We're Neil and Catherine and we set up our herb nursery in 1998.
We'd always wanted to set up our own nursery where we'd specialise in growing herb plants as it would combine our love of horticulture, food, cooking, a healthy lifestyle and being outdoors. The herbs we grow aren't just the usual culinary varieties - there are medicinal, decorative and fragrant ones, together with salad leaves and edible flowers - from the popular and traditional herbs that everyone is familiar with to those you may have heard of but are more difficult to track down.
Starting with just one polytunnel on a rented site in Surrey we expanded and eventually moved to our herb farm in Hampshire in 2016. The name 'Pepperpot' comes from the landmark building in Godalming's High Street; the town we lived in when we first started up (as a reminder of where it all started) and it's where we still live today.
With a life long interest in horticulture, Neil studied commercial horticulture at Hadlow College in Kent followed by a further three years completing the Kew Diploma with Honours at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. Whilst also studying for the Master of Horticulture RHS examinations he now has over 30 years of experience within the horticultural industry. From a background in finance, HR and customer service management, Catherine joined him full time in 2000 and there’s a small team of both permanent and seasonal workers, together with their two sons, who help to grow the herbs too.
When we first established the nursery in 1998 we focused on wholesale and supplying independent garden centres and small chains together with other quality outlets within a radius of approx 60 miles of the nursery. Keeping it local is still important to us today and although we now supply slightly further afield or have customers calling in for collections it's also to florists, flower farmers, landscapers, garden designers, other nurseries and online plant shops.
We then expanded into selling our herb plants direct to the public so you'll still find us at some food festivals,
farmers' markets and other events throughout the busier months of the gardening year but again they'll only
be in the local area and if you'd like to see where to buy our herb plants take a look at the events on our home
Setting up an online shop was the final step and meant that we could start to send out herb plants
to the rest of the UK - and we send them to every corner of it!