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 a 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 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 using the couriers APC or UKMail.

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.

Follow our journey to our new Nursery premises in 2017 on our Facebook page.

We exhibit our water plants and container ponds at RHS Chelsea as Floral Marquee Gold Medalists including 7 Gold Medals at Chelsea Flower Show 2011 – 2017 for aquatic plants.

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Chelsea Flower Show Video


  • 2017
    Seventh Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show.
  • 2016
    Sixth Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show.
  • 2015
    Fifth Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show in our only Show this year.
  • 2014
    Fourth Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show and a Gold at NEC Gardeners World.
  • 2013
    Our third Gold Medal at Chelsea followed by Golds at NEC Gardeners World and Tatton Park.
  • 2012
    Gold Medals at Chelsea Flower Show and NEC Gardeners World & Silver Gilt at Tatton Park.
  • 2011
    Our first Gold Medal at The Chelsea Flower Show. Gold also at NEC Gardener's World and at Tatton Park.
  • 2010
    Premiere Award at Harrogate Spring Flower Show, Silver Gilt Medals at Malvern Spring and at our first Chelsea Flower Show followed by 3 Gold Medals at RHS NEC Gardeners World, Hampton Court and Tatton Park.
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RHS Logo 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.

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.

46588_546341638749724_2041285937_n 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.

logoRedman For good quality hardy herbaceous perennials from a Nursery that grows its own plants we recommend you use this link to Redman Hardy Plants. (www.hardyplantsonline.co.uk)