Welcome to the home of the Dorset Violet.
Located on the same site as the Groves Garden Centre the nursery uses two acres of the six acre site. The nursery grows a wide selection of plants for sale at the garden centre but specialises in the sweet violet.
The owner of the garden centre and Nursery, Clive Groves gained his passion for violets from his father, Charles Groves, who started the collection and who has enabled the firm to build from the first variety advertised (Princess of Wales) in 1946 to one of the country's most exclusive collections.
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Groves Violets have featured in several national newspaper and gardening magazine articles and have been filmed by BBC television for Geoffry Smiths 'World of Flowers' and Gardeners World.
Groves Nurseries famous collection of Victorian Dorset Violets have recently gained the status of being a recognised national collection of Viola odorata and Parma Violets.
Organised by the NCCPG at Wisley the National Collection scheme is designed to protect the biodiversity of plant collections for scientific and horticultural purposes.
It means that our Violet collection meets strict standards set out by the NCCPG to ensure that the collection is true to type, with correct documentation, preserve and expand the various varieties of Violet, and make these forms available to other gardeners. From January to April you can view the national collection, at the garden centre in our stunning new solar dome. Along with the varieties listed here we have smaller numbers of over 50 other varieties, so please enquire if you are looking for a specific variety to add to your collection.
We also are able to supply small quantities of cut flower violet posies, during the flowering period. However due to the unpredictable nature of violet flowering, we are only able to take orders for these by phone (01308) 422654.
We hope to build our collection of varieties (many of which are rapidly becoming extinct) and at the same time maintain our good service and plant quality.