Episode 13: Ivy With Angela Tandy Of Fibrex Nurseries

Angela’s Mother, Hazel Key, started the nursery on an allotment in Evesham in the late 1950s. She had discovered Pelargoniums and fell in love with them.

The eldest of her six children got the job of looking after the youngest when necessary and Hazel, along with Angela’s Father Dick Key, got to work building the business.

Ursula, Hazel & Dick’s third child, joined them at the nursery whilst their two eldest children married and left home. Then Richard the fourth one joined and Angela, number five was the last. Number six decided against nursery work and became a nurse.

The family business moved to a bigger site in the late 1960s where they were able to expand and grow everything from Roses to conservatory plants.

In 1984 they moved again and settled on growing Pelargoniums, Ivies and Ferns along with Tuberous Begonias and Southern Hemisphere plants, which came with Richards’s wife Heather when she moved her nursery.

Angela is in charge of Ferns and Ivies, Ursula Pelargoniums, Richard shows and maintenance, Heather shows and her tender plants and in Angela’s words, their long suffering staff try and keep them all in order!

In addition to being respected horticultural experts, they hold two National Collections and continually attain top accolades at flower shows such as RHS Chelsea, Hampton Court, Malvern and Gardeners World Live. 

The nursery is open to visit, but they also offer an excellent mail order service and you can order plants through their website. 

Key talking points with Angela were:

  • Growing ivy as a houseplant
  • Ideal growing conditions for ivy indoors
  • Ideal growing conditions for ivy outdoors
  • Different growth habits and the suitability of certain species for certain garden situations
  • Fast and slow growing varieties
  • Pruning
  • Benefits to wildlife
  • Unsuitable situations for ivy
  • Growing ivy in containers

If you’d like to view and shop the full range of Ivy that Fibrex Nurseries has to offer, you can visit their website:


Nursery Contact Information:

Fibrex Nursery LTD
Honeybourne Road
CV37 8XP

Telephone: 01789 720788

Email: sales@fibrex.co.uk

Opening Hours
1 Mar – 31 Aug: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
1 Sept – 28 Feb: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
1 Apr – 25 Jun: Sat-Sun 10.30am-4pm

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