In the last 5 years we have had a lot of recognition in our local community (Facebook feedback, Google reviews, Rutland Radio and the Stamford Mercury) and nationwide (The Sunday Times) which has been so rewarding for our Team. Here is a glimpse of what people have thought of us:
The Sunday Times July 2020
Tim Palmer featured Rasell's Nurseries, through recommendations, in his top 30 places to visit to buy plants to improve your garden.
Stamford Mercury July 2020
The focus of the article was to congratulate Rasell's Nurseries in being featured in The Sunday Times and all the hard work the team had been completing in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visited yet again. Have to say this is the most superb nursery. Staff well informed and more than happy to share knowledge. Cafe sandwiches are nothing short of superb. Just love it! RB
'Rasell's is first and foremost a plant nursery, not a garden centre. As such it’s loved and respected by gardeners and plantsmen rather than shoppers and families. There’s also a small tea room which serves excellent food.' BS
Had the most amazing cafe stop on our walk through Little Bytham today, food & drinks were delicious and the staff were amazing and friendly and made us very welcome, we all definitely recommend this little treasure of a place, 5 star rating from the funny ladies on table 10 thank you from all of us and a special thank you to our lovely server xx JW
Haven't been here for a long time as always thought of it as a Nursery rather than a garden centre and a bit high brow for our needs. But how wrong can one be, a really nice place to wander round and speak to the staff about all things horticultural and be sure they know what they are talking about. Such fine specimens of plants as they will look, not just pots to sell. And their cafe is a real jewel in such an oasis, almost don't want to 'big them up' too much so as not to make them too popular, but that's unfair, the whole place deserves praise, we loved it. Will return frequently. PG
A really lovely place that hasn't forgotten it's roots as a place to buy plants unlike many garden centres. The plants were varied, in really good condition and excellent value. You can also see plants in their natural habitat, fully planted in to see what they look like rather than just in pots. Nice little cafe as well that serves snacks, drinks and sarnis but isn't intrusive. Would recommend to anyone. TW
Beautifully set out garden centre, gives you a real idea of what to expect from your plants and some inspiration. RR
One of the nicest nurseries I have been too. Lovely plants, really beautiful setting and friendly staff. After buying more plants than we came for we had a lovely lunch at the café. This was our first time but will be returning! DI
Always find a great selection of plants for sale here. Our first visit of 2021 and were not disappointed. Given very helpful advice about purchasing Hedera helix later in the year and went away with two trays of Cosmos sonata 'Pink Blush', which are now brightening up our window boxes and our rear patio. Plenty of parking, and a pleasant tea room. There are some steps and slopes so anyone with mobility problems needs to be prepared. Excellent staff. NS
This is the most beautiful nursery I have ever been to, it is like walking around a beautiful garden with plants for sale. It is inspiring with the planting and amazing displays in pots.
Not to be missed. The staff are very knowledgeable and the prices are reasonable too. TI
A fabulous, relaxed garden centre, great choice of plants and products, reasonable prices. This time also used the cafe which was also excellent. Staff friendly and helpful. SWM
Anon - A Historical Review of Rasell's Nurseries by a loyal customer, adviser and friend.
My whole career was in the financial world and in June 1977 I was sent to South Lincolnshire. That month I completed a business visit to Rasell's Nurseries in Little Bytham where I met the owner, a Mrs Rasell, tending to the plants. She explained that her late husband, Donald, had died suddenly a few years earlier, Margaret herself had a degree in horticulture and decided to continue the business with her son, Tim, who then had to leave Stamford School Sixth Form which was a monumental decision.
Due to being relocated I purchased a house with my wife in a nearby village that needed many plants, after my first visit to Rasell's I spoke with my wife, she was the intelligent gardener, and told her that I would introduce her to Margaret and Tim regarding our garden. A most joyful, happy friendship developed and continues to this day but sadly without Margaret and Elizabeth.
The nursery prospered from 1977 into the early 1980's but the country went into a deep recession where inflation was rampant and remuneration was frozen. The astute decisions and sacrifices made by Margaret, Tim and Carol (Tim's wife) resulted in the nursery surviving which is a commendable achievement.
Tim took a leading role in the business as the country moved out of the recession to expand by building a greenhouse for propagation and nurturing of young plants before coming to the selling area. Over the next few years fertilisers, weed killers, compost and tools were introduced to the shop but Tim wanted to avoid becoming a garden centre and we can applaud Tim for being so thoughtful.
By now Tim had relinquished the market stalls at Stamford and Melton Mowbray which he manned every week since those early days, many market shoppers loved his stall and knowledge. Claire, Tim and Carols daughter, completed a horticultural degree at Edinburgh University (Botanic Garden) and came back to the nursery and became a partner in the business. With growing trends of customer needs in particular the 'food & drink' industry, The Tea House was created to provide luxurious refreshments, including; various tea & coffees, cakes, sandwiches, hot food and afternoon tea.
The borders have been improved to showcase different planting styles to inspire and excite, and the whole 'walkabout' is a complete joy to behold. So a visit to the Rasells Nursery and The Tea House is a truly enjoyable outing, the nursery sparkles like a 'jewel in the crown' in South Lincolnshire . For all of this we must remember Donald & Margaret Rasell, and today thank Tim, Carol, Claire and the teams dedication, skill, perseverance and sheer love of plants we, your happy customers, thank you warmly.
Colourful flowerbeds distract before you've even parked. Instantly you know it'll be difficult leaving without buying plants. IW
Best cup of tea for miles with real tea leaves and a strainer. CB
Lovely nursery and cafe! Love it! EM
Lovely nursery with gardens planted up for inspiration. Really nice coffee shop for food, drink and cake. LC
Loads of very nice plants at reasonable prices. PG
Great selection of plants, which changes for the seasons. Cafe is spot on too. DL