Grow Smiles

Photograph of Holly, who runs Grow Smiles

Grow Smiles is a small, independent nursery tucked away on Church Farm in Betchworth (find it here) run by Holly. Grow Smiles is born from the pure joy that plants bring and the desire to share that joy.  

We grow the majority of our plants ourselves, sticking to our Grow Green principles – we do not use chemicals, our compost is peat-free, the pots we sell plants in are roadside recyclable and we reuse and repurpose wherever possible. 

At time of writing, of the 95 garden plant varieties we currently have for sale, 71% have been grown at the nursery, 5% by local nurseries, 16% by English nurseries and only 8% have been purchased from wholesalers.  We have more and more coming out of the nursery area and hope to further increase the amount we grow and decrease the amount we buy from wholesale. We will still buy from local and English nurseries that support our ethos.

We have a vast variety of plants available – most of which are pollinator friendly and will look wonderful in your gardens or pots. Members of The Horticultural Society receive a 10% discount. 

We have now opened for the season.  You can book a visit or come to one of our open days. We are open on Fridays 9am-4pm and Saturday mornings from 9am to noon. 

We are at the Buckland May Fayre from 1pm to 5pm on 2nd May. This traditional village Fayre is being held at the beautiful Buckland Lakes for the first time. They are raising funds for the St Mary’s Buckland Church organ fund. There will be lots of fun activities for all of the family, local artists, creators and growers in a beautiful setting.

The concept of Grow goes much further than just plants – we aim to grow minds and happiness.  We write a host of articles to help you make the most of your gardens and to help you Grow Green – have a look here

Of all the garden pests, probably the most talked about are slugs and snails.  They can decimate our carefully grown seedlings and plants overnight leaving a distressing, tell-tale slimy path of destruction in their wake.  Like all creatures, love them or hate them (I think we know), they play an important role in the food chain. Slugs and snails provide food for other creatures like birds and hedgehogs, so we can’t just eliminate them. At Grow we never use chemicals, so the approach we will be taking to protect our plants from slug destruction is to reroute them. This mainly involves sheep and garlic – find out more in our article

Some of our plants, such as Peonies, Bearded Iris and Autumn planting bulbs are available by pre-order only at our online Plant Bar.  Please sign up to our newsletter to find out when the Plant Bar opens.

Sign up to our newsletter or follow us on social media for our latest updates.  We can help you source pretty much any plant you are looking for – we help lots of clients in this way. So please do get in touch if you have any special requests, have questions or are looking for some special plants and cannot see them on the list.

Happy gardening.

Holly