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Plants For Shade

Not a problem
Shade is cool

A small family run nursery

01452 812459

Tony and Sylvia Marden welcome you. Our nursery is in "Glorious Gloucestershire" near the beautiful Cotswolds town of Painswick. Please make an appointment to visit us.  (After 10.00.a.m. please)

We are here most of the time.

Some of the weekends in the Spring and Summer we are selling our shade-loving plants at Rare Plant FairsPlant Hunters Fairs and other plant fairs around the country. Most are held in beautiful gardens. Please see our Plant fairs list.


We usually sell from Plant fairs around the country. Or you are welcome to  visit our working nursery by appointment only please. It is our home. Browse the (untidy!) collection of shade loving plants and talk to Tony about your shady area.

We do not offer mail order.

We specialise in plants that thrive in low light conditions. i.e. woodlands. We offer a wide selection of beautiful hardy plants that are perfect for that awkward shady corner of your garden.

Whether you are an experienced gardener or a beginner, has something for everyone , from Ferns and Hardy Begonias to Arisaemas and Polygonatums and Roscoeas.

See "Plant List" for a small taste of what is on offer.

Tony, the owner, has been a gardener for 60 years and is always pleased to answer questions and give knowledgeable advice to our customers. has been in business for more than 15 years and has built a reputation as a reliable source for shade loving plants

Plant List

This is just a small taster of the plants we have on offer. There are no prices on this site as the stock varies from season to season.


Plant Fairs

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Please contact us for appointment (After 10.00.a.m. please) to make sure we are in to welcome you.

Upper Doreys Mill,


Near Stroud



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How to find us

Finding Us


For SATNAV Users:

Enter the postcode GL6 6NF.


From Gloucester:


  • Take the Stroud Road (A4173) uphill, passing Edge Church.

  • Turn LEFT onto Edge Lane/Road and continue for half a mile.

  • Drive through a tunnel of trees, then turn immediately LEFT onto our gravel driveway.

  • Remember, if you find yourself going uphill again, you've missed us! We're nestled at the bottom of the valley.

Note: Our gate is labeled "UPPER DOREYS MILL," not Please avoid disturbing our neighbors at "The Doreys."


From the North:


  • Exit the M5 at Junction 11A, staying in the left lane.

  • At the roundabout, take the third exit towards Stroud on the A46.

  • In Painswick village, you'll see the church on your left and the Falcon Hotel on your right. About 50 yards further, turn right onto Edge Road/Lane.

  • Continue to the bottom of the hill for half a mile, then turn RIGHT into the gravel drive marked "UPPER DOREYS MILL."

  • Please do not turn LEFT onto the tarmac drive marked "Washbrook Mill/Farm."

  • If you start ascending the hill, you've passed us. We are located in the valley's bottom, near the stream. Follow the gravel drive to the house, where parking is available.


We look forward to your visit!

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