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Contract Growing & Plant Sourcing

We are experienced growers of plants for exhibitions and Chelsea Flower Show gardens. We can source and supply all of the plants from the"Hero" trees down to the smallest ground covering perennials.

We amalgamate all of the plants for a garden onto our nursery and finish them to perfection, saving you the time consuming job of dealing with several different suppliers in different locations. 

We have a particular strength in the sourcing of very location specific plant lists, i.e. South African, Corsican, maritime Australian, or Alpine Maquis. Dave has a deep interest in and knowledge of Mediterranean, exotic and architectural plants, and has extensive sources through the UK and in Europe from the smallest most specialist nurseries to some of the very largest. One of the greatest challenges to date was to find plants specific to Lord Howe Island in the South Pacific for a prestigous client. 

Dave Root - Kelways' Plant Sourcing Expert

Dave Root, Kelways Wholesale Contract Specialist

Dave Root has more than 25 years experience in the sourcing and supply of the highest quality plants and has built up a wide spreading network of contacts with the best specialist nurseries and growers all over the UK and Europe, with contacts extending into Japan, China and Australia. Take a look at some of the projects that we have been involved with.

Dave designs and builds RHS show exhibits with peonies and Irises and ferns for Kelways, and his involvement with building displays for other RHS exhibitors has given him broad understanding of the theatre and drama that plants can produce. Kelways has won 6 RHS Chelsea Gold medals under Dave's management. 

Kelways has the largest stock in the UK of quality characterful Dicksonia antarctica. Dave specializes in curved and leaning specimens, which ooze character and beauty. The largest curved trunked plants are individually selected to Dave’s specifications in Australia. These incredible horticultural masterpieces have even been known to fly! Click here for more information.

 

Recent Plant Sourcing

There is no shortage of escapades, adventures and challenges faced by Dave as he searches for the right plants and gets them to where they need to be! Below are just a few shots of some recent work he and the Kelways team have undertaken.

Choosing Hyophorbe lagenicaulis (Bottle Palms) for a client in Holland

Choosing Hyophorbe lagenicaulis (Bottle Palms) for a client in Holland

3m trunked Dicksonia flying over Central London by crane to fit a tight courtyard in Harley Street

3m trunked Dicksonia flying over Central London by crane to fit a tight courtyard in Harley Street

Cavendish Bananas individually selected for a South African planting scheme

Cavendish Bananas individually selected for a South African planting scheme

 

Meeting Your Needs

Dave understands the specific needs of show gardens and premier client projects. He will work with you to make sure that the best plants possible are chosen, sourced, pooled together, grown on, or finished at Kelways, then delivered on time to the project site.

You can get in contact with Dave directly on 07910 637508 or via email

You can also follow "Big D" on Twitter

Escorting Jim Fogarty form Australia "Plant shopping" in Southern Spain, Feb 2011, with great friend and fellow plant hunter Mark Straver

Escorting Jim Fogarty from Australia plant shopping in Southern Spain, Feb 2011, with great friend
and fellow plant hunter Mark Straver

Agave attenuta in Anadalucia

Agave attenuta in Anadalucia

Choosing Specimen Arbutus unedo, Girona

       Choosing Specimen Arbutus unedo, Girona

       How BIg?...Mr Fogarty!


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