Who We Are
The nursery is situated on a main road in a rural location, where plants have been
grown since the mid 1750s. We are a not-for-profit Social enterprise. So when
you buy from Hintons, you will almost certainly be supporting a local charity or
We are not a garden centre, so we don't sell books, clothes or cookie cutters.
But we do offer lots of advice and can help you choose plants which should work
in your garden, so you don't spend money on plants which die unexpectendly!
A Potted History
Originally the Kitchen Garden for the Guy's Cliffe Estate from the mid C18, Hintons has continually grown fruit, vegetables or plants since that time. The 1881 census lists a head gardener and seven under-gardeners working and living here at our site. William Hayward, one of the under-gardeners in the early 20th century won a prize at the Royal Show for growing the blackest Pansy on behalf of Guy's Cliffe House. We still grow black pansies here today. Whilst the nursery now hosts a different sort of team, and has a more modest owner, the original walled garden including part of a Victorian peach house and a sunken melon house all still remain and are now part of a separate and unique restoration project.
The Nursery Staff
The staff at Hintons grow many of our plants here on site - and because we grow them -
we are also able to advise customers about how to look after them.
We try to create a relaxed environment where anyone can come and ask a question ...
and not have to worry whether they're an expert or a complete novices in the garden.
We work as a team and whilst there is a lot of expertise within the team, new plants
are constantly being bred, different composts developed and new pests & diseases
appear from time to time, so we all consider ourselves to be constantly learning.