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.

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. 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 variety of our unique plants. They are the ultimate house plant and make a wonderful, unique present.

Mc Bean’s Orchid’s from McBeans on Vimeo.

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.