A delightful plant nursery set in the heart of the countryside, stocks everything from home-grown perennials to locally crafted gifts. Photography: Kirsten Platt
A Ribble Valley cottage garden nursery is showing how vital it is to ‘Bee Kind’ this autumn. So Plants, which is now fully open to the public, is delivering plants, bulbs, compost and gardening accessories for free, while next door at the family-run Little Town Farm Shop and Dairy have been delivering home-cooked meals and fresh produce.
Working within a five-mile radius, Thornley-based So Plants, are delivering ‘a little garden therapy’ to those unable to get out and about or are self-isolating. Horticultural expert, Michelle Unsworth of So Plants, explained: “We are fully open and have all the safety measures in place at So Plants but we understand if people prefer to shop from home. We will happily deliver.”
With all hygiene measures observed, trolleys wiped down and hand sanitiser at the entrance to the nursery, visitors can enjoy the open-air space with little or no queuing.
With much of the nursery outdoors, visitors can see a wide selection of topiary as well as an expanded collection of more than 70 different varieties of British grown trees, which are all great carbon dioxide absorbers as well as attracting wildlife into the garden.
So Plants has recently expanded their offering at the plant nursery, which has a huge collection of hardy, home-grown perennials, shrubs, trees and plants that can withstand our climate here in the North West.
With a good selection of spring bulbs and autumn bedding plants, including pansies, violas and wallflowers, now is the time to visit So Plants to make your selection and get planting, to add a pop of colour to your garden.
With an extended polytunnel, So Plants are now taking orders for the refilling of autumn and winter hanging baskets and pots, and if you fancy something new, they have a lovely selection of frost proof pots and tubs.
With one of the area’s largest selections of composts and fertilisers, wild bird food and a range of garden tools and accessories, So Plants really does have everything for the discerning gardener!
Wander into the potting sheds and visitors will also find an exquisite collection of gifts and accessories too. From bread boards and oak door stops made by local carpenters to locally-made candles and atomisers – as well the unique, hand crafted DCUK collection.
Set in the heart of the Ribble Valley countryside, So Plants truly is a haven for plant lovers, and with a reputation for ‘hardy plants suitable for the locality’, you can be sure that your garden will look good all year round!
So Plants – Little Town Farm Shop and Dairy
Thornley, Longridge PR3 2TB
Open seven days: 10am-4pm