Busy Baskets Nursery was started over 25 years ago by Susie Bond and over the years built up an excellent reputation for supplying quality plants and hanging baskets and patio containers made up to customer requests and for ‘off the shelf’ purchase.
We took over the Nursery in November 2015 and so are now in the second season under new management. We aren’t changing much of what the Nursery has been doing for the last 25 years but we will try to add new ideas and maybe venture into some new areas. Ultimately we will rely on YOU, our customers, to tell us what you want…. because at the end of the day it is you that we are growing for!
As growers Busy Baskets are able to offer different and unusual plants as we aren’t reliant on the Dutch suppliers or larger mechanised growers that supply most of the garden centres. We can offer you excellent quality and choice of colours, together with sound advice on growing and planting schemes for your gardens.
Andy is the one with the greenfingers, having been raised on a family salad and cut flower nursery in Cambridgeshire, he then went on to college where he studied commercial horticulture. His first job was working in the plant breeding department of a UK seed company. From there he joined a wholesale tree and shrub nursery, working on container shrub production, supplying local authorities, landscapers and garden centre outlets. After a spell, he returned to the seed company, taking responsibility for the new young plant department (at the start of the plant plug market) and was also responsible for the plant trials department (growing the company’s varieties alongside competitor varieties). Following this Andy worked for Ball Colegrave, one of our main suppliers, as a technical sales representative and later set up a Retail Nursery, growing for retail and wholesale markets. His Nursery displayed at Gardener’s World Show, where the BBC used the stand to host their TV program from. He then moved to Oxfordshire and ran Jiffy UK, then set-up a soft landscaping and consultancy, advising on planting schemes for estates through to small gardens and finally on to Busy Baskets.
Barbara, who covers the weekends (and night-shift!) deals with the admin, organising and behind the scenes stuff as well as overseeing the herb and perennials sections and assisting with the young plant production.
Jo has been with us since 2015. She owns up to never having been a passionate gardener, but has learnt an awful lot in 12 months and is always ready with a smile to help and point you in the right direction.
Last July Carolyn started working with us after years of working in corporate life. She has swapped her business suits for dungarees and after spending 7 months at Busy Baskets in her own words:
I love working at the Nursery, I am learning so much and most of all I enjoy being outside whatever the weather! I have spent many years in my own garden taking on projects, planning my own vegetable garden, building my raised beds and generally keeping it looking tidy! I am looking forward to 2018 and helping to create the fantastic display of colour and plant varieties at Busy Baskets! My other passion is animals and especially those of a canine variety! Spending my days with the loyal Busy Baskets dogs is a real bonus. Buster and Gilly are both rescue dogs and they have absolutely dropped on their paws! They are friendly fun dogs, always ready for a treat or two!
Zoe joined us in November 2017 and is a self-confessed plant whisperer... by which we mean you'll find her talking to the plants…..whether they're actually listening is still open to debate.
Having come to working with plants via a roundabout route of every random unconnected job imaginable she honed her skills as the manager of Newington Nurseries & Garden Design at Stadhampton. Moving on as assistant manager of Stubbings Nursery & Garden Centre at Maidenhead when Newington closed, Zoe now joins Busy Baskets with a plenitude of experience and a frequent tendency to name plants in Latin. So fear not if you hear strange latin mutterings from the undergrowth, it won’t be another Roman invasion, just Zoe!