Walking around Exeter you cannot miss the beautiful array of hanging baskets and planters lining the streets. With Ornamental Grasses, Heucheras and Lilies taking centre stage throughout the city centre, InExeter thought it was time to catch up with those enhancing the city one flower at a time.
Owners of Boyces Nursery, Fruit Farm & Manstree Vineyard, Tim Boyce and brother Simon Boyce are the people behind these stunning floral arrangements, which are commissioned by InExeter. With over 26 years in the business it’s easy to see why Boyces Nursery is a big success.
Boyces Nursery work to maintain the baskets and containers in Fore Street, Gandy Street, Castle Street, High Street, North Street, Queens Street, Mary Arches Street and now the newly planted flower beds in Sidwell Street, South Street and Market Street. In the summer Simon and the team replant all the baskets and containers with summer flowering plants and include a selection of Bee friendly flowers to the baskets. They then water and maintain the summer displays until the end of October before taking these down and replanting for winter/ spring with a mix of evergreen & spring flowering bedding plants as well as bulbs which Boyces then maintain until mid-June so Exeter has a year round display of planters all supplied by Boyces Nursery for InExeter.
Joint owner of Boyces Nursery, Simon Boyce said, “Hanging Baskets and containers are our speciality giving all year-round colour and interest. We have 26 years’ experience with many satisfied customers and aim to produce the best quality hanging baskets in the region. It’s a pleasure to be able to inject colour and vibrancy into Exeter’s city centre with floral decoration and we look forward to seeing the new beds and baskets in full bloom later this year.”
Working alongside brother Tim and apprentice Nicholas who is studying Level 2 Land and Wildlife at Bicton College,
Simon enjoys working closely with family saying, “It’s great to be able to have the support of family when doing something you are really interested in and enjoy. We all get along very well as thankfully we have different talents and expertise. It is important to support each other even though we may not understand what we are always talking about, show Tim a set of accounts and me a Tractor engine and our eyes glaze over!”
Simon and the team not only work around the city to enhance the streets but back at their nursery in Shillingford they stock a large range of ready filled baskets and pots all year round as well as providing a refill service on previously planted containers. They also supply a full range of bedding and patio plants, baby basket plants for early season planting, a selection of shrubs, herbs and perennial plants as well as their very own Boyce’s Basket & Container Compost.
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