What started as a hobby 1972 when we began collecting and growing water lilies and all things aquatic, led in 1992 to us opening up our water gardens as Merebrook Pond Plants. Over the years we have collected a vast range of aquatic plants including many rare, hard to find plants and a stunning collection of around 60 different water lilies. Collecting water lilies that are true to name has proved to be extremely difficult as very often plants supplied to us were not the cultivar we had ordered; so much so that a named red water lily on flowering would turn out to be a white or yellow and vice versa! Eventually in 1996 our perseverance in ensuring that we had an extensive, unique and accurately named collection of water lilies paid off as we, alongside the RHS gardens at Wisley, were honoured by the International Water Lily and Water Gardening Society for holding an outstanding collection of water Lilies, being one of only a handful of accredited collections worldwide.
In 1996 when we opened our gardens to the public, we displayed the largest collection of hardy aquatic plants growing to maturity in the U.K. and Europe, with visitors coming from all over the world. We also had a thriving mail order business for our plants and in 1997 became the first UK water plant mail order supplier to introduce a full online colour catalogue.
In 2009 with an ever increasing demand for plants via our website, it was becoming difficult to service our online customers and at the same time to maintain the gardens to the very highest standard, so sadly we decided to close our gardens to visitors.
- The plants we supply all come from our original collection of both water lilies and marginal plants ensuring that whatever you order will be true to name.
- Unlike most suppliers all our plants are grown outside (minus 19 in the winter 2010/2011) and not under glass, so they are truly hardy and can be moved at any time of the year.
- All the plants we sell are rooted – except of course for the oxygenators – so they can planted out at any time as long as the water is free from ice!
Over the past 39 years we have learnt much and are still learning more about the care and propagation of water plants through
experimentation and trial and error. This is invaluable expertise that you will not find in water gardening books or anywhere else, so if you need any advice please feel free to contact us and we will do our upmost to help.
Happy water gardening!
Roger and Biddi Kings.
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