R.V. Roger

R.V. Roger Ltd. is one of our best suppliers, and typical of the businesses I love to work with.

R.V. Roger
Steve and Ian share a joke (Ian’s crocs?).
The nursery was founded by Royston Valentine Roger before the First War, and today his grandson Ian runs R.V. Roger in the same spot at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, in Pickering. There are very few British nurseries left, so they must be doing something right.
They don’t use seasonal labour, and many of the folk working on the nursery have relations there too. Rogers are deeply embedded in the local community. Their staff feel a real sense of belonging and share responsibility for the successful running of the firm.
R.V. Roger fruit trees
Fruit tree, anyone?
They have to feel that way; lifting trees in the dark and a foot of snow is not a job for the faint hearted.
Ian Roger is a passionate plantsman, and has huge knowledge ranging from the heritage fruit trees and roses which are the firm’s bread and butter to rare and exotic bulbs. He’s endlessly patient and a fantastic source of information. It’s his fruit trees and bulbs we sell, although the bulb exotica never make it onto any website as they’re snapped up by collectors.
I visited Rogers in Pickering earlier this week, mostly just to catch up and buy some bits and pieces, but to have a good sticky beak around the nursery as well.
R.V. Roger plant centre
Mary does the watering
Roses at R.V. Roger
35,000 Roses
There are new greenhouses, bizarre bulbs, a garden centre, the odd National Collection, a scion orchard, and, of course, thousands and thousands of roses and fruit trees. The fruit trees include some of the rarest you can find. Fab. R.V. Roger is a great place to visit and a great nursery to support.

Points North

R.V.Roger, Pickering
A Proper Nursery
I had a good time on my trip last week. First stop on Wednesday was Pickering on the Yorkshire Moors and the obliging Ian Roger, who runs R.V.Roger – a proper plantsman running a proper nursery, a thriving family business founded in 1913. Although we use Ian for fruit trees and bulbs he has a fantastic collection of seeds, roses and herbaceous too. Then off to Crayke and to the lovely Dutch House, where you can find an arts centre with a cafe, and an eco garden with wildflower meadows (from Habitat Aid seed!).
Art Courses in Crayke
Dutch Art Pig
It’s the brainchild of Cecile, a graphic designer, and Sjaak, the manager of the museum gardens at York. The site is lovely, with a stream running through it to boot, and on a circular tour around the village which takes walkers right through the meadow area. Good luck to you – it’s a venture that deserves to succeed. Wednesday night spent as the only guest at the Strines Inn just outside Sheffield – another proper Yorkshire job – the Good Pub Guide triumphs again. Sheffield on Election Day at a pretty thought provoking Green Roof workshop, then a drive to Louth past endless oilseed rape fields (no bees) and Hawthorn hedges (no Blackthorn).
Louth, Lincolnshire
Exquisite Copper Beech, Louth
Stayed up much too late on Election night and somewhat hung over for my meeting with Steve the seed man, but stayed awake enough to flog over to the Malvern Show that morning. Malvern was slightly anticlimactic to be honest, but met some good folk including Gilly from the British Plant Nursery Guide and Brigit from the Big Green Bus. I bought my annual Pitcher Plant from the ravishing Hampshire Carnivorous Plants stand, promising to look after this one better. Slept well on Friday.
North of Louth
A Long Way From Somerset