In 1984 a Cumbrian landscape designer bought a rundown property in the heart of the Eden Valley, 28 years later and after a much publicised planning wrangle during 1993 and 1994 in which the secretary of State eventually intervened, Larch Cottage Nurseries is celebrating over a quarter century in business.
Unable to find the right plants for his landscaping business owner Peter Stott decided to grow them himself. Combining his love of Art, beauty and good architecture with a passion for Italy, he and his team of experienced craftsmen have created – and are still creating – A Secret Garden hidden in the heart of the Eden Valley where Romanesque walls, draped with greenery act as a backdrop for the peaceful gardens bursting with mature stock plants.
As host to over 15,000 varieties of plants, the vast majority of which are propagated on-site, we specialise in Rare and Unusual Shrubs, Perennials, and climbers, Japanese Acers, Old Fashioned Roses, and slow growing and Dwarf Conifers. For many of these varieties we are the country’s only suppliers as listed in the RHS Bible, The Plantfinder.