About Us

Northern Ark Nursery, West Road, Longhorsley, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 8RA

Open Tuesday - Sunday 10am-5pm from 1st March to 14th October, plus Bank Holidays

We are a small working nursery specialising in a choice and unusual range of truly hardy perennials. Some of these are popular favourites and some are rarely seen in gardens but certainly deserve to be more widely grown. We keep our plant range evolving all the time, so that hopefully you will always find something of interest.

Locally grown - the vast majority of our plants are grown from our own collected seeds and cuttings, from our own stock plants. This is a fantastic way to cut down on plant miles as well as ensuring that your plants are fully acclimatised to the local area and will settle in well to their new location.

Truly hardy perennials - we specialise in plants that are truly hardy. We trial all new plants in our nursery beds to ensure their hardiness! Our nursery beds are open to the public and are a great way to get inspiration for your own garden.

Peat-free plants - we grow all of our plants in peat-free compost. This is a loam and bark mix produced in the U.K.

If you would like advice about any or our plants, such as planting densities, plant associations or cultivation requirements, please ask, we are happy to help. We also offer a border design service, which is free of charge when buying our plants - please contact us for further details.

We only accept payment at our nursery by cash or cheque.

Simon and Tracy Thompson


Northern Ark Nursery Sales Area

We are open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm from 1st March to mid October, plus Bank Holidays.

You can find us at Farmers' Markets in Morpeth, Hexham and Kelso.

Morpeth Farmers' Market - 1st Saturday every month

Hexham Farmers' Market - 2nd and 4th Saturdays every month

Kelso Farmers' Market - 4th Saturday every month

Our peat-free plants are also available to buy at National Trust plant centres at Wallington, Cragside, Gibside, Lindisfarne, Housesteads, Seaton Delaval, Cherryburn and Souter Lighthouse.

You can also find us at Flower Power Plant Fairs, plus other individual fairs and festival throughout Northumberland, Yorkshire and Cumbria.

2018 Events

Sun, 15th April - Newburgh Priory Flower Power Plant Fair

Sun, 22nd April - Holker Hall Flower Power Plant Fair

Sun 6th April - Harlow Carr Spring Plant Fair

BH Mon, 7th May - Rothbury Food and Craft Festival

BH Mon, 7th May - Ness Hall Flower Power Plant Fair

Sun, 13th May - Hutton-in-the-Forest Plant Fair

Sat, 19th May - Haltwhistle Plant Fair

Sun, 20th May - NGS Open Day Blagdon Estate

Sun, 27th May - Raby Castle Flower Power Plant Fair

Sun, 17th June - Dalemain Plant Fair

Sun, 17th June - Sion Hill Hall Flower Power Plant Fair

Sat, 23rd & Sun, 24th - Lowther Castle Plant Fair

Sun, 1st July - Dalton Hall Flower Power Plant Fair

Sun, 8th July - Worsall Hall Flower Power Plant Fair

Sun, 15th July - Blagdon Plant Heritage Plant Fair

Sun 22nd July - Wynyard Hall Flower Power Plant Fair

Sun, 26th Aug - Holker Hall Flower Power Plant Fair

BH Mon, 27th Aug - Newburgh Priory Flower Power Plant Fair

Sun 2nd Sept - Harlow Carr Autumn Plant Fair

Sat 6th & Sun 7th Oct - Morpeth Food Festival (incorporating the Farmers' Market)


  Environmental Statement

All of our plants are grown in a peat-free compost, so we are not adding to the destruction of peat habitats. The compost we use is a bark and loam mix produced in the U.K.

We reuse and recycle as much as possible, and the majority of our packaging materials are either reused, recycled or biodegradable. All of our pots can be returned to us, after planting, and will be reused.

At our nursery we grow the vast majority of our plants on site from our own seeds and cuttings, so helping to reduce plant miles.

There isn't any mains electricity on the nursery. We are powered by renewable energy, which consists of a combination of photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine.



Northern Ark Nursery 2008