About us

Waterside Nursery have been growing our own water plants in Leicestershire, UK since 1995.

We are specialist growers of both marginal pond plants and deep water plants and water lilies for ponds and also miniature water plants and waterlilies for our design of fibreglass patio container pond features.

We are set apart from other online mail order pond retailers by offering pond plants we have grown ourselves that are rooted into mesh baskets using aquatic compost ready to be immediately planted into your pond or container pond. We also grow moisture loving plants for around a pond supplied rooted in solid pots.

We are not open to the public due to planning restrictions.

Our plants are sent mail order to UK destinations only using the courier APC.

The majority of our Nursery site is planted baskets in outside water troughs where the plants will stay throughout the year. They will transfer to you at any time of year except when there is thick ice across the water.

We have exhibited our water plants and container ponds at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and have received  7 Gold Medals  2011 – 2017 for aquatic plants.

The Team in 2017

3 more people have joined us since. One each into admin, packing and propagating.

Working in association with

  • We are listed as a supplier in The Royal Horticultural Society Plantfinder where specialist Nurseries are listed so that customers have one trusted source to find advice and the plants they are looking for.

  • We are a member of the HEA (Horticultural Exhibitors Association) ‘From my Nursery to your Garden Scheme’ which aims to identify for you the Nurseries that grow their own plants rather than those that buy in their stock.

  • Froglife is a national wildlife charity committed to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles – frogs, toads, newts, snakes and lizards – and saving the habitats they depend on.

    We are pleased to supply them with pond plants for the ponds they create and manage.

  • There are 46 Wildlife Trusts covering the UK, Isle of Man and Alderney. Each Wildlife Trust is an independent charity set up to help save wildlife and wild places and help people get closer to nature.

    We are pleased to supply pond plants for their sites of special scientific interest. (SSSI)

Talks with Waterside

  • Phil and Linda Smith – owners of Waterside Nursery.

    We give garden club talks in the Midlands (within an hour of Sharnford, Leicestershire) between the months of October and February. We have all our own equipment for showing images.
    For charges, mileage rates and to check date availability please email info@watersidenursery.co.uk or use our Contact us page

    Talk Titles to choose from:

    1. How to create & plant a pond.
    2. Planting for the wildlife in your pond.
    3. Enjoying water in small garden spaces.
    4. The pond owners calendar.
    5. Our Chelsea Flower Show experiences.
    6. The story of modern waterlilies.