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Cleeve Nursery, Bristol

Cleeve Nursery,

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Cleeve Nursery have gone to great lengths to make shopping at their garden centre an enjoyable experience. It's imaginatively laid out and set in beautiful countryside.

This is a totally independent GardenAction opinion of the Cleeve Nursery in the Bristol area.

Cleeve Nursery is a family run business for the past 24 years. The owner, Alan Down, writes regularly for the Western Daily press. Copies of some of his recent articles are on display in the covered area of the nursery.


The outdoor plant area is well designed, attractive and well kept. The range of plants is very good for a nursery of this size and includes a great range of ornamental trees.

Cleeve grow around 50% of all the plants they sell but of all the hardy plants sold they grow around 75%. Not surprisingly the quality of the plants is excellent.

There was a good range of potted aquatic baskets for sale, good for water garden gardeners.

The signs (click left for larger picture) are very helpful and allow plants to be located quickly.

As well as stocking a full range of the common plants and shrubs, Cleeve also stock a few unusual ones.

An example is the Wollemi Pines. These are great foliage plants and rarely found in other garden centres. Click the Wollemi Pine website for more information about this unusual plant.

Unusually for a nursery, Cleeve offer a 2 year guarantee on their hardy plants. This shows they have confidence in the quality of their plants.

About 60% of the outdoor area was paved with the remainder being reasonably firm gravel. The aisles were wide enough to allow easy access around the plants.

The prices of the plants was extremely competitive. The prices of the accessories was also competitive with several special offers. The lawn feed had a 2 for 1 offer at �10.

Rose, 3 litre pot � 6.50 upwards

Common shrub (e.g. potentilla) �6.50

Clematis �7.00 upwards

Potted fruit tree (various rootstocks) �24.00 upwards

Growmore, branded, 2.5kg �3.20

Growmore, branded, 1.25kg �1.90

Miracle Gro, soluble plant food, 1kg �4.00

Westland Lawn Feed, 120 sq m �7.00 (see above)