Moulton Seas End nursery is still labour of love

Steve Foster at Jersey Cottage Nursery, which is gaining a name for unusual varieties of plants.
Steve Foster at Jersey Cottage Nursery, which is gaining a name for unusual varieties of plants.

While the winter weather has proved less than ideal for some growers, nurseryman Steve Foster says it’s been “brilliant” for his plants.

Steve is in the early years of running Jersey Cottage Nursery at Moulton Seas End and still describes his job as “a labour of love”.

It was after giving up his job as a structural engineer that Steve bought the three-acre site and opened Jersey Cottage Nursery a couple of years ago, finally achieving a long held dream to pursue a career in horticulture.

He says: “The place is evolving quickly, although we are still in the early days, but it’s really promising. I am the happiest chap in the world.”

When he set up, Steve had in excess of 500 different kinds of plants, concentrating on good plants nor commercially available, with a particular interest in grasses and the bamboo and iris families.

He describes his plants now as an “eclectic and interesting mix”, and says the display garden he created is now all finished.

He said: “The winter has helped because we do grow quite a variety of rarer shrubs as well as borderline hardy, and this winter has been brilliant for us. The plants have had a couple of difficult winters and this one has just given them a breather.

“An awful lot of plants stand a good chance of doing well this year, carrying no winter damage.”

Steve says the nursery’s ethos is to provide good quality and interesting plants not seen commercially at “decent prices”.