All About White Tower Nursery

White Tower Nursery began in the back garden of our home in Tilehurst in 1985, while I attended Berkshire College of Agriculture. I passed City and Guilds Phase 1 and 2 in Amenity Horticulture, coming top in the Country. At the same time I did an evening course at Reading Technical College doing an HNC in Plant Physiology, Pathology and Crop Protection – which I passed with a Merit. I had a wonderful mother-in-law, sadly no longer with us, who held the fort and my 3 small children whist I learned my trade.

Being a glutton for punishment, I then took the Master of Horticulture exam, and because as my husband says: “everyone else had a bad day”, I passed, came top in the practical exam and was awarded the James Bruce medal.

We bought the site in Aldermaston, in 1990 when it was just a green field and have slowly over the years built the Nursery to what it is today – it is still not finished, it is and I’m sure always will be, a work in progress. I am so lucky to have a talented husband who can turn his hand to anything – even our polytunnels are home grown!

Pete and I are incredibly fortunate to be able to work together doing a job we both love. Pete is the Veg man and a real potato anorak; I love ornamentals, especially herbaceous plants. We try and grow as much as possible, if you can’t find what you would like, let us know and we will try to source them for you.

In 1993 we began doing wedding flowers, and we were approached by Aldermaston Manor to be their preferred florist. We have decorated Churches and Abbeys, Houses and Marquees, as well as other wedding venues including decorating a wood for a Pagan Blessing. We have even done the wedding flowers for 3 sisters of the same family – though not all at once!

We have gained a reputation for sympathetic and beautiful funeral work making many bespoke pieces. As the workload blossomed, in 2007 Sharon, a qualified florist joined the team.

Pete and I were involved with a creating a Chelsea Courtyard garden in 1999 - I did the planting scheme. We won a Silver Gilt medal. It was a very special day made even more so as the Queen waved at me – I know it was me because I was the only one standing there and I waved first!

We are a working Nursery, so suitable footwear is recommended – it can be muddy and there are often trailing hoses around so please be careful. However we are always delighted to meet new people and hope that you will come and see us.