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The UK’s oldest orchid nursery
Orchids have seduced collectors for hundreds of years. First arriving in Britain from South America in the early 19th century, many people became avid collectors of these mysterious and beguiling plants. Today the fascination continues and McBean’s orchids are unique in terms of their diversity, quality and longevity. An orchid purchased from here really will last you a lifetime.
McBean’s was established in 1879 by James McBean and has served the British Royal family with orchids for their homes and weddings for many years. The nursery has a long association with the Chelsea Flower Show and has been exhibiting there since the show’s inception, winning over 70 gold medals. Returning to the show this year is the 117 year old Cymbidium Lowianum orchid, which has been to every show with McBean’s – 101 shows and counting!
The nursery in East Sussex is made up of seven greenhouses across two acres and is home to around 500,000 orchids and 50 different orchid varieties. Visitors to the nursery can take part in orchid tours with head orchid grower Jim Durrant, who has worked at McBean’s for over 40 years. Jim educates visitors on the wonderful variety of orchid plants, and helps give simple to advanced advice on how to care for your plants.
McBean’s was rescued from permanent closure in 2014 by Rose and Martin Armstrong. Rose happened to visit the nursery by chance the day before it was due to close forever. Visiting the nursery is by appointment only, which is easily arranged by calling us on 01273 400228, or you can shop online.
A McBean’s orchid will never go out of fashion. It is the ultimate house plant and makes for the most meaningful present.