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FAQ Page2017-03-09T18:25:27+00:00
Pot Sizes2016-11-09T13:07:45+00:00

For an explanation of pot sizes, please click this button 

Pot Size Guide
Herbal Advice2014-12-30T17:16:05+00:00

When writing extra information about plants on this site I have included lots of bits of historical fact and herbal uses of many plants. All of these facts I have included purely for entertainment and interest and in no way should they be taken as genuine herbal or medical advice. To make it abundantly clear, I have no specialist knowledge whatsoever, I just like passing on curious facts I have read. I have deliberately kept the comments light and vague so that you can enjoy the fact that people used to use the poisonous Aquilega as a food decoration, but won’t be tempted to try the same mistake yourself. If these facts pique your interest, please do contact a trained herbalist to learn more before you are tempted to try any plant in a medicinal role.

With no particular spin I’ll just pass on this last piece of valuable advice, originally written by Culpepper and to be found in the sorts of books I have been reading, I think you’ll find the logic hard to argue against;

‘They say a mouse is under the dominion of the Moon, and that is the reason they feed in the night; the house of the Moon is cancer; rats are of the same nature with mice, but a little bigger; Mars receives his fall in Cancer, ergo, Wormwood being an herb of Mars is a present remedy for the biting of rats and mice.’

Account Creation2016-01-06T09:29:12+00:00

There’s no need to create an account in order to place an order, accounts just allow you to create subsequent orders without having to enter your details again.

However, if you would like to create an account, simply check the ‘Create Account’ tick-box underneath your address details during the checkout process.

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Returns Policy2018-04-29T10:32:42+00:00

We take very seriously our commitment to only sending out plants that we would be happy  to receive ourselves. Reputation matters to above the sale. If, for any reason, you are unhappy with the plants we have sent you then please contact us as soon as you have unpacked your plants  and we will do our best to resolve the problem as quickly as possible, whether that be by replacement or refund. A full refund will cover the cost of plants and any shipping paid, but not extend to any cost of you returning plants to us. Complaints regarding quality will be considered provided they are made within 14 days of delivery.

We try very hard to be up to date and accurate in naming of plants, but it is the nature of nursery work that errors and rogues will creep in. Questions regarding inaccurately named plants we will do our best to examine within any reasonable time frame.

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This website is written within a framework called ‘WordPress’. WordPress stores anonymous data in order for us to monitor internet traffic to our site and to study its performance. None of this data tracks back to you.

You can disable cookies within your browser settings, but this will prevent you from using our site to place an order. If this is your preference, you are welcome to send us a letter or pick up the telephone, we’d be only too happy to deal with your order the old fashioned way.

About Us2016-11-09T13:07:45+00:00
Dawn & Martin Preston

Berkeley Perennials





01963 210643

Dorset Perennials is the website run by Dawn and Martin Preston. We have both been growing herbaceous perennials in the lovely Dorset countryside for nearly 25 years, slowly accumulating an eclectic mix of old favourites and new introductions which we are now offering through this website.
There’s no real theme to our nursery, its just the plants that we love. There are plants for colour, plants for wildlife, and plants just because. We grow them because we think they have value, not just because they are the latest out of the ever commercialised breeding stables. We hope you enjoy browsing our site and can find a few treasures to bring a little pleasure into your life.
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Postage Costs2019-05-21T12:01:03+00:00

The UK is zoned as per the post office areas, but currently all 3 zones have the same rate. We have set a fixed Postage cost of £4.99 per order which holds for any size of order below £39. Owing to increased costs, we do not offer free shipping to Northern Ireland. This allows for us to send your parcel by courier to arrive in excellent condition. Above £39 worth of plants ordered you will then see the ‘free postage’ option become available which you are at liberty to select. The Channel Islands and Republic of Ireland have their own rates. The Channel Islands is set at £4.99 plus .75p per plant over 3. The Republic of Ireland is a fixed cost of £15. These reflect the increased cost of sending plants to these locations.

If you order just greetings cards, a lower rate is applicable.

In all events it our intention to offer a service that gets plants to you quickly and in the best condition possible. We could just drop all the plants in a box and hope for the best, but experience tells us better. We send plants in their pots, bagged to keep in the moisture. We then cardboard collar plants so that they can’t travel upwards in the box if the box is turned upside down. Its impossible to pack so that there is zero possibility of harm, but we try to pack so that the chances are small – who of us hasn’t received a parcel at some point that looks like it has been used as a football.

We use three main delivery routes – complicated, but a necessary measure to allow us to send plants to you at these favourable rates. Many nurseries set a minimum order value, or charge ever increasing postage costs. we believe you should be able to order one plant if that is what you want and do not think it fair to penalise those who want to order more.

For small orders we will use Royal Mail’s small parcel service – this can handle a couple of plants up to 6 plants.  Above this we make use of DPD. This is a tracked service on a guaranteed 24 hour tariff,  most plants are arriving the day after collection.

In order to keep courier costs down, allowing us to offer a good service at a good price, and to give us time to get the nursery work done, we contract our packing days down to the start of the week. This also prevents plants being stuck in boxes over the weekend.

I hope this explains how we work, but please ring if you have any questions or special requirements – Our DPD contract will allow for guaranteed next day delivery if there is particular urgency.

UK Postage Zones (* = any number or letter combination, so BT* could be BT3 3BE or BT6 1AA)

  1.  Zone 1 – Any Postcode not covered below
  2.  Zone 2 – IV1*, HS*, PH4*, PH5*, PH2*, PH3*, PH19*, PH18*, PH17*, IV2*, IV3*, IV40*, IV41*, IV42*, IV43*, IV44*, IV45*, IV46*, IV47*, IV48*, IV49*, IV51*, IV52*, IV53*, IV54*, IV55*, IV56*, KA27*, KA28*, KW*, PA2*, PA3*, PA4*, PA6*, PA7*, ZE*
  3.  Zone 3 – Isle of Man, TR21*, IM*, TR25*, TR22*, TR23*, TR24
  4. Northern Ireland – BT*

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