About Us

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

Open Tuesday - Sunday 10am-5pm from 1st March to 15th 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 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.

2017 Events

Sun, 9th April - Newburgh Priory Flower Power Plant Fair

Sun, 16th April (Easter Sunday) - Holker Hall Flower Power Plant Fair

Sat 29th & Sun 30th April - Harlow Carr Spring Plant Fair

BH Mon, 1st May - Rothbury Food and Craft Festival

Sun, 14th May - Hutton-in-the-Forest Plant Fair

Sat, 20th May - Haltwhistle Plant Fair

Sun, 21st May - NGS Open Day Blagdon Estate

Sun, 28th May - Raby Castle Flower Power Plant Fair

BH Mon, 29th May - Sutton Park Flower Power Plant Fair

Sun, 18th June - Dalemain Plant Fair

Sun, 2nd July - Dalton Hall Flower Power Plant Fair

Sun, 9th July - Ness Hall Flower Power Plant Fair

Sun 16th July - Wynyard Hall Flower Power Plant Fair

Sun, 16th July - Blagdon Plant Heritage Plant Fair

Sun, 23rd July - Taste of Teesdale, Raby Castle

Sun, 30th July - Coverham Abbey Flower Power Plant Fair

Sun, 27th Aug - Holker Hall Flower Power Plant Fair

BH Mon, 28th Aug - Newburgh Priory Flower Power Plant Fair

Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd Sept - Harlow Carr Autumn Plant Fair

Sun 10th Sept - Newby Hall Autumn Plant Fair


  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 all 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 solely by renewable energy, which consists of a combination of photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine.



Northern Ark Nursery 2008