From its humble beginnings in 1951, Darby Nursery Stock has always been a family business.
Our origins trace back to 1951, when brothers Francis and Hugh Darby began growing soft fruit, vegetables & salad crops in the small village of Methwold, Norfolk.
The Darbys diversify into ornamental horticulture.
Darby Nursery Stock Ltd is born.
Darby becomes one of the founding five members of the marketing co-operative the ‘Anglia Group of Nurseries’.
2nd generation Darby, Anthony Darby joins the business.
Awarded the prestigious Royal Warrant by appointment to HM The Queen for supplying ornamental shrubs and trees, becoming part of the Sandringham Association of Royal Warrant Holders.
Founder Francis Darby semi-retires.
Launched Ballerina Trees to the trade.
Founder Hugh Darby semi-retires.
Launched the ‘Temptations’ brand.
Expanded our range to include Herbaceous plants.
3rd generation of Darby, Hannah and Georgie Darby join the business.
4th generation of Darby is born. Christening gifts included a pair of Felco Model 7s and the RHS Plant Finder, to start them early!