In 1984 a Cumbrian landscape designer bought a rundown property in the heart of the Eden Valley, and after a much publicised planning wrangle during 1993 and 1994 in which the secretary of State eventually intervened, Larch Cottage Nurseries is celebrating 30 years in business.
Unable to find the right plants for his landscaping business owner Peter Stott decided to grow them himself. Combining his love of Art, beauty and good architecture with a passion for Italy, he and his team of experienced craftsmen have created – and are still creating - A Secret Garden hidden in the heart of the Eden Valley where Romanesque walls, draped with greenery act as a backdrop for the peaceful gardens bursting with mature stock plants.
As host to over 15,000 varieties of plants, the vast majority of which are propagated on-site, we specialise in Rare and Unusual Shrubs, Perennials, and climbers, Japanese Acers, Old Fashioned Roses, and slow growing and Dwarf Conifers. For many of these varieties we are the country’s only suppliers as listed in the RHS Bible, The Plantfinder.
Larch Cottage has Supplied Kew Gardens, Botanic Gardens Durham, RHS Wisley, plus many National Plant Collections as well as Sheffield botanical gardens, Worcester college, Myerscough college, Shipley college, Oatridge college, Gardening Which, University of Warwick and Alnwick gardens.
Our diverse range of statuary in marble, bronze, lead and stone, consists of some individual pieces, commissioned to order, whilst others are sourced from reputable suppliers worldwide. We hold a vast range of terracotta and glazed pots as well as popular garden ornaments - something for every taste!
2 years ago, Peter and Jo were married in the chapel at the bottom of the new gardens. Designed and built by Peter the gardens consist of meandering paths, bordered by lush flower beds, a wildflower meadow, an orchard and lawns with a stream leading down into a small lake with the chapel at its head. These gardens are not generally open to the public but do open on specific days for the NGS, British Red Cross and Hospice at Home, and in 2017 we have become a partner Garden with the RHS. To find out just when the gardens will be open in 2017 visit our Events Page
La Casa Verde Restuarant is a 'hidden gem' located right in the heart of our beautiful gardens. A terraced restaurant serving a light Mediterranean menu, sumptous home-made cakes, scones and wonderful Italian Coffee and wines. Our full lunch menu is served from 12 to 3pm. We use only the freshest of ingredients with organic vegetables and fruit being supplied from our own kitchen gardens where possible!
Adjacent is Red Barn Gallery, with it’s niche firmly cemented in the Art World, exhibitions change bi-monthly with a host of fine artists and ceramicists on show. Red Barn also has a permanent display of contemporary bespoke jewellery displayed throughout the year with the work of over 50 makers changing regularly.
Lower Red Barn is rapidly becoming THE place in the area for those wishing to purchase inspirational, original gifts and soft furnishing; the softest of leather bags, throws, a multitude of candles, mirrors, scarves, cards ... the list is endless!
The beautiful Eden Valley has a wealth of great places to visit, so while here why not sample some of the special places on offer, all within driving distance and all just a stones throw from us here at Larch Cottage.: We are just a couple of miles from Lowther Castle. Aughill Castle Brough and the Centre Parks complex at whinfell is just on our doorstep.Whilst Askham Hall is situated in the picturesque village of Askham just through Lowther Park
The George and Dragon Hotel at Clifton is located on the A6, and Ullswater Steamers are located at Pooley Bridge, Howtown, and Glenridding. Dalemain Country House and Reghed are located on the A592 just past Penrith.
We operate a pallet mail order service sending orders out to all of the UK and Europe.
May 2011: The recycled gardener blogspot
March 2012 : The Independent Newspaper voted us one of the top 50 garden centres in the UK, describing us as a ‘A place of pilgrimage for plantaholics’
Nursery of the Season 2013: Plant Enthusiast Website
A Trip To Larch Cottage Nurseries, Penrith: The Hardy Plant Society, Hertfordshire Group.
Daily Telegraph: ‘The Lake District’s best kept horticultural Secret’
The Garden: ‘An exciting destination for any gardener’
13th October 2015: New member of the Larch Cottage team, Lucius Maximus, arrives.
16th July 2015: Peter receives and honorary fellowship from the University of Cumbria in recognition of his lifelong and outstanding contribution to Horticulture and Landscape Design within the Cumbrian Economy.
9th October 2015 National Garden Scheme: Sarah Wint has spent many weekends over the past summer visiting Yellow Book Gardens Open for Charity and collecting stories along the way. Visit www.daisybus.co.uk to find out more.
17th December 2015: We have just been named as one of Gardens Illustrated top plant nurseries in the UK
See us in Cumbria Live:La Casa Verde one of the Best places to eat in the Eden Valley