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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.
Our orchid collection is open by appointment and we also hold scheduled days when you can visit us and get the best orchid advice from our staff. Have a look at the events page to see the oncoming open day dates, or send us your email details & we can keep you updated.
We offer a repotting service: £5 per orchid and £5 per division. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
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“.