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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, and is home to arguably the finest collection of Oncidiums and Cymbidiums in the world.
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.
Due to the Covid-19 Virus the nursery shop is closed until further notice. We understand that the new government guidelines now allow garden centres to open but we are remaining shut. Our online shop is still open for the meantime. You can shop online for a variety of our unique plants. If you are local and would like to purchase an orchid please choose the collect from McBean’s option and we can arrange a time for you to collect. They are the ultimate house plant and make a wonderful, unique present.
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“.