Celebrating 110 years of business, Allwoods has a big collection and a lot of history
David & Emma took over Allwoods in 1994 when they rescued it from closure. Their passion for plants stems back to their grandparents as they both grew up on plant nurseries. Through exhibiting at Flowers Shows they met and love blossomed (excuse the pun!)
They are dedicated and passionate about the plants they grow, and are proud to be able to offer such a wide range of unusual and interesting varieties, lots are rare and exclusive to us!! and all are ‘home grown’ on our nursery in Sussex by David and his team. They continue to breed new varieties and launched a new garden pink in 2016, 'D. Heaven Scent', a new Angel pelargonium 'Treasured Memories' and a brand new yellow flowering pelargonium 'Allwoods Lemon Drizzle' in 2017!
Emma runs the office and plant order department along with her team, and their two children Edward & Daniel also get to muck in along with ‘Scraps’ the dog.
To keep history alive, we grow an extensive range of plants, many of which are no longer grown commercially anywhere else in the world and if we stopped growing them then a huge chunk of history would be gone - forever!!
How it all began
Allwoods was started in 1910 by 3 brothers, Montaqu, Edward & George Allwood and soon became the worlds leading Dianthus specialist, their breeding breakthrough in the early 1900s revolutionised plant breed with many techniques still used around the world. Many of our early varieties are still as popular as ever - such as the famous garden pink 'Doris'.
Although Allwoods has changed a bit since those early days we are still proud to hold a unique and impressive plant collection like no-other in the world, the Dianthus range alone (some 400+ different varieties) culminates the whole species all under one roof, from tiny alpine pinks flowering at just 2" to Greenhouse Carnations that can reach upto 6ft. There is something for everyone, every garden and every colour - some varieties even date back to the Tudor dynasty!!
It is this passion of growing that has kept Allwoods the leading growers and suppliers of Dianthus for over 100 years - but the range doesn't stop at Dianthus, they also, thanks to Davids grandfather Jack Cox, have a very interesting (rare some would say) collection of Pelargoniums (Geraniums to you and me) some 600+ varieties (read our blog on the story behind our Pelargoniums!), and an ever expanding Succulent collection alongside other garden plants.
Flowers by Post service
Allwoods award winning Flowers by Post service, sending fresh cut
carnations direct to your door since 1915! Using only the highest grade of cut flower, hand picked and packed ensuring each order is given the best bouquet as possible and sent in our specially designed boxes for you to arrange at home. The freshness is unparalleled and with prices starting at just £16.95 they make a superb gift.
For more information visit our Flowers by Post website: www.allwoodsflowers.co.uk