In 1920, a nursery was established in Haverfordwest growing willows and forestry trees – The Western Forestry and Willow Company. Rapidly outgrowing its premises, it was transported, lock, stock and barrel by rail to Whitminster where it soon became established as one of the best mail order nurseries in the country. Highfield Nurseries was established as part of the nursery comprised land belonging to Highfield House in Whitminster.
Edward Bazeley, the founder, handed it over to his son Bonham after the Second World War following Bonham’s duty in the Royal Navy. The business continued to expand and a small shop and plant area was added for visiting customers. In 1987, Bonham decided to retire and his fellow directors, Joan Greenway and Trevor Wellington took over the business. The mail order business continued to expand as the company exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show, winning numerous Gold Medals for their fruit gardens.
With an eye to the future, Joan Greenway set in motion development plans for our current site in Whitminster. This was originally a rose and soft fruit growing field but Joan saw the potential for a garden centre and in March 1992 we opened with Geof Hamilton of Gardener’s World fame cutting the ribbon. Over the years the site has developed and changed out of all recognition. With the closure of the mail order business in 2010, the garden centre has undergone a £2.5 million development with a fantastic new restaurant taking advantage of the sweeping views and waterside position. Our plant heritage has not been forgotten though and we still grow our own seasonal plants at the original nursery site in Whitminster.
Today, you will find a visit to Highfield a truly memorable experience with the many aspects of the business – we look forward to seeing you.