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Holden Clough Nursery

Specialist Growers of Alpines, Heathers, Herbaceous Plants and Shrubs

Order Hotline 01200 447615

Meet the Team



Throughout Johns childhood he helped his dad potting and weeding. Learning as he went and developing a love for growing plants. Having grown up with gardening in his blood John took a particular interest in Crocosmias, building up collection of over 140 different varieties of this plant that has now become nationally recognised.

Taking over the nursery in 2009 with girlfriend Kate, they have successfully progressed and improved the business winning numerous awards culminating in the nurseries first RHS Gold award at the Tatton Park Flower Show 2011.

2012 now sees John flying the flag for all young gardeners accross the country as he proudly takes on the mantle of the very first BBC Young Gardener of the Year     

John is also a qualified landscaper running Holden Clough Landscapes which provides a full service from Patios to Pergolas and Walls to Water Features. On Saturdays, John is on hand at the nursery and available to discuss all your problems and gardening needs.

Since taking over the nursery John has won many awards including

  • Silver Award       - Harrogate Flower Show 2009
  • Premier Award    - Harrogate Flower Show 2010
  • Silver Gilt Award - RHS Tatton Park 2010
  • Gold Award        - RHS Tatton Park 2011
  • Gold Award        - Harrogate Flower Show 2011

John studied at Askham Bryan College near York in 2006 and obtained a Certificate of Higher Education in Landscape Design and Garden Management



Running the nursery on a daily basis Kate works out what goes where and what is to be grown next!

Having a wealth of knowledge and sound advice Kate can help you find that perfect plant for those problem places.

In charge of the daily running of the nursery from accounts right down to organising our team, Kate is manager of the business. Growing up in Leyburn in the Yorkshire Dales where she studied animal management, Kate met John at college and now shares his passion for plants. However her previous qualification still comes in handy from time to time with the management of John when he’s on the nursery!



Being our ‘Potter’ as well as having greenfingers for plant propagation, Jan is always on hand to help you with plant selection and any plant problems.

Joining us in January 2009 she has seen the nursery be reclaimed from the brambles and helped with building up the stock of plants that we now have to offer.



Being incharge of propagation, Pauline certainly knows her Clematis from her Crocosmias whether they have leaves on or not!

Since joining us in 2009 Pauline has seen the business grow aswell as her knowledge for plants.



Always a familiar face at the shows and nursery events, David is always willing to help you with your plant selection and gardening problems.

Being a retired photographer David now has more time on his hands helping us here on the nursery and also helping us to come up with new ideas for exciting future projects. Also a marketing guru, he is in charge of all our marketing; from keeping our brand new website up to date right down to our special offers, David is never short of an exciting new idea!



The nursery rabbit is always a favourite with the children as well as the adults; found hopping around the nursery off his lead, he hasn’t yet discovered that most of the plants on the nursery can be eaten..........thankfully!


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