Welcome to the 2019 Babylon Plants catalogue. We are a cash and carry wholesale nursery based in south Oxfordshire, where customers are welcome to come and browse the stock beds and containerised stock areas for inspiration or purchase.
Plants can be collected personally or orders placed via email and phone. Larger enquiries are best sent as emails so they can be turned into quotations to be emailed back for confirmation and adjustment to suit the client’s budget. During busy periods, we can’t always gather plants without sufficient notice but we do try to be flexible where possible. Customers need to purchase in a wholesale manner to avoid our small order charges on less than 3 per variety of herbaceous, grasses, ferns and small shrubs.
Babylon Plants grows its own plants as well as sourcing from other growers to offer a complete plant supply service. We mainly grow hardy perennials, ornamental grasses and shrubs. We also carry a wide range of containerised trees and roses. Plants are available in pot sizes from 9cm to 110 Litre.
The catalogue contains descriptions of our plants including preferred conditions and descriptions of each plants flowers, habit, size and foliage. Heights and flowering months (1-12) are listed at the end of each description. The following abbreviations appear in the descriptions of some plants. AGM-Award of Garden Merit, PP/PBR-Plant Patent, S/Sh-Sun or shade, S/PSh-Sun or partial shade. If you would like the list e-mailed to you as excel spreadsheets please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The price conversion table on the back page of the catalogue allows customers to work out the price of a plant if it is in a different pot size from that listed. We always acknowledge emails so please call if you receive no response. This year, we will be regularly updating our online list on the website, please ask if you want to the password to view prices.
We grow most of our herbaceous stock from seed, cuttings and division. Shrubs are bought in as UK grown liners and grown on. Stock beds around the nursery allow you to see many varieties growing naturally, displaying their full attributes and stature. Babylon Plants sources plants from other British growers and nurseries. Bulbs, bare-root and root-balled plants can be ordered in advance for autumn and winter collection or delivery.
Designers and landscapers are welcome to shop or browse during opening hours – Monday to Friday 8.30am-5.30pm. Please report to a member of staff on arrival. Louise Shaw manages sales on Monday & Tuesday. On days Louise is absent, Claire Crook, Robin Riseley, Rick Bennett and Matt Stokes are here to help and handle any enquiries. We are registered for VAT at 20%. Please add to the prices listed.
Plant Health at Babylon Plants
Over the last few years we have implemented a host of improvements at the nursery and now offer a wider, healthier range of plants due to new tunnels with more advanced polythene coverings. We continue to expand the range of bio-pesticides in use and our stock continues to improve in health and vigour. We are continually changing our range further to reflect customer requests, new plants & disease issues. Please feel free to ask about varieties not listed in the catalogue.
Trade customers receive increasing discounts depending on how much they have spent at Babylon Plants over the preceding 12 months. Stock bought in specifically for an order is excluded from the discount scheme. There are no changes to the scheme this year.
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We believe in running the nursery sustainably with as small an impact on the environment as possible. We recycle, re-use and compost most waste from the nursery. Pests are mostly controlled using biological controls and organic methods and we primarily rely on cultural controls and healthy plants to resist pests and diseases. A wide range of wildlife feeds on pests in the nursery. As a result all sorts of birds, mammals and amphibians live and breed on site, including owls, kestrels, weasels, snakes and newts. Don’t be alarmed, they are all quite shy. Pesticides are used where no alternative is practical, although where possible we deploy protective biocides such as Serenade, Majestik and Prestop. We switched to entirely peat-free compost in 2013. The nursery eco-buildings are heated and provided with hot water by waste logs and wood and our electricity continues be supplied by Ecotricity. The catalogue and our offices all use recycled paper. Due to increased concern about ‘plant miles’ and the spread of diseases, we have restricted stock sourced abroad to those items we cannot source adequately from UK growers. This year, we are following much of the industry in adopting the use of taupe pots for ease of recycling, although sterilisation and re-use remains the preferred and more environmentally friendly option and we will continue to accept and reuse black pots.
We have no minimum delivery amount and can deliver nationwide by courier or pallets. Prices from outside couriers start from £70.00. Deliveries made using our vehicles charge £80.00 per hour one-way to cover the costs of fuel and wages. For instance, a delivery to Oxford taking half an hour would be billed at £40.00. Deliveries to shows and London cost extra due to the additional traffic issues. All costs above exclude VAT @ 20%.
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