About Us

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

Open Tuesday - Sunday 10am-5pm from 1st March to 9th October 2022, 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.

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, Kelso and Wooler.


Kelso Farmers' Market on 4th Sat of the month (except July on Sat 16th)

Morpeth Farmers' Market on 1st Sat of the month, including the Food Festival in October.

Hexham Farmers' Market on 2nd sat of the month

Wooler Farmers' Market on Sundays: 17th April, 29th May, 19th Jun, 24th July, 21st Aug, 25th Sep

Our peat-free plants are also available to buy at National Trust plant centres at Wallington, Cragside, Lindisfarne and Nostell Priory.

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

2022 Events

Sun 17th April Newburgh Priory Flower Power Plant Fair

Sun 1st May Plant Heritage Plant Fair at Castle Howard

Sun 15th May Hutton-in-the-Forest Plant Fair

Sat 21st May Haltwhistle Plant Fair

Sun 22nd May Sion Hill Flower Power Plant Fair

Sun 12th June Dalemain Plant Fair

Sun 17th July Wynyard Hall Flower Power Plant Fair

Sun 17th July Plant Heritage Plant Fair at Blagdon Estate

Sun 18th Sept Dalemain Harvest Festival and 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 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.



Northern Ark Nursery 2008