About Direct2Grower

Direct2Grower

Our Services 

Bulbs - A new addition to our range with over 400 varieties available in packs of 1,000 from as little as 3p per bulb. Bulbs are ordered on a pre-order basis to be delivered on a set delivery week.

Spring Flowering Bulbs – Delivered WEEK 35

Summer and Autumn Flowering Bulbs – Delivered WEEK 5

Bulbs will also be available to order during these delivery weeks but will be subject to availability. Please contact us to discuss availability. If you are looking to purchase large quantities of bulbs please contact us for a bespoke quote.

Plug Plants - Our high quality plug plants are grown to order in 3 tray sizes (28, 60 & 144 plug) and are delivered on three set delivery weeks throughout the year.

Plants growing at Direct2Grower, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK

WEEK 6 - 28 & 60 Plug Trays

WEEK 12 - 60 & 144 Plug Trays (Annuals & Perennials)

WEEK 38 - 60 & 144 Plug Trays (Perennials Only)

We have a great range of perennial and annual plants as well as vegetables. Labels are available for most varieties and are now included with any plug plant order. There is a minimum order of 12 trays per delivery week. If you are looking to purchase large quantities or items that are not currently listed on our site, please contact us for a bespoke quote.

Seeds - We offer seeds from our own breeding range as well as from the main European breeders. Annuals, perennials and biennials are all available for dispatch in 24-48hrs. We are also able to offer most seed varieties from the main Thompson & Morgan website in bigger quantities. If you are looking to purchase large quantities or items that are not currently listed on our site, please contact wholesale@thompson-morgan.com for a bespoke quote.

Bespoke Quotes - At Direct2Grower we aim to supply a wide and versatile range of products, however we cannot list everything. If you have seen a product, be it bulbs, seeds or plants that we don’t offer on the site, get in contact with us and we will be happy to provide you with a quote.

Thompson & Morgan Breeding - We have our own breeding program at our local nursery where we are continuously looking to create new and unique varieties. Our breeding has won awards for the work he has been doing and has been recognised by having one of his creations re-named after him: Digitalis x valinii (Digitalis Illumination Series). We are well known for our own bred products. More recently Bidens Moonlight (Spot Light Series) received a highly commended award at the Four Oaks trade show, and several varieties from our breeding have been entered into the Fleuroselect Awards. Keep an eye out for our breeding logo to see what has come from our breeding program.

Benefits of Buying from Thompson & Morgan - We strive to provide products of the highest quality. With our own breeding program, excellent horticultural knowledge, experience and links directly to main breeders across the world we are able to provide the best possible service. 

Quality Control - All products at Thompson & Morgan are regularly tested and checked before dispatch. Our seed range has a germination test every 6-12 months to make sure the seed you receive is of the highest quality. At our nursery weekly checks are carried out on our plug plants from sowing to dispatch to make sure that all plants are clear of disease and pests and that they are growing in line to meet the delivery deadline. For more information please see our terms and conditions.

Thompson & Morgan - More than 150 Years of Accumulated Horticultural Knowledge and Experience

The UK has a rich horticultural history and there are many well known personalities who have given their names to plants, garden styles and modern day horticultural companies. Among the companies that have founded the country's seed industry a few names still survive, although their independence has been surrendered. Yet, as one of the oldest firms in the business, Thompson & Morgan retains both its identity and its reputation for innovation and quality.

It all began in a small garden behind a baker's shop in Tavern Street, Ipswich, tended by William Thompson, the baker's son.

He started work by helping his father but, stricken with ill-health, he began studying botany and passionately cultivated the garden at the back of the shop in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. He was soon to acquire the name of the 'baker botanist'. From the back garden he moved to a nursery at the edge of Ipswich and then to an even larger one. Eventually there were three Thompson nurseries in the town and William began to publish a magazine called 'The English Flower Garden'.

In 1855 his first catalogue was produced and this was to be the forerunner of an unbroken line stretching through to today. William Thompson specialised in growing rare and unusual plants, seeds of which were sent to him from many overseas countries. It brought him a spirit of adventure, earned his business a reputation for exciting introductions and gave him the friendship of such great scientists as Sir Joseph Hooker, Sir Michael Foster and Charles Darwin. As one of the most distinguished plantsmen of his day his skill in raising plants of the Western United States was recognised when, in 1876 a volume of Curtis's Botanical Magazine was dedicated to him. This was a rare honour. Twenty years later the Royal Horticultural Society invested him with its highest honour, the Victorian Medal of Honour.

The seed raising firm expanded and William Thompson entered into a fortuitous partnership with John Morgan. Although Morgan was by no means a botanist he was a shrewd businessman with sound financial knowledge and he was able to offer capital resources that enabled the expansion of the enterprise to be soundly financed.

William Thompson died in 1903 at the age of 80 but he had lived to see Thompson & Morgan become one of the country's greatest seed firms with a reputation for introducing more species and varieties to the British gardening public than any other seed company - a tradition that continues to this day. William's death left John Morgan the sole owner of the business until, ten years later in 1913, Joseph Sangster became a partner.

A brilliant horticulturist and talented administrator, having previously been the manager of Lissadell Gardens in Ireland, Joseph was to add 4,000 plant names to the established 2,000 already in the Thompson & Morgan catalogue. He took over the company completely when, in 1921, John Morgan died. plants from Direct2Grower, Ipswich, Suffolk, UKAfter ten more years, a site on London Road in Ipswich was purchased and two years after that Joseph was joined in the company by his son Murray. Murray had already received horticultural training in Edinburgh as well as having work experience at Slococks, the then well-known nursery of Woking, Surrey. The reputation of the company had grown to such an extent that whenever someone somewhere in the world wanted the seed of a particular plant, more often than not it was Thompson & Morgan who were able to supply it.

In 1939 Thompson & Morgan became a limited company and when Joseph died in 1952, Murray Sangster took control. He was later joined by his two sons, Keith and Bruce, both of whom had received horticultural training. In 1973 they decided to expand their distribution centre to Poplar Lane, Ipswich from where the company still operates. One year later, in 1974, Murray retired and Keith and Bruce Sangster took over the management of what was to become one of the most progressive horticultural companies in the world. On Murray's death in 1994, Keith and Bruce became sole owners of the company.

In 1982 Bruce headed the company's expansion in the USA after previously having a distribution base in Jackson, New Jersey. In 1999, the company became part of International Garden Products Inc., of Boston, MA, USA. In May 2002 Thompson & Morgan returned to independent private ownership.

In the late 1990's Paul Hansord, the current Managing Director, developed an innovative range of Young Plants which were to be delivered throughout the UK. This side of the business has gone from strength to strength, leading the way in mail order plants.

Imaginative marketing techniques have made Thompson & Morgan the industry's pace-setters and have helped keep the company dynamic and young at heart. The quality of the product is the cornerstone of the company's success, and quality control dominates every aspect of Thompson & Morgan's operations. All suppliers have to stipulate seed germination rates, regular checks are made by Thompson &Morgan's management of all contracted growers' crops and every consignment of seed is rigorously tested in the laboratory and trial grounds by the company's technicians. Finally, the seed is foil packed to retain pristine freshness before being inserted into the well-known and distinctive Thompson & Morgan packets. With every packet comes the company's guarantee as to its viability.

To assist the amateur gardener Thompson & Morgan have tried to take the mystery out of gardening practices and engender the maximum enjoyment from growing seed. With this in mind the company published a 32-page booklet 'The Germination Times'. The publication has received much praise from both beginners and experts as a definitive addition to the subject, and a further example of the way that Thompson & Morgan's innovative approach to marketing is founded on long, practical experience. There are now also extensive growing guides and tips available online.

 

10% OFF PLANTS

Orders over £300 (inc. VAT)
Coupon code: D2G10

SEED ONLY ORDERS

Delivery £3.50 (plus VAT)
for any seed orders

Plant Labels

Available on
selected varieties

DIRECT2GROWER TEAM

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