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.

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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

Still in its original location, the McBean’s nursery in East Sussex is made up of seven greenhouses across two acres. It is home to around 500,000 orchids and 50 different orchid varieties. During our flowering season we have a display area for visitors to explore (£5 entry fee).

The display area and shop are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 4pm, or by prior appointment, which is easily arranged by calling us on 01273 400228. 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.

Don’t miss an opportunity to experience a piece of history, come and visit us! 

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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.