Site Updated 19/02/2015 We are a family-run  retail plant nursery. We have been growing  & selling an extremely  wide selection of plants  here in the Scottish  Highlands since 1979. We have for sale Alpines Bedding Plants Bulbs Dwarf Conifers  Ferns Grasses Heathers Herbs  House Plants  Perennials Shrubs And a few Trees. The majority grown on  site with care & love by  Ben & Lesley  Rushbrooke. We are not a Garden  Centre, so no tea room  or gift shop, all our  effort goes into  producing top quality &  excellent value plants.  The Met Office Local  Weather forecast: Nursery View Opening Hours 10am to 6pm.  Monday to Saturday.  March to Late October or by appointment. We are near Poolewe in Wester Ross, in the remote & beautiful North West Highlands of Scotland and 2kms north of the world renowned Inverewe Gardens. See our directions page for details of how to get here. Echeveria 'Duchess of Nuremberg' Made with Xara © Garden Cottage Nursery, 2015 Welcome Tough and Beautiful plants grown in the Scottish Highlands. Our Stock reflects the prevailing conditions here, with lots of salty wind, high rainfall & fairly mild but  long winters, as well as lots of poor, shallow, highly acidic peaty soils.  As such  conditions make some forms of ‘conventional’ gardening difficult & there is little readily  available information on how to grow plants up here we have written several  informational pieces to help customers get the most from their gardens or just to know more about what make plants tick.  Stormy Loch Thurnaig Amongst Our Stock We have many Brachyglottis, Hebe, Olearia & Ozothamnus. We offer more varieties than anyone else of Olearia, a genus of great variety and utility. We also offer much else  besides that is rare & unusual as well as some of the more run-of-the-mill old favourites.  Other popular specialities include the bog loving ‘candelabra’ Primulas, Erythronium for  the spring through to Crocosmia for the autumn. Olearia 'Henry Travers' Visit Wester Ross Our nursery is located in a beautiful part of the country and is itself in a lovely sheltered  setting with the sales frames arranged around the garden. Surprisingly though we are  not all that is worth seeing hereabouts. When you are done here please follow this link to a useful site to make people aware of what’s going on and accommodation in our area. Loch Maree from Tollie Second Hand Books Founder of the nursery Ron Rushbrooke now sells second hand books through the  internet and from Ron’s Book Bothy upstairs in Poolewe Village Hall above his daughter  Alison’s Button Bothy jewellery studio.  Book Bothy Gallery Pictures speak a thousand words, and when it comes to describing plants those words  are mostly Latin jargon, so if you don’t know your cordate from your palmate having a  picture helps. Nearly every plant that goes through the nursery gets it’s photo taken, we  are uploading most of these plant portraits to the photo sharing site Flickr. We keep  adding more photos all the time and we regularly update the index here. If you would like some free cut-out & keep desktop backgrounds? Here are  some pretty pictures for you. We’ve just added a couple more backgrounds. Clematis montana var. wilsonii Flickr Slide show Click on play to see a seasonal selection of the images we have uploaded to the photo sharing site Flickr. Double click on a picture to see the photo on our Flickr photostream, clicking the “Show Info” bar shows the  name of the plant & a description.
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Garden Cottage Nursery On The Road Throughout the warmer months Lesley has a stall at various local markets: Poolewe Tuesday Market - Every Tuesday in Poolewe Hall (also with books). Next summer Lesley will also return to:    Ullapool Market - Generally Fortnightly, plus some extra weeks, on Saturdays, in  front of the Seaforth Hotel near the Ferry Terminal. See some photos Lochcarron Producers Day - in Lochcarron Village Hall the last Friday of each month.  Torridon Food and Craft Market - in Loch Torridon Community Centre Fridays Torridon Community Centre’s Facebook timeline has a nice photo from  the 13th Aug of Lesley by her stall. If you want Lesley to bring you a particular plant e-mail or phone ahead on 01445781777

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Searchable Availability List Through much ham-fisted coding Ben has managed to make our regularly updated and  almost fully illustrated availability list searchable by name, cultural preferences and such,  so now you can see just what shrubs we have for windy wet and shady sites.   Please have a poke around and see what grabs you. Shrubs growing-on Loss of a Landmark Early in the New Year Scotland was rocked by a severe westerly storm, 90mph winds felled many trees in the area and did a fair bit of damage to buildings too. We were lucky at the Nursery apart from the loss of the massive birch tree in the middle of the sales area. Admired by countless visitors this huge downy birch was around 100 (an exceptional age for a birch tree) with rough bark and a twisted trunk, and with a small pine tree growing out of it. Fortunately it’s roots were a bit rotten and she went over without flipping Ron’s Book Store Cabin and laid herself out without squishing too much either. Click on the photos to enlarge. The Stump Aster... Gone... Ish... As most daisies have very small individual parts to their flowers finding distinctions can  be difficult and this has led to Asteraceae, the daisy family, historically having  comparatively few genera with large numbers of species in many of the genera. As DNA analysis technology has improved in the last 20 years taxonomists can now  compare genes of plants and fill-out their family trees and see their true relationships. The first of a genus to have been named is known as the ‘type’ and it is the standard to  which all others must be compared. The European Aster amellus is Aster’s type species. Recently Aster has been scrutinised and from a peak of 500 species in the 70s, current  indications suggest just 152 remain in Aster, mostly Eurasian species, but expect further  trimming in coming years. Most of the “Asters” that we grow in gardens, like the classic  ‘Michaelmas Daisies’, originate in America and are no longer considered to be in Aster.  The commonest garden varieties belong in the catchy named genus Symphyotrichum.  Click here for a wee table showing the names for some commonly cultivated types.   Iris sibirica 'Tropic Night' Iris sibirica 'Tropic Night' Down with a bump All the awkard sticky-up bits removed Let's get started clearing up then Euphorbia melifera having it's personal space invaded The Yak Rhododendron was grazed by a falling pine tree in 2005 too I suppose this path will need re-routing then Euphorbia melifera alone again Birch tree before the fall Bit of carpentry needed here Sorted for firewood for next winter Lumber mostly cleared away Fasicularia, formerly living 5m up in the air, now more low flying Ron’s Book Bothy Shop The short winter days and inclement weather have afforded Ron time enough to set up an  ebay shop to offer up various treasures from his vast stock of books, maps, postcard, and  various other bits, bobs and curious that come his way. Click the logo on the left to take a  shufti. Echeveria 'Duchess of Nuremberg' Spring, So Close You Can Almost Taste It... Entering the home straight of the shortest month the days are lengthening rapidly and the earliest bulbs are poking through the ground and the frogs are getting it on in the pond. Lesley has started spring potting of perennials and we’re tarting-up the sales area ready for re-opening to the public in the spring. Anybody wanting plants before we officially reopen in March is welcome to come round and see us and I’m sure we can find something to tide you over! The Stump