Taking advantage of the latest structures can help a nursery maintain its reputation, says Sally Drury.
Boningale Nurseries, well known as a leading supplier to the British landscape industry, has a reputation for providing high-quality stock and it is a reputation it means to uphold.
The 40-acre site just outside Albrighton, near Wolverhampton, was originally home to the Bakers nursery, which survived two world wars and was renowned for its production and breeding of delphiniums and Russell lupins.
Mike and Pat Edwards took over the nursery in the 1970s, changed the name to Boningale and developed it to supply a diverse range of home-grown stock to the landscape, amenity and retail sectors.
Today, under the chairmanship of Tim Edwards, Boningale Nurseries produces and contract-grows a huge variety of perennials, grasses, hedging, shrubs and trees, supplemented with specialised stock brought in from trusted UK and European suppliers.
With a client base of landscaping contractors, local authorities, grounds maintenance contractors, landscape architects and designers, construction companies and other nurseries, Boningale supplies more than one million plants annually — the vast majority in containers.