Miserden Nursery

History

Miserden Estate in 1963 with the glasshouses seen to the left

Miserden Estate in 1963 with the glasshouses seen to the left

At the heart of our four-acre nursery are five elegant period glasshouses and two imposing vineries which date back to the 1920s and were used to supply flowers and fruit to the Miserden Estate and surrounding villages.

The glasshouses are all different in their design and in amongst acres of glass, there are ornate wrought-iron supports and highly-engineered mechanisms to open the windows. There is an impressive network of hot-water pipes which used to be fed by two boilers under the potting shed. As the water got hotter, it would surge up the giant iron pipes and around each glasshouse, before being gravity-fed back down. In the vineries, this heat would have ensured a regular supply of grapes, nectarines and peaches for the Miserden Manor House.

Miserden Nursery