant
availability has varied. They are nor currently listed in the RHS Nursery
Finder, so please enquire regarding the present position.
Address: Beech House, 82 Leiston Road, ALDEBURGH, Suffolk, IP15 5PS
Telephone: 01728 452597 / 07949 906290
Website: www.greengardenherbs.co.uk - not working when I went to look
Opening times: By appointment only,
except for open weekend.
yes? website unavailable and no RHS PF entry
Mail Order yes? website unavailable and no RHS PF entry
Catalogue: was online; plant list (may be) sent on receipt of SAE
Specialty: Herbs, aromatic, culinary, medicinal & ornamental, incl.
Salvia, Mentha, Thymus. Plants & seed available. Some
rarities not listed as only available in very small quantities.
The Herb Nursery -
may not be known as a major source of mint plants as they don't do any mail order or visit any major shows.
But I'm glad I got around to driving to Rutland because they have all the 38 mints they list for sale on display all season and well labeled in 10 litre
pots; see picture below. (They also have a very large number of scented leaf
and species pelargoniums for sale in their greenhouses, which doubled my pleasure.). Many other herbs are on display in beds around the
nursery including a thyme collection. You'll have to make the trip there to
get you mints, maybe organise a herb group visit, or arrange to go on their
Open Weekend and see behind the scenes.
Owners: Peter Bench
Postal Address: Thisleton. OAKHAM, LE15 7RE
Telephone: 01572 767658
Fax: 01572 768021
Opening times: 9am-6pm
(or dusk), Mon-Sun, except 2 weeks at Christmas.
June. Open Garden Weekend at The Herb Nursery - five acres of nursery,
gardens and woodland not normally open to the public, including lavender,
rosemary and origanum collections. Entry by donation.
Refreshments available. Proceeds to village church clock fund.
Catalogue: online, or A5 SAE
Specialty: Herbs, wild flowers, cottage garden plants, mints and scented-leaf
Number of mints listed on website catalogue: 38
Number of mints listed in RHS Plant Finder online: 38
Old Hall Plants - Suffolk
Old Hall Plants had, maybe,
the largest collection of mint plants for sale in the UK up until 2004.
However Janet had developed other areas of specialism and the work involved in
maintaining her collection of stock plants had become too time consuming, So
reluctantly the majority of her mint plants were passed on. The nursery is still in business but
Janet is now semi-retired and is concentrating on rarer herbs and
houseplants, particularly Plectranthus. There is still one mint,
she brought to the UK from Israel.
Owner: Janet Elliot
Mail Order Address: 1 Old Hall,
Barsham, BECCLES, NR34 8HB
Telephone: 01502 717475
Mail Order: yes
Nursery Sales: by appointment
Number of mints listed on website: 1
Number of mints listed in RHS Plant Finder online:
Unusual Herbs and
Edibles - Suffolk
small nursery moved location in 2004/2005 and took a year off all sales. It appears to have not restarted, yet. It did have an very interesting small mint list
including some rare and unusual forms. Maybe keep an eye on their website
www.unusualherbsandedibles.co.uk for when they restart online shopping, but
they aren't yet!
Owner: Lauren Rayner
Postal Address: 23 Mill Lane, Wrentham, BECCLES, NR34 7JQ
Telephone: 01502 502001
not being answered at the moment
first for me in 2011. I went along to their advertised Mint Weekend. The list of plants for sale in the RHS
Plant Finder was impressive but not all were being offered for sale in
June. Don't forget the terrible winter weather we had which had an effect on
the lavender designs. (It's impossible to predict at the time the RHS wants your list what will
actually be available the following year when you are expanding your catalogue
in a new area). They had just planted a small specific mint display area. They
do not make of their mints these days so I don't know if they are still a major
Yorkshire Lavender Farm, Terrington, YORK, YO60 6PB
Telephone: 01653 648008
Fax: 01653 648008
10am-5pm, Mon-Sun, 2nd April - 30th October 2011.
none - refer
to RHS Nursery Finder, - find your way to www.lavenderworld.co.uk,
click on Garden Plants
and then on.
no details, but they are open every day
Specialities: Lavandula, Thymus & Mentha
Number of mints listed on (lavenderworld.co.uk) website: was
12, recently none
Number of mints listed in RHS Plant Finder online:
This may not an
exhaustive list although it does contain the nurseries with the greatest range
of mints for sale and some with an interesting unusual selection. Nurseries
with a smaller range of mints are listed on the Herb
Farm page. If you know of any other Mentha
sources worth adding to the above, please let me know, at sources