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