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09 Mar 2021

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Fernwood is a 3-acre smallholding located in the village of Peters Marland, near Great Torrington, Devon. It is about 5 miles from RHS Gardens Rosemoor.

I have been collecting, growing and studying houseleeks for more than 30 years and my present collection contains over 1000 varieties. In 1998, our collections of Sempervivum and Jovibarba were awarded Plant Heritage National Collection® status by the National Council for the Conservation of Plants & Gardens (NCCPG).

At the nursery I propagate plants from the collections for sale by mail order, (Sempervivum and Jovibarba only), at plant fairs, shows and at the nursery. I welcome visitors to view the National Collections® or to purchase plants but please telephone first (01805 601446) to make sure that someone will be there.

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View of the collection and nursery area

The best time to buy houseleeks is during the late spring, summer and early autumn. Plants are then growing actively and rapidly become established after repotting. Colours are usually brightest during the summer although some develop their best colours in the winter. In the summer the "arachnoideum" varieties are densely covered with white cobweb but during the winter this will disappear.

I normally start sending mail order plants towards the end of April and continue until the end of October, or later if weather permits. I can send plants during the winter but they will not show their best colour or form and they will be slower to establish.




Order forms - Available for information only.


Our Mail Order Forms list the species and cultivars that are currently available. 

Download current list. (MS Word .docx file - The file will open in a new window.)

If you would like me to e-mail a copy of the current list to you, please send a request to:

If you would prefer to receive a copy of the order forms by post please send a stamped, addressed envelope to the nursery address:

Fernwood Nursery, Peters Marland, Torrington, Devon, EX38 8QG




  For information about our book and CD-ROM please click below.

Sempervivum book and CD-ROM



Export orders


I can send plants to all countries within the European Union (EU) without the need for a Phytosanitary Certificate. Plants are sent by Air Mail. Please add 5% to the cost of your order to cover the cost of Air Mail plus £7.00 for International 'Signed For' service.

I prefer payment in GB Pounds, by cash or cheque. Please make cheques payable to 'Fernwood Nursery' or 'H. Wills'.

I can accept payment in GB Pounds via PayPal to hw@fernwood-nursery.co.uk. If using PayPal please add 5% of the value of the order plus 20P, for the PayPal fee.

I will also accept cash payments in Euros or $. Please use the Currency converter to work out the value of your order in Euros or $$.

For cheque payments in currencies other than GB Pounds, please add the equivalent of £10.00 to cover bank charges.

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I am sorry but I cannot accept payments by credit or debit card.

For export of plants to non-EU countries, a Phytosanitary Certificate is required and plants must be completely free of soil. The cost of preparing plants for the inspection together with the Phytosanitary Certificate is £90.00

For some countries an import permit is required as well. Please enquire for further details.




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