Hill House NurseryDistance from the centre of Kingsbridge: 13.8 miles
** The Nursery will open again from Wednesday 13th May and will be open seven days a week from 11am to 5pm daily. The tearoom and garden will remain closed for the time being and social distancing measures have been put in place. **
Family run plant nursery in South Devon open all year round including bank holidays, with seasonal tea rooms open 1st March - 30th September.
The Nursery was started in 1981 when Raymond Hubbard and family came to Devon from Upshire, Essex. The garden has some unusual & even rare plants in it, originally designed and planted by Edward Hyams, the first lay owner of this former vicarage. Raymond restored the neglected garden & started propagating some of its contents and gradually moved entirely from growing salad plants to growing ornamentals.
Some of Hyams's planting still survives including some now rarely seen Camellias. Where our greenhouses now stand was his kitchen garden and vineyard. He was among the first to re-introduce the growing of wine grapes to Britain. Raymond was the pioneer of the use of biological controls in commercial greenhouse growing & at one time was investigated by the secret services because he was sending and receiving telegrams from Russian biologists and growers, containing Latin names for predatory insects. MI5 thought he was using code!
Our stock ranges from the well loved and known to the rare and unusual. Our garden is open, free of charge.