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About us


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.

Celebrating 110 years of business, Allwoods has a big collection and a lot of history

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.

Allwoods founders

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:

Allwoods award winning flowers by post

Terms and Conditions

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY. All users of this site agree that access to and use of this site are subject to the following terms and conditions and other applicable law. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, please do not use this site.  All the plants that we grow and supply are, unless stated otherwise, supplied as pot ready jumbo plugs.

Terms of Business / Delivery Advice
We can send our rooted cuttings/plug plants to any address within the United Kingdom, see postal charges for costs. All orders must be paid for in full at the time of the order being placed by cheque, postal order or credit/debit card. We do not acknowledge orders unless a stamped addressed envelope is enclosed or an email address is provided. If there is a difference in the money between your order and the actual cost this will be noted on your delivery note and any credit will be added to your account to use towards your next order with us. We are unable to add any extra plants to existing orders - any additional plants must be treated as a new order and the relevant P&P charges apply. If you require some plants to go to a different address then this too must be treated as a separate order. If you require delivery to be split into two different times of the year this must be treated as two orders.


If a variety is out of stock we may substitute with the nearest alternative rather than hold up your order, unless you state otherwise during checkout. If you state that substitutes are not acceptable, we assume that you are prepared to wait until all are ready - if they are likely to cause a long delay, we will credit/refund you for any that are not available.


Deliveries are normally within 28 days and in practice usually quicker than this, but please be aware that February to May are our busiest months and orders received during these months may take longer as we work on a strict rotation of first come, first served, for up-to-date delivery information check out our 'Delivery Times' page for guidance on delivery schedules.


If you wish to cancel an order for whatever reason we reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee of 10% of the order value. We do not post plants out during November to January and July to September, due to the hot/cold weather, unless specifically asked to do so and will be subject to plant availability. Orders received during these times will be held for when we start posting again or when suitable for the plants ordered.  We reserve the right to amend prices due to circumstances beyond our control. The placing of an order constitutes acceptance of these Terms of Business. All orders are supplied with a FREE copy of our 16 page booklet “Growing the Allwoods way”.

Plant Guarantee

We fully understand that we are sending living plants so there is always the possibility that something may go wrong along the way! Most nurseries say that once they have delivered the plants to you they are your responsibility, but we offer a full 30 Day Guarantee.  If, at any time during the first 30 days, you are unhappy for any reason then simply return the items back to us, ideally use the original 
packaging.  If you are unable to use the original packaging then a stout box or padded envelope may work.

If the item is not faulty or damaged it must be returned as supplied, labelled and in good condition and in its original packaging, we reserve the right to withhold a percentage of the refund value & will not refund the postage costs.  On receipt of the returned items we will replace them or refund your money. 

If you phone or email to tell us about a plant you are unhappy with, we will ask you to return it.  If you do not return the plants to us that you are unhappy with, then we cannot replace or refund them.

We can only keep our standards high by investigating the cause of problems. We feel 30 days is a very fair guarantee period, as once the items have left us we have no control over their care, so please do not return plants after that length of time or expect us to refund or replace them.  

If for any reason you are unable to return problem plants to us, we will not be able to replace them however we will record the information to monitor any problems a particular variety may have and to ensure our service remains outstanding.

Regretfully Allwoods (Hassocks) Ltd does not pay the cost of returning an item to us. Your statutory rights are not affected.

Post & Packing charges:  We only post to addresses within UK  (United Kingdom).

By devising our own packaging system we have been able to keep these costs to a minimum, however please add the following charges to your order, which includes order processing, packaging, packing and posting. 

Post & Packing charges: 


Standard 2nd Class Delivery £5.95 (UK addresses only). FREE when you spend over £60.  On receipt of order we aim to post within 11-30 working days subject to delivery plant schedule.  Standard 2nd Class is not an insured or guaranteed service. Items are sent 2nd class, using Royal Mail as courier and can take 2-4 days to arrive. The plants are thoroughly checked and carefully packed before dispatch, however after their journey some varieties can look tired or have yellow leaves, and will need to get back into the light to recover, once potted up & given time they’ll revive without any problems, we cannot be held responsible if you are not in and the order is delayed.  For a speedier / insured delivery service see below.

1st Class, insured delivery £7.95 (UK addresses only)  On receipt of order we aim to post within 11-30 working days subject to delivery schedule opposite.  1st Class Insured delivery items are sent Royal Mail Tracked24 and can take 1-3 days to arrive. In the event you are out on day of attempted delivery a card will be left and the item will be taken back to your local Royal Mail sorting office & you’ll have to arrange for it to be redelivered or collected. We cannot be held responsible if you are not in & the order is delayed.

Super Express Delivery £14.95 (UK addresses only) On receipt of order we aim to post within 2-10 working days subject to plant availability.  This is our super speedy, insured delivery service.  We aim to post your order within 2 to 10 working days, items will be sent Royal Mail Tracked24 and can take 1-3 days to arrive once posted. If you wish to select Super Express Delivery and a particular delivery day/month in advance we will hold your order until your selected day/month and then at the correct time your order gets priority in the packing department - if we are unable to dispatch within 10 working days we will ring or write and confirm when dispatch will be. This service guarantees your parcels arrival. In the event you are out on day of attempted delivery a card will be left and the item will be taken back to your local Royal Mail sorting office and you will have to arrange with them to get it re-delivered or collected. We cannot be held responsible if you are not in and the order is delayed.

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Warranty Disclaimer
This site and the materials and products on this site are provided "as is" and without warranties of any kind, whether express or implied. To the fullest extent permissible pursuant to applicable law, Allwoods (Hassocks) Ltd disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Allwoods (Hassocks) Ltd does not represent or warrant that the functions contained in the site will be uninterrupted or error-free, that the defects will be corrected, or that this site or the server that makes the site available are free of viruses or other harmful components. Allwoods (Hassocks) Ltd does not make any warrantees or representations regarding the use of the materials in this site in terms of their correctness, accuracy, adequacy, usefulness, timeliness, reliability or otherwise. Some states do not permit limitations or exclusions on warranties, so the above limitations may not apply to you.

Limitation of Liability
Allwoods (Hassocks) Ltd shall not be liable for any special or consequential damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, the materials on this site or the performance of the products, even if Allwoods (Hassocks) Ltd has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Applicable law may not allow the limitation of exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.

Typographical Errors
In the event that a Allwoods (Hassocks) Ltd product is mistakenly listed at an incorrect price, Allwoods (Hassocks) Ltd reserves the right to refuse or cancel any orders placed for product listed at the incorrect price. Allwoods (Hassocks) Ltd reserves the right to refuse or cancel any such orders whether or not the order has been confirmed and your credit card charged. If your credit card has already been charged for the purchase and your order is cancelled, Allwoods (Hassocks) Ltd shall issue a credit to your credit card account in the amount of the incorrect price.

Term; Termination
These terms and conditions are applicable to you upon your accessing the site and/or completing the registration or shopping process. These terms and conditions, or any part of them, may be terminated by Allwoods (Hassocks) Ltd without notice at any time, for any reason. The provisions relating to Copyrights, Trademark, Disclaimer, Limitation of Liability, Indemnification and Miscellaneous, shall survive any termination.

Allwoods (Hassocks) Ltd may deliver notice to you by means of e-mail, a general notice on the site, or by other reliable method to the address you have provided to Allwoods (Hassocks) Ltd.

Use of Site
Harassment in any manner or form on the site, including via e-mail, chat, or by use of obscene or abusive language, is strictly forbidden. Impersonation of others, including a Allwoods (Hassocks) Ltd or other licensed employee, host, or representative, as well as other members or visitors on the site is prohibited. You may not upload to, distribute, or otherwise publish through the site any content which is libelous, defamatory, obscene, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, illegal, or otherwise objectionable which may constitute or encourage a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party or which may otherwise give rise to liability or violate any law. You may not upload commercial content on the site or use the site to solicit others to join or become members of any other commercial online service or other organization.

Participation Disclaimer
Allwoods (Hassocks) Ltd does not and cannot review all communications and materials posted to or created by users accessing the site, and is not in any manner responsible for the content of these communications and materials. You acknowledge that by providing you with the ability to view and distribute user-generated content on the site, Allwoods (Hassocks) Ltd is merely acting as a passive conduit for such distribution and is not undertaking any obligation or liability relating to any contents or activities on the site. However, Allwoods (Hassocks) Ltd reserves the right to block or remove communications or materials that it determines to be (a) abusive, defamatory, or obscene, (b) fraudulent, deceptive, or misleading, (c) in violation of a copyright, trademark or; other intellectual property right of another or (d) offensive or otherwise unacceptable to Allwoods (Hassocks) Ltd in its sole discretion.

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Allwoods (Hassocks) Ltd, its officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors and suppliers (collectively the "Service Providers") from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys' fees, resulting from any violation of these terms and conditions or any activity related to your account (including negligent or wrongful conduct) by you or any other person accessing the site using your Internet account.

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