It's fair to say that 2020 hasn't gone the way it was supposed to for any of us. We've had all our spring markets and garden shows cancelled, which left us in a bit of a pickle, but we found a way to get through lockdown, and provided a home delivery service, as well as collections from our home in Gosport.
Once June arrived, things did improve with the restarting of the Farmers Markets, but there were still no chilli festivals or other big events (the dates for the farmers markets we will be attending are listed on the 'events' page, and they will be in Winchester, Romsey and Southsea).
It's September now, and the biggest hurdle of the year still lies ahead of us: We are desperately in need of a new greenhouse premises to operate from as the one we've been using won't be available for next year, and so the clock is ticking, because if we can't find a new premises, it is very likely we will be unable to continue growing plants.
We're looking for ideally around 2 acres of land, to lease (or buy if possible), within 30 minutes travelling time from Gosport - the rough span is the Hamble Bridge in the west, Emsworth in the east, and Bishops Waltham in the north. We do need to grow under glass or plastic, but are realistic to know the chance of finding the perfect site is small, so would consider a flat undeveloped site too.
If you think you might able to help us, please get in contact.
Yvonne’s Plants is a small company with a big passion for growing quality plants. We are a little bit different to most plant growers as we concentrate on growing edible plants as opposed to ornamental plants. We grow an extensive range of vegetable plants, herbs, fruit bushes, alongside a limited range of wild flower plants.
We are based in Hampshire, and most weekends from March to October we can be found at Farmers Markets, Garden Shows, Chilli Festivals and Food Festivals throughout Hampshire and the surrounding counties. As the season progresses we are able to offer our own fresh produce at the events, giving you a chance to try unusual varieties, and thus inspiring you to grow them yourselves the following year.
Please see our 'events' page for a full listing of the events we will be attending this year, as we do not have a premises that it open for visitors.
While our spring events tend to be the same year to year, there will be more events added for the summer so please check our website or Facebook page for regular updates.
The range of vegetable, fruit and herbs we grow is extensive, and we have a particular penchant for the more unusual varieties, but our biggest passion is for tomatoes, peppers and chillies, of which we have a combined total of around 500 varieties. Please see the 'plants' pages for more information on all the things we grow, including our ever increasing number or growing guides for the plants we sell.