Spring pot plants

In these difficult times we are not able to get out and indulge in some of our favourite pastimes – buying plants and enjoying a coffee at our favourite garden centre, but just because we can’t leave home we can still work in the garden. Spring is often a tricky time in the garden –…

A knife, a piece of string and a shilling

One of the many characters I remember from the old days at Knights was Bert. I don’t know if I ever knew his surname and I certainly can’t remember it now – perhaps one of you know. I was endlessly fascinated by his tales of life ‘in service’ when he worked in a private estate….

Early days at Nags Hall

How times have changed Knights Garden Centres are celebrating 75 years of trading; a significant achievement in an age of take-overs and mergers, when companies appear and disappear in the blink of an eye. I have been asked to write because, to quote Richard Knight, I have been working there ‘almost since the beginning’. While…

Rotovating in a tight spot

One of the first jobs I did when I started at Knights was rotovating. There was an old Howard Gem rotavator, a big orange beast with rotating blades at the front and two big wheels at the back. It seemed huge to me at the time but not impossible to manoeuvre, after all it had…

I’m Geoff Stebbings

“You can’t always believe what you read (and there is a lot of nonsense spread about gardening) but anything on here will be learned from experience – I have always believed that you should only write or talk about what you know”

Let’s talk gardens

Hello everyone! Welcome to Nags Hall Gardener. This is our new blog space for all things gardening and plant related