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Red Hall Nursery to the arium

Back in 1956 Red Hall Nursery was a state-of-the-art facility serving Leeds. It catered for the city well for decades, but as the years have gone by and the industry as well as growing techniques changed it became clear we needed a new home. The seeds of the Arium were sown.
 
Red Hall mansion, as it has long been known, where we began life has a rich and interesting history. It was owned by many successful Leeds families as far back as the 1600s until it was bought by Leeds Corporation, later to become Leeds City Council, in 1937.

​​​​​​​Shortly after during the war years it was commandeered as a transport depot, before being reborn as a residential home and later as the Rugby Football League HQ in 1996.
 
Forty years before in 1956 a state-of-the-art horticultural nursery was built behind Red Hall mansion and that’s where our story began as Red Hall Nursery. It simply had one central corridor flanked by 15 small greenhouses. Though basic it centralised the city’s growing production rather than having it spread across a number of large parks.
 
It stayed this way until the 1980s saw the site dramatically extended to allow for an extra seven acres of indoor growing space.
 
Not only have the city’s requirements grown steadily over the decades that followed, but we also began supplying other councils. We’ve provided bedding plants to many local authorities across the country – from Carlisle to the Isle of Wight and Aberystwyth to Portsmouth.
 
Our national reputation led to Leeds becoming one of the most floral cities in the UK and each year we quickly reached our growing capacity. That was before even considering sales to the public and other councils. The need for expansion was cemented and we are now the biggest local authority nursery in the country. We have a shop, café and playground alongside our 19,000m2 growing facility enabling us to grow 3,000,000 plants a year.

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Shop

The Arium Shop boasts a range of plant and gardening supplies including tools, bulbs, seeds, pots...

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Horticultural Nursery

Ours is the largest local authority nursery in the country. It's capable of growing three million plants a year...

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Horticultural Nursery

Arium Café

Take in your surroundings whilst tucking into a selection of locally-sourced food and drink...

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Gallery

Visit the Arium Gallery page to see our gallery of photographs, from seasonal images to a pictorial history...

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Plan your Visit

The Arium is so much more than a plant nursery. We can supply everything you need for your gardening project...

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The Shop

The Arium Shop boasts a range of plant and gardening supplies including tools, bulbs, seeds, pots and bird boxes. 

Make the most of our friendly and knowledgeable shop staff who collectively have over 300 years of horticultural experience. 

Garden Shop

Make the most of our friendly and knowledgeable shop staff who collectively have over 300 years of horticultural experience...

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Wholesale Plants

We have literally hundreds of different varieties of plant dependant on the season.

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