Owners of garden center near Horsham take over neighboring nursery

Nursery manager Michael Esposito with Kate Foy

The Old Barn Nurseries in Dial Post was started in 1991 by the Spears family, but was taken over by a national chain.

However, family group Tates of Sussex bought the garden center in Wyevale in 2018. And now they also run the extensive nursery nearby.

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Managing Director Jonathan Tate said: “Acquiring the commercial nursery was a natural progression once we saved the Old Barn Garden Center next door, where we made substantial investments to bring it up to modern standards.”

Nursery manager Michael Esposito with some of the plants

The nursery covers four acres and is expected to produce over 200,000 plants a year which find their way to outlets across the county, not just the four Tates garden centers in Sussex.

Nursery manager Michael Esposito said: “By raising and caring for the plants here in Sussex, we can ensure that they will thrive locally in customers’ gardens as they will be best suited to the conditions in the region.”

Michael has worked at the nursery for 18 years and oversees a dedicated workforce that cares for the plants until they are ready to ship.

“With sustainability at the forefront, it is essential that we reduce plant miles as much as possible, which we achieve by growing here in Sussex and shipping locally,” said Michael.

“We also avoid the dangers of importing pests and diseases, which is always a risk with plants grown overseas.”

Dora W. Clawson