Plant Sale – Friday 5th May 2023, 11am to 2pm

The Grounds Team are selling vegetable plants, flowering plants and large houseplants at a pop-up shop on Friday 5th May from 11am to 2pm in The Forum Street on Streatham Campus

The vegetable plants have been propagated and grown in the Grounds nursery and include cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet peppers, chillies, aubergines and squash.

The flowering plants include Sunflowers and Eccremocarpus scaber.

Prices for the vegetable and flowering plants range from £3.50 to £5.00.

The houseplants include large versions of Crassula ovata and Dracaena and prices range from £15 to £50.

Please do come along; we would love to see you!

Vegetable plant for sale – Cucumber ‘Marketmore’

Vegetable plant for sale – Tomato ‘Roma’

Vegetable plant for sale – Tomato ‘Bottondoro’

Vegetable plant for sale – Sweet Pepper ‘Beja’

Vegetable plant for sale – Chilli ‘Gusto Green’

Vegetable plant for sale – Aubergine ‘Pinstripe’

Vegetable plant for sale – Squash ‘Uchiki Kuri’

Flowering plant for sale – Sunflower ‘Procut Plum’

Flowering plant for sale – Eccremocarp0us scaber (a tropical looking non-hardy climber)

Houseplant for sale – Dracaena

Houseplant for sale – Crassula ovata

Buy a mature rose plant and help hedgehogs!

Beautiful rose plants for sale!

Some rose plants have been removed from the grounds in readiness for the new Multifaith Centre building, but the good news is that they’re available for you to buy!

Purchase a voucher at the Forum Marketplace shop – £4.50 per rose plant – and then exchange it for a rose bare-root plant at the Grounds Nursery, Estate Services Centre, Off Clydesdale Avenue, EX4 4QX. Once you’ve made your purchase, simply email Jess Evans to arrange a collection date and time.

And the best part? All proceeds will go towards supporting the British Hedgehog Preservation Society! Help us to support a great cause and add some beauty to your garden at the same time!

Drought Tolerant Planting

When selecting plants we consider the environment, and plants needing additional regular watering – other than for establishment – are not used. Our aim is to enhance habitats, to encourage year round wildlife activity and introduce adaptability to cope with any impact of the effects of global warming.

Since 2019 we have been using drought tolerant varieties of tender perennials including Rudbeckia, Dahlia and Salvia.

This year the Environment Agency declared droughts across most of the UK including the South West. The photos below, taken this summer, demonstrate how adept these drought tolerant species are to drought conditions with no watering whatsoever!

The Salvia have established here very well, are softly structural and full of colour. In the past this area would have been planted with an annual bedding scheme which can require watering during difficult phases of weather.

Drought tolerant planting at the north east corner of Hatherly Labs

Drought tolerant planting at the north east corner of Hatherly Labs


Sustainable Practices – seed propagation and plants grown in-house

We have been busy with seed propagation this week in our Estate Services Centre Nursery.

The cuttings are soft-wood material using the techniques of nodal, heel and mallet cuttings.

This important work, of growing plants in-house and planting them on campus and by residences, means that we are reducing our carbon footprint, working within our sustainability practices and reducing costs.


Plant Sale – Tuesday 11th February 2020

The Grounds Team will be selling a mixture of indoor and outdoor plants from 9am to 2pm on Tuesday 11th February 2020 in Cross Keys on St Luke’s Campus.

Do come along and treat yourself to a fabulous new plant!