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 JamesMcBean 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!

Visit us

The shop is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, or by prior appointment, which is easily arranged by calling us on 01273 400228. We are closed until the 12th September due to staff holiday. Please note we are at the end of our flowering season. The best time to come and visit and see our spectacular orchids in flower is from November to March. You can also shop online for a huge variety of our unique plants. They are the ultimate house plant and make for the most meaningful presents.

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For more details on McBean’s long history, check out our blog The History of McBean’s Nursery – over a century growing exquisite orchids and rare plants in East Sussex near Lewes.