Glendoick Mail Order Rhododendrons & Azaleas October 2019-End March 2020
The stock listing for 2019-20 is now available.
Mail order minimum
£500 ex vat October and March
£250 ex vat November to February. We deliver to UK & Europe.
There are two ways to place an order
1. Via our webshop. This is the best and easiest way to order and there are pictures and full descriptions of every item.
2. Via our GLendoick Stock Listing excel spreadsheet which you can download from the link below. Please save this to your hard drive and rename it with your name. Fill out the order, save it and e mail it back as an attachment.
Orders for Collection from the nursery (min £50 ex vat)
You can pre-order/reserve plants for collection. Please allow at least 1 week for us to assemble orders for collection on a specific date.
If you require 1-2 plants please e mail the garden centre. If the plants are in containers, they can assemble them for collection. The garden centre is open 7 days a week. E mail firstname.lastname@example.org
with your requirements. Please note that the garden centre does not carry the full nursery range and some items sell out.
Group Orders. We often deliver plants to groups of gardeners, rhododendron societies who wish to club together to place orders, invoiced to and delivered to one address. With group orders the individual customer name can be used on the labels to make sorting easier and we can also provide an invoice broken down by customer. We just ask that the invoice is paid as a whole.
Postage and packing for mail order is extra. Starting at £16 per box ex VAT for up to 30 kilos (UK). 30 kilos allows 10-30 plants depending on the size.
Glendoick Mail Order
In 2017 we reduced the size of GLendoick's mail order operation but we are still growing a huge range of material (over 600 lines) and still have one of the widest selections of rhododendrons and azaleas available including many exclusives. Our printed catalogue is now part of a Glendoick Guidebook but all the rhododendron and azalea information is online in our webshop.
Many clubs, societies and groups make combined orders which are sent together to save on postage. These can be ordered on our spreadsheet with the customer name on the label, so it is easy to sort the plants when they arrive.
Why has Glendoick taken the decision to downsize?
1. Economics & Brexit.
Brexit (the worst decision made in our lifetime), economic downturn, bureaucracy, and plant selling prices are not keeping pace with increases in minimum wages are all contributing to make specialist nurseries uneconomic. Supermarkets are selling large rhododendron hybrids for £10, dumped on the market to to overproduction in Germany. The varieties are neither suitable or desirable. But customers are not to know this. UK nurseries cant compete. I fear that specialist rhododendron growers will be a rare breed when current nursery owners retire.
2. Climate Change and Pest and Disease threats
All gardeners are suffering from the effects of climate change, particularly in S. E. England. Summer 2018 was particularly challenging. The last time I visited the Valley Gardens at Windsor, I could see what the future of rhododendrons in this part of the world might be. Hosepipe bans are an ever present threat. Meanwhile, the number of pests and diseases increases year on year: soft scale, petal blight, ash die back and sudden oak death. And the chemicals used to control them are disappearing off the market, so we have nothing to turn to. Systhane, the best mildew control, has just gone off the market. Glyphosate (Roundup) looks like it may join the others on the list. The E.C. is sleepwalking to disaster, allowing plant imports of plants with soil from Asia, New Zealand and other countries. The latest pest to come from New Zealand is a mealy bug which eats Meconopsis
roots.3. Phytophthora ramorum
This disease is now established all over the UK, and much of Europe. It has spread around Larix
(larch) plantations in the UK and is clearly an airborne disease as well as a waterborne one. This means that, like Ash die back, it cannot be controlled by hygiene. In common with most UK woodland gardens and nurseries, Glendoick has had small outbreaks of this disease some years ago but have been clear of the disease for 2 years and satisfy the criteria which the plant health authorities demand which has allowed us to continue to trade. But this disease is here to stay in Europe. At present, all infected plants are destroyed without compensation. We don’t want to be forced to close the nursery in the future, so are taking steps to protect ourselves. Having taken advice, we are eradicating all the more susceptible varieties from commercial production.3. Plant Hunting
The Nagoya Protocols, which bans plant collecting worldwide, have made plant-hunting for a nursery like ours more or less impossible. While we quite understand the reasons for this legislation, and broadly support it, the effect is likely to be counter-productive in terms of conservation, as threatened plants may become extinct, if they cannot be collected and distributed. We were lucky to have three generations of Cox plant-hunters bringing plants to Glendoick.
Thank you for your support of Glendoick over the years. We hope that you will continue to buy from and visit Glendoick. We will continue to stock the largest range of rhododendrons available in any UK garden centre and we are continuing to develop new hybrids. We have recently named 8 new evergreen azaleas Glendoick Candyfloss and Glendoick Ruffles and a new double yellow azalea Ben Mcdui. (see images below)
Kenneth Cox's book Woodland Gardening
was published in May 2018. With 400 pages and 600 photographs of woodland gardens and plants from round the world.