Chelsea Gold Medal winners for Aquatic Plants 2011 - 2017
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About Waterside Nursery

Phil and Linda Smith - owners of Waterside Nursery

Chelsea Gold Medal Winners

Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winners - Aquatic Plants 2011-2017

Waterside Nursery grow a range of aquatic water plants sold only by mail order.

We have been growing our own water plants in our Nursery in Leicestershire, UK since 1995 and 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 have a large range of British Native plants all shown by a Union Jack flag.

We are set apart from other online mail order pond retailers by offering pond plants 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 bog gardens supplied rooted in solid pots.

Our plants are sent mail order to UK destinations using the couriers UKMail or APC. We are not open to the public.

As you can see from our photos 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. The tunnels are used for propagating cuttings and seed.

August 2016 – we start the move to a new Nursery site by taking on an acre of arable field and a block of portacabins for packing and our staff welfare facilities. We knew we needed to be completed by February 2017 to start the new season. 

We have leveled the field and flattened the soil. Tunnels have been put up for young plant propagation and we have laid ground membranes. Bases for the water tanks have been put in place to raise the plants to waist height to make picking for the mail order business easier.

That move has been completed and we are growing our plants and dispatching from the new Nursery premises now.

Follow our journey to our new Nursery premises on our Facebook page.

We exhibit our water plants and container ponds at RHS Chelsea as Floral Marquee Gold Medalists including Gold Medals at Chelsea Flower Show 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for aquatic plants.




We have been RHS exhibitors since 2005 and our medals for the last few years are:

  • 2017
    Seventh Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show.
  • 2016
    Sixth Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show.
  • 2015
    Fifth Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show. This is our only Show for this year as our mailorder has become more demanding.
  • 2014
    Fourth Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show followed by a Gold at NEC Gardeners World.
  • 2013
    Our third Gold Medal for aquatic plants at Chelsea Flower Show followed by a Gold Medal at NEC Gardeners World and a Gold Medal at Tatton Park.
  • 2012
    Silver Gilt Award at Harrogate Spring Flower Show. Gold Medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and NEC Gardeners World followed by a Silver Gilt at RHS Tatton Park.
  • 2011
    Gold Award at Harrogate Spring Flower Show and a Gold Medal at The Chelsea Flower Show. Gold also at RHS NEC Gardener's World and Tatton Park.
  • 2010
    Premiere Award at Harrogate Spring Flower Show, Silver Gilt Medals at Malvern Spring and our first Chelsea Flower Show followed by 3 Gold Medals at NEC Gardeners World, Hampton Court and Tatton Park.
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RHS Logo We are listed as a supplier in the RHS Plantfinder where specialist Nurseries with unusual plants on offer are listed so that customers have one trusted source to find that elusive specimen.

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

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