Royston Valentine Roger started the nursery on 1st August 1913, buying a shop and a half acre of land in Pickering, North Yorkshire for 200.00. The first crop grown was alpines as he could produce a saleable crop in only three months, so helping cashflow! From 1919 until 1929 the nursery slowly increased in size, and then in 1929 R V Roger rented a 400 acre farm, allowing commercial-scale production of shrubs, roses, fruit and ornamental trees. During the Second World War there was a huge demand for fruit trees, whilst the ornamental trees were used to screen aerodromes that were being built all over the country. The post-war years saw a big swing away from fruit tree production towards more ornamental plants, especially roses. By the early sixties production had increased to growing 240,000 rose bushes each year.
R. V. Roger Ltd continues to be a traditional family-run nursery, with the emphasis on plant quality and first-class customer service. Our range of field-grown fruit trees is one of the best in the country, including many traditional varieties which are becoming quite rare. As well as fruit, we grow a huge variety of roses, shrubs and ornamental trees. R. V. Roger also produce four bulb catalogues throughout the year, offering an unparalleled choice. All our staff are knowledgeable and only too happy to help with your queries.
We are conscious that in these days of internet shopping and guaranteed next day delivery, our dispatch periods can seem rather vague. However we would like to take this opportunity to explain how we organize our deliveries, and why sometimes there is an unavoidable delay between time of ordering and actual delivery of your plants.
We use traditional growing methods, so the vast majority of our plants are only available at certain times. Bare-root roses, shrubs and trees are field-grown, and can only be lifted during the dormant season (between November and March). But we take orders throughout the year, sometimes as much as 12 months or more in advance. This means that on the first day of the lifting season, we have a huge number of orders already in place, which we do our utmost to work through on a first-come, first served basis. So if you place an order in November, there will already be a lot of people ahead of you in the queue.
We also have certain physical restrictions on the amount of work we can get through. We have over 250 acres, and whilst not all of it is under cultivation at any one time, it does mean that trees and plants on the same order can be miles apart. The weather plays a large part as well - most of our land is on heavy clay, so after periods of prolonged rainfall it can be like digging in treacle! And in the winter months, we only have between 7 and 8 hours of daylight in which to lift - much as we would like to, we can’t dig trees by torchlight. Why don’t we simply employ more workers during our busy periods? Well, we pride ourselves on the fact that all our workers are permanently employed, highly skilled nurserymen. Rather than use casual workers, we much prefer the fact that the man who digs your tree may well have been the person who planted the rootstock, did the graft, and who has pruned or trained it for up to five years before it is lifted and sent out.
All of which means that we will never be able to offer an 'order by 5pm, guaranteed next day delivery' service. But rest assured that we will do our very best to ensure that your order arrives at a time that is right for the plant, and convenient for you.