Victoriana Nursery Gardens is the distillation of the Shirley family`s many years experience of serving the gardeners of the United Kingdom - in fact the Shirley family tree reveals that way back in the early 1700`s a branch of the family were seed merchants. Moving on a little closer to present day, Jeremy and Joan Shirley started their first mail order nursery, in Surrey originally, in 1958 - but moved to Challock in 1963. Whilst they describe themselves as `recycled teenagers`, and one or two people affectionately call Jeremy `the old codger`, they still contribute much to the day to day work on this busy family nursery.
Here at Victoriana we think we are uniquely different and some might even go as far as saying odd! Well odd but happy is fine by us!
Their son Stephen joined the family business in 1985 on leaving school and now heads up the team with his wife, Serena, who joined in 2004. Stephen and Serena's children, Molly (10) and Milly (8), also now take a very active role and help out wherever and whenever they can.
But that is not the end of 'the family' as all who work on the nursery are part of the 'extended family' - together we make a close knit group. Growing plants and working at the nursery is a way of life, not just a job! Coffee break at 10.30am every day is a time when we all get together for a natter, with birthdays and such celebrated with cake, for some reason we have a lot of July birthdays - so there's lots of cake in July! All in all we're a friendly bunch, happy in what we do and with a genuine pride in what we produce.