About Tinnisburn Plants

A lifelong passion for plants

Helen Knowles, founder and owner of Tinnisburn Plants, has been gardening at Upper Millsteads for over 30 years. She's gained an extensive knowledge of truly hardy perennials that thrive in many different conditions. 

An RHS Gold Medal winning nursery, Tinnisburn Plants is a regular exhibitor at major UK flower shows as well as at local plant fairs in Northern England and Southern Scotland.  

Helen often shares tips and plant ideas on the Tinnisburn Plants Facebook Page.



The Garden & Nursery


Our garden covers about 1.5 acres and includes a bit of everything; rockery, woodland garden, herbaceous border, shrubberies, pond and bog garden.  

There is still a lot of work to do but much progress has been made over the last few years and there is something of interest about all year round. The season starts with snowdrops, over 50 varieties of daffodils, a  profusion of Hellebores and then an eclectic mix of perennials and shrubs; some common and some very rare.

It's a plantslovers paradise and it gets better every year.


Tinnisburn Plants in the news

Here are just some of the mentions we've had in the media over the last few years:

Gardening is good for you - Eskdale & Liddesdale Advertiser April 2020

Report on RHS Tatton and meeting the BBC's Joe Swift - Daily Record

Featured on VisitScotland

Plants and cakes make a good day out - Eskdale & Liddesdale Advertiser May 2019

Platinum Plant Prize - DnG24 2017


Visiting us

Our nursery, set on a Scottish hillside, is open to the public on limited days during the summer, as detailed on the Visiting page. 

Visitors to the nursery are always welcome, where a wider choice of plants are available. As we exhibit at several shows it’s best to phone or e-mail in advance to ensure that we will be at the nursery and not elsewhere in the country with the pick of the stock.

Visitors are welcome to have a look around the garden and we will do group tours by prior arrangement.